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

Ebola Outbreak: Zombie Apocalypse or Boon for Vaccines?
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. As early as 1995, researchers at the University of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, discovered that extremely sick Ebola-infected patients, including ones who had been comatose, could be saved by transfusions of blood from individuals who had recovered from the same Ebola infection.

USAID: Dictator’s Little Helper
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. USAID’s goals were originally to diminish the threat of communism and open new markets for the US; these have expanded to include: developing “countries’ policies and institutions” and even “rebuilding government.”

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.

Foreign Aid, Foreign Wastes

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By Claire Provost, The Guardian | Editorial note by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. A policy of “tied aid” has until now required that USAID foreign aid funds be spent on goods and services exclusively from U.S. companies. This policy has been changed to allow USAID to buy many goods and services from developing countries, but not food aid, motor vehicles, or U.S.-patented pharmaceuticals. Given the USAID tradition of creating a need for its aid, it is easy to guess what its next moves will be.

Haitian Senate Resolution: UN Soldiers Accused of Rape Should Be Tried In PlaceLe 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)

‘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.