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    I have merged five threads and changed the thread's title. Three large threads were closed and are here.

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    Default The U.N.’s Legacy in Haiti: Stability, but for Whom?

    A long article reviewing Haiti and the UN's intervention, with "Uncle Sam" standing close by. It is behind a free registration wall though.

    It opens with:
    After 13 years and more than $7 billion, the “touristas”—as the United Nations soldiers that currently occupy Haiti are commonly referred to—will finally be heading home. Well, sort of. While thousands of troops are expected to depart in October, the U.N. has authorized a new, smaller mission composed of police that will focus on justice and strengthening the rule of law. But the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, is not just thousands of foreign soldiers “keeping the peace.” It is the latest and most visible manifestation of the international community’s habit of intervening in Haiti, a habit that is unlikely to change.
    The author, Jake Johnston, maintains a CEPR blog on Haiti:http://cepr.net/blogs/haiti-relief-a...ruction-watch/
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    The U.S. embassy in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince told American citizens to remain inside until further notice Sunday as the city continues to be gripped by violent protests.

    "Do not travel to the airport unless you confirmed your flight is departing,” the State Department cautioned. "Flights are canceled today [Sunday] and the airport has limited food and water available.
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/07...-escalate.html


    Demonstrations in Haiti began after the announcement that there would be an increase of 38 percent to 51 percent for gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Volunteer groups from several U.S. states were stranded in Haiti Sunday after violent protests over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe. Church groups in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama are among those that haven't been able to leave, according to newspaper and television reports.
    http://abc7chicago.com/politics/hait...roups/3728875/
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    Foiled by a traffic stop.

    Five Americans and several other men were arrested after police discovered they were carrying a number of automatic rifles and pistols in Port-au-Prince. The men are being held at this Haitian National Police compound.
    The men were driving a Toyota Prado and Ford pickup that have since been traced to people close to President Moise — who faces calls to resign over accusations of corruption and mismanagement.
    News of the arrests came as antigovernment street protests have been relatively quiet. That's in contrast to last week, when deadly violence prompted the State Department to issue a "do not travel" advisory and order all nonemergency U.S. personnel and their family members to leave Haiti.

    As NPR reported last week, anticorruption protests grew very intense as fury grew over a court report that alleges Haiti's government diverted or misused billions of dollars in development money from Venezuela's Petrocaribe fund. The accusations include Moise and a company he headed before he took office in 2017. At least seven people have died in the unrest.
    https://www.npr.org/2019/02/20/69620...s-many-questio
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    And now for the rest of the story. Come for the intrigue, stay for the half baked planning.

    MOST OF THE Americans arrived in Port-au-Prince from the U.S. by private jet early on the morning of February 16. They’d packed the eight-passenger charter plane with a stockpile of semiautomatic rifles, handguns, Kevlar bulletproof vests, and knives. Most had been paid already: $10,000 each up front, with another $20,000 promised to each man after they finished the job.

    A trio of politically connected Haitians greeted the Americans when their plane landed around 5 a.m. An aide to embattled Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and two other regime-friendly Haitians whisked them through the country’s biggest airport, avoiding customs and immigration agents, who had not yet reported for work.

    The American team included two former Navy SEALs, a former Blackwater-trained contractor, and two Serbian mercenaries who lived in the U.S. Their leader, a 52-year-old former Marine C-130 pilot named Kent Kroeker, had told his men that this secret operation had been requested and approved by Moïse himself. The Haitian president’s emissaries had told Kroeker that the mission would involve escorting the presidential aide, Fritz Jean-Louis, to the Haitian central bank, where he’d electronically transfer $80 million from a government oil fund to a second account controlled solely by the president. In the process, the Haitians told the Americans, they’d be preserving democracy in Haiti.

    It was too good a deal for the band of semi-employed military veterans and security contractors to turn down.
    https://theintercept.com/2019/03/20/...ary-operation/
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