By now many of us heard about the sudden return of Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Baby Doc Duvalier. The man who was known for having dissenters snatched off the streets and killed was exiled in 1986 after a popular uprising.
His return from France where he’s been holed up sent shock waves and fear throughout the embattled Island Nation. Why was he back? Would he have support of the US again? will he be arrested for human rights abuses? Is there a larger agenda at play? These are some of the questions raised around Baby Doc..
We wanted to dig deep and give some insight into the horrific legacy of the Duvaliers. Its one that folks should not forget, especially in terms of how Papa and Baby Doc presented themselves to the rest of the world. They talked a good game about being revolutionary and for the people, but they did everything they could to crush the people.
We at Hard Knock Radio sat down and spoke with Pierre Labossierre, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committeeabout Baby Doc and his father Papa Doc. He lived under the rule of Papa Doc and it was anything but nice. Whats even more disturbing is the role the United States played in maintaining their harsh dictatorship
We talk about Baby Doc being detained and his decision to stay in Haiti.
We are just a day away from the implantation of SB1070 which many are calling Arizona’s Apartheid Law… Hundreds of thousands are descending on the state to protest.. while hundreds of racist minded individuals including Sheriff Joe Arpiao are perched to make full use of their police departments to start jamming up Brown skinned residents.. Below are a couple of videos that layout the key forces behind these anti-immigrant laws including the collusion of white supremacist forces and the bankrolling of these anti-immigrant movement via John Tantum
Long time actor/ activist Danny Glover is here in Detroit at the US Social Forum making the rounds and showing support. We sat down with him along with our radio colleague Nora Barrows Friedman and got his perspectives on the city of Detroit and it’s important history in the Freedom and Labor Struggles.
Glover talked about many of the ways in which Detroit has been innovative.
We also spoke with Glover about the intersection he sees between what is going on in Haiti and what’s as well as his take on how we should be connecting the dots with Haiti, Palestine movements both here at home and abroad.