Friday, January 21, 2011

Washington turns the thumbs screws in the Haiti election

Washington revoked the U.S. visas of some Haitians associated with the campaign of a government candidate who is Martelly's rival for a runoff place.

STATE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMATION

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley confirmed that some visas had been revoked and that Haitian officials were among those affected.



Put another way, Washington has revoked the visas for Haitians who support a candidate other then the one, the US wants in the election run-off. This would be Haitians who support Jude Celestin. Hmm....isn't this election supposed to be for Haitians?

The U.N. and western donors (?) are piling pressure on Haiti's government and Provisional Electoral Council to include Martelly, a popular musician, in the deciding second-round contest with opposition matriarch Mirlande Manigat.

U.N., U.S. and European officials are emphatically telling Haitian President Rene Preval, that failure to follow the OAS recommendation risks plunging the earthquake-battered Caribbean nation into even more turmoil.


Does this sound like political blackmail? Do as we say or risk more trouble? Very humanitarian..

Recall in a previous post there was an analysis done that found the OAS report on Haiti's election
"methodologically and statistically flawed, and arbitrary"

2 comments:

  1. "U.N., U.S. and European officials are emphatically telling Haitian President Rene Preval, that failure to follow the OAS recommendation risks plunging the earthquake-battered Caribbean nation into even more turmoil."

    The only thing that makes sense to me is if Duvalier was brought back to show Peval that they (US et al) have options to back up their threat. They used Duvalier as a lever. Once the concession(s) is given, Baby Doc can disappear again, as he did.

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  2. "The only thing that makes sense to me is if Duvalier was brought back to show Peval that they (US et al) have options to back up their threat."

    I agree, my take on this is Duvalier was dragged back to show Preval who is really running the show in Haiti.

    There is also a matter of some money that Duvalier is trying to get his hands on..."to help Haiti rebuild" Which is bs!

    If charges are not brought up against him, he will get the money.

    I would assume this is why he is willing to play the political game that he is playing?

    To get the multi-millions frozen in Swiss accounts.

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