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Quotable: Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Haiti and exile

"As we all know, many people remain buried under tons of rubble and debris, waiting to be rescued. When we think of their suffering, we feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death. As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity.

"The spirit of Ubuntu, that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent black nation in 1804, helped Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador attain liberty, and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States' independence, cannot die. Today, this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti."

--Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on Democracy Now!

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Doug Henwood with Behind the News, featured in the Saturday archives on KPFA, has an excellent interview with a Haitian intellectual about the history, political economy, and culture of that country.

Definately worth a listen.

The show can be accessed through other means, as Henwood develops the show out of WBAI, also.

My latest show, with the Fatton interview, is now archived at

http://www.leftbusinessobserver.com/Radio.html#100114

The segment consists of excerpts from two 2004 interviews. Links to the original are at the URL above.

Thanks! Will give it a listen. Glad you stopped by!