Continuing Crisis in Haiti

October 16, 2007

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The UN Security Council has agreed to extend its peacekeeping mission in Haiti for another twelve months. The 9,000-strong UN security force replaced a US-backed team deployed after an uprising toppled president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

Among those doing the toppling was the rebel leader Guy Phillippe, who disappeared after recently doing a radio interview criticizing the U.S.

Haiti's President is once again René Préval, an ally of deposed President Jean Bertand Artistitede. He won elections held earlier this year.

On the face of it, things seem to be improving in Haiti, but my next guest is unimpressed.

Kevin Pina is an independent journalist and filmmaker. He's founder of the Haitian Information Project and is Haiti Correspondent for the Haiti Action Committee. Kevin spent 7 years in Haiti between 1999 and 2006 and is critical about the role of the UN in Haiti.

In fact, Pina's new documentary is HAITI: We Must Kill the Bandits, quotes the Brazilian leader of the UN forces in Haiti who said,  "We must kill all the banidits, but it will have to be the bandits only, not everybody.”

Jerome asked Kevin Pina why things in Haiti don't sound so great to him…