U.S. hands off Venezuela!

By ERNIE GOTTA As rebellions spread across the globe in response to the harsh realities of neo-liberal austerity, it is important to examine each uprising closely. We need to understand the reasons people mobilize in the streets. We can’t lend support to every protest movement because they are not all progressive, democratic, or fighting for…

U.S. occupation of Haiti exposed

By MARTY GOODMAN Chelsea (Bradley) Manning and Edward Snowden have become contemporary folk heroes—like Daniel Ellsberg, after his outing of the U.S. role in Vietnam in the 1960s. These heroes exposed the lies, hypocrisy, and brutality of U.S. policy. Although less well known today, Capt. Lawrence Rockwood of U.S. Army counter-intelligence challenged the U.S. policy…

The Hell that is Haiti

By MARTY GOODMAN PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti—Oct. 22 was a romantic rendezvous for Bill and Hillary Clinton in Haiti, their one-time honeymoon destination. Hollywood celebs were there too—Sean Penn, Ben Stiller and sweatshop magnate Donna Karan, along with members of the Haitian elite, led by President Michael Martelly, a Washington-backed military coup supporter. “Haiti is…

Jamaicans seek change, elect opposition PNP

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica—Car horns blared, orange flags waved, and campaign reggae jingles pulsated. Youthful political celebrants blew vuvuzelas from roving car caravans on the evening of Dec. 29, continuing well past sunrise across this Caribbean island nation. A snap election called by the governing Jamaica Labour Party catapulted the opposition People’s National Party into government…

WikiLeaks lifts lid on U.S. role in Haiti

Documents released by WikiLeaks to the left-of-center Haitian weekly Haiti Liberté, in partnership with The Nation magazine, unveils a cozy U.S. relationship with Haiti’s reactionary, corrupt elite. They also offer insight into the bipartisan U.S./UN occupation mislabeled a “humanitarian intervention.” The revelations show that U.S. policy has changed little since the founding of the world’s…

Anniversary of Haiti earthquake

The Jan. 12th Haiti Committee, a coalition of progressive Haitian organizations and their supporters, will be holding a press conference at the Haitian Consulate at 271 Madison Ave., New York, on Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. This will mark the anniversary of the devastating earthquake. The committee demands: Occupation Troops Out of Haiti Now! Release…

Harlem Rally for Haiti

by Marty Goodman NEW YORK—On Nov. 20, some 50 protesters gathered in solidarity with Haiti across the street from former President Bill Clinton’s penthouse office on 125th St. in Harlem. Demonstrators chanted, “U.S. out of Haiti! Clinton out of Harlem!” Clinton was appointed United Nations envoy to Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, which killed…

Scandal on Haiti Minimum Wage

by Marty Goodman Some news on proposals for a minimum wage increase in Haiti. Rene Preval is elected President of Haiti. Preval was second in command to Jean-Bertrand Aristide before his exile at the hands of U.S. backed thugs. Below is part of an email I just received from a Haitian activist friend: President Rene…

US Resumes Bombing of Puerto Rican Island

By GERRY FOLEY The U.S. Navy resumed its practice bombing of the island of Vieques, off the coast of Puerto Rico, on April 1, despite massive opposition among the Puerto Rican people to the Navy’s use of the island as a test range. The present exercises are scheduled to last until April 20. In its…

Interview With Union Organizer in Haiti

The following interview is with Paul Philome, a member of Batay Ouvriye, which is organizing unions in Haiti. Batay Ouvriye, which means “worker’s fight” in Haitian Creole, has been active in five of the country’s nine departments, particularly in U.S. and other foreign-owned sweatshops. Marty Goodman conducted the interview via email. Batay Ouvriye can be…

Bush Forced to Respond to Vieques Protesters

By DAVID BERNT On June 14, President Bush, responding to heightened protests, announced he would order an end to the Navy’s bombing of the island of Vieques by May 2003. The U.S. Navy has used the island off the coast of the Puerto Rican mainland as a training ground for amphibious assault exercises. The Navy…

Haiti: A Case History of US Disruption

By LEO SCHWARTZ   “Operation Uphold Democracy” was what President Clinton called the U.S./UN occupation of Haiti. The intervention that began on Sept. 19, 1994, with the landing of 21,000 troops, mainly from the United States, was to last only a few months. It has now lasted for five years. According to The New York Times,…