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.
By Staff (WJL), HPN | Staff, Nouvel Observateur via RadioTV Caraibes | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Residents from the Jalousie neighborhood of Petion-Ville took to the streets on Thursday, July 12 to call for a halt to the measures from Haiti’s Ministry of the Environment to demolish thousands of their homes. “It’s not right that a person should be offered only 20,000 gourdes (US $465) after his house is demolished,” said a protestor. UPDATED on July 30, Aug 2. (English | French)
By Staff, Radio Metropole | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. With the recent reactivation of the defunct 2005 Council of Economic and Social Development (Conseil de Développement Economique et Social), Haiti establishes a permanent dictatorship — with elections. The CESD replaces the Interim Commission for Haiti Reconstruction (ICHR). (English | French)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Caracol Bay area was slated to be a World Heritage Site and Marine Park because of its breathtaking barrier reef, mangroves, and migratory birds. The area is also the site of archaeological finds including Guacanagaric, one of the largest and most complete Taino Indian villages. The area has been converted into the massive Caracol Industrial Park (or Free-Trade zone, FTZ) that is expected to pollute the Trou du Nord River and the bay and get served by a deep-water port.
By Frantz Duval and Robenson Geffrard, Le Nouvelliste | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Satisfied with his achievements during his first year, but frustrated about procedures that have kept his palace band without instruments, Michel Martelly announced that his team has started to think about an emergency law. (English | French)
By Gerard Maxineau, Le Nouvelliste | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The National Federation of Haitian Mayors (FENAMH) has fingered the executive and some lawmakers as having recently drafted a plan to dissolve 140 municipal councils and replace them with municipal boards at the service of the parliamentarians, but this plan was drafted abroad in the prefab constitution that came along with Haiti’s prefab president and its prefab parliament exactly one year ago. It is a plan especially designed to grab lands in northern Haiti.
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. In addition a deep-water port is slated for construction in Caracol. UPDATES: May 7 (Le Matin) Martelly formally announces construction of a “modern port” in Fort Liberte, near Caracol. December 21/28 (AP/VCS Mining) Haiti Mining Director Ludner Remarais issues mining permits to the US’ VCS Mining LLC and Canada’s SOMINE SA, without any environmental impact assessment (EIA).
By Staff (rh gp), AlterPresse | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. According to one of Michel Martelly’s passports, the former singer traveled to 21 countries that did not affix any seal of entry. Another passport is dated 1981 to 1991, although a Haitian passport is valid for only 5 years. (English | French)
By Rachelle Charlier Doucet, AlterPresse | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. A massive industrial park is scheduled to open in the Caracol Bay area of Haiti, although no plan is in place to mitigate the park’s impact on a region that has been proposed as a World Heritage Site for its ecological, historical, and archaeological importance. The park’s manufacturing and textile dyeing alone will require pumping 6,000 cubic meters of water daily from the groundwater and ejecting toxic wastewater into the Trou du Nord River and, ultimately, Caracol Bay. Electricity will be produced from oil, resulting in heavy and toxic wastes. Construction of 5,000 homes for a predicted migration of 30,000 to 300,000 people is expected to result in bantustanization of the area and neighboring communities. (English | French)
By Staff, Defend Haiti. A presidential commission recommends withholding publication of a version of the Haitian Constitution amended by the Parliament in May 2011 and subsequently corrected. When this document was submitted to former President Rene Preval for formal publication in the executive journal Le Moniteur, its contents were found to differ from the outcomes of the Haitian Parliament’s votes. UPDATE: May 28, International donors pressure Haiti to accept the fake constitution (promoted by Lamothe) or an emergency law, meaning suspension of the Constitution (promoted by Martelly).
By staff (jep kft), AlterPresse | English translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Several state secretaries in Michel Martelly’s cabinet have a foreign nationality. Secretary of State for the Interior Georges Racine was discovered to be a U.S. citizen; he is implicated in the recent illegal dismissals of Haiti’s Mayors. The Secretary of State for Culture and Heritage was discovered to be Spanish, and the Secretary of State for Higher Education was found to be Canadian. The status of Michel Martelly and of his latest prime minister designate Laurent Lamothe are under investigation. UPDATE March 8, 2012: Official announcement of the resignations of three members of the Senate Commission of Inquiry on dual citizenships. Martelly disregards Haitian Senate and asks Catholic Bishop and US Ambassador to vouch that he is a Haitian citizen. UPDATE (HPN March 28): Minister of Tourism Stephanie B. Villedrouin is a U.S. citizen. (English | French)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Thirteen Haitian mayors were dismissed and replaced on Feb 18th by presidential decree. In a press conference, one mayor said that a new individual recently arrived claiming to be his municipality’s new mayor, and two days later he got a letter telling him to assist this person in taking inventory of the region’s heritage. Another mayor wrote in open letter on Feb 3rd that his life is under threat. Secretary of the Interior Georges Racine is thought to be behind the wave of illegal dismissals. UPDATES: HPN Mar 23, AHP Mar 28, Protesters in St Marc block entry to municipal buildings to prevent installment of Martelly appointees.Radio Kiskeya Jul 9, Haiti Libre Jul 10, The Minister of the Interior confirms that nearly all 120 of Haitian mayors will be dismissed. Le Matin, Le Nouvelliste Jul 19, A man wanted by police for arson and murder is appointed Deputy Commissioner for the Limbe District in the Northern Department. (English | Portuguese)
Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas, Courrier Internationale | San Francisco Bay View | Live from Haiti, Video. Emergency aid funds for Haiti were used by the U.S. mostly to pay itself. As for the rates of the modest expenditures that did take place within Haiti: they make one rather grateful that Port-au-Prince and Leogane did not catch on fire. An alternative way to think about this story is to consider that earthquake-ravaged Haiti donated massive amounts of aid funds to the west — especially the U.S.– and Haiti is the world’s biggest “aid donor” per capita. UPDATE: Live From Haiti video interviews of Haitians two years after the earthquake (Creole | English). (English | French)