Haitian Realities Contrast With Stereotypes (Video) – Part 3
By Ish Theilheimer Global Research, February 03, 2010
Last week, CBC’s Radio One’s The Current featured a panel discussion that included Ottawa-area resident Jean Saint-Vil, who is active with the solidarity network Canada Haiti Action. Afterwards, we invited him to visit at the Straight Goods News Ottawa bureau.
“There is a limit to how much we can constantly say No to the political masters in Washington… Eventually we came onside on Haiti, so we got another arrow in our quiver” Former Canadian Foreign minister Bill Graham
Canada hosted an international summit on Haiti on January 31-Febuary 1, 2003 at Meech Lake, one year before the coup that removed Aristide. “That meeting is when they plotted the overthrow of Haiti’s president,” according to Saint-Vil.
“The coup was not just against Jean-Bertrand Arisitide. There were 7,000 elected officals, they were removed in a single day, including some who were trained in search and rescue. They were all removed, so when the storm happened in September 2004, there was nobody trained and nobody with any equipment to do the search and rescue.”
Jean Saint-Vil talks to Pat Van Horne about Haiti’s realities, part 3 of 3
Addressing Haiti’s many problems begins with understanding their origins — and taking action to correct injustices. Outspoken activists like Jean Saint-Vil bring us a picture of Haiti’s realities that we didn’t hear from the Foreign Ministers’s summit.