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Haiti Solidarity

September 30 marks International Day for Haiti, which this year coincides with the 25th anniversary of the 1991 toppling of Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide – who was removed in a coup that enjoyed the blatant support of the United States, who were bent on overturning the Fanmi Lavalas movement whose ascent to power followed decades of imperialist-backed dictatorship in the country.

However, Haiti was once a nation synonymous with the very concept of liberation itself. Once a colony of France, it was the location of the first revolution in the Western Hemisphere. Led by slaves with Toussaint L'Ouverture at its head, the revolution shattered the power of the slave-owners and colonists, destroying the army with which Napoleon hoped to carve out new colonies from the Americas. The Haitian example inspired anti-colonial revolutions across the continent, notably including Simon Bolivar – Liberator of the Americas.

Now, in 2016, Haiti is finally facing a new round of elections. The Fanmi Lavalas party could have its official mandate restored in presidential elections where Dr. Maryse Narcisse, backed by Aristide, is in the running. The country could soon be back on the path of national sovereignty, just development, and a restoration of security and social rights for the long-suffering Haitian people. teleSUR marks International Day for Haiti by taking a look at our past and present coverage of the ongoing fight for freedom and justice by the Haitian people.

Fighting for Sovereignty & Democracy

 

Haiti Rattled by Pre-Election Violence

A spate of violence is characterizing the lead-up to Haiti's general election, with several people injured despite increased security just two weeks ahead of the much-anticipated vote. READ MORE

Jean-Bertrand Aristide: Haiti’s Enduring Political Enigma

Aristide, who was temporarily removed from power in a coup 25 years ago, remains a pivotal figure in Haitian politics. READ MORE

The Past is Prologue with Haiti’s Elections

Stability over democracy has been the priority of the international community in Haiti for too long. READ MORE

Haiti 6 Years After Its Devastating Earthquake

While Haiti has seen progress since the 2010 earthquake, the negative impacts continue, exacerbated by decades of external interventions that impoverished the island nation. READ MORE

Protests to Mark Haitian September 11

On September 11, 1988 as then-Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide held mass at St. Jean Bosco Church in Port-au-Prince, suspected ton ton macoutes paramilitaries attacked the church, killing some 13 people and wounding at least 77. READ MORE

Imperialist Subjugation

 

When Will the UN Pay For Its Crimes in Haiti? When Will Anyone?

A cholera outbreak has killed 8,500 Haitians since 2010 and Joe Emersberger argues that U.N. "peacekeeping" forces are responsible. Not only that, but they have been playing a role in consolidating the "post-coup dictatorship" of Gerard Latortue. READ MORE

US Court Dismisses 8,700 Haitian Lives

Throughout its history, Haiti has received lessons in savagery from the world’s big imperial powers. The latest lesson was delivered about a week ago by a U.S. court that said the UN cannot be held accountable for criminal negligence that has killed 8,700 Haitians from cholera since 2010. READ MORE

US to Begin 'Expedited' Deportation of Haitians

In a move that could send many back to an impoverished and dangerous country, the United States would now take steps to deport newly arrived Haitian migrants who are said to not have a case for seeking asylum. READ MORE

France Confirms Will Not Repay Haiti 'Independence Debt'

The French forced compensation on the island after its independence in 1825 and many are demanding France to pay it back. READ MORE

5 Things You Need to Know About Slavery in the Americas

Toussaint Louverture was the leader of history's largest ever slave revolt, which started in 1791 and lasted for over 12 years. READ MORE

Black Lives Matter in the Dominican Republic

The clash between Haiti and the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola has a strained history beyond the obvious racial differences. Haitians are the dark progeny of the French African slave trade while Dominican Republicans are mulattoes of Spanish descent. READ MORE

Haiti the Liberator

 

Haiti 101 Years After US Invasion, Still Resisting Domination

The U.S. invaded and occupied Haiti 101 years ago and remained there for 19 years. Accomplishments of the occupation include raiding the Haitian National Bank, re-instituting slave labor, establishing the hated National Guard, and getting a 25-year contract for the U.S. corporation, United Fruit. READ MORE

In War and Peace: The Americas' Broken Promises to Haiti

“By denying Haiti, pretending that Haitian independence never happened and trying to destroy Haiti’s slave revolution, Latin America cannot become more powerful on the world scene, it can only lose its way and Haiti’s great gift of independence.” READ MORE

Haiti: The Price of Liberation

On January 1, 1804, the French colony of Saint-Domingue became the Republic of Haiti, after over a decade of fighting against French enslavement and colonization. It was the most successful slave rebellion in the Americas and the only revolt of its kind that led to the creation of a state. READ MORE

 
  • Students walk next to electoral posters plastered on a wall in a street of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 26, 2016.

    Students walk next to electoral posters plastered on a wall in a street of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 26, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • A school girl steps over a puddle in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 2016.

    A school girl steps over a puddle in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse and former President Jean Bertrand Aristide (R) attend a rally in Cap Haitien, Haiti, September 16, 2016.

    Presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse and former President Jean Bertrand Aristide (R) attend a rally in Cap Haitien, Haiti, September 16, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Haitian presidential candidate Marysse Narcisse, takes a campaign drive with former president Jean Bertrand Aristide in in Port-au-Prince, Aug. 29, 2016.

    Haitian presidential candidate Marysse Narcisse, takes a campaign drive with former president Jean Bertrand Aristide in in Port-au-Prince, Aug. 29, 2016. | Photo AFP

  • A soldier with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti gestures to local residents waiting to receive bottled water.

    A soldier with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti gestures to local residents waiting to receive bottled water. | Photo Reuters

  • Police officers stand next to the Provisional Electoral Council during a demonstration demanding presidential elections in Port-au-Prince

    Police officers stand next to the Provisional Electoral Council during a demonstration demanding presidential elections in Port-au-Prince | Photo Reuters

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