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many in Lavalas see this attack against Annette Auguste as a preemptive strike by the Bush
administration to continue the destabilization campaign begun by Otto Reich and Roger Noriega
that eventually led to the forced departure of President Aristide
Demand Immediate Release of
Anne Auguste (Sò No)
Haitian Singer & Humanitarian
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It should be also be noted that other international journalists attempted to visit Auguste at the National Penitentiary but were spurned by the current Latorture government, citing that they were too busy to respond to requests to see her.
Why was Annette Auguste targeted for this military-type assault by U.S. Marines in Haiti? One week ago, Lavalas officials, who had been calling for the end of political persecution and repression against their party had publicly announced they would begin demonstrations calling for the return of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide beginning on May 18.
Given the important role that Annette Auguste has played in supporting the constitutional government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and helping to build the base of support among the majority of the poor in Haiti for that cause, many in Lavalas see this attack against Annette Auguste as a preemptive strike by the Bush administration to continue the destabilization campaign begun by Otto Reich and Roger Noriega that eventually led to the forced departure of President Aristide.
The real question is what right does a special military assault team of U.S. forces in Haiti have to perform such an action. In typical fashion, the Haitian media controlled by the same forces that had allied themselves with the Bush administration to forcibly remove
President Aristide have reported several uncorroborated accusations justifying this action. Among them is the tried-and-true claim that Annette Auguste controlled violent factions associated with the constitutional government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. A second accusation fielded by Radio Metropole is that Ms.Auguste was organizing a clandestine operation aimed at performing armed assaults against U.S. military personnel in Haiti. As per usual with the Haitian media, controlled by the wealthy elite, no corroboration or factual evidence was ever given to back up these claims made by their paid surrogates.
Guyler C. Delva of the Association of Haitian Journalists has actually accused many Haitian journalists of working as paid informants for U.S. military operations and the Haitian police in Haiti. These are the same media in Haiti that actively worked hand-in-hand with the campaign to destabilize the constitutional government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide that led to his forcible removal on February 29, 2004.
These types of accusations against Lavalas, and particularly against Annette Auguste, are not new. Ms. Auguste, a naturalized U.S. citizen, has been a frequent target for persecution due to her close ties with President Aristide. She is the leader of PROP (Pouvwa Rasembleman Organizacion Popile), a popular Lavalas organization. She is also a singer of Haitian folk songs and is open about her practice of voodoo, officially recognized as a national religion for the first time in Haitian history under the Aristide administration. Ms. Augustes religious beliefs and practices have led to many unfounded, disparaging rumors and a campaign of demonization against her.
In the past, critics such as Yves A. Isidor, professor of Economics at the University of MassachusettsDartmouth and Executive Editor of wehaitians.com, and Raymond Joseph of the Haiti Observateur, now the Chief Diplomatic Representative to America for Haiti, have accused Ms. Auguste of things as outrageous as human sacrifice. Isidor authored a January 2, 2001, article (www.wehaitians.com) that charged Ms. Auguste was President Aristides voodoo medium and that she bathed him in human blood to curse George W. Bush and ensure the election of Vice President Al Gore in 2000. No evidence or witnesses were cited as sources for this information.
This article was picked up and embellished by Raymond Joseph (www.haiti-info.com), Joseph added details regarding a ceremony where a newborn was sacrificed in a giant mortar with a heavy pestle. Joseph contends that those who question the veracity of this allegation need only find support in the statement, But who would have thought that men infected with the AIDS virus in South Africa believe that they can be healed by having intercourse with a young virgin! Joseph never actually states that Ms. Auguste was involved in the alleged sacrifice, but two paragraphs later, his reference to her as Aristides voodoo medium implies her presence there. Joseph directly accuses Ms. Auguste of holding meetings at her home where criminal activities, the nature of which is never revealed, were planned.
Joseph recently demonstrated his journalistic attempts when he lambasted Representative Maxine Waters in a March 11, 2004, article in The New York Sun because Rep. Waters had made three trips to Haiti in seven weeks, with the third trip being first-class. Joseph asked, Do American taxpayers have to pick up the tabs? Or is it the Haitian government robbing from the poor in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere to maintain Waters and company in luxurious style? Joseph provided no support or explanation for these allegations. He simply sought to discredit Rep. Waters, never even offering the possible explanation that she paid for the tickets herself or upgraded with frequent flier miles. As a reward for his part in the destabilization campaign of lies and misinformation against Aristide and Lavalas, Ramond Joseph has been named the highest diplomatic representative of the Boca Raton regime to the
United States. We are sure he, along with Otto Reich and Roger Noriega, have much in common when it comes to the current witch-hunt and political persecution against Haitis undeniably largest political party representing the majority of the poor.
Annette Auguste (http://www.haitiaction.net), a.k.a. Soeur Anne (Sister Anne), is being robbed of her Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status in the United States due to this arrest by the U.S. Marines. It has been widely reported in the past that Ms. Auguste is a naturalized U.S. citizen; however, these are rumors designed to destroy her political career in Haiti. The Haitian Constitution requires that members of the government be only citizens of Haiti. In an attempt to destroy the political careers of leading Lavalas members, opposition organizations used media outlets such as Radio Caraïbe to report that they were actually United States citizens. The deception went so far as to include fake passport numbers. Ms. Augustes husband confirms that she only has LPR status and is not a naturalized citizen.
Ms. Auguste is required to travel to the United States every six months to renew her LPR status. An operation in February delayed her ability to make the trip and her doctor provided her with documentation that would grant her an extra three months for recovery. However, her detention is keeping her in Haiti beyond the time she was granted for recovery, and as a result, she will lose her status in the U.S.
Ms. Augustes older sister is a United States citizen and lives in the same compound as Souer Anne. The Marines stormed into the elder Augustes residence at the same time they raided Souer Annes home. She demanded that they leave and stated that she was a U.S. citizen. They told her to get out of their way and that they were looking for
Annette Auguste. She clearly explained that Souer Anne lived next door, but they did not leave until after doing an extensive amount of damages to her home. She has demanded restitution from the U.S. Embassy.
Restitution and damages have also been demanded from the U.S. Embassy for Souer Anne. They have denied this request and will not release her from U.S. custody in the National Penitentiary. According to her husband, rumors are circulating that the U.S. is accusing Ms. Auguste of collaborating with Al Qaeda and that they are planning on trying her in the United States. There is serious concern for her safety and Haitis sovereignty.
Emergency Action Alert — www.haitiaction.net/News/hac5_11_5l
see article “Propaganda War Intensifies Against Haiti as Opposition Grabs for Power” by Kevin Pina (www.blackcommentator.com/62/62_haiti_1l)
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What Color is Haitian Jesus?17 October 2011When it comes to Jesus, however, it seems everyone else is Black, leaving Jesus to standout more than what would be normally expected in a religious painting. My favorite example of this in the gallery is a depiction of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. The scene contains onlookers in the foreground, all Black, as well as John the Baptist, also Black, baptizing Jesus, white. The message is uncanny, but the true gravity of the piece takes a moment to sink in. Finally, it hits: you mean even in a Black country where the people and important figures in religious history are depicted as Black, Jesus still has to be white? For any Christian painting, I imagine the image of Jesus would figure prominently. Yet, this painting has added an extra layer of heavenliness, by depicting Jesus as white amidst a sea of Black followers and a Black baptist.
In another painting, depicting the miraculous catch of fish from the book of Luke, Jesus and the disciples are painted white, though admittedly the fish are a variety of colors. And, after further scrutiny, perhaps Jesus isnt white exactly? After all, Haiti does boast a sizable and influential Libyan population. Perhaps the images in this painting bear homage to middle eastern influence?SakpaseDiplomacy
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