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Haitians hit by Carnaval tragedy then crime wave and gang wars

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By Kim Ives & Thomas Péralte, Haiti Liberté, Feb. 24, 2015. 

This past week, Haitians in Port-au-Prince were already grieving after at least 18 people died in a Carnaval stampede at around 2 a.m. on Feb. 17.

Daniel "Fantom" Darius, the lead singer Barikad Crew, was standing atop a towering Carnaval float when his head struck a high-voltage wire strung across the street, producing an electrical explosion that panicked the tightly packed crowd below. (Ironically, Darius survived.) Some 76 other people were hospitalized with serious injuries, bringing this year's toll of Carnaval wounded to 123, even though the final day's celebration was cancelled and replaced with an official memorial ceremony where the tragedy struck.

Gorilla Radio: Chris Cook interviews Haiti Liberté's Kim Ives

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By Chris Cook, Gorilla Radio, Feb.26, 2015 

Kim Ives is founder of, and contributing editor to, Haiti Liberté, a newspaper with offices in Haiti and New York. The Haitian-born Ives also has more than twenty years experience reporting with the paper, Haiti Progrès, and currently hosts the weekly WBAI New York radio program, 'Haiti: The Struggle Continues.' Ives is too a filmmaker who has collaborated on many films documenting human rights abuses, trade struggles, and conflicts between the island's peasant farmers and corrupt State enterprise. He's contributed to the books: 'Dangerous Crossroads,' 'The Haiti Files,' and Haiti: A Slave Revolution,' and appeared on many international news programs promoting the cause of Haiti's disenfranchised, travelling Canada and the U.S to deliver lectures on the persistently dire situation there.

John Pilger: Venezuela's struggle against "a common enemy"

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By Michael Albert, Truthout, Feb. 27, 2015.

With a "slow-motion coup" underway in Venezuela, John Pilger is interviewed for Telesur, the Latin American TV network, by Mike Albert.

Mike Albert: Why would the US want Venezuela's government overthrown?

John Pilger: There are straightforward principles and dynamics at work here. Washington wants to get rid of the Venezuelan government because it is independent of US designs for the region and because Venezuela has the greatest proven oil reserves in the world and uses its oil revenue to improve the quality of ordinary lives. Venezuela remains a source of inspiration for social reform in a continent ravaged by an historically rapacious US.

Social groups demand pullout of Uruguayan blue helmets from Haiti

By Presa Latina News Agency, Feb. 22, 2015.

Several social organizations will demand today the immediate withdrawal of Uruguayan troops from Haiti, where they are part of the UN Stabilization Mission in that country (Minustah).

In Haiti, building people, not things: Porter

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By Catherine Porter, Toronto Star, Feb. 20, 2015

Haiti’s hero, Dr. Paul Farmer, came to town this week.

By hero, I mean Farmer has saved hundreds of thousands of Haitian lives over the past 28 years, both personally and through the “social medicine” organization Partners In Health, which he co-founded there.

He’s also been a huge champion of the country’s poor — pointing out repeatedly, in books and articles, how the world’s powers (notably the U.S., Canada and France) and the aid industry have bled the country dry and then blamed it for its weakened state.

Haitian activists urge US to halt deportations for minor crimes

By Reuters, The Guardian, Feb. 20, 2015

Wildrick Guerrier, a refugee from the devastation of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, died in a Haitian jail in 2011, 10 days after the United States revoked his temporary permission to stay in the country and deported him and 26 other men.

Dark Specters and Black Kingdoms: An interview with historian Ada Ferrer

By The Public Archive, Feb. 6, 2015

THE PUBLIC ARCHIVEAda Ferrer is Professor of History and Latin American Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on the themes of race and slavery, and nationalism and revolution, in the nineteenth-century Caribbean and Atlantic World. Her first book, Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868–1898, a critical, path-breaking study of the multiracial history of Cuban independence, was awarded the Berkshire Book Prize for the best first book by a woman historian in any field of history.