Typhoon or Hurricane, It Kills Mostly the Poor

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. While Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Caribbean and the US eastern seaboard, Typhoon Son-Tinh tore through the Philippines, China and Vietnam. The dead from the mudslides, floods and violent waves were caught by surprise or lacked the wherewithal to move to higher ground. They were overwhelmingly poor.

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.

Violence, Arson Against Haitians in Dominican Republic

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. For every embargo against the Dominican Republic (DR), there come a rash of repatriations and other abuses of Haitians. Rights groups call on the Haitian government to speak up for its nationals and denounce the abuses against them in the DR.

Let Them Eat Sand

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By Staff, AHP | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Dominican National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Proconsumidor) has sounded the alarm against consuming “Canaria” sugar imported from Brazil into the Dominican Republic (DR) by Casa SRL Chepe: a product marketed for two months in the DR and Haiti. (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.

Soaring Food Prices in Haiti

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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).

Peasants In Saltos del Guaira Demand Negotiations With Paraguayan Government

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By Staff, Prensa Latina. Peasants throughout Paraguay are demanding negotiations with the government for land plots on which to live and work. In Saltos del Guaira (east) about 1,000 small farmers and their families were forcibly evicted by police on Monday August 6 from a farm occupied by a Brazilian citizen.

Avocados

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By Roger B. Swain, In Field Days: Journal of an Itinerant Biologist. Lyons & Burford, Publishers, New York, 1994. Central American animals that could have swallowed and excreted avocados include mammoths; toxodon, a rhinoceros-size mammal, without the horn, that was probably semi-aquatic; gomphotheres, elephantlike beasts with tusks in both jaws; glyptodonts, that weighed a ton or more, had a domed carapace, a heavy armored tail, and an armored head that could withdraw into the shell.

Standing Ovation and 11 Medals for Haitian Culinary Team!

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By Evens Prosper, HPN | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The culinary team that represented Haiti in the “Taste of the Caribbean” contest in Miami from June 20 to 24 won 11 medals for Haiti in several gastronomic categories, and Haiti received three consecutive minutes of standing ovation. (English|French)

Peasants In Nacunday Losing Patience With Paraguayan Government

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By Staff, Prensa Latina. Thousands of peasants (campesinos) from the Ñacunday zone in eastern Paraguay have set a one-week limit for the government to hand over 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of land which they consider to be illegally held by agribusiness.

Cuba Adapts Crops to Tropical Conditions, Climate Change

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By Ivet González, with reporting by Patricia Grogg, IPS. Cabbage, broccoli, carrots, onions and other vegetables resistant to pests and drought are being grown by researchers in Cuba, who for decades have been working to design plants adapted to the tropical conditions in the Caribbean region. (English | Spanish)

Cuba Safeguards Biodiversity to Guarantee Food Supplies

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By Ivet González, with reporting by Patricia Grogg, IPS. Small farmers in Cuba are involved in developing improved seeds from local stocks, to obtain good harvests under difficult environmental conditions. These efforts are backed by the Program for Local Agrarian Innovation (PIAL), which has benefited some 50,000 farmers, with the support of international development aid. (English | Spanish)

Subsidizing Haitian Farmers Into Chemical Dependency

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By Staff (TB), Haiti Libre | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Local importers of fertilizers and the Haitian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday June 25, 2012 to fix a bag of nitrogenous fertilizer at $21 and sulfate fertilizer at $13. Chemical fertilizer is cheap now that it is subsidized. After the native strains of rice, corn, and other crops vanish, the fertilizer will cost its full price.