Friday, July 29, 2005

Whither the Aristide Foundation for Democracy in the US?

The Board of Directors of the Aristide Foundation for Democracy in the United States has a lot of questions to answer. They have remained remarkably silent as volumes of hard evidence show that the Haitian side of the organization was nothing more than a front for the systematic plundering of the Haitian Treasury. First, we had the April 2005 from UCREF, and now the Commission d'EnquĂȘte Administrative has released a preliminary report that is devastating for Lavalas in general, and for the Foundation in particular.

The Board members of the US Foundation must speak up and explain to the Haitian people - and also their respective constituencies - whether they had any role in the criminal activities that their Haitian colleagues engaged in.

According to the Florida Department of State, the following individuals sit on the Board of that organization:

Ms. Joanne Kehoe, Columbia, Maryland
Dr. Paul Farmer, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ms. Mildred Trouillot, Port-au-Prince (actually South Africa for now)
Ira Kurzban, Miami, Florida
Carole Sambale-Tennaert, Wiesbaden, Germany

The Foundation's FEIN is 65-0642375, and it is headquartered at the following address:

c/o Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger & Tetzeli P.A.
2650 SW 27th Ave
2nd floor
Miami, FL 33133

I wonder whether the US press will ever shed its liberal bias and start asking the hard questions that need to be asked in the wake of the release of these two reports.