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Amnesty: Haiti human rights activist threatened

By Trenton Daniels, Associated Press, 15 April, 2014. 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A leading human rights activist in Haiti has been threatened for his work, Amnesty International said Tuesday, marking the latest documented case of attacks or threats against watchdog groups in the Caribbean nation. 

U.S. housing effort in Haiti criticized — again

By Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald, April 16, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development says it will continue to work with Haitians displaced by the country’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake to get them into permanent homes — just not by building the houses itself.

The announcement comes as yet another audit — this one by USAID’s inspector general — highlights the shortfalls of the agency’s ambitious housing program in northern Haiti.

Meet Daniel Tillias

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By Augusta Dwyer, Global Kiosk, April 16, 2014

I first met Daniel two years ago, when I went to check out the organization he founded, the Community Centre for Peace Alternatives, or SAKALA, to use its Creole acronym. SAKALA had organized a soccer team, called Union, built a community centre, and established a community garden on a piece of landfill using old tires as planters.


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As President Declares Haiti Broke, Thousands Demonstrate to Demand Martelly and MINUSTAH Leave

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by Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, April 14, 2014


Thousands marched in the streets of Port-au-Prince on Apr. 15 to demand that President Michel Martelly step down. The day before, 50 protestors picketed outside the military headquarters of the 9,000-soldier occupation force, the United Nations Mission to Stabilize Haiti or MINUSTAH, demanding that the troops leave Haiti by the May 28, 2014 deadline set by the Haitian Senate one year ago. And on Apr. 16, hundreds of peasants on the southern island of Ile à Vache (Cow Island) are planning to march against the police occupation of their communities, as well as a government plan to evict them and turn their island into a tourist resort.

Employees demand Haiti's pensions director be fired but Martelly keeps him

By Thomas Péralte, Haiti Liberte, April 9, 2014

Since Mar. 25, employees at the National Office for Old Age Insurance (ONA) have been protesting to demand the dismissal of the agency’s Director General, Bernard Degraff. This state agency, which manages the pensions for employees of public and private companies in Haiti, handles a lot of money, or rather mishandles it, the ONA employees charge.

After the quake, luxury hotels rise above Haiti's homeless

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Despite an outpouring of aid after the devastation of Port-au-Prince, it’s the same old story for many of the city’s poor. 

By Lisa Armstrong,, April 11, 2014 

Richard François felt relief and a sliver of hope the day he moved his family into the house a few minutes from the homeless camp in the Champs de Mars, one of Port-au-Prince’s main public squares, where they’d been living. It was just a single room, but safer and more solid than the tarp-and-wood structure they’d called home for two years, after their house collapsed in the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated the city. François’ wife, Johanne, had given birth to their daughter on the street two days after the earthquake; he’d cut the umbilical cord himself, using a razor blade. The family had endured days with no food, and nights of terror as bandits and rapists roamed the camp, and storms that ripped their tarp roof away, leaving them soaked. 

Update: Four articles on the current situation in Venezuela

The “Cubanization” of U.S. Policy Towards Venezuela 

By Jake Johnston, Center for Economic & Policy Research, 26 March 2014 

Venezuelan opposition politicians and their allies in the U.S. frequently decry Cuba’s alleged influence on the Venezuelan government. Ironically however, there seems to be an important and growing nexus between the Venezuelan opposition and the anti-Cuba lobby in the U.S. Cuban-American lawmakers recently introduced sanctions legislation targeting Venezuelan officials that appears to be designed to push U.S. policy toward Venezuela in the same direction as policy toward Cuba.