Archive for April, 2014

Haitian rightists prepare for elections

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Supporters of Duvalier and Martelly form political parties

[Translations of two articles from AlterPresse of Port-au-Prince for April 15 and April 23, 2014. See originals here and here.]

Self-proclaimed former soldiers found pro-Martelly, Macoutist political party

Belladère, April 15 – After the attempted occupation of abandoned barracks in 2012, men claiming to be former members of the Army of Haiti have surfaced again, this time in Belladère, at the heart of a political party that has already aroused concern in the border community, the AlterPresse agency has learned.

On Tuesday, April 8, about 200 men, wearing uniforms of the army dissolved in 1995 and of the Macoute, the Duvalierist militia, met at the office of the Belladère vice-delegate [a local official appointed by the federal government] for the purpose of appointing Lucknel Morette as head of a party known as the Parti de la Rénovation Nationale (PRN). (more…)

Argentina: The Malvinas in memory

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

“The truth about the Malvinas is that they are a major NATO nuclear and military base in the South Atlantic”

[Translation of an article from Página/12 of Buenos Aires for April 4, 2014. See original here and related articles here, here and here.]

During the observation of the Day of the Malvinas Veteran, President Cristina Kirchner reaffirmed Argentina’s sovereignty over the archipelago and declared that the motive for the United Kingdom’s maintaining control of the territory, “one of the most militarized in the world,” is because they “control their entire military deployment” from there, as well as “their system of electronic intelligence.” She revealed further that the government is seeking the identification of “143 unidentified bodies of Argentines who gave their lives for us” and who are in the Darwin cemetery, and she also presented a drawing of the new 50-peso bill, which features an illustration of the islands.

“The truth about the Malvinas is that they are the largest NATO military and nuclear base in the South Atlantic,” declared the president during a ceremony in the Casa de Gobierno to honor the combatants killed in the war by which the last military dictatorship attempted to recuperate the islands in 1982. “History shows that colonial enclaves are always recovered in the end. I have unlimited confidence in history and in the people that they will be recovered,” the president declared to former combatants and national and provincial officials. (more…)