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Tarring Aristide: No(?) Return for this King





Written by

Stephen Lendman


Thursday, 06 November
2008




Targeting Aristide in Exile
by Stephen Lendman


Elected Haiti's president in 1990. Its first ever democratically
chosen one. By a sweeping two-thirds majority. Took office in
February 1991. Deposed by an army-led coup in September with all the
earmarks of being made-in-Washington. Returned to office in October
1994. Served until February 1996. According to Haitian law, he
couldn't succeed himself. Reelect in November 2000 with 90% of the
vote. Took office in February 2001. Served until February 29, 2004
when, in the middle of the night, US marines deposed him and forced
him into exile.

He's now in South Africa where he remains larger than life. Haiti's
symbolic leader. A man of the people. Dedicated to their welfare.
Steadfast in his principles. Beloved and wanted back. Yet he's
vilified in the press because of the good example he represents.






Accused while in office and still now of all
sorts of things. The way developing country democrats are always
treated. Human rights abuses. Using armed gangs to crush dissent.
Retain power. Political killings. Tolerating corruption. Connections
to drugs trafficking. Profiting from it. Not a shred of it true. Not
a word in the mainstream to expose it, denounce it, and set the
record straight.

Now four years later a resurrected charge. As unfounded as the
others. On the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page by Americas writer,
Mary O'Grady. Known for attacking democrats. Supporting repression.
Right wing extremism. American imperialism and corporate power.
She's excels in journalistic venom mirror opposite of the truth.

Her latest on October 27, in an article titled: "Democrats for
Despotism." About publicly-owned Haiti Telecommunications
International called Teleco. The once state monopoly now compromised
by de facto privatization. What's plagued Haiti before and since
Aristide by opening its markets to private investors. Predators.
Profiting at the expense of the people. Buying assets at well below
fair value. Part of Washington's imposed neoliberalism in
telecommunications and other areas. So that companies like Rectel,
Haitel, Digicel and Comtel combined exceed Teleco in size and can
take full advantage at the expense of poor Haitians.

Even so, it hasn't contained O'Grady's brand of diatribe. Again
targeting Aristide, but not for the first time. She called him a "dictator."
Accused him while in office of "inciting violence against his
political opponents." Being "renown for eliminating his enemies,"
she blamed Democrats for returning him to office. Claimed on return
he "resumed his despotic ways." Enough so that "Haitians begged for
US help" to remove him. Up to February 2004 when he "was finally run
out of the country." Indeed so courtesy of dispatched US marines.
And now a resurrected old canard.

That "Aristide installed his accomplices in (Teleco) management
positions and those accomplices then caused Teleco to enter into
agreements with certain US and Canadian telecommunications carriers,
granting them significantly reduced rates for services provided by
Teleco in exchange for kickbacks, which further reduced those rates."
That the post-Aristide US-installed Latortue "government opened (Teleco's)
books and claimed the company had been looted." By "Aristide....stealing
millions of dollars in telephone revenues." Not a shred of it true.
Not a bit of evidence to support it, but they tried anyway. By
filing suit that was later withdrawn.



Some Background

In July, the FCC fined IDT $1.3 million - the New Jersey telecom
company run by one of John McCain's top fund raisers, Jim Courter.
It was for failing (in 2003 and 2004) to file a contract for
telephone service to Haiti. According to the FCC, IDT paid Teleco an
illegally low rate for calls it handled between Haiti and the US.

Courter was a New Jersey Republican congressman from 1979 - 1991. A
former gubanatorial candidate as well, and one of McCain's 20
national finance co-chairmen until he resigned because the fine
generated negative publicity.

Portfolio magazine published two articles on the incident by
freelance journalist Lucy Komisar. Hired by the Haiti Democracy
Project (HDP) to write them. An organization infamous for vilifying
Aristide and his government. Founded in November 2002, it's based in
Washington. Staffed by former US government officials. Bankrolled by
Haiti's right-wing Boulos family. Rudolph Boulos a prominent Haitian
businessman. He and HDP have close ties to the Bush administration.

This was an encore for Komisar who misreported earlier about
Aristide. Unproved charges of corruption and other accusations.
Typical corporate-sponsored agitprop. Directed at leaders who dare
oppose Washington, neoliberalism, and instead pursue socially
enlightened policies. In the case of Haiti, in the poorest country
in the hemisphere. With its unimaginable level of poverty that
Aristide was dedicated to alleviate. The human need his agenda
addressed. His impressive successes in spite of overwhelming
obstacles. Mostly from Washington under Democrats and Republicans.


The reason why twice coups removed him and why Haitians want him
back. In any capacity. Just his presence. To be home with his people.
What America won't allow. Nonetheless, one day he will be. Why
writers like O'Grady and Komisar keep resurrecting old canards. For
figures like Aristide, they never die. They don't even fade away.

The Teleco issue is about Aristide's supposed "corrupt" IDT dealings.
The company paid Teleco 8.75 cents per minute for long-distance
calls and not the FCC-established 23 cent rate (at the time) for
other carriers. Komisar claimed IDT paid its fees to a Turks &
Caicos company she identified as "Mount Salem." She then alleged
that 5.75 cents went to Teleco and 3 cents to Aristide. That Turks &
Caicos lawyer Adrian Corr was Aristide's legal counsel. That he ran
"Mount Salem," and that he confirmed that "Aristide owned the shell."

Her whole story was invented and bogus. By his own admission, Corr
never represented Aristide. Never set up a shell company, and never
kicked back funds to anyone as Komisar and O'Grady claim.

O'Grady's article is about Fusion Telecommunications. Its 1999
contract with Teleco. That it violated FCC rules by granting the
company a preferential rate. Access to Haiti's network "at a rate of
12 cents a minute, dropping to 11 cents after the first three
million minutes each month" as opposed to "the FCC's official rate
(of) 50 cents a minute, dropping to 46 cents in 2000."

She also claimed an IDT "whisleblower alleged he was fired in 2003
for objecting to a deal in which IDT would get a low termination
rate in exchange for depositing payments in an account for
Aristide." Fusion denies it made any improper payments, and the FCC
has no evidence it did. Not good enough for O'Grady who said "Haitians
can be forgiven for not putting much stock in those words." Readers
can be forgiven for questioning O'Grady's credibility. Komisar as
well.

For his part, Aristide was a parish priest before being elected
president. He never had and today has no ownership stake in any
company, including the so-called "Mount Salem." Ira Kurzban
represents him as legal counsel. He refuted Komisar's accusations
and stated: "Mr. Corr did not and does not represent President
Aristide and President Aristide had no interest in or knowledge of
any company - 'shell' or otherwise - set up in the Turks & Caicos
for any purpose. Mr. Corr never set up 'Mount Salem,' any 'shell'
company, or any other company for President Aristide."

He added that: "these repeated false stories of corruption against
President Aristide are part of a continuing disinformation campaign
against (him) that began when he first took office in 1991." The
same type charges levied against democrats like Hugo Chavez. The
latest example in a trial just concluded in a Miami courtroom. About
a suitcase filled with $800,000 for Argentina's President, Christina
Kirchner. For her successful campaign last year. Both presidents
denounced the accusation, but it's still front-page news in each
country and currently in America. "Suitcasegate" The New York Times
called it after a "wealthy Venezuelan businessman (was convicted of)
acting as an 'unregistered agent' (for his country) on American soil."

Unwarranted according to his lawyer who plans to appeal, and said
the trial was a "political circus in which (his client) is a pawn of
the US government." He earlier called the case politically motivated
to embarrass the Chavez government. Venezuela's Foreign Minister,
Nicolas Maduro, said the charges were "absolutely rigged" and that
the defendant wasn't an "unregistered (Venezuelan) foreign agent."

Contrast this case and accusations against Aristide to Wall Street's
massive fraud. At the heart of the world's financial crisis. That
goes unmentioned in mainstream reports. Lets criminals loot the
federal treasury and puts taxpayers on the hook for the tab. The
same ones defrauded by the scheme. Now left high and dry on their
own while world-class democrats like Aristide and Chavez are
pilloried. Accused of all kinds of bogus things. Even though
Aristide is no longer Haiti's president.

No matter because it's how Washington operates. With full support
from its echo chamber in the press. From writers like Komisar and
O'Grady well paid to comply. It's up to readers to reject their
accounts. Not become hostage to their message, and rely on
alternative news for the truth. There's plenty around and places to
find it as readers of this web site know.



Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the
Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be
reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.netThis e-mail address is being
protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The
Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Mondays from
11AM - 1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with
distinguished guests on major world and national topics. All
programs are archived for easy listening.
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Pipo,
Sa k fè m mal lan bagay sa a ,sèke ou konn wè sit Radyo Kiskeya a ou byen Radyo Metropol ou byen emisyon RANMASE repwodwi "kana" IDT an,tandis ke ou pa wè okenn lòt sit pale de travay tankou moun STEPHEN LENDMAN ap fè.

Se misye ki te pwouve ke bagay "bebe lan pilon" an se te yon boulòk.Misye di kijan Radyo Kiskeya te "set up" bagay sa a ak yon moun ki te rele de Miyami ki te di li te la .

Se menm bagay lan Radyo Kiskeya te fè apre lan mò pè DEVALCIN an,lè yon fanm ki te vin sou radyo an pou di ke pè DEVALCIN te enfekte l ak Sida.

Apre deklarasyon sa yo moun sa yo toujou disparèt men tou ou pa janm tande ke de radyo tankou Radyo Marcus lan ou byen Radyo Solidarite fè ankèt pa yo sou bagay sa yo.
Eske se dakò mesyedam sa yo dakè ak tout zak malonèt ke Kiskeya ou byen Metropol ap poze yo,eske se pè yo pè,eske se yon bann opòtinis yo ye ou byen ESKE PA GEN PRES LIB ANN AYITI?
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Joel,
Yon le mwen tap pale ak Marcus,li te dim li pap pran ekzil anko.....
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