Wikileaks: The Haiti Files. Speaker in Victoria and Vancouver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kim Ives, an editor and writer at the Haitian weekly newspaper Haiti Liberté will speak at public forums and seminars in Victoria and Vancouver BC on January 27 and on January 30 and 31, respectively.

Mr. Ives was the lead writer and editor of a 2011 series of articles published by Haiti Liberté and The Nation magazine based on U.S. government diplomatic cables on Haiti from 2003 until 2010. The cables were entrusted to the publications by the Wikileaks organization. Articles from both publications are being compiled in a forthcoming book to be published by The Nation.

The diplomatic cables reveal great detail of how the U.S. government and its allies in Canada and Europe have worked to preserve the economic and political status quo in Haiti over the past ten years. They show how the U.S. lobbied hard to prevent Haiti from joining the Petrocaraibe association in 2007, through which Venezuela offers discounted fuel to member countries; and how it worked hand in glove with sweatshop factory investors to prevent a proposed rise in Haiti’s factory minimum wage in 2008 to $5 per day.

The cables detail the tense several years following the coup d’etat against elected government in Haiti in 2004. The U.S. and its allies painted the forced removal from Haiti of President Jean Bertrand Aristide and his family by U.S. Marines as a voluntary self-exile in the face of a ‘popular uprising’ against his rule.

Mr. Ives has traveled five times to Haiti since the January 12, 2010 earthquake. He has been interviewed frequently on Democracy Now! radio program and Al Jazeera network. His talks in Victoria and Vancouver will examine the difficult, post-earthquake conditions in Haiti and what meaningful recovery has taken place.

The Wikileaks articles authored or published by Mr. Ives are archived here. His most recent interview on Al Jazeera is here. Haiti Liberté has offices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Ives was a founder of the newspaper five years ago. Before that, he wrote and photographed for Haïti Progrès weekly for 23 years.

Go here to see details of his speaking events in Victoria on January 27 and Vancouver on January 30 and 31. His event on January 31 is hosted by the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia.

To interview Kim Ives or for more details on his speaking tour, phone Roger Annis in Vancouver at 778 858 5179 or Susan Clark in Victoria at 250 655 6691. E-mail haitisolidaritybc@resist.ca.