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26256: Jean Jean-Pierre (comments) Re:Daniel Simidor (26247)and Peter Dailey (26250) (fwd)
Brother Daniel Simidor, far from making this an ongoing colloquy, this is an
attempt on my part to touch upon only a few of the remarks you made as a
response to my post #26239.
--I never suggested that Kevin Pina was not a Lavalas supporter. I said (and
maintain) heâ??s an independent filmmaker as heâ??s been making documentaries
way before he went to Haiti in the early 90s. I think Kevin has the right to
support whoever he wants.
--My point on the fascism of the present Washington regime is that you
should not refer to Homeland Security as a paragon of democracy or a model
all have learned from most constitutional lawyers that parts of the Patriot
Act, which is the basis for that new department created in the wake of 9/11,
raise serious constitutional concerns. Because this government is telling the
citizenry every day that we should be scared, very scared, we should forget
about getting this very conservative (and sometimes reactionary) Supreme
Court to reverse what a very scared Congress had passed.
My few trips to Cuba as a producer, musician and journalist have caused me
to be copiously searched â??randomlyâ?? every time I travel (8trips) for the
past 3 years. I know Iâ??m not the only one being fully searched. But every
-- You said: â??I donâ??t recall such high minded pronouncements from you
Aristide was shredding the constitution two years ago.â??
I grant you this: Most of us Haitians (yes, me included) are quite often not
courageous enough to criticize publicly those with whom we agree either
wholly or partly. But I was perhaps one of the first (if not the first) to
denounce the nefarious activities of the Chimeres. Here what I wrote in the
Village Voice on November 29, 2000.
â??A few weeks ago, a spate of new warnings grew into overt threats when a
relative of a well-known member of a new street gang named ChimÃ¨res, after
mythological fire-breathing monster, told a young female reporter at the
station, "We will make sure that every one at Radio Haiti experiences
fate." Montas recalled in a telephone interview from Port-au-Prince that
"Jean and I used to listen together to recordings of similar threats a few
before his murder."
The ChimÃ¨res, whose tactics uncannily resemble those of the dreaded Tonton
Macoutes, are made up of self-proclaimed allies of Fanmi Lavalas (Lavalas
Family), the party founded by Jean-BertrandAristide, the former president who
was reelected over the weekend. Strangely, Lavalas officials have yet to
publicly dissociate the party from this gang, which has been rampaging on the
streets of Port-au-Prince and other cities with impunityâ??
Peter Daily, Iâ??m not certain if this will chagrin you, but I do not
subscribe to any party in Haiti (whether Lavalas or any among this plethora
particles existing there).
And no Iâ??m not equating Aristide violating the Haitian constitution by (for
example) overstepping his bounds on the presidentâ??s prerogatives to a prime
minister (Gerard Latortue) chosen by the US to serve for 18 months after
living in Haiti for 2 days instead of the 5 years prescribed by the
constitution. I think then latter is a far more graver breach.
But you can continue to call that an â??anomalyâ??; itâ??s your prerogative.
By the way, if you check the articles I wrote or contributed to when I was
working as a journalist, Iâ??m quite â??comfortableâ?? saying what I liked and
not like about the Aristide government.
I just want to pay my debts to Haiti bro. Whatever way I can.
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