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.

Ile a Vache Population: ‘Martelly-Lamothe Are Selling Haiti!’

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The La Hatte section of Ile a Vache, Haiti, is paralyzed by popular protests and roadblocks. The population calls for support. The protests were occasioned by the government’s failure to respond to the residents’ demands and several recent actions, including the destruction of parts of the island for road construction by a Dominican company, house-to-house searches by militarized police, a visit by the Tourism Minister that showed no evidence of good faith, and the continued detention of community representative Jean Matulnes Lamy.

Mainstream Media Discover Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. One year after a Haitian government decree to appropriate the lands of the farmers on the offshore island of Ile a Vache, and more than two months since the islanders began to take their protests to the streets, Le Nouvelliste, AP, and Reuters bring us their versions of the story: a valuable lesson in methods of disinformation.

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)

Haiti-Dominican Republic Conflict: IACHR Commission Says DR Court Ruling Is Discriminatory

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By AlterPresse | Haiti Chery. Translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. Dominican Constitutional Court Ruling TC168.13 is discriminatory and violates the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent, according to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR, CIDH). (English | French)

How Might We Honor Aaron Swartz? An Interview

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Interview of Carlos Gomez With Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. “SOPA/PIPA was meant to protect rights that corporations should not be allowed to have. Copyright laws were developed to protect the livelihood of authors — not the corporations that buy the right to an author’s work…. There is no sense to a copyright outliving its author, since no amount of incentive would entice that author to further efforts.” – C. Gomez

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….”

Haiti: Wrecking Ball Capitalism in Real Time

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By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. How does one drag a people with a sense of enough into the capitalist enterprise? In Haiti, this process is exposed in all its hideousness as it happens in real time.

(Français) Un poème par René Depestre: ‘La révolution sans fétiches’

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Par René Depestre, du receuil En Etat de Poésie (Les Editeurs Réunis Francais, Paris, 1980) | Haiti Chery. Il y a ceux qui crient sur tous les toits / Vive la Révolution! / derrière ce cri se cache parfois le voeu / secret que la révolution se casse une jambe….

MINUSTAH’s Cholera Kleptocracy Prepares to Stay in Haiti (English|Portuguese)

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. The great majority of Haitians categorically reject the UN force, and Haiti’s Senate passed a resolution in September 2011 that called for withdrawal of the troops by October 2012. Nevertheless, the groundwork was carefully laid for renewal of the UN mandate. With a $676.70 million budget at stake, the disregard for democracy is total. (English | Portuguese)

Six Argentinian Ex-Military Repressors Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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By Staff, UPI via The Argentina Independent | MSN Noticias. The Federal Court of Mar del Plata, Argentina, handed out convictions to 14 retired Argentine military and police officers. Six of these were life sentences to the retired officers, including former General Alfredo Arrillaga, for crimes against humanity during the last dictatorship.

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.

Haiti’s Revolution Redux?

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By staff, Radio Kiskeya | Editorial comment and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Fourteen opposition political parties and platforms announced Friday, September 28, that they will participate in all mobilizations to support popular demands criticizing the policy of exclusion by the Michel Martelly regime. (English | French)