Jean Matulnes Lamy: Haiti’s ‘Peasants Built Ile a Vache!’ – Part II

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Introduction and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Second part of the interview of Jean Matulnes Lamy and Louis Jean Gadi, both members of the Organization of Ile a Vache Farmers (Konbit Peyizan Ilavach, or KOPI), with Sonny Esteus of Radio VKI. Mr. Lamy is currently imprisoned in Port-au-Prince’s infamous National Petinentiary, where he was taken without charge or trial on February 25, 2014. The protests continue.

Jean Matulnes Lamy: Haiti’s ‘Peasants Built Ile a Vache!’ – Part I

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Introduction and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | This interview of Mr. Jean Matulnes Lami, together with Mr. Louis Jean Gadi, both members of the Organization of Ile A Vache Farmers (KOPI), was with Mr. Sonny Esteus of Radio VKI. It was originally broadcast on January 17, 2014 and rebroadcast on March 10, 2014. Lamy and Gadi discuss the history of land ownership and beautification at Ile a Vache and the issues that currently trouble the islanders, including their exclusion from the development decisions.

Haiti’s Peasants Fight Land Grab of Offshore Islands for Ecotourism

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Sources: Haiti Chery | Radyo VKM | AlterPresse | Caribbean Journal. Reported and translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. Haitian farmers, on the unspoiled offshore 20-square-mile island Ile a Vache, object to the appropriation of their lands by the government to dredge a port, build an airport, roads, manicured villages and sustainable farms for ecotourism. (English | French)

How Might We Honor Aaron Swartz? An Interview

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Interview of Carlos Gomez With Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. “SOPA/PIPA was meant to protect rights that corporations should not be allowed to have. Copyright laws were developed to protect the livelihood of authors — not the corporations that buy the right to an author’s work…. There is no sense to a copyright outliving its author, since no amount of incentive would entice that author to further efforts.” – C. Gomez

Aaron Swartz’ s Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto

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By Aaron Swartz | Haiti Chery. “The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations….”

Six Argentinian Ex-Military Repressors Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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By Staff, UPI via The Argentina Independent | MSN Noticias. The Federal Court of Mar del Plata, Argentina, handed out convictions to 14 retired Argentine military and police officers. Six of these were life sentences to the retired officers, including former General Alfredo Arrillaga, for crimes against humanity during the last dictatorship.

Poor Children as Big Pharma’s Lab Rats

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By K. S. Harikrishnan, IPS | Staff, Rediff Business. American pharmaceutical companies, taking advantage of a Congressional provision called The Pediatric Exclusivity Provision, have been carrying out clinical trials in poor and developing countries where the drugs might never be available. In India there were over 2,000 deaths in the last four years from serious-adverse events (SAE) during clinical trials, many of which were illegally done without consent. These deaths and a recent discovery of drug testing on Bhopal gas victims have ignited the wrath of rights activists and prompted prominent legal institutions to begin to tighten the country’s drug regulation laws.

Landmark Sentence for Agrochemical Contamination in Cordoba

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By Kate Beioley, Argentina Independent | Staff, Los Andes. Two men, rural producer Francisco Parra and chemical-application person Edgardo Pancello, were sentenced in the Cordoba Criminal Court of Argentina to three-year prison terms for use of the agrochemicals endosulphin and glyphosate in the barrio of Ituzaingó Anexo. So far, 200 cases of cancer have been discovered in the barrio, 100 of these fatal. (English | Spanish)

Colonialism in a Poncho: Subordination of Panama to Multinational Force

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Marco A. Gandásegui Jr, America Latina en Movimiento | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. In an annual exercise called Panamax, from Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 17 Panama was virtually occupied by troops from the U.S., France, Canada, the Netherlands, and 14 Latin American “allies,” although the Panamanian Constitution says Panama has no army and its sovereignty is inalienable and nontransferable. (English|Spanish)

Human Trafficking Gang Busted By Zimbabwe and Zambia

By Majie Sayila, The Times of Zambia | Staff, The Herald Online. Forty-one Bangladeshis have been arrested between Zimbabwe and Zambia as these countries tighten the fight against human trafficking. Fifteen who were smuggled into Zambia from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been fined for unlawful presence in the country. The driver of the truck in which they were ferried was committed to the High Court for sentencing after he admitted to the offense of smuggling persons, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years.

Bandits or Resistance Against Land Grab in Martissant?

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By spp and jmd, Radio Kiskeya. According to residents of the Nan Beny and Ti Bois areas of Martissant — a neighborhood in south Port-au-Prince, Haiti — in retaliation for having two of their numbers injured by unknown assailants Tuesday July 31, elite police in uniform, while under observation from MINUSTAH troops, beat and shot several people, broke the windshields of various cars, and torched at least four motorcycles plus 15 houses. Shortly thereafter, the West Department’s police chief announced that troops would be maintained in Martissant. UPDATES: Police put bounties out on four “bandits,” and a new human-rights report describes the details of the incident. (English | French)

Massacre at La Visite

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Thirty six commandos from Haiti’s Departmental Unit for Maintenance of Order (UDMO), together with presidentially-appointed regional and local government representatives, arrived in La Visite Park, near the city of Jacmel (southeast Haiti) to evict 142 families by force on July 23. The small farmers, who had lived there since 1942, were offered $1,160 for each property. In the battle that ensued, 4-12 people were killed.

Canada’s Foreign Aid Minister Swap (in Haiti)

By Staff, Defend Haiti | Meagan Fitzpatrick and Staff, CBC News Online | Sheila Dabu Nonato, National Post. Canada Foreign Aid Minister Bev Oda — the woman responsible for the relocation of hundreds of thousands from the tent camps on Champs de Mars, Port-au-Prince, Haiti — has resigned. She was replaced by Julian Fantino, a former policeman risen to the ranks of police chief, Member of Parliament, and Defense Minister. Mr. Fantino has been followed in every political post by allegations of corruption.

Clear Caribbean Thinking Required on Extra-Territorial US Laws

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By David Jessop, Caribbean Council via Stabroek News. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, is one of a growing number of US laws that are extra-territorial in effect and have been introduced on the grounds of security, to counter terrorism and organized crime, or to address tax evasion. In addition to extending US jurisdiction into the Caribbean, FATCA carries with it the possibility of being used to extend the reach of US law into areas that the legislation was not primarily designed to address.