Letter to Haiti government from Ira Kurzban requesting delivery of agreed-to passport for Pres. Aristide and requisite security for immediate return
— On Mon, 1/31/11, Ira Kurzban wrote:
From: Ira Kurzban
Subject: Return of President Aristide
Date: Monday, January 31, 2011, 1:34 P
Many of you have contacted me regarding President Aristide’s current status. I spoke with the President today and he authorized me to inform you that he is not in Cuba or but remains in South Africa. As he has stated many times, he desires to return to Haiti as quickly as possible. To further his prompt return to Haiti, I have this day, as his counsel, forwarded the following letter to appropriate officials in the government of Rene Preval, President of the Republic of Haiti… Ira Kurzban
(Download PDF of Letter from Ira Kurzman – President Aristide’s personal attorney on request for renewal of passport, and return to Haiti – Jan, 31, 2011)
Comment #9 from MC
(Scroll down to “Background info” for the other comments)
[ezilidanto] HLLN updates and reader comments on
Venezuelan media reports that Aristide is in Cuba
Monday, January 31, 2011 12:41 PM
I am so sad and so angry now knowing it’s not true…
Really out of words…I am so depressed with that situation.
Kenbe djanm, pa moli,
Haiti: Aristide in Cuba According to Venezuela’s Media
Since early morning (1:11a.m.), Jan 30, 2011, the news that former president Jean Bertrand Aristide was in Cuba hit the airwaves in Haiti and at least in Venezuela. No English media picked it up to even say “it’s not true” until next day, Jan. 31, 2011 when The Washington Post published an Associated Press report echoing what one of our first commentators (See comment #1 below) wrote to say that Ira Kurzban confirmed Pres. Aristide was still in South Africa. A couple hours before, at 1:35pm, on Jan. 31, 2011, President Aristide’s attorney Ira Kurzban officially sent out a letter denying that president Aristide was in Cuba and enclosed a letter he ‘d sent, on behalf of President Aristide, to the Haiti authorities, again asking for immediate renewal of President’s Aristide’s diplomatic passport which the government had agreed to do the week before and asking for security to the former president’s return to Haiti. (See, PDF of Letter from Ira Kurzman to Haitian government, Jan. 31, 2011.)
One of the Venezuelan papers actually showed a photo of Pres. Aristide and First lady Mildred on a plane. But this was a 2004 photo, not a recent photo. The photo was taken when president Aristide left the Central African Republic to go to Jamaica. As of, 4:25pm the day before, on Jan. 30, 2011 the day when the Venezuela reports were published, HLLN reported that three different sources we spoke to indicate that Maryse Narcisse, the spokesperson for President Aristide said he was still in South Africa – “It is a rumor. Aristide is in South Africa. He has yet to receive a diplomatic passport.” (See background information below.)
Noting the information was unconfirmed and nowhere in the English media, HLLN sent the Venezuelan media outlet links out to our Ezili Listserve asking our insiders to help us investigate. As above-noted sources on our Listserve, very close to President Aristide and the First Lady, soon responded to say it’s not true.
It was in the early morning of Jan. 30, 2011 that HLLN became aware that Venezuelan media was reporting that former President Jean Bertrand Aristide had left South Africa, where he has been in exile since the 2004 Bush regime change in Haiti, and was now in Cuba. The Venezuelan media reporting this, include:
Confirman presencia del ex presidente Jean Bertrand Aristide en Cuba
(Confirming the presence of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide in Cuba)
– Elbrollo.com – http://bit.ly/fxoEjC with a photo of plane trip );
– Radio Del Sur ( Aristide is very close to Haiti in Cuba) and,
At first when we called in the early morning of Jan. 30th, none of our insiders knew anything about this development so it immediately was questionable and made no sense. More telling was that even by 12:00pm of that day, this information was NOT in any English media or other mainstream outlets that we could find and our independent research had yet to get direct confirmation. So around that time we circulated the info to the Ezili Network, saying it was not confirmed and asking the insiders and knowledgeable Haiti members to please share any further information with the Network and we’ll update on this blog. (See background info with responses from our readers, which determined the Venezuelan article, was not true.) The mainstream media did not publish on this until 3:07pm, Jan 31, 2011, the next day. But as noted in the intro to the comments below, the whole process was edifying as it showed us so clearly how fearful, unjust and unethical Officialdom- the current status quo in Haiti and the US/UN that upholds it – actually is about the return of the people’s voice, where they have no such qualms about the return of the bloody Haiti dictator, Jean Claude Duvalier.
At the end of this post is rough google English translation of the false Venezuelan article announcing that President Aristide is in Cuba.
(Confirmed: the presence of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide in Cuba)
Confirman presencia de Aristide en Cuba
30/01/11.-El ex presidente haitiano, Jean Bertrand Aristide, quien permanece en exilio forzoso desde 2004 se encuentra en Cuba por razones médicas, según confirmó Inmácula Nervil, directora de la Casa de Hermandad Haitiana Bolivariana y miembro del Movimiento Unido Socialista Haitiano que presiona por el regreso del ex presidente a la nación caribeña en febrero.
“Se encuentra en Cuba por razones de la visión. Los médicos sudafricanos ( donde se encontraba hasta su viaje a Cuba) aconsejaron que debía recibir tratamiento en un clima tropical”, aseveró Nervil, quien dijo haberse comunicado con los asesores del ex presidente.
La activista haitiano-venezolana aseveró además que los movimientos sociales aprovecharán su estancia en un país miembro de la Alianza Bolivariana de los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA) para instar a los gobiernos pertenecientes al bloque a que exijan al presidente haitiano, René Préval, que renueve el pasaporte de Aristide, permitiendo así su regreso a Haití.
“La Constitución proclamada en 1987 dice que ningún haitiano puede permanecer en el exilio”, aseveró Nervil, quien considera que Préval “tiene la obligación de permitir la renovación del pasaporte de Aristide, que es la única razón que impide su regreso”.
Semanas atrás el mandatario expresó que se encontraba listo para regresar, cuando se lo permitieran.
VIGILIA POR EL RETORNO
Asimismo, anunció que se proyecta la organización de vigilias tanto en Caracas como en Puerto Príncipe para pedir el retorno del popular líder haitiano.
“A partir del 7 de febrero esperamos el retorno de Aristide. Esa es una fecha emblemática para nosotros, ya que es el día en que, en el 1990, se produjo la salida del poder del dictador (Jean Claude Duvalier) en Haití”, aseveró.
Nervil advirtió además sobre las “campañas mediáticas” y los “juegos del imperio” a través de los que se intenta instalar la idea de que el retorno del ex presidente, cuyo partido Fanmi Lavalas ha sido proscrito, podría producir un caos. “Así lo difundió la ONG adscrita a la ONU, Calitá Haití”, dijo.
Entregan resultados electorales el miércoles
El Consejo Electoral Provisional (CEP) de Haití anunció que se publicarán los resultados de la primera ronda de los comicios de noviembre pasado este 2 de febrero e indicó que el balotaje se realizará el 20 de marzo.
Este anuncio del CEP se realizó luego de que la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) sugiriera al país caribeño que aplicara las recomendaciones que el organismo había dado en el informe, debido a que la situación en la nación era “demasiado volátil”.
El consejo electoral haitiano también informó que la segunda vuelta electoral se realizaría este 20 de marzo.
Añadió que la campaña para estos sufragios se realizaría entre el 17 de febrero y el 17 de marzo, reseñó Telesur.
Sumado a esto, precisó que los resultados preliminares de esta segunda contienda se publicarían el próximo 21 de marzo y los definitivos el 16 de abril. El 7 de febrero es el día en que vence el mandato del presidente René Préval quien anunció que deberá extenderlo hasta que se elija un Presidente.
Confirming the presence of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide in Cuba
(Preliminary English translation of the Spanish from Google)
30/01/11. The former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, who remains in forced exile since 2004 is in Cuba for medical reasons, confirmed Immaculate Nervil, director of the Haitian Brotherhood House Bolivarian Socialist member of the Unified Movement Haitian pressing for the return of the former president to the Caribbean nation in February.
“He’s in Cuba because of the vision. South African doctors (where he was until his trip to Cuba) advised that he should receive treatment in a tropical climate,” said Nervil, who said she communicated with the advisors to the former president.
The Haitian activist also said the Venezuelan social movements take advantage of their stay in a member country of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA) to urge governments outside the block to require the Haitian president, René Préval, to renew the passport of Aristide, allowing his return to Haiti.
“The 1987 Haiti Constitution says that no Haitian can remain in exile,” said Nervil, who believes that Préval “has the obligation to allow the renewal of the passport of Aristide, which is the only reason that prevents his return.”
Weeks ago the president said he was ready to return, when permitted.
VIGIL FOR THE RETURN
He also announced the organization’s plans to hold vigils both in Caracas and in Port au Prince to demand the return of the popular Haitian leader.
“From February 7th forward expect the return of Aristide. This is a landmark date for us, since it is the day when, in 1990, there was the ouster of the dictator (Jean Claude Duvalier) in Haiti,” he said.
Nervil also warned about the “media campaigns” and the “games of the empire” through which they try to install the idea that the return of the former president, whose Fanmi Lavalas party has been banned from elections (since the 2004 Bush regime change), could cause chaos. “This misinformation is spread by the NGOs affiliated to the UN, Calito Haiti,” he said.
Deliver election results on Wednesday
The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Haiti announced it will publish the results of the first round of last November’s elections on February 2 and indicated that the ballot will be held on 20 March.
CEP This announcement was made after the Organization of American States (OAS) suggested to the Caribbean country to implement the recommendations that the agency had given in the report, because the situation in the nation was “too volatile.”
The Haitian electoral council also reported that the runoff would be held this March 20.
He added that the campaign for those votes would be held between February 17 and March 17, as quoted by Telesur.
Added to this, said that preliminary results of this second contest would be published on 21 March and the final on 16 April. February 7 is the day of expiry of the term of President René Préval announced that he will extend until the election of a president.
Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
HLLN updates and reader comments on Venezuelan media reports that Aristide is in Cuba
HLLN sources and some of our readers have, as requested, provided more updated info to say this is not true. At least one trustworthy HLLN source said he was unable to confirm either way on the story. We have not spoken DIRECTLY with Maryse Narcisse on this. So, we’ll keep working on it.
Check the website often for latest updates, at – http://bit.ly/h9XePJ
Thank you to every one who sent us an email on this and provided further information. Good to hear from all of you folks. Men anpil chay pa lou – many hands make light a heavy load.
A great many HLLN listserve members wrote to say that the picture was taken in 2004 and distributed by Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!). President Aristide and First Lady, was traveling from the Central African Republic to Jamaica. Back then Jamaica was harassed and suffered from the condemnation, of course, by G. Bush Administration black collaborator (Bafyoti) and official, Condi Rice for allowing Haiti’s duly elected, back into the Western Hemisphere!
As we noted in our last email, at least 4 Venezuelan media outlets reported on the travel to Cuba since early last night. For some hours, I was honestly just perplexed no Western media outlets investigated if at least to deny it.
Then, in the process of our investigation of this, HLLN reps had the occasion to speak to several of Officialdom’s minions this day and it seems Haiti’s Western oppressors, the UN and NGO leeches are so FEARFUL their economic and Duvalierist political gains these last 7-years in Haiti will perhaps start to diminish as the people’s voice returns; so intimidated that their pillaging of Haiti’s gold and other resources behind UN guns will stop, so intimidated their NGO-Haiti laundering activities of turning Haiti and international public funds into private profit will be redirected and made to benefit the grieving, wounded and starving peoples of Jean Bertrand Aristide – so disturbs this greedy, unjust and unethical foreign NGO class, the UN/USAID sectors, the Haiti oligarchy/Duvalierist/coup d’etat kleptomaniacs and their Western media agents and corporatocracy that they couldn’t even bring themselves to say it’s “not true,” Aristide is not close to Haiti in Cuba!– this prospect of the return of the symbol of the people of Haiti – our
It would be amusing really, if it wasn’t so tragic, these last hours in tracking down the veracity of this information. I cannot overstate Officialdom’s stark fear at the prospect of the return of Haiti’s people to controlling their own country. Witnessing their unraveling and much scurrying made sending this information out very much worthwhile.
Check for HLLN updates on this on the blog at
http://bit.ly/h9XePJ . Info received and some selected comments from some of our readers are below.
Kenbe la ti pèp Ayisyen. Kenbe la, pa lage. Nou pap bay legen. Zanset yo e Timoun yo la! Nou se Ayisyen, nou fè yon sèl kò!
Ezili Dantò of HLLN
January 30, 4:25 p.m.
HLLN reader comments (8) on “Aristide in Cuba according to Venezuela’s Media | One Venezuelan paper shows photo of Pres. Aristide and First lady Mildred on plane
Comment # 1 on HLLN post “Venezuela reports Aristide is in Cuba” (at http://bit.ly/gzUNE9)
Sunday, January 30, 2011 1:05 PM
To: “Zili” <email@example.com>
I think your caution on this is justified. Just spoke with Ira, he says they are still in SA. The photo looks like the trip from CAR to Jamaica to me.
Comment # 2 from DX
Sunday, January 30, 2011 1:42 PM
This is not true. Apparently the photo is from 2004. I’ve confirmed Aristide is still in SA with both Maryse Narcisse and ****.
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Comment #3 from DX
To:”zili danto” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I’m a freelance journalist in PAP (I work for Al Jazeera, RFI, CSMonitor, Haiti Liberte, The Guardian, The Nation etc), and a friend of _____.
You can see Johnathan Katz tweeted about the photo saying ” …That photo is from 2004: http://bit.ly/ghwUtm “Aristide looks out a jet window while en route to Jamaica.””
You can quote Maryse Narcisse saying “It is a rumor. Aristide is in South Africa. He has yet to receive a diplomatic passport.”
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I just received notice that U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is now on the ground in Port au Prince. Please….make sure that President Aristide is well protected if he returns to Haiti.
My prayers for Haiti as always,
To: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 1:36 PM
The picture is the picture of him leaving Haiti in 2004.
I think it will wise to not let people know when and if the Aristide family is returning to Haiti. Until it actually happens.
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Comment # 6
Sunday, January 30, 2011 12:07 PM
foto sa a se yon foto 2004 Amy Goodman te mete deyò. Li te nan avyon an. Yo t ap soti an Afrik pou rive Jamayik.
(English – The picture was taken in 2004 and distributed by Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!). They were traveling form Africa to Jamaica.)
Comment # 7
Sunday, January 30, 2011 12:10 PM
The picture of Pres. Aristide and his wife Mildred on the plane looks to be the same picture published when he was on the plane out of Haiti in 2004…
In Sisterhood and Solidarity,
Comment # 8
The picture at ElBrollo is of the flight into exile, not the reverse. I have that picture in my files.
Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Other Relevant info for Jan. 30, 2011
A fraudulent election supported by the Duvalierists, NGOs, UN, USAID, OAS, US and international community and rejected by 12 of the Haiti presidential candidates themselves- The election without an electorate
– Mrs. Clinton is in Haiti today, Jan 30, 2011, tell Secretary of State Clinton: Haiti message to US Embassy in Haiti: The Will of the People