Jean Matulnes Lamy: Haiti’s ‘Peasants Built Ile a Vache!’ – Part II

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Introduction and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Second part of the interview of Jean Matulnes Lamy and Louis Jean Gadi, both members of the Organization of Ile a Vache Farmers (Konbit Peyizan Ilavach, or KOPI), with Sonny Esteus of Radio VKI. Mr. Lamy is currently imprisoned in Port-au-Prince’s infamous National Petinentiary, where he was taken without charge or trial on February 25, 2014. The protests continue.

Jean Matulnes Lamy: Haiti’s ‘Peasants Built Ile a Vache!’ – Part I

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Introduction and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | This interview of Mr. Jean Matulnes Lami, together with Mr. Louis Jean Gadi, both members of the Organization of Ile A Vache Farmers (KOPI), was with Mr. Sonny Esteus of Radio VKI. It was originally broadcast on January 17, 2014 and rebroadcast on March 10, 2014. Lamy and Gadi discuss the history of land ownership and beautification at Ile a Vache and the issues that currently trouble the islanders, including their exclusion from the development decisions.

Haiti’s Peasants Fight Land Grab of Offshore Islands for Ecotourism

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Sources: Haiti Chery | Radyo VKM | AlterPresse | Caribbean Journal. Reported and translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. Haitian farmers, on the unspoiled offshore 20-square-mile island Ile a Vache, object to the appropriation of their lands by the government to dredge a port, build an airport, roads, manicured villages and sustainable farms for ecotourism. (English | French)

GDP Measures the Wealth of Bankers

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By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. Libya’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 108 percent in 2012. By contrast, the growths of Japan and other developed countries, as measured by their GDP, have stagnated at values below three percent and sometimes negative. If you are shaking your head, thinking there must be a mistake in the World Bank’s computations, think again.

Aaron Swartz’ s Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto

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By Aaron Swartz | Haiti Chery. “The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations….”

USAID: Dictator’s Little Helper

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By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. USAID’s goals were originally to diminish the threat of communism and open new markets for the US; these have expanded to include: developing “countries’ policies and institutions” and even “rebuilding government.”

Gee-Whiz Science or Biopiracy?

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By Sifelani Tsiki, The Herald | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food companies have made millions on plant species that have been used for generations by indigenous groups. Africa could be losing more than US $15 billion from its biodiversity as medicines, cosmetics, agricultural products from indigenous knowledge are illegally patented by multinational companies without benefits accruing to local communities in the countries of origin.

Haiti’s Assembly Workers Promised 87 Cents Per Hour

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Haiti’s sweatshop factory owners enjoy unprecedented duty free and quota-free access to the U.S. market, and only prison wages come close to the scandalously low 34 to 54 cents/hour earned by Haiti’s workers, or the 87 cents/hour salary promised to them.

Violence, Arson Against Haitians in Dominican Republic

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. For every embargo against the Dominican Republic (DR), there come a rash of repatriations and other abuses of Haitians. Rights groups call on the Haitian government to speak up for its nationals and denounce the abuses against them in the DR.

India Shut Down By General Strike Against Neoliberal Reforms

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By Staff, News Track India. An opposition-called shutdown against economic reforms hit normal life in many states of India, where shops and businesses in these states were universally shut. Rail and road transport was also badly hit, inconveniencing millions. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) estimates that the Indian economy lost $2.25 billion because of the pan-India work stoppage.

Deadly Denim

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By Staff, International Labor Rights Forum. Two separate fires in Pakistan killed more than 300 trapped workers: 289 workers in a Karachi apparel factory (sweatshop) and 25 workers in a Lahore shoe factory on Tuesday September 11, 2012. National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan (NTUF) leader Nasir Mansoor called this the “darkest and saddest day in the history of Pakistan’s labor movement.” The fires are considered to be the logical result of the low prices buyers offer the factories and the quick deliveries they demand.

Occupy: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Interview of Michael Novick with Gilbert Mercier, New Junkie Post | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Occupy is one year-old. One would think from the news that this nascent movement is merely a series of arbitrary skirmishes between protesters and police. But if there is one area where Occupy has shined, it has been in its alliance with Labor. This excellent December 2011 article and interview of an Occupy Los Angeles organizer discusses one of the earliest efforts by Occupy to ally itself with Labor and nicely articulates the hopes for the movement.

Kagame: ‘Permanent Aid Can Make a Person Become Useless’

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By Gahiji Innocent, News of Rwanda. President Paul Kagame gave a rare interview to the Harvard International Review on the heels of a new investment deal with China and the establishment of sovereign fund that has raised some Rwf 15 billion in two weeks. But even with Chinese cash and investments pouring into Rwanda, Mr Kagame says the ultimate decision about the development of Africa remains with Africans. With regard to Rwanda, Kagame said: “No nation, even the ones who supported the genocide, owes us a favor…. I have said many times to our people, ‘Why should the taxpayers of another nation put food in our mouths and for how long?’”

Soaring Food Prices in Haiti

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By Ricardo Pierre Placide, Le Matin | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Over the past several months, Haitian households have faced an unprecedented 40% increase on average in the prices of essential commodities such as eggs, rice, sugar, and flour. (English | French).