Latest News

Aristide Allies reject corruption charges against former Haitian leader (two articles)

Aristide Returns! 3.jpg

Aristide Allies reject corruption charges against former Haitian leader 

By Joseph Guyler Delva, Haitian-Carribbean News Network, August 14, 2014 

Leaders of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide rejected on Thursday alleged acts of corruption blamed on Aristide and several dozen of his former allies between 2001 and 2004, when he occupied the Caribbean country's top political office. 

Goldmine protester beaten and burnt alive: Two articles on Canadian mining company Goldcorp

The Marlin mine in western Guatemala owned by Canadian firm Goldcorp. Photograph David Hill.jpeg

Haiti: opposition grows to mega-mining 

By World War 4 Report, August 12, 2014

At a July 25 meeting in Port-au-Prince, some 28 Haitian organizations expressed their interest in joining a movement to oppose plans under way for open-pit mining in the north of the country, with a focus on gold mining operations by the Vancouver-based Eurasian Minerals company.

Call to mobilize: Enough of the ten year occupation of Haiti! Troop withdrawal now and an end to MINUSTAH !

haitirepudiomundial_copia.jpg

By Jubilee South Americas, October 15, 2014

The MINUSTAH is not a humanitarian mission. It is a military occupation of Haiti, installed June 1, 2004, by the Security Council, in the wake of the first coup consummated by the U.S. in this new millennium, against a constitutionally elected government in our America.

Under the pretext of stabilizing the country , the real goal of the MINUSTAH is to prevent the Haitian people from exercising their sovereignty and self-determination. It also serves to test new forms of imperialist intervention and social control such as those later applied in the coups in Honduras and Paraguay, for example, or in the slums and against protests in Brazil.

For disenfranchised Haitian islanders, tourism signals a paradise lost

ile a vache coast judith scherr.jpg

By Judith Scherr, Inter Press Service News Agency, August 8, 2014

Calm waters lap the shore beneath stately coconut palms. Mango trees display their bounty alongside mangrove forests. Goats graze peacefully on hillsides.

Ile à Vache is “the Caribbean’s last treasure island,” says Haiti’s Ministry of Tourism. Just 10.5 km off Haiti’s southwest coast, the 13 by 3.2 km haven is, the ministry continues, “unpaved, unplugged, unspoiled and unlike anywhere else,” and “singular for its complete absence of roads and cars.”

Haiti: Where Will the Poor Go?

Destruction of downtown PAP by Seth Donnelly.jpg

By Seth Donelly, Haiti Liberté, August 13, 2014

During my last trip to Haiti this June with a delegation of students and human rights observers, we were exposed to the raw violence of the ongoing forced dispersal of the poor.

A Creole Solution for Haiti’s Woes

Haiti school boys.jpg

By Michel DeGraff and Molly Ruggles, nytimes.com, August 1, 2014

In a classroom in Port-au-Prince, Chantou, 9, sits silently at her desk. Nervously watching the teacher, she hopes to be invisible. Like most of her 60 classmates, she understands little of the French from the lecture. But if her memorized lesson is not recited with perfect pronunciation and grammar, she may be ridiculed or punished by her teacher.

The Central American Child Refugee Crisis: Made in U.S.A.

guatemala child refugee crisis.jpg

By Alexander Main, Dissent Magazine, July 30, 2014

When the long-simmering child migrant crisis bubbled over onto front pages in early June, Republicans predictably pounced on President Obama. The reason, they claimed, for the enormous surge in the number of child migrants apprehended along the United States’ southwestern border—an increase of 160 percent in less than a year—was the administration’s lax border and immigration enforcement policies. Never mind that Obama has deported more immigrants than any previous U.S. president in history or that, under his administration, border and immigration enforcement spending has reached an all-time high of $17 billion per year (which, rather than curtailing illegal immigration, has only made it more deadly).