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Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Elsewhere

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By Dady Chery, newsjunkiepost, November 17, 2014

Haitian President Michel Martelly, along with dozens of cabinet ministers and members of the private business sector, went on a European tour from October 27 to November 2, 2014, to promote the notion that Haiti is “open for business” with Europe. We are beginning to get a glimpse of the kind of business they had in mind: a fire sale of Haitian sovereignty itself. 

Democracy works in Haiti

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By Daniel Raventos & Julie Wark, counterpunch, November 17, 2014

“Democracy works in Haiti.” Brian Concannon (who made the statement, p. 157), Mario Joseph, Fran Quigley, the author of How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: Activists, Lawyers and the Grassroots Campaign, and other supporters of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) are in no doubt about it: democracy, the kind the mainstream media ignores, belittles or calls “utopian”, works from the bottom up.

As police fatally shoot demonstrators at massive march: Ruling class rivalry bursts into view

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By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, November 12, 2014 

As a national uprising grows with the approach of one-man rule, fissures within Haiti's ruling clique began to appear this week, auguring tumult in the days ahead. 

On Nov. 18, police fired on a massive march of anti-government protesters in Port-au-Prince, killing two and wounding four.

Haiti's fight for gay rights: As LGBT community becomes more visible, anti-gay violence rises too

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The courtyard, tucked off a quiet road here and ringed by mango trees heavy with immature green fruit, was bedecked with a rainbow of balloons. One proclaimed “Happy Valentines Day!” though it was May. Another advertised specials at the fast-food chain Red Robin, while a third was imprinted with the Whole Foods logo. There is no Red Robin or Whole Foods in Haiti, but the energy in the courtyard of SEROvie, Haiti’s best-known LGBT health organization, had the flavor of an American gay-pride parade.

United Nations immunity versus human rights; public forum in Montreal with Stephen Lewis

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Public forum featuring Stephen Lewis, former ambassador of Canada to the United Nations

Topic: United Nations immunity versus human rights
Date: Wed. Nov. 12, 5:30 pm to 7 pm
At: Chancellor Day Hall, Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal,
Admission: Free

Help Haiti’s peoples’ press

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From the editors of the weekly Haiti Liberté, November 9, 2014:

“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”--A. J. Liebling, New Yorker journalist

Maintaining a press outlet is costly. Haiti is poor. Unlike the U.S., it did not grow rich off of slavery and stealing land from Native Americans. Throughout much of their history, the Haitian poor have had no media which covered their concerns, defended their interests, and articulated their views.

Viewpoint from Honduras: CAFTA, forced immigration, deportation connections

Larry Cohen, President of Workers for America, Huffingtonpost.com, Oct. 17, 2014

At the deportation center in San Pedro Sula, planes land with over 100 Hondurans a day, returned from our border prisons to their native land. They are mostly young men, shackled hands and legs, who have harrowing tales of days in what they call the "ice box," the US detention centers on our borders that are so crowded they must stand up for hours, taking turns lying down to sleep. These were heartbreaking conversations, nearly hopeless tales through tears--of failed attempts to unify with families or find work.