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)

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….”

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.

Haiti’s Opposition Parties Draft a Manifesto

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Convention of Political Parties, headed by former senator Turneb Delpe, held a national conference of 30 political parties and civilian organizations in Cap Haitien on Monday and Tuesday October 15-16 to formulate solutions to Haiti’s current crises and counter the Martelly-Lamothe regime as a united front. Together the political parties and civilian organizations drafted The manifesto of Cap-Haitien. UPDATE: Full text of manifesto included in French and English.

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 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)

Open Letter From Haitian Anesthesiologist Dr. Andre Morno

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By André Morno, Le Nouvelliste | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. “President Martelly’s Chief of Staff Mr. Thierry Mayard Paul came to tell me that the presidential security unit was concerned about my house’s location with respect to the President’s. To my surprise, he told me that I had to sell the house at a price pre-determined without my consent.” Dr. Morno. (English | French).

Mountains Behind Protests

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Haiti’s most populous cities erupted in protest in early September, and some areas remain more or less in a state of continuous protest against human rights abuses, soaring food prices, 80 per cent unemployment, crashing agriculture, government corruption and racism, and many other severe political and economic ills.

Colonialism of the Mind – Part II

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Of all the campaigns to undermine Haitian culture, the one to discredit restavek adoption — in which a biological parent collaborates with a respected adult to care for a child — enjoys the most zealous support from the west’s NGO and alternative press.

Colonialism of the Mind – Part I

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Western journalists increasingly assume the voices of subjugated countries’ natives while muzzling them by denying them access to the press. In the United states, the more visible venues of the alternative press, such as online news sites Truthout, Common Dreams, and Huffington Post are essentially closed to native writers. More than this, the punditry promotes the neoliberal agenda and encapsulates it in reasonable-seeming and progressive-sounding language.

With MINUSTAH Up for Renewal, ‘Legal Bandits’ on Rampage

By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Dr. Serge L. Bernard, Professor and Vice-Chair of the board of directors of the University of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was shot dead by five gunmen on motorcycles around midday on Friday August 31, 2012, within sight of police. Dr. Bernard is the latest victim of the traditional Spring-to-October insecurity that has preceded the renewal of MINUSTAH’s mandate every year since 2005.