This Week’s Action: The third anniversary of the February 29, 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti is next week. A good way to commemorate the event is to read the excellent interview with President Jean-Bertrand Aristide published in today’s issue of the London Review of Books. If your LRB subscription has lapsed, you can read the interview on The LRB website, or we will email it to you upon request. The piece explains recent events in Haiti within the larger context of the historic struggle of Haiti's poor for dignity and autonomy. It addresses the coup d'etat itself and many other issues, including violence by people identified as Lavalas supporters, the economic compromises made by Haiti's Lavalas governments (1994-2004), and the future of both the Lavalas party and Mr. Aristide.
The interview was conducted by Peter Hallward, who teaches philosophy at Middlesex University in England. Mr. Hallward wrote Option Zero in Haiti , one of the best analyses of the February 2004 coup, and his book: Damning the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment is expected out this summer.

We also have the Version Francaise and the Complete Transcript of the interview (in English) on www.haitijustice.org.
For more information about the Half-Hour for Haiti Program, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, or human rights in Haiti, see www.HaitiJustice.org. To receive Half-Hour for Haiti Action Alerts once per week, send an email to HalfHour4Haiti@ijdh.org.
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