Latest News

Reconstruction or Haiti’s latest disaster? Tourism development on Île-à-Vache island

Abaka Bay--phase one of project, expansion luxury hotels.jpg

The following is adapted from a presentation by Jessica Hsu of Other Worlds and Jean Claudy Aristil of Radio VKM Les Cayes at the Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism conference in St. Georges, Grenada held from July 8 - July 11, 2014.

A large-scale tourism project planned for the Haitian island of Île-à-Vache targets “the well-heeled tourist from traditional markets…creating a place of exquisite peace and well-being,” as described in the government of Haiti’s executive plan. The project aims to attract four character types: “the Explorers, the Lovers, the Rejuvenators and the Homecomers.” The corporations behind the project intend to build 1,500 hotels and bungalows along the island’s beaches, an international airport, a golf course, island farms, and tourist “villages” with cafes, shops, and night clubs.

Nobel peace laureates slam Human Rights Watch's refusal to cut ties to US government

One obvious example of HRW's failure to appropriately criticize U.S. crimes occurred after the 2004 coup d'état against the democratically elected government of Haiti. The U.S. government essentially  kidnapped  Haiti's president; thousands  of people were killed under the ensuing coup regime; and deposed officials of the constitutional government were  jailed . In the face of what were likely the worst human rights abuses of any country in the Western hemisphere at the time, HRW barely lifted a finger.

Cholera outbreak haunts UN chief's Haiti trip

bankimoon martelly lamothe.jpg
By Andy Gallacher, aljazeera.com, July 16, 2014

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, is in Haiti for the first time since cholera killed more than 8,000 people. The outbreak was widely blamed on UN soldiers from Nepal, which has led to lawsuits and demands for an apology. But the UN is still claiming immunity from prosecution.

World Bank report: Living conditions in Haiti’s capital improve, but rural communities remain very poor

By World Bank, July 11, 2014

The gap between the urban and rural populations in Haiti is stark: almost 70% of rural households are considered chronically poor, against a little over 20% in cities. That means they live below Haiti’s poverty line on less than $2 a day and lack access to basic goods and services.

Venezuela’s Maduro launches “SOS Palestine” campaign to demand end to Israeli bombardment

maduro_palestine.jpg

By Ewan Robertson, venezuelanalysis.com, July 12, 2014

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has launched an “SOS Palestine” campaign to demand an end to Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Palestine’s Gaza strip.

“Enough already, I’ve joined the campaign. #SOS Palestina, let’s launch it,” he told supporters during a televised broadcast.

Holding up a handwritten placard, he asked fellow citizens to join the campaign, stating, “The Palestinian people have the right to live in their ancestral lands in peace…our international position over the issue of Palestine is just and follows the policy of comandante Hugo Chavez”.

Four years after cholera outbreak, UN Secretary General visits Haiti

bankimoon and lamothe.jpg

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, July 16, 2014

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Haiti on Jul. 14-15 in an effort to resuscitate a stalled $2.2 billion UN plan to eliminate cholera from Haiti over the next decade.

Launched in December 2012, the UN "initiative" was really nothing more than the repackaging of the "Initiative for the Elimination of Cholera in the Island of Hispaniola" launched by the Haitian and Dominican governments in January 2012, as Jonathon Katz and Tom Murphy pointed out in a scathing "Foreign Policy" article.

“International Community” continues support for flawed electoral process in Haiti

By Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), July 9, 2014

While Haitian President Michel Martelly has unilaterally scheduled long-delayed elections for Oct. 26, 2014, the composition of the electoral council continues to cause controversy in Haiti. The current problems stem from the deeply flawed electoral process in 2010 that saw Martelly emerge victorious after the intervention of the international community. There have yet to be elections since then, with one-third of the 30 member Senate having their terms expire in 2011 while some 130 local mayors have been replaced by Martelly appointments.