US Policy and the Growing Crisis in Haiti

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Political chaos and bloody violence are once again the rule in the Western Hemisphere-s most impoverished country. Armed gangs are battling for and against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, with no easy prospects for establishing order. The US occupied Haiti from 1915 to 1934, and sent 20,000 troops there as recently as 1994, but American forces are currently stretched thin, from Afghanistan to Iraq to other places around the world. Fifty American Marines have been sent to Haiti, but the Pentagon insists that it has no plans to send a large US force. We learn how America has contributed to the crisis and what it can do now from journalists, a sociologist who specializes in the Caribbean development, a former US envoy to Haiti, and California Congressman Christopher Cox.
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President Bush's call for Constitutional Amendment protecting marriage

BBC article on President Aristide's call for international intervention

BBC article on Haitian rebels

OAS Resolution 861: Support for Public Order and Strengthening Democracy in Haiti

US State Department policy on Haiti

Equal Rights Amendment



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