Haitian People: Let Us Recover Our Dignity

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By Michel-Ange Cadet Haiti Chery Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery Several Haitian cities rose up under strong tension in December 2010. The sky was black with smoke. The burning tires, the deafening noise of protesters in … Continue reading

Peuple Haitien: Retrouvons Notre Dignité

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Par Michel-Ange Cadet Haiti Chery Plusieurs villes de la République d’Haïti se levaient sous fortes tensions en décembre 2010. Le ciel de certaines villes était noir de fumée. Des pneus brûlaient, des bruits assourdissants de manifestants dans un commun refrain de protestations … Continue reading

India Shut Down By General Strike Against Neoliberal Reforms

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By Staff, News Track India. An opposition-called shutdown against economic reforms hit normal life in many states of India, where shops and businesses in these states were universally shut. Rail and road transport was also badly hit, inconveniencing millions. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) estimates that the Indian economy lost $2.25 billion because of the pan-India work stoppage.

Soaring Food Prices in Haiti | Flambée du prix des produits de première nécessité sur le marché haïtien

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By Ricardo Pierre Placide, Le Matin | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Over the past several months, Haitian households have faced an unprecedented 40% increase on average in the prices of essential commodities such as eggs, rice, sugar, and flour. (English | French).

U.S. IKEA Furniture Workers Unionized With Help from Counterparts in Sweden

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By Jenny Brown, Labor notes | William Rogers, Left Labor Reporter. Workers at IKEA, a Swedish furniture company that had outsourced its labor to the U.S. because of low wages, have managed to unionize with support from Swedish workers. The win showed the promise of linking unions across borders to pressure European owners.

Happy Bastille Day! Ah, ça ira!

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By Fred E. Foldvary, The Progress Report | Ah, ça ira!: Lyrics by Ladré, music by Bécourt, Chansons historiques de France, YouTube | Edith Piaf, YouTube. July 14 is celebrated as Bastille Day in France. The Bastille was a prison in Paris that the people stormed and seized in 1789, starting the French Revolution that toppled King Louis XVI and the aristocracy. (Lyrics and videos included)

Fair Trade Business Is Growing, Part 2 – Surprisingly Robust Spanish MarketRecesión española respeta economía solidariaRecessão espanhola respeita economia solidária

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By Inés Benítez, Tierramerica, IPS, Global Issues. The economic and financial crisis afflicting the European Union (EU) countries has scarcely affected the sales of fair-trade products in Spain, especially foods from Central and South America. (English | Spanish | Portuguese)

Fair Trade Business Is Growing, Part 1 – Argentinian HoneyComercio justo crece y exporta pese a la crisis

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By Marcela Valente, IPS. A steady growth in export of fair-trade goods, including honey, from Argentina despite the global recession, is proving that socially and environmentally sustainable practices can be more than a refuge from external crises. (English | Spanish)

Mouseland: A Metaphor About the Lobbycracy | ‘Mouseland’, una metáfora de la lobbycracia

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Originally by Clarence Gillis, as told by Tommy Douglas, Information Clearing House | You Tube | Mangas Verdes | Haiti Chery. “Mouseland was a place where all the little mice lived and played, were born and died. And they lived much the same as you and I do. They even had a Parliament. And every four years they had an election…. And every time on election day all the little mice used to go to the ballot box and they used to elect a government. A government made up of big, fat, black cats.” (English | Spanish, with video)

Inequality as a Revolt Against NatureA Desigualdade como Revolta Contra a Natureza

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By Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society | Portuguese translation by Murilo Otávio Rodrigues Paes Leme, zqxjkv0.blogspot.com |Courtesy of Frans de Waal, YouTube | Haiti Chery. Economic exploitation can only result from unequal exchange, which requires the coercive interference from a state with the normal process of market exchange. Includes video demonstrating a sense of fairness in monkeys. (English | Portuguese)

U.S. Labor Law ‘a Scam’

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By Josh Eidelson, In These Times. Only about 12% of U.S. workers currently belong to labor unions. A turning point in the power of American labor was the passage of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and especially its 1945 Taft-Hartly Act provisions that formally recognized the right to collective bargaining but banned tactics like mass picketing and secondary boycotts. The NLRA is examined in light of the growing disregard for unions by corporate bosses and the increasingly successful partnerships of labor with the Occupy movement.

International Land Grabbers to Carve Up Haiti’s Rural Areas | Les accapareurs internationales de terre divisent les zones rurales d’Haïti

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Report, Interamerican Development Bank via Relief Web | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti chery. “Land tenure informality is widely considered to hinder agricultural productivity, limiting rural incomes.” – IDB. Meaning: Land tenure informality is an obstacle to grabbing Haitian lands for use by big agricultural, mining, and power companies. Cambodia recently underwent a process of mapping of land ownership similar to the one being proposed for Haiti. The land grabs and killings have begun in Cambodia. (English | French)

Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans Discard Service Medals at No-NATO Protest

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By Mary Wisniewski, Reuters | Jon Michael Turner, Veterans Today, Democracy Now, YouTube | Aaron Hughes, Democracy Now! Nearly 50 U.S. military veterans at an anti-NATO rally in Chicago threw their service medals into the street on Sunday May 20 in rejection of the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Occupations don’t build democracies, don’t extend individuals’ freedoms. The movements—the Arab uprising, the Arab Spring—that was building democracy. The movements of Gandhi, the movements of the civil rights movements here in the United States, people’s movements, that extends democracy, not military force.” – Aaron Hughes.