Friday, March 5, 2010

VIDEO: The Haiti Coup 'The Bush Clinton Presidencies' // Democracy Now!


1844 - Dominican Republic declares its independence from Haiti.

1863 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln recognizes Haiti and allows trade for the first time.

1904 - Haiti celebrates 100 years of independence.

1915 - U.S. forces occupy Haiti; they will stay until 1934.

1930 - First full democratic elections in Haiti; Stenio Vincent elected.

1937 - Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo orders the expulsion of Haitians working in his country. Between 17,000 and 35,000 are killed.

1957 - Francois Duvalier, a doctor, is elected president. "Papa Doc" establishes one of the most brutal dictatorships in Haitian history. His rule is enforced by a militia commonly-known as Tonton Macoutes.

1971- Duvalier dies; his son takes power and is proclaimed President-for-Life, like is father.

1974 - The Haitian national soccer team participates in the World Cup.

1986 - Unrest leads the military to oust "Baby Doc" and his kleptocratic clan.

1990 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a former Catholic priest is elected with 67% of the vote.

1991 - Aristide is ousted in a coup that many Haitians believe was financed by the business elite.

1994 - Backed by a UN resolution, the Clinton Administration restores Aristide to power.

1996 - René Préval elected President; he is seen as a stand-in for Aristide.

2000- Aristide elected President again after much-disputed parliamentary elections.

2004 - Aristide leaves under pressure of an armed rebellion; he claims the U.S. kidnapped him and shipped him out.

2006 - Préval elected again. A UN peacekeeping force in Haiti since 2003 grows to 9,000 troops.

2008 - Unrest erupts as Haitians riot against high food prices.

2010 - January 12 - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 devastatesPort-au-Prince and damages much of Haiti.

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