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Martelly thugs attack KOD militants at May Day demonstration

By Berthony DuPont, Haiti Liberté, May 1, 2015

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Hooligans attached to the regime of President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Evans Paul attacked about 30 militants from the Dessalines Coordination (KOD) party as they loudly demonstrated at an official event for International Workers Day in front of Haiti’s National Palace.

The KOD militants had marched about three miles from the Industrial Park with hundreds representing unions, popular organizations, and student groups. The demonstrators loudly shouted their demands for a 500 gourdes ($10.57) a day minimum wage. Many marchers affiliated with KOD also called for an end to the United Nations military occupation of Haiti and the resignation of President Martelly before the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections, now scheduled for August, October, and December 2015.

Amid Nepal earthquake response, echoes of Haiti

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 30, 2015

As aid continued to trickle Thursday into hard-hit remote villages near the epicenter of Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, aid groups including U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organizations found themselves struggling to avoid the mistakes made in response to Haiti’s devastation five years ago.

“There is little sign of a plan or any effective coordination,” said John Bevan who worked in Nepal for the United Nations and in Haiti before and after its 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. “The government seems to be making up policy on the hoof.”

How not to report on an earthquake

By Jonathan M. Katz, New York Times Magazine, April 28, 2015

As of Tuesday morning, exactly three days have passed since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands and leaving millions in need of help. In disaster response, the end of the first 72 hours is often considered an inflection point: the unofficial moment when the most acute phase passes, the odds of finding trapped survivors plunge and the relief effort tends to really pick up steam. 

Watch Vikram Gandhi debrief our new HBO episode about the Haitian money pit

By VICE staff, VICE, April 25, 2015

We're now deep into the third season of our show VICE on HBO. Among other stories, we've taken a look at climate change in Antarctica, American militias taking law into their own hands, and traced the cocaine highway that leads from the streets of Venezuela to the sinuses of European teenagers. We just aired a new episode where host Vikram Gandhi went to Haiti to track the trail of money that was sent to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. With almost $10 billion in global relief, why is it that so many Haitians are still living in subpar conditions? We sat down with Gandhi to debrief his time in Haiti.

Vice on HBO follows the money in Haiti

By Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR), April 25, 2015

Vikram Gandhi, VICE on HBO correspondent travelled to Haiti to see just what happened with the $10 billion in aid pledged after the earthquake that occurred more than five years ago. The episode aired at 11 PM EST 4/24/15.

25 years after April 20, 1990: As the empire adapts, so must we

By Berthony Dupont, Haiti Liberté, April 27, 2015

This week marked the 25th anniversary of the historic Apr. 20, 1990 march by over 150,000 Haitians across the Brooklyn Bridge (literally shaking it) into downtown Manhattan.  The demonstration, which surrounded the Federal Building on lower Broadway, completely overwhelmed the New York City police, shutting down Wall Street and most other businesses in lower Manhattan. The size, militancy, and unexpectedness of the massive outpouring sent shockwaves through the U.S. political establishment.

People's Summit rejects UN mission in Haiti

By The Haiti Sentinel, April 12, 2015

The 3,500 labor, union, indigenous people, student and social organizations of the People’s Summit on Saturday confirmed their support of the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace, summarily rejecting military harassment, including the presence of United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti.