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Time to boycott the Dominican Republic over racist mass deportations

By Toula Drimonis, Ricochet, June 24, 2015

When Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz was recently in Montreal, I attended a public discussion with him. Predictably, before the evening was over, the celebrated Dominican American artist was asked to share his thoughts on the treatment of people of Haitian descent in his homeland.

The Dominican Republic's dubious claims about Haitian exodus (2 articles)

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By Mark Phillips, Al Jazeera America, July 3, 2015

A humanitarian crisis erupted in the Dominican Republic (DR) last month, when the government rolled out laws designed to allow the expulsion of massive numbers of Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent. On Monday the DR government reassured the world that although over 25,000 people have left the DR, they did so voluntarily, in “private and air-conditioned buses” provided by the DR government.

This story is designed to soothe the global outcry over the anti-Haitian law. It’s also a lie.

Clinton role in Honduras coup raises key concerns


By Deirdre Fulton, CommonDreams, June 9, 2015

During her time as Secretary of State, presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton engaged in the "engineering of regional politics in the service of the economic elite," according to a Salon exclusive, Hillary Clinton Sold Out Honduras, published Monday.

"Though it’s less sexy than Benghazi, the crisis following a coup in Honduras in 2009 has Hillary Clinton’s fingerprints all over it, and her alleged cooperation with oligarchic elites during the affair does much to expose Clinton’s newfound, campaign-season progressive rhetoric as hollow," writes journalist Matthew Pulver. "Moreover, the Honduran coup is something of a radioactive issue with fallout that touches many on Team Clinton, including husband Bill, once put into a full context."

Haiti is far from ready to receive those deported from the Dominican Republic

By Milo Milfort, Haiti Liberté, July 1, 2015

"To facilitate the process, we hope that the crossings [deportation points] are at Malpasse and Ouanaminthe", said Haiti’s Communication Minister Rothchild François Jr. on Fri., Jun. 19, 2015.

"The Contingency Plan which was being prepared is ready and functioning," said the government spokesman.

In May 2015, the Defense Ministry announced the Contingency Plan to receive undocumented Haitians who were to be deported from the neighboring Dominican Republic starting in June.

The Roots of La Sentencia: What's behind the expulsion of Haitians from the Dominican-Republic?

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By Elizabeth Mahoney & Rachel Nolan, Jacobin Magazine, June 20, 2015

This week, news broke in the US media that the Dominican Republic is preparing to deport hundreds of thousands of people to Haiti. Most are the children or grandchildren of undocumented Haitian laborers, born in the Dominican Republic and strangers to Haiti. The impending expulsions — expected to begin this past Thursday, but not yet carried out en masse — have inspired condemnation and not a little confusion in the US, where Dominicans have themselves faced racism and harsh immigration policies.

Rachel Nolan, a PhD student in Latin American history at New York University, provides crucial context for these deportations in the May issue of Harper’s magazine. Here Jacobin assistant editor Elizabeth Mahony speaks with Nolan about the legal pretext for the expulsions, the country’s history of anti-Haitian violence, and the US’s role in shaping Dominican immigration policy.

Honduras Bleeding: The coup and its aftermath

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By Eric Draitser & Ramiro S. Funez, Counterpunch, June 29, 2015

June 28 marked the six year anniversary of the military coup in Honduras – the day that a democratically elected left wing government was ousted by a US-backed, US-trained cabal of generals and right wing politicians and landowners. It could correctly be called a “Quiet Coup” primarily because it took place with very little fanfare from the corporate media which, to the extent that it covered it at all, did so mostly from a distorted perspective which spread more misinformation than truth. Today, six years (and many innocent lives, and billions of dollars) later, this shameful moment in recent history still remains largely forgotten.

Recommendations for immediate action regarding repatriation of Haitiand from the Dominican Republic

By Observatoire Citoyen de L’Action des Pouvoirs Publics en Haiti (OCAPH), June 24, 2015

Observatoire Citoyen de L’Action des Pouvoirs Publics en Haiti (OCAPH), also known as Haiti Citizen Watchdog, continues to closely follow developments in Haitian-Dominican relations, most recently the plight of refugees who have crossed the border into Haiti and the possible eventual massive repatriation of Haitian citizens from the Dominican Republic.

To obtain first-hand information on current conditions, OCAPH officials recently conducted fact-gathering missions to refugee camps at two of the four chief land crossings to and from the Dominican Republic: on June 13 to Anse-a-Pitre and on June 20 to Malpasse. OCAPH’s finding: Despite notable efforts by several non-profit groups, lodging, sanitary conditions, and security are grossly inadequate.