Water for Profit: Neocolonialism as Cannibalism
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By Dady Chery Haiti Chery The notion of a colonist as cannibal in Haiti is widespread. This idea, called manje moun (eating people), could hardly qualify as superstition, given the experience of colonialism. It is daunting to find a better … Continue reading

Haiti: Wrecking Ball Capitalism in Real Time
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. 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 | Le Manifeste du Cap Haitien de 2012
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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.

Sabotage Leaves Cap Haitien Without Municipal Water | Haïti-Eau potable : Rareté au Cap Haïtien, le système saboté

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By Wedlyne Jacques, AlterPresse | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. No water from the taps of Cap Haitien residents since early 2012. And they must walk several kilometers to reach a source of water. Some people report that they wake up as early as 2:00 to 5:00 am to queue for half a day to buy water that is not even fit for drinking. (English | French)

Mountains Behind Protests
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. 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.

Tension in Port Margot | Port-Margot sous tension depuis une semaine

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By Staff, AlterPresse | Staff, Organization for the Development of Port-Margot (ODEP) | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Residents of the northern beach town of Port-Margot, Haiti, are angry with the government for neglecting their major arteries to the east and west, and for appropriating their most important tourist attraction, Chouchou Bay, for a neighboring city. The town in 35 km (22 miles) from Cap Haitien and is coveted as a place to live by mining personnel moving into northern Haiti. (English | French)

Fix This Fort!
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. At a visit to Haiti’s landmark Citadelle Laferriere, Martelly, to emphasize his disgust about the decrepit state of the 300-year old fort, took off in a huff, straight downhill on his motorcycle, leaving his motorcade to scramble after him down a steep and narrow mountain road. The result: an accident that gravely injured seven people and put in critical condition a journalist and a six-year old girl who had been inside her house.

The Rush to Haiti’s North | La ruée vers le Nord

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By Roberson Alphonse, Le Nouvelliste | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. According to Dieuseul Anglade, director of the Office of Mines and Energy in Haiti (Bureau des Mines et de l’Energie, BME), the outlook is encouraging, and during the negotiations for exploitation, the Haitian state will keep close watch to ensure that the citizens of Haiti benefit from the country’s mineral wealth. Meanwhile, the region’s mayors have been dismissed, depriving the citizens of a voice in their local government, and land prices have skyrocketed. (English | French)

Charlemagne Peralte: Haitian Hero, ‘Supreme Bandit’ of First US Occupation – Part III
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. “These Southerners have found Haiti to be the veritable promised land of ‘jobs for deserving democrats’…. In Port-au-Prince many of them live in fine villas. Many of them who could not keep a hired girl in the United States have a half-dozen servants. All of the civilian heads of departments have automobiles furnished at the expense of the Haitian Government… It is interesting to see with what disdain, as they ride around, they look down upon the people who pay for the cars.” – James Weldom Johnson

Charlemagne Peralte: Haitian Hero, ‘Supreme Bandit’ of First US Occupation – Part II
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Charlemagne Peralte organized the Cacos after escaping his enslavement by the U.S. occupation. The revolutionary Cacos soon grew to thousands of guerillas, including many Dominicans won over by Peralte to the anti-imperialist cause, and a provisional Caco government was declared in northern Haiti.

Poor Little Rich Haiti to Be Fleeced of Copper-Silver-Gold Via Caracol Deep-Water Port
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Plans are under way for Canadian and US corporations to mine Haiti’s northeast area near Caracol, which has been discovered to contain a wealth of silver and gold, in addition to copper. As in the Dominican Republic’s Pueblo Viejo project, construction of the mines will involve dynamiting of mountains, and the ore will be extracted by an opencast (or open-pit) mining process that contaminates large volumes of water with cyanide. UPDATES: Attempts to issue mining permits to the US’ VCS Mining LLC and Canada’s SOMINE SA, without any environmental impact assessment (EIA) were thwarted by Haiti’s Senate in January 2013. Plans to dredge a deep-sea port in the pristine Bay of Fort Liberte were scrapped in April 2014.

Paramilitary Gangs Join UN Force in Preying on Haitian Population
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. It is hardly worthwhile to entertain some notion that the U.N. force MINUSTAH and the new paramilitary gangs are somehow at odds with each other. Both are supported by the U.S. and France, and both prey on the Haitian population and National Police. MINUSTAH’s abuses are given as the reason why a “Haitian army” is needed to defend the national sovereignty, and the threat of abuse by paramilitaries serves to justify MINUSTAH’s continued stay. UPDATE: June 11, the supposed Haitian army is quietly inaugurated as the “Agency for National Security.”

Privatization of Water: Benign as Lucifer

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By Richard Raznikov, The Rag Blog | Democracy Center, YouTube. About 20 years ago, it dawned on the bankers and some major corporations that if oil was a lucrative commodity, water would be even more so…. The trick was how to take it away from the people and sell it back to them. In Bolivia and Argentina, water companies such as Bechtel and Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux were sent packing. Elsewhere in the world, they, and their enforcers the IMF and World Bank, have bought off many local governments and imposed water privatization and widespread misery. Videos show creative solutions in Cochabamba, Bolivia for getting water under local control and accessible to the poor.

Sabotage Leaves Haitian City of Gonaives Without Municipal Water | La ville des Gonaïves sevrée par l’Orepa: Trois mois sans eau courante

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By Mergenat Exalus, AlterPresse | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The northern Haitian city of Gonaives has been without water since a sabotage of three water pumping stations last December. The forced dependence of the Haitian population on bottled water, uninspected by local health authorities, poses a grave danger. (English | French)