Meditation Focus #105

Healing Troubled Haiti


Hello,

What follows is the 105th Meditation Focus suggested for the 2 weeks beginning Sunday, February 15, 2004.

HEALING TROUBLED HAITI

1. Summary
2. Meditation times
3. More information related to this Meditation Focus
4. Healing Watch for Yellowstone




1. SUMMARY

Once again Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world with 80% of its population living in abject poverty is facing another traumatic spat of violence since its independence 200 years ago, a situation that could lead to the downfall of its unpopular President Aristide, civil war, years of unrest and a very serious humanitarian crisis, with consequences throughout the surrounding region. At the very doorstep of the richest country in the world, Haiti should be receiving over $500 millions of much needed assistance, except that all donors countries have decided to partly withdraw their support following serious allegations of political fraud during the contested reelection in 2000 of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a Catholic priest who ministered to the poor and who was hailed as a savior by many, a fresh face in a country racked for decades by dictatorship and brutal repression. Ousted in a coup in 1992, he returned to power thanks to a U.S. military incursion in 1994. Aristide's opponents say the one-time priest has become little more than a dictator himself, surrounded by corrupt allies who are robbing the national treasury and building empires based on fear, intimidation and criminal acts. Gangs of thugs, often shouting his praises, have taken to the streets in recent months, harassing anti-government demonstrators, attacking opposition politicians and burning their homes.

Foreign aid groups and the United Nations have issued warnings that the stalemate and anarchy in the countryside are blocking food shipments and could soon trigger a humanitarian crisis. Food and medicine are in short supplies in the town of Gonaives, where armed gangs seized control last week. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Friday of acute shortages of both food and medicine in the city and said the situation is becoming desperate for more than 150,000 people trapped in Gonaives.

Please dedicate your prayers and meditations, as guided by Spirit, in the coming two weeks, and especially in synchronous attunement at the usual time this Sunday and the following one, to contribute in fostering a peaceful resolution to the current crisis in Haiti and a return to stability coupled with renewed assistance from the International community and the emergence of new political leaders with true selfless motives to help their country escape from the grip of poverty, violence and injustice. May all people concerned open their hearts and minds to peaceful, legitimate means of advancing their ideas and commit themselves to help bring about a gradual and complete healing of Haiti and its citizens, for the Highest Good of All.

This whole Meditation Focus has been archived for your convenience at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus105.htm




2. MEDITATION TIMES

i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes.

ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:

Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage 7:00 AM -- Los Angeles 8:00 AM -- Denver 9:00 AM -- San Salvador, Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 10:00 AM -- New York, Toronto & Montreal 11:00 AM -- Halifax, Santo Domingo, La Paz & Caracas 12:00 PM -- Montevideo, Asuncion * & Santiago * 1:00 PM -- Rio de Janeiro * 2:00 PM -- London, Dublin, Lisbon, Reykjavik & Casablanca 4:00 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris & Madrid 5:00 PM -- Ankara, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Athens, Helsinki & Istanbul 6:00 PM -- Baghdad, Moscow & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Tehran 7:30 PM -- Islamabad 9:00 PM -- Calcutta & New Delhi 9:30 PM -- Dhaka 10:00 PM -- Rangoon 10:30 PM -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 11:00 PM -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur +12:00 AM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington * +5:00 AM

+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time.

* means the place is observing daylight saving time (DST) at the moment.

You may also check at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html to find your current corresponding local time if a closeby city is not listed above.




3. MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS MEDITATION FOCUS

This complement of information may help you to better understand the various aspects pertaining to the summary description of the subject of this Meditation Focus. It is recommended to view this information from a positive perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision we wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive our mind-set, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of peace and healing. This complementary information is provided so that a greater knowledge of what needs healing and peace-nurturing vibrations may assist us to have an in-depth understanding of what is at stake and thus achieve a greater collective effectiveness.


From: http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0204/15haiti.html

Haiti on the brink

Nation haunted by violent past sees cycle gear up again

By MIKE WILLIAMS

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 02/14/04

ST. MARC, Haiti -- The boys stand silently on the barren slope, some kicking at pebbles in the dust between stolen glances, while the grown-ups murmur in hushed voices.

The gruesome sight has sucked the sound and life from this place for a moment: the mangled body of a man — a victim of Haiti's political violence — partially eaten by animals, sprawled in a dirt gully on the steep hillside overlooking this port city.
 
"He was shot as he ran from the attackers," murmurs one of the grown-ups. "There are other bodies nearby. Nobody comes for them because their families ran away, afraid for their lives."
 
The shocking tableau may be new to the boys, who tagged along when the men took foreign visitors to view the ghastly scene and prove their claims. But sadly, it is nothing novel for their beleaguered country.
 
"It makes me scared," said Louis Ness, a handsome child of 13. "I don't know what this means."
 
But others in Haiti do know.
 
Thousands in some cities have fled their homes in recent weeks, fleeing political violence that has flared like a wildfire and threatens to engulf the entire country.
 
Others try to go about their business as if all were normal. But behind closed doors they repeat the wild, bloody rumors rampant in the streets, even while on those streets they wear masks of indifference, their tongues locked by fear.
 
No, no, a man shakes his head, questioned by journalists near a row of houses — some containing more grotesque corpses — burned last week when one of the warring factions cut loose in a binge of retaliation.
 
"They cannot talk about these things," said a Haitian translator, warning the reporters not to ask pointed questions. "They must keep their mouths shut, or people will come to their houses in the night to take them away."
 
Haiti is on the brink of a familiar abyss, perhaps already sliding into another dark nightmare of bloody attacks and reprisals, repeating the sad, brutal history that has been its lot for too many decades.
 
Era of hope betrayed
 
The international community stands by, perhaps too focused on fears of terrorism, perhaps simply reluctant to step boldly into a mess with no tidy, quick solutions.
 
"I don't see it coming to an end anytime soon," said Jim Morrell of the Haitian Democracy Project in Washington, a longtime student of the island's woes. "These things take awhile to unfold in Haiti. I'm afraid this will continue."
 
Haiti's crisis comes as the apparent bitter end to what many prayed would be a new era of democracy and hope that began with the election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide as president in 1990.
 
A Catholic priest who ministered to the poor, Aristide was hailed as a savior by many, a fresh face in a country racked for decades by dictatorship and brutal repression. Ousted in a coup in 1992, he returned to power thanks to a U.S. military incursion in 1994.
 
His political party, Lavalas, was Haiti's first political voice for the poor, promising jobs, social programs and hope for the estimated 80 percent of the nation's 8 million residents mired in abject poverty.
 
A decade later, Aristide is midway through a second term, pledges of a new beginning for Haiti lost in a fresh wave of bickering, violence, accusations, neglect, attacks.
 
Secretary of State Colin Powell told Congress last week he was disappointed with Aristide's government but insisted "regime change" was not the way to end the violence. Powell noted that instability in Haiti 11 years ago caused a humanitarian crisis as tens of thousands of Haitians headed for the United States in boats.
 
Aristide's opponents say the one-time priest has become little more than a dictator himself, surrounded by corrupt allies who are robbing the national treasury and building empires based on fear, intimidation and criminal acts. Gangs of thugs, often shouting his praises, have taken to the streets in recent months, harassing anti-government demonstrators, attacking opposition politicians and burning their homes.
 
"It's clear that Aristide is an outlaw and a delinquent," said Evans Paul, a leader of the political opposition.
 
Aristide claims plot
 
Aristide has denied the charges in interviews with foreign reporters, claiming he has no ties to the gangs. The opposition, he says, is determined to drive him from office and snuff out the fledgling democratic process that put him in office in the nation's first free elections in decades.
 
But it was the most recent elections, in 2000, that triggered the international community's withdrawal of some $500 million in badly needed aid for impoverished Haiti. Aristide's party won several legislative seats through fraud, election observers charged.
 
Aristide and the opposition — a fractured group with little popular support — have failed in several attempts to plan new elections, leading to the current political stalemate.
 
Opponents now demand he step down, while Aristide vows to remain in office until his term ends in 2006.
 
Meanwhile, the violence escalates. An attack by pro-Aristide forces against student protesters in December shocked the nation, leading to a series of anti-government marches that have spread from the capital to the provinces.
 
Ten days ago, a group of former Aristide supporters who broke ranks with him last fall took control of Gonaives, a large city north of Port-au-Prince. Their actions sparked rebellions in a handful of other towns, where police stations were burned and officers driven away.
 
On Saturday, the rebels brought in reinforcements from the neighboring Dominican Republic, witnesses said, including the exiled former leader of 1980s death squads and a former police chief accused of fomenting a coup, as police fled two more northern towns.
 
Aristide has decried the rebellion, but Haiti's army was disbanded after the 1994 U.S. incursion, and the tiny police force of less than 5,000 has been unwilling or unable to retake several of the towns.
 
Aristide's opponents are handicapped by their lack of a leader of national standing. A group of business and civic groups entered the fray in recent months, calling at first for both sides to negotiate for the nation's future, but recently joining the opposition in calling for Aristide to step down.
 
Foreign aid groups and the United Nations have issued warnings that the stalemate and anarchy in the countryside are blocking food shipments and could soon trigger a humanitarian crisis.
 
Suffering poor despair
 
But Aristide's support in the capital remains strong, and there seems little chance that protests in Port-au-Prince could reach a critical mass that might convince the president to step down.
 
Meanwhile, Haiti's poor wonder how their lives can get any worse. Many gather around radios to hear news of the latest developments, some hopeful of a resolution to the crisis but most resigned to fresh waves of violence and terror.
 
Amazil Jean Baptiste, 44, saw the violence erupt in St. Marc last week when pro-Aristide forces came to retake the town from anti-government rebels.
 
"My son was shot, and when I tried to take him to the hospital, men came and took him away," she said, standing before the burned-out home of a neighbor, her arms outstretched in a plea for help, tears rolling down her cheeks. "He was a woodworker on his way home from work. He had nothing to do with politics. What can I do? What can I do?"
 
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From: http://www.news-leader.com/today/0215-Haitianins-13751.html

February 15, 2004

Haitian insurgents overtake another town

Anti-Aristide forces block road to Dominican Republic; aid workers warn of food shortages.

By Ian James
Associated Press

Gonaives, Haiti — Haitian rebels forced police out of another northern town and blocked a main road leading to the Dominican Republic, witnesses said Saturday as aid workers warned food was running out in northern cities and towns.

In Washington, members of the Organization of American States called on all parties to ensure a peaceful and democratic outcome to the 9-day-old rebellion aimed at ousting President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. About 50 people have died in the uprising.

Emergency supplies of flour, cooking oil and other staples are projected to run out in four days in northern areas cut off by roadblocks guarded by rebels. The insurgents have seized Gonaives, Haiti's fourth-largest city, and burned down police stations in a dozen other towns.

Overnight, rebels attacked police in Saint Suzanne, a small town 20 miles southwest of the northern port of Cap-Haitien, according to witnesses.

They said police fled and rebels set the police station ablaze, but no one was killed.

Nearby, rebels blocked the road outside Trou-du-Nord that leads to the Dominican borderat Ouanaminthe. Merchants turned back Saturday said the barricade of boulders and burned-out cars has cut supplies of food and fuel that come from Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Rebels also have retaken the town of Dondon and burned dozens of houses of Aristide supporters, according to witnesses who fled to Cap-Haitien. They said the rebels attacked Wednesday and Thursday.

Haiti has only 5,000 police officers and those manning outlying towns often are outnumbered and outgunned.

Leaders of the political opposition planned a rally in Port-au-Prince today, two days after Aristide militants crushed a planned demonstration by stoning opponents and blocking the protest route.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday that Aristide's assurances he would work for a political settlement are not enough. Aristide "must reach out to the opposition, to make sure that thugs are not allowed to break up peaceful demonstrations," Powell said.

Powell met with OAS members in Washington on Friday and said they agreed "we will accept no outcome that, in any way, attempts to remove the elected president of Haiti."

The United States sent 20,000 troops to Haiti in 1994 to restore Aristide, end a bloody military dictatorship and halt an exodus of refugees to Florida.

Washington says it plans no new military intervention in the Caribbean country, where discontent has grown among the 8 million people since Aristide's party swept flawed elections in 2000 and international donors froze millions of dollars in aid.

Opposition politicians refuse to participate in new elections unless Aristide steps down, and the rebels say they will lay down their weapons only when he is ousted.

Many who once backed Aristide have turned on him as poverty deepens while the president's clique enjoys lavish lifestyles some charge are funded by corruption.

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From: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20040214T230000-0500_55778_OBS_OUR_HAITIAN_DILEMMA.asp

Our Haitian dilemma

David Jessop

Sunday, February 15, 2004

ARISTIDE. under pressure

Nearly 200 years ago Haiti's slaves overthrew their colonial masters. Today the republic is again on the verge of a revolution. There is a sense among opposition groups in Haiti that they can depose President Aristide over time.

Violence has been steadily escalating. The Organisation of American States' (OAS) monitoring team has all but removed itself on the grounds of safety. Caricom's initiatives aimed at reconciliation appear to be running into the ground and violence seems set to remove any vestige that is left of Haitian democracy.

In the last week, the views of the various factions have been polarising. There is a fear that recent events in which major cities were taken by the opposition and then retaken by armed gangs loosely associated with President Aristide, will be repeated. There is a danger of civil war or the complete breakdown of what little order is left. As a consequence, a view evolving is that to avoid a substantial loss of life, an external intervention may be necessary.

For its part, the US has been consulting quietly at the United Nations but is clearly reluctant to act in an election year. It fears that whatever it does will be viewed politically in the light of the implied failure of its previous intervention in 1994. Just as problematic for the US administration are the continuing divisions in the US Congress between supporters of President Aristide in the Black Caucus and those in the Republican Party who see the need for the US to exhibit leadership and policy coherence in what they believe is the US' own hemisphere.

The result is that US officials are, for the time being, backing diplomatic efforts to restore civil order and are stating that they have no plans to intervene unilaterally. Their approach up to now has been to seek hemispheric or regional solutions, but there are some signs that if the violence escalates the US may find itself seeking a multilateral intervention backed by the UN.

"Everyone is hopeful that the situation, which tends to ebb and flow down there, will stay below a certain threshold ... we have no plans to do anything," the US secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, is quoted as having said.

France's foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, has been busy apprising his counterparts in the EU, the US, Canada and elsewhere of the need for a clear international stance. In an indication of the waning international support for President Aristide in both Europe and the US, the French minister in charge of European affairs, Noelle Lenoir, told the French Senate that the Haitian president was not honouring the many commitments he had made to the international community. France was working with its main partners at the United Nations, including the United States, to resolve the crisis, she told senators.

The dangers are many. Haiti's economy is in ruins. Its government's ability to provide even the most basic services is limited. It is poor beyond belief when compared with the rest of the region. It has an HIV/Aids epidemic that is the worst in the western hemisphere. There is no security. It is already a centre for narcotics trafficking and has the makings of a failed state with a location that offers extraordinary opportunities for terrorists wishing harm to the US and the Caribbean.

If the internal situation were to deteriorate further, the potential for a humanitarian crisis is enormous, as is Haiti's ability to destabilise the region through an exodus of economic refugees and asylum seekers. All of the republic's near neighbours, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Puerto Rico already have more Haitian refugees than they know what to do with; which is to say nothing of the problems the United States faces. In recognition of this, the US is already preparing its base in Guantanamo for an influx of refugees.

While Haiti's problems are unique in the western hemisphere, they point as well to the difficulties that disparities in wealth, the absence of development and the process of economic globalisation are causing across the world.

In Europe for instance, the issue of economic refugees and asylum seeking now comes close to the top of the political agenda in almost every single member state of the European Union (EU). Opinion polls show that electorates across much of Europe are concerned that EU enlargement after May 1, and the admission of 10 new member states may result in large numbers of citizens from the less well-off nations of eastern Europe seeking to migrate to the EU's wealthier member states.

While most studies by reputable bodies suggest the nature of any such problem has been vastly exaggerated, popular opinion is leading many EU governments to adopt policies that contradict some of the basic elements of a single market. The consequence is that the majority of existing member states are changing their minds about opening their labour markets. They are opting instead to maintain control quotas for periods of between two and seven years, despite knowing that immigration is likely to become a necessity as aging populations reduce the numbers available for the workforce.

The Caribbean is little different. The region accepts the principle of the free movement of labour and for the most part, enacted during 2003 the necessary legislation or regulations to enable the free movement of university graduates, artistes, media workers, musicians and sportspersons. However, there are still many bureaucratic hurdles to be overcome and little sign of the extension of such rights to other categories of workers.

The Caribbean and the OAS need to find a way to resolve Haiti's seemingly intractable political problems. It may now be too late. If the hemisphere cannot do so with all interested parties, the region may be faced once again with an externally-organised and -led intervention with uncertain long-term consequences for the republic's long-suffering people.

- David Jessop is the director of the Caribbean Council and can be contacted at david.jessop@caribbean-council.org

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From: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=491453

Haitian rebels vow to topple Aristide

'In Haiti, fighting dictatorship is what we do.' In the port city of Gonaives, Andrew Gumbel finds the leaders of the uprising in confident mood

15 February 2004

The rebels who have taken over the Haitian port city of Gonaives are in ebullient mood. It has been 10 days since they over-ran the town's police force, burned down the police station and jail, and threw up barricades around the outskirts of town to keep forces loyal to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide at bay.

The police have tried to retake control just once, only to beat a hasty retreat after an unspecified number were gunned down or "necklaced", their bodies mutilated and paraded around town. Since then, Gonaives has been left largely alone, a symbol of defiance against President Aristide's authority. It is also a vital strategic asset, since Haiti's only half-decent north-south road passes through Gonaives; rebel control is slowly choking off the northern half of the country.

For the rebels this isn't just a stunt. It is the start of a revolution they have every intention of seeing through to its logical conclusion: the downfall of the man once hailed as Haiti's very own Nelson Mandela but who is now reviled for his autocratic leadership style and utter failure to deliver any progress on the country's dire economic and social woes.

"We keep hearing the police are coming, but they will come just to die," said Winter Etienne, the mayor of free Gonaives and spokesman for the rebel movement. "We have more than 200 trained soldiers. And we have as many arms as we have people - if they do not have guns, they have machetes."

He and his fellow rebel leaders clearly mean business. Other towns that rebelled in Gonaives's wake have been quickly retaken and pummelled into submission through house-burnings and threats against anti-Aristide activists, but Gonaives is proving much more resilient.

The barricades on the road into town - buses clustered on a bridge, an armed checkpoint, burned-out trucks in the road, broken bottles and concrete bollards - would not pose much of a challenge to a decently equipped modern army. But in Haiti, where the only uniformed forces are police driving Toyota Landcruiser 4WDs, they are more than adequate to the task.

The rebels brandished an array of automatic and semi-automatic weapons that promised to outgun the ill-equipped police. And more seems to be on the way. Mr Etienne led a group of journalists to a heavily guarded wooden shack by the port where he showed off the rebels' newest asset - a former regional police chief and former army officer called Guy Philippe who has long been a sworn enemy of the President's. Mr Philippe, flanked by 12 paramilitary supporters, came out with some spirited rhetoric about taking the rest of the north and then marching on Port-au-Prince, the capital, to finish the job. "In Haiti, fighting dictatorship is what we do," he said.

The civilian boss of Gonaives, Butteur Metayer, even bragged that his men could do a better job in Iraq than the US. The occasion might have been stronger on theatrics than on hard reality, but it was the strongest indication to date that members of the armed forces disbanded by President Aristide a decade ago are now regrouping with the intention of seizing power.

Mr Philippe is a figure as feared as he is respected. He participated in the 1991 coup that deposed Mr Aristide after his first abortive ascent to the presidency. And he was fingered in a mysterious concatenation of events at the end of 2001 that Mr Aristide's entourage denounced as another coup attempt, forcing him to flee into exile in the Dominican Republic.

That 2001 "coup" - suspected by many to have been a hoax mounted by the President's men as an excuse to crack down on the opposition - is in many ways at the root of the current revolt.

President Aristide's man in Gonaives at the time was Butteur Metayer's brother Amiot, who embarked on a campaign of repression against opposition sympathisers so severe that the Organisation of American States and other groups pressured the government into arresting him and throwing him into jail. Amiot Metayer - nicknamed "le Cubain", or the Cuban - had more supporters than the government may have realised, however, because one month after his incarceration a group of them drove a bulldozer through the wall of the Gonaives prison and released him.

At that point, Mr Aristide chose to make up with Mr Metayer and put him in charge of Gonaives' lucrative customs and excise business. By all accounts, the Cuban spread the wealth around the community, Robin Hood style, thus cementing loyalty towards him even further. The international community was outraged that the Aristide government let Mr Metayer go after his prison breakout. According to the Metayer family, the first act of the new US ambassador, Richard Foley, on presenting his credentials last September was to tell Mr Aristide to put him behind bars again within 48 hours.

Right on that 48-hour deadline, on the evening of 21 September 2003, Amiot Metayer disappeared. His body later surfaced 50 miles south of Gonaives, with the top of his skull missing, his eyes gouged out and his heart removed. The town was in no doubt that President Aristide had ordered his murder, and vowed to take revenge.

At first it staged simple street demonstrations, but passions rose as the police used increasingly brutal tactics to quash the rebellion. People were killed and houses were burned. "Death was everywhere," Etienne Winter said. "We got mobilised and pulled all our supporters out of hiding." Insurrection quickly followed.

Diplomats and seasoned observers in Port-au-Prince said yesterday they believed Guy Philippe might well have the manpower and weaponry to extend the rebellion to other towns. Anti-Aristide sentiment is reaching boiling point, not helped by the repressive tactics of the police and the so-called "chimères", armed thugs from the slums sponsored by the government to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the Gonaives rebellion risks triggering a crisis in the north. Already towns are suffering electricity blackouts, petrol shortages and dwindling food supplies. The rebel leaders said that if anyone was hungry they would be welcome to come to Gonaives and join the revolution.

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From: http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=2DF9678A-216B-497A-9F20C2E3D32F3900

UN Warns of Impending Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti

Jim Teeple

Port-au-Prince

14 Feb 2004

U.N. officials are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis in Haiti if violence in the northern part of the country does not end soon. Armed gangs continue to control Haiti's fourth largest city cutting off much of northern Haiti to food delivery supplies.

Food and medicine are in short supplies in the town of Gonaives, where armed gangs seized control last week. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Friday of acute shortages of both food and medicine in the city and said the situation is becoming desperate for more than 150,000 people trapped in Gonaives

Haiti's main north south highways runs through Gonaives and because of violence in the region, the road is now closed, making food delivery supplies to hundreds of thousands of people impossible.

Guy Gauvreau, the U.N.'s World Food Program Director in Haiti says Haiti's three northern provinces are effectively cut off from food delivery supplies.

"In the last three weeks we were unable to get the food north," he explained. "We have been attacked in fact eight times since November on that road. We have lost a total of 60 tons of food through armed attacks or mobs and so that is why we could not take any more risk in sending food through that road."

U.N. officials say they have chartered a ship that will deliver more than 1,000 metric tons of cereals to the northern port city of Cap Haitian early next week. The food is to feed nearly 268,000 at risk people affected by malnutrition in northern and northwestern Haiti.

U.N. officials say they are confident they can avoid a humanitarian disaster but they say they are concerned food deliveries from the relief ship could be slowed down by the unclear security situation in Cap Haitian and surrounding areas.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. Most people live on less than one U.S. dollar a day and the U.N. says chronic malnutrition rates are as high as 33 percent in some parts of the country.

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See also:

US must embrace Kingston Accord on Haiti (Feb 15)
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/html/20040215T000000-0500_55789_OBS_US_MUST_EMBRACE_KINGSTON_ACCORD_ON_HAITI.asp

Aristide backers set up fiery barricades against protesters (Feb 12)
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040212.whait0212/BNStory/International/
Port-au-Prince — Government supporters set up barricades of flaming tires Thursday to block a massive protest planned against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand

Aristide Blames Opposition for Haiti Violence (Feb 12)
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=73EB7979-922A-43B8-8529396B5CFB63BD&Title=Aristide%20Blames%20Opposition%20for%20Haiti%20Violence&db=current




4. HEALING WATCH FOR YELLOWSTONE

Please keep the following situation regarding the potentially destructive situation in the Yellowstone Park so as to help smoothly relieve the excessive build up of magma pressure deep underground.

From: http://earthstar.tripod.com/TSB_dir/Yellowstone.html

Message to All Peacemakers

By Bennie LeBeau, Eastern Shoshone, Wind River Reservation, Wyoming Member of the Council of Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth.

Our Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are calling for our prayers.

Many of you understand the relationship of the energy grid lines of heaven and earth and its relationship with this next eclipse. They are like to the nervous system of your bodies and its wiring system. Earth Mother is being stressed out by bad vibrations and some of us as well. With this increasing solar activity, so it is with Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks sacred sites that are asking for help. We have come together because our hearts are responding for a change. This change is necessary for the survival of our home planet Earth, our Mother. It is time to forgive and forget and move forward into sacredness. The words that have been given in prophecy by the Hopi, they have said, "We are the people we have been waiting for." I am Bennie LeBeau from the Eastern Shoshone Nation in Wyoming. I am also a member of the Council of The Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth. I believe many of you may remember what we are representing as Eastern Shoshone peoples in the Grand Teton and the Yellowstone National Parks. This is part of our original homelands written in our treaty as a sovereign country and that our cultural traditions would not be forgotten in order to utilize these sacred sites areas.

Since September of 1999, we have been attempting to gain permission for our most sacred ceremony the Sundance and other ceremonies to be allowed in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park, along with many other Indigenous Nations of this country. The park officials and the general public are beginning to see the significance of why it is needed. Now it is most evident because of the seismic volcanic activity in and around the Grand Teton and the Yellowstone National Parks.

What we have helped escalate as humans is the disturbance to the web of life on earth in these sacred site areas. Remembering the words from the past by a powerful messenger, Chief Seattle stated, "Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of earth. . . the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth... all things are connected...man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it...whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

On October 22, 2003 a message stated in July that the Yellowstone Park rangers closed the entire Norris Geyer Basin because of the deformation of the land and the excess temperature. There is an area there that is 28 miles long and 7 miles wide that has bulged upward over five inches since 1996. This year the ground temperature on that budge has reached over 200 degrees. There was no choice but to close off the whole area. Everything in that area is dying. The trees, flowers, and grasses resemble a dead zone and are spreading outward. The animals are literally migrating out of the park. This isn't hearsay. It is coming from people who have actually visited the park in the last few weeks. The later part of July, one of the park geologists discovered a huge bulge at the bottom of Yellowstone Lake. The bulge has already risen over 100 feet from the bottom of the lake. The water temperature at the surface of the bulge has reached 88 degrees and is still rising. Keep in mind that Yellowstone Lake is a high mountain lake with a very cold-water temperature. The lake is now closed to the public. It is filled with dead fish floating everywhere. The same is true of the Yellowstone River and most of the steams in the park. Dead and dying fish are filling the water everywhere. Many picnic areas in the park have been closed and people that are visiting the park don't stay but a few hours or a day or two and leave. The stench of sulfur is so strong that they literally can't stand the smell.

Yellowstone is what geologists call a "super volcano". There are massive calderas of molten fire beneath Yellowstone National Park. Geologists are saying that every living thing within six hundred miles could be affected in devastation. It could produce an ash cloud that will cover the entire western U.S. clear to the Pacific on the west, British Columbia on the north, the Mexican border on the south and then out into the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas on the east. Then the cloud could blow east because of the prevailing winds, literally covering the entire nation with volcanic ash.

I believe this to be of great importance to us at this time. The vision is to pray for balance in this area. With our prayers, songs, drums and the ways that we have been instructed in our spiritual teachings, no matter what culture you/we are our hearts make the difference. If Yellowstone National Park seismic activity continues then we could all be affected around the earth.. The reports on the seismic activity speak for themselves. The 100 years of government management in the Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons have disallowed our most important prayers and ceremonies to exist as all indigenous tribes in this country. It is now time for us to act as a nation/world within all countries to allow these sacred prayers and ceremonies into the National Parks of Wyoming. Joseph (Hinmaton Yalatkit) 1830-1904, Nez Perce Chief, said, "When ever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other, then we will have no more wars. We shall all be alike-brothers of one father and one mother, with one sky above us and one county around us, and one government for all." Uniting our tribes of all cultures from the peaks in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone I send a strong-hearted message to you to awaken and respond now.

These sacred site areas are calling out to her caretakers all over the world. Now is the time for uniting together and working in harmony. Together our songs, our drums and our prayers speak the ancient language that exits and are remembered in the sacred pictures written on the rocks, in the sacred heartbeat of the land and in the sacred songs heard in the wind. We can bring balance and harmony back to the land remembered by our ancestors of the past, present and future generations. Our mother is calling out to her caretakers. This is a great opportunity for prayer work in our councils and other groups helping bring the indigenous nations together and with all nations as well.

Yellowstone National Park representative, Rosemary Sucec, has received this message. She is one of the liaison officers that relay messages to the superintendents and other agencies in the parks. She is very interested in bringing indigenous nations and others to do our work there. This Native American perspective has been explained to groups that were from many indigenous nations and other cultures that attended the Lewis and Clark Celebration for Sacagawea's leadership role last May 2003, by others and myself. Because of the reports of Yellowstone's disturbances at this time and its significance they are NOW considering the outcome of our ancestral lands and usage in a decision by the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks Superintendents.

Today the spirits are calling for good medicine, for us all to awaken with many blessings for all the things we are related to in harmony and balance. We are returning to the sacredness for all living things, for the future of our Mother Earth as part of Creator's creation and within the heavens sacredness, she is helping to bless us all. This is a very important time in our Mother Earth's history for humanities sake. Every thing is related within and upon, what is above is below, heaven upon earth. Chief Seattle's words, "When the last Redman has vanished from the earth and the memory is only a shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, these shores and forests will still hold the spirits of my people." We have not vanished but have been reborn to do the work our ancestors did; it is time to step into the moccasins of our ancestors with the wisdom, strength and knowledge at hand. Thank you for your attention, and prayers. Please respond to:

Bennie E. LeBeau,
Eastern Shoshone Wind River Indian Reservation
Ft. Washakie, Wyoming
2331 Oak Lane
Riverton, Wyoming
307 857-6856
bzahants@hotmail.com or blebeau@Tcinc.net

Great Spirit Bless You

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From: http://www.rense.com/general41/yellowstoneupdate.htm

Yellowstone Super Volcano

Update By Dr. Bruce Cornet
Geologist, Paleobotanist, and Palynologist

9-8-3

Mt. Sheriden has been rumbling (15+ micro-quakes) between 1:00 pm and now (9/7/03). There were three small earthquakes at Yellowstone lake between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm MT (9/7/03), which were felt at Norris Junction. There were some small quakes between Midnight and 6:00 am (9/7/03) at Norris Junction. There was a whole string of micro-quakes (25 or more) at Madison River between 6:00 am and now, which are continuing. There have been sporadic micro-quakes (32+) all day at Mammoth Hot Springs. Micro-quakes started around Noon and have continued to the present at Mirror Lake Plateau. All in all, activity is picking up from a lull for about two weeks, before which a series of small and large quakes (including a 4.4) occurred. That quake prompted the web report.

Steam pressure is apparently building again, and hydrothermal fluids and steam are working their way up through fractures and vents. I do not expect anything unusual or extreme to happen in the immediate future, but if the trend continues, and the number of earthquakes gradually increase with time, more warnings from geologists will ensue.

What you should be alert to is any report that mentions increasing geyser activity, with new fumaroles and steam vents appearing near or on top of the rising dome. The dome has risen about three feet in the past few years, and magma has risen to within 3.7 km of the surface based on quake data. Earthquake loci measured to within 0.5 km under Mt. St. Helens, and people still didn't think it would erupt.

But everything has to be scaled up for Yellowstone, meaning that 3.7 km is not a safe depth. Ground temperatures in the northwestern part of the park are apparently on the rise (up to 200 dg F in some places), killing the vegetation. Large areas of the park are now closed, including areas with geysers, because their water temperature is now scalding and dangerous for visitors.

If more steam vents appear, that means a continuous pathway for pressure release has been established to the magma chamber. If that happens, the pressure in the magma chamber will continue to drop until it reaches a critical stage when the superheated water within the magma explodes. When that happens the super-volcano will blow violently, blowing out a chunk of its cap-rock and sending millions of cubic feet of ash into the atmosphere in a Pompeii-like explosion, but 100,000 times worse.

When you hear those reports, you will have about two days to "get out of Dodge" before the eruption. Unfortunately, as the steam venting subsides, there will be a false sense of security. People will think it was just another cyclical event, and the danger is over. But that will be the farthest from the truth. It will be the quiet before the storm. A major earthquake will suddenly rock their towns for hundreds of kilometers around Yellowstone, and soon thereafter 1,000+ degree pyroclastic flows will descend on them at hundreds of miles per hour, extending out to 600+ km.

That 600 km radius around the caldera will experience total devastation. The next 600 km out may receive as much as 5-10 feet of ash, depending on wind direction. The thickness of ash will decrease away from the super-volcano, but will reach the crop belt in the Midwest (Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, etc.), destroying most of the fertile croplands of the United States. California will be hit hard by falling ash, with its central wine valley severely damaged (the French will love it). Agriculture will have to shift east of the Mississippi for years. The Garden State will once again live up to its name.

In northern Idaho you will have to contend with several feet of ash and isolation. Roads will be closed. Power will be out. Phones will be out. Communication will depend on Ham radios and local stations that have generators. Rescue will take weeks or months. Some areas will never see rescue teams. The survivalists will be best prepared to make it through the difficult months following the eruption. Make new friends. Have plenty of dust masks on hand, because you cannot breath any airborne ash if you want to avoid lung disease. It's what caused mass kills of plains animals 12 million years ago, resulting in extensive bone beds beneath the ash. Drinkable water will sell at the price of gold.

To recap, I don't expect anything to happen in the near future. But with such an unpredictable event, being prepared is your best ticket to survival."

Dr. Bruce Cornet

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See also:

Google search with "Message to All Peacemakers By Bennie LeBeau"
http://www.google.ca/search?q=Message+to+All+Peacemakers+By+Bennie+LeBeau&ie=ISO-8859-1&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

A monster awakens? (September 27, 2003)
http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/091103Gurney/091103gurney.html
(...) Only a handful exist in the world but when one erupts the explosion will be heard around the globe. The sky will darken, black acid rain will fall, and the Earth will be plunged into the equivalent of a nuclear winter. It could push humanity to the brink of extinction. Volcanoes have always been a threat to humanity. The Tambora eruption in Indonesia in 1815 killed more than 90,000 people, while the Krakatau eruption in 1883, also in Indonesia, killed 36,000. The last supervolcano to erupt was Toba in Sumatra 74,000 years ago. It created a global catastrophe that dramatically affected life on Earth. Toba blasted so much ash and sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere that it blocked out the sun, causing the Earth's temperature to plummet, and possibly reducing the population on Earth to just a few thousand people. For a long time scientists have known that volcanic ash can affect the global climate. The fine ash and sulphur dioxide blasted into the stratosphere reflects solar radiation back into space and stops sunlight reaching the planet. Temperatures drop dramatically and nothing grows, causing mass starvation.

Supervolcanoes could trigger global freeze (3 February, 2000)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/628515.stm
The threat of climate change caused by human activity could turn out to be a minor problem by comparison with a scarcely acknowledged natural hazard. Geologists say there is a real risk that sooner or later a supervolcano will erupt with devastating force, sending temperatures plunging on a hemispheric or even global scale. A report by the BBC Two programme Horizon on one supervolcano, at Yellowstone national park in the US, says it is overdue for an eruption. Yellowstone has gone off roughly once every 600,000 years. Its last eruption was 640,000 years ago. (...) "When a supervolcano goes off, it is an order of magnitude greater than a normal eruption. It produces energy equivalent to an impact with a comet or an asteroid. "You can try diverting an asteroid. But there is nothing at all you
can do about a supervolcano. "The eruption throws cubic kilometres of rock, ash, dust, sulphur dioxide and so on into the upper atmosphere, where they reflect incoming solar radiation, forcing down temperatures on the Earth's surface. It's just like a nuclear winter. "The effects could last four or five years, with crops failing and the whole ecosystem breaking down. And it is going to happen again some day." CLIP

YELLOWSTONE SUPERVOLCANO GETTING READY TO BLOW ITS CORK (January 4, 2004)
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?noframes;read=42462
(...) "When Yellowstone goes off again, and it will, it will be a disaster for the United States and eventually, for the whole world. We volcanologists believe it would all begin with the magma chamber becoming unstable. Observations would begin by seeing bigger earthquakes, greater uplifting as magma intrudes and gets nearer and nearer the surface. An earthquake may send a rupture through a brittle layer similar to breaking the lid off a pressure cooker. This would generate sheets of magma, which will perhaps rise up to 30, 40 or 50 kilometers sending gigantic amounts of debris into the atmosphere. Pyroclastic flows would cover the whole region, killing tens of thousands of people in the surrounding area. The ash carried in the atmosphere and deposited over vast areas of the United States would have devastating effects. A plume of material that goes up into the atmosphere, globally, from the eruption would produce the climatic effects. This would spread worldwide and have a cooling effect that would most likely destroy the growing season on a global scale. The eruption will throw out cubic kilometers of rock, ash, dust, sulfur dioxide and so on into the upper atmosphere, where it will reflect incoming solar radiation, forcing down temperatures on the earth’s surface. It would be the equivalent of a nuclear winter. The effects would last for four or five years with crops failing and the whole ecosystem breaking down."

Yellowstone will blow again - no telling when (Oct. 7, 2003 - Kansas City Star)
Originally found through ... http://www.google.ca/search?q=cache:FKbvZP19XyoJ:www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1007Yellowstone-ON.html+YELLOWSTONE+WILL+BLOW+AGAIN+-+NO+TELLING+WHEN&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 (No longer available there)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - When European settlers wandered upon this otherworld of gurgling mud pits and angry geysers, they described it as a place where hell bubbled up." They didn't guess, as geologists believe now, that three times in the last 2 million or so years, hell blasted the earth's crust here with a fury that can barely be imagined. Most recently, some 640,000 years ago, Yellowstone's rage toppled mountainsides, changed the course of rivers and sprayed ash ankle deep over all of what is now the Western United States. So there's understandable interest in whether it might blow again. And when. Fresh high-technology studies of the underground cauldron -- and discovery of a bulge on the floor of Yellowstone Lake -- show anew the region as geology-in-the-making. There's evidence that the bulge - described by one scientist as an "inflated plain" - might be throbbing from the pressure that pushed it up in the first place. That detection has scientists captivated, not frightened, even as it fills amateur geologists with dread. Those laymen worry that the pressure cooker of Yellowstone is set to burst. Even smaller blasts - say the size of Mount St. Helens - that come about every 20,000 years or so can rearrange Yellowstone's scenery. The most recent of those was 70,000 years ago. Some urge government engineers to gradually vent steam and magma by drilling, rather than wait for a seemingly imminent, giant and calamitous blast. "If nothing is done there will be an unimaginable disaster," went discussion at one Internet discussion site. But nobody even seems to be thinking about it." But the geologists who explore the caldera -- the collapsed supervolcano that is Yellowstone -- share neither such alarmist doom nor faith in methods for taming the forces boiling underground. For starters, drilling here would spoil the natural setting of the world's first national park in 1872, said park geologist Hank Heasler. What's more, he said, it would do no good. The magma chamber miles below the park is mostly like a hardened sponge and is essentially self-sealing. "Besides, it's too big," he said, noting the caldera measures 35 miles by 45 miles. "We're on the skin of the apple. We can leave little bruises, but we can't affect the flavor of the fruit." Discovery of the bulge Government and university scientists dismiss new-born worries about Yellowstone, about the bulge beneath the lake, and about recent changes at the park's Norris geyser basin. Mostly, they marvel at their out-sized laboratory. They point out that, literally, the landscape of Yellowstone is always shifting. Last year, typical for the era when such measurements have been made, there were about 2,300 earthquakes in the park. "Geologists usually look at something that formed millions of years ago and is now dead," said Lisa Morgan, a U.S. Geological Survey geologist. "But in Yellowstone, it's something that's happening right now." The bulge, discovered with newly employed high-tech gadgetry and techniques led by Morgan last year, might be relatively new. Or, she said, it could have formed millennia ago. "I don't know whether this thing is active now in terms of inflation or not," Morgan said. (...) Bob Smith, a geophysics professor at the University of Utah, has been studying what he calls the living caldera" of Yellowstone for decades. He noted that there have been no unusual seismic activities at the park this year that might precede bigger trouble . "These things don't go like clockwork," said Smith, author of Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. "The hazard ... is almost too small to calculate."

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/yvo/2003norris.html

Here is also also what Matthew Ward said about Yellowstone Park activity in Oct 23
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MiscelSubjects196.htm
S: (...) What can you tell me about what’s going on in Yellowstone Park?

MATTHEW: Quite a bit, and Mother, you are wrong about this not “falling into any of that.” Yes, the scientists’ reports are worthy evaluations of the changing conditions, but like you, they are unaware that what is happening is a combination of Mother Nature and man-made technology. It is not news to you that dark forces will use any means possible to create devastation to divert minds from discovery of truth and acting upon that. A volcanic eruption in Yellowstone Park could certainly do that, and of what use to the dark forces is that park and all areas that would be severely affected by an eruption? None—other than diverting people’s attention from the deception and corruption being exposed by creating more sources of fear and more planetary devastation.

A “natural” eruption in Yellowstone Park is not needed to relieve the negativity that Earth has been ridding herself of with the help of the off-planet light sources and now, the additional light being generated by her own civilization. By divine design, an enormous amount of quake and eruption activity is taking place in areas of sparse human population.

While I would love to tell you that there is no possibility of an eruption in Yellowstone, I can’t because of that free will law that has to be observed even in those souls who would deliberately cause that kind of destruction. With the amount of light now on Earth, left alone that volcano will quiet itself, and what can be done, if necessary, is the power of your ET brothers’ superior technology to alleviate the effects of a man-made eruption.




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