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Honduras breaks the silence: Protests persist against corruption

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By Brianne Berry and Laura Valentina Natera, COHA (Council on Hemispheric Affairs), July 22, 2015

Since the coup against the democratically elected President of Honduras in 2009, Honduras has been experiencing a period of continuous crises. Despite deteriorating conditions, there had been only a limited organized outcry against the corruption, impunity, and lack of employment facing the country until two months ago, when weekly protests began crowding the streets of the nation's capital, Tegucigalpa. The last straw for Honduran citizens came in May, when it was revealed that private businesses had embezzled $330 million USD from the country's social security institute, the Instituto Hondureno de Seguirdad Social (IHSS). Ninety four million USD of the embezzled funds had been funneled directly into the campaign of Juan Orlando Hernandez, who, though he admits to receiving the funds, claims to have been unaware of their source.[1] In addition to the injustice of stealing money from the citizens, lack of funding to the hospitals brought about grave consequences.

"Humanitarian occupation" of Haiti: 100 years and counting

By Mark Schuller, Counter Punch, July 28, 2015

This Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. Several college campuses, professional associations, social movements, and political parties are marking the occasion with a series of reflections and demonstrations. Several have argued that the U.S. has never stopped occupying Haiti, even as military boots left in 1934. 

OAS calls for Dominican-Haitian dialogue, support for displaced (2 articles)


By teleSUR, July 29, 2015

The Organization of American States has recommended support for displaced people and dialogue between the Dominican Republic and Haiti as a means to address heightened tensions between the two countries recently flared by the Dominican Republic's controversial immigration policy.

Haiti Liberté: Appeal for support


By Haiti Liberté staff, Haiti Liberté, July 29, 2015.

Three reasons Why It is vital to support Haïti Liberté today:

1) The Deportation of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian Descent from the Dominican Republic 

In July 1933, one of the first steps of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Party was to strip German citizenship from Eastern European Jews living in Germany, many for decades. 

In the same way, tens of thousands of Dominicans are now having their citizenship stripped, because their parents were Haitian. This all began when the Dominican Constitutional Court ruled in September 2013 that a woman had been wrongly registered as Dominican at birth because her parents were undocumented. This is the infamous Decision 168/13 which makes illegal and stateless any Dominican with undocumented parents... retroactively to 1929. 

Dominican Disorder: An investigative report by Adam Raney (video)

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By Adam Raney, Al Jazeera International, July 19, 2015

In a developing series, Al Jazeera's Adam Raney reports from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where thousands of Haitian are facing deportation.

continue to episodes 1-8 of the documentary series "Dominican Disorder". 

New York: Haitians mark centennial of first U.S. military occupation of Haiti

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by Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, July 29, 2015

On the morning of Wed., Jul. 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed near Port-au-Prince, beginning a brutal 19-year military occupation of Latin America’s first independent nation that left deep scars on the Haitian population and psyche.

In the weeks and months leading up to the 100th anniversary of that fateful day, activists in Haiti and its diaspora held demonstrations and conferences. In New York, Haitian groups and individuals formed the “Patriotic Initiative to Mark the Centennial of the American Occupation of Haiti on Jul. 28, 1915.”

In the final week before the anniversary, the group organized an all-day conference on Sat., Jul. 25 at a school in the heart of Brooklyn’s “Little Haiti,” featuring speakers like Professors Franklin Midy and Jean-Claude Icart of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Frantz Leconte from City University of New York (CUNY), an Alex Dupuy from Wesleyan. Haïti Liberté’s director Berthony Dupont also spoke.

Are You Haitian? American media upped its coverage of the Dominican Republic’s internment and deportation practices, but the repression of Haitians continues.(2 articles)

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By Greg Grandin, The Nation, July 28, 2015

“Are you Haitian?” That’s the question the Dominican consular officer in New York City asked of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Dominican writer living in New York who describes himself as “dark-skinned and nappy-headed,” when he recently tried to renew his passport. Padilla, who eventually did get his renewal, writes about his experience in The Guardian. Having managed to break out of the stifling US immigration system (which he writes about in Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, published tomorrow), Padilla says that it has “been dismaying to see the Dominican government adopt a similar approach to immigration while making use of American border-policing expertise.”