Thursday, March 4th, 2004
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House Members Blast Administration For Haiti Policies
Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega was grilled by Congressional Democrats yesterday for the Bush administration's handling of the crisis in Haiti at a hearing of the House International Relations subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. We play excerpts of the hearing.
Rep. Maxine Waters Says Aristide Is Being Held Like a Prisoner
Rep. Maxine Waters discusses President Aristide's treatment in the Central African Republic and her grilling of Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega about the return to Haiti of the paramilitary leaders who led the 1994 coup.
Rep. Barbara Lee Criticizes U.S. "Systematic Destabilization and Undermining of Democracy in Haiti"
Rep. Barbara Lee compares the administration's policies in Haiti to the invasion of Iraq and talks about the systematic embargo and the disallowance of funding for humanitarian projects in Haiti such as health education and clean water efforts.
Hugo Chavez Accuses U.S. of Spending Over $1 Million To Help Oust Him
Newly publicized documents show how the National Endowment for Democracy has given over $1 million in projects related to an anti-Chavez referendum and opposition groups.
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sources close to the Haitian sitting Prime Minister Neptune said is saying that President Aristide was forced to sign a document 'with a gun to his head'and did not actaully want to resign, and under the constitution of Haiti he still has not resigned.
Prime Minister Neptune also reports that he is himself a prisoner in his own office-held there by US agents.