Last month, a curious arrest came and went in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The incident surrounded the “catch and release” of a band of American mercenaries, allegedly nabbed in flagrante, not in the boudoir, but the national bank.
In what sounds like a Mack Senate two-reeler, this Keystone Cop Operation would be slapstick but for the deadly serious political situation in Haiti now, and its long history of foreigner-engineered disasters.
He’s also a past host of WBAI Radio’s Haitian news program, Lanbi Call, and documentary film maker whose projects include ‘Bitter Cane’, ‘Ayisyen Leve Kanpe’, and ‘The Coup Continues’ among others.
Ives too is a founding member of the International Support Haiti Network (ISHN), formerly the Haiti Support Network (HSN), and has led numerous delegations to Haiti since 1986 to investigate human rights violations, union struggles, peasant land conflicts, and state-enterprise privatization campaigns.
Kim’s recent article, ‘American Mercenaries Arrested in Haiti Were Part of a Half-Baked Scheme to Move $80 Million on Behalf of Embattled President‘, (published in cooperation with The Intercept) broke the story of what was the mission of the the hapless gang who couldn’t loot straight.
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