Cholera in Haiti and Africa: The Peacekeepers’ Footprint
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By Dady Chery Haiti Chery Like the plantain weed, Plantago major, which so reliably matched the movements of European settlers through North America that it became known as “the white man’s footprint,” the cholera epidemics of the last 15 years … Continue reading

Love’s Celebration Is Worth Life’s Struggles
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. “‘Why fight?’ Some ask, when we have probably passed the tipping point in climate change…. One might as well ask: Why live the best lives we can, although we will all die?…. But on accepting the human condition, we also discover that there is pleasure in cherishing what we cannot possess.”

Anti-US Protests Spread Throughout Muslim WorldLes manifestations anti américaines se propagent à tous les pays du monde musulman

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By Alex Lantier, WSWS. Protests that began one week ago at US embassies in Egypt and Libya are rapidly spreading throughout the Muslim world. The protests reflect broad popular opposition to Washington’s wars, its violation of elementary democratic rights in the conduct of the “war on terror,” and its exploitation of the region as a source of cheap labor. (English | French)

U.N. Uses Private Military and Security Contractors

By Kim-Jenna Jurriaans, IPS | UPDATE from Haiti Chery. The United Nations is increasingly hiring Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) for its missions across the world, raising concerns over the use of firms known for participation in human rights abuses, as well as an overall lack of accountability structures governing these contractors within the U.N. system. UPDATE 1: DynCorp boasts of having trained 400 “Haitian police” and is awarded a $48.6 million contract to insert 100 contractors and 10 advisors into the “UN police force” in Haiti.

Interview of Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah with Assange Opens “The World of Tomorrow”Julian Assange estrena su programa “El Mundo del Mañana” con una entrevista al líder de Hizbulá

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Interview of Hassan Nasrallah with Julian Assange, Cuba Debate (RT, Reuters) | Translation by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is under house arrest in London, made his debut today as the host of a Russia Today television show with the first interview in 6 years of Shiite guerrilla and Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Haitian Senate Resolution: UN Soldiers Accused of Rape Should Be Tried In Place | Le Sénat vote une résolution réclamant que des soldats de l’ONU accusés de crimes soient jugés en Haïti

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By staff, AHP | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Haitian Senate has strongly condemned the latest rape of a boy on Jan 20th by Pakistani UN soldiers and noted that in such cases it is the law of the place where the crime is committed that should prevail. Given the more serious crime of 7,000 cholera deaths, of which the UN is accused, a broader resolution calling for a general lifting of immunity from all MINUSTAH personnel would be appropriate and welcome. UPDATE on March 13th: UN announces it has tried the most recent rapists in a court martial and “repatriated them to their home” to serve out a 1-year prison sentence.

U.N. Tightens Belt: No More Cruise Ship Hotels | La ONU se ajusta el cinturón : No mas barcos de crucero

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By Thalif Deen, IPS. Compared to the 5.4-billion dollar budget for the U.N. in 2010-11, the 2012-13 budget will be cut by 260 million dollars. Although this is a cut of less than 5%, the news are still significant because, since its inception over 50 years ago, the U.N. has expanded every year, except for one instance 14 years ago. (English | Spanish)

Britain Unites With Smaller Countries to Block US Bid to Legalise Cluster Bombs

By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian. Cluster bomb manufacturers Israel, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and U.S. pushed for the use of ‘bomblets’ that often maim and kill civilians. Their backers included France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Australia; but they failed to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs.

‘Peacekeeping’: A Cancer on the World

By Patrick Worsnip, Reuters via SwissInfo | Relief Web | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. If this “peacekeeping” cancer isn’t removed, it will grow all over the world. UPDATES: Feb 8, 2012, Information on countries occupied and growth of force. June 13, 2012: Recommended new budget.By Patrick Worsnip, Reuters via SwissInfo | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. If this “peacekeeping” cancer isn’t removed, it will grow all over the world.By Patrick Worsnip, Reuters via SwissInfo | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. If this “peacekeeping” cancer isn’t removed, it will grow all over the world.