Next week marks another of Haiti’s too many “days that live in infamy.” Before the February 29th, 2004 sun rose on Port-au-Prince, soldiers sat in the shadow waiting for the signal to overthrow a president. As sun set Jean Bertrand Aristide, the most popular of all popularly elected presidents in the Americas, would be a prisoner on a plane high above the Atlantic Ocean; destination unknown.
Kim Ives is founder of, and contributing editor to, Haiti Liberté, a newspaper with offices in Haiti and New York. The Haitian-born Ives also has more than twenty years experience reporting with the paper, Haiti Progrès, and currently hosts the weekly WBAI New York radio program, ‘Haiti: The Struggle Continues.’ Ives is too a filmmaker who has collaborated on many films documenting human rights abuses, trade struggles, and conflicts between the island’s peasant farmers and corrupt State enterprise.
He’s contributed to the books: ‘Dangerous Crossroads,’ ‘The Haiti Files,’ and Haiti: A Slave Revolution,’ and appeared on many international news programs promoting the cause of Haiti’s disenfranchised, travelling Canada and the U.S to deliver lectures on the persistently dire situation there.
Kim Ives in the first half.
And; Valentine’s Day has for the last 25 years marked a more sombre remembrance than romance; it’s the day Canadian women and their supporters march in memory of those afflicted by physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence. These women are the killed and disappeared and the march is an effort to bring to them “courage and committment to end the violence.”
Sounds from the 25th Annual Women’s Memorial March in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s going on in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Haiti eleven years after Aristide.