Interview of Dady Chery With Gilbert Mercier, Haiti Chery | New Junkie Post. A few months ago we decided to launch News Junkie Post Press, aka NJP Press. Dady Chery will be the first author published by us; Gilbert Mercier will be next in line. On the occasion, Mercier introduced Chery’s book and conducted this interview.
Press Release, Haiti Chery. Lawyers Newton Louis St Juste and André Michel have legally challenged the Secretary General of the United Nations to clarify whether Bill Clinton’s 18 months as Co-Chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (CIRH or IHRC) from 2009 to 2011, while he was UN Special Envoy for Haiti entitles him to UN privileges and immunities against prosecutions being considered in courts of Haiti and other countries.
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 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. 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.
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)
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. 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. (English | French)
By Staff, Haiti Grassroots Watch. Part 7 of 7. “It wasn’t possible to anticipate the presence of the complex and precious ecosystem of the Caracol Bay before we conducted this environmental evaluation.” – Impact study by U.S. Koios team. The bay, which is home to mangrove forests and the country’s longest uninterrupted coral reef, is the subject of intense international study and part of several plans for a regional park. (English | French)