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Joe Emersberger: Amnesty International’s Track Record in Haiti since 2004

The coup that ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide on February 29, 2004 led very predictably to the worst human rights disaster in the Western Hemisphere over the following two years.[1] It is worth reviewing how the world’s most famous human rights group, Amnesty International, responded. Aristide was twice elected President (in 1990 and in Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Canada’s Haitian Political Prisoner

Jean Candio has been imprisoned in Windsor, Ontario since December 13, 2006. He left Haiti in March, 2004, following the Coup d’etat which culminated in the kidnapping of democratically elected Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He left as a result of persecution brought about against the Lavalas movement and Party by the U.S./Canadian and French installed Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Discrediting the Lancet Study on Haiti

Some of the best work from Medialens reveals how the corporate press shields the powerful from their most formidable critics. High level UN administrators Hans Von Sponeck and Denis Halliday; former chief UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter; leading epidemiologist Les Roberts were all ignored even as Medialens readers flooded the BBC, UK Guardian, and the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Unions and Israel

To Buzz Hargrove (President of Canadian Auto Workers) July 19, 2006 Buzz, Israel has killed nearly 300 Lebanese civilians and displaced half a million. It has been given cart blanche by the international community – including Harper’s government – to kill as many people as it likes. The corporate media has sold people on the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Haiti and Human Rights Watch

In a world dominated by the wealthy the temptation will always exist for NGOs to acquire funds, and respectability, by saying at least some of what the powerful want to hear. It’s an understandable temptation. Nobody should seek out oblivion – especially those who document human rights abuses. Any attention given to their work by Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Enemy of My Donor is My Enemy

[Note: This is a reply to Pierre Beaudet of the Canadian-government-funded NGO ‘Alternatives’, whose article was a reply to Nik Barry-Shaw, who argued that ‘Alternatives’ was a tool of Canadian foreign policy.] Canada is backing a brutal unelected regime in Haiti that is preparing for sham elections by ensuring the most popular Lavalas leaders and Read more…

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