United Nations (UNHCR) Census Targeted Dominicans of Haitian Ancestry to Be Denationalized
Dady Chery


By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Dominican Constitutional Court Ruling TC168 of September 23, 2013 denationalizes over 200,000 Black Dominicans belonging to four generations whose ancestors entered the Dominican Republic between 1929 and 2007.

Tension in Port MargotPort-Margot sous tension depuis une semaine


By Staff, AlterPresse | Staff, Organization for the Development of Port-Margot (ODEP) | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Residents of the northern beach town of Port-Margot, Haiti, are angry with the government for neglecting their major arteries to the east and west, and for appropriating their most important tourist attraction, Chouchou Bay, for a neighboring city. The town in 35 km (22 miles) from Cap Haitien and is coveted as a place to live by mining personnel moving into northern Haiti. (English | French)

Gold Mine Suspended Over Spill During Philippines Typhoon


By Staff, AFP via Terra Daily | Rhea Sandique-Carlos, 4-Traders. The Philippines has indefinitely suspended the operations of the country’s largest gold mine, officials said Monday August 6, after a waste spillage near a major river due to heavy rains. Philex Mining Corporation had previously insisted the spillage consisted only of water and sediment, which were “non-toxic and biodegradable”.

Canada’s Infamy Per Capita


By David Swanson/Douglas Ou-ee-ii-jay-ii Jack, War Is a Crime. The great majority of Canadians are unaware of their status as world leaders in activities such as mine development, energy development, deforestation, consumerism, and weapons sales.

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.

Lawsuit to Protect a Rare Orchid


PRESS RELEASE, Center for Biological Diversity. TUCSON, Arizona, USA — The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on June 29th against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the agency’s failure to protect Coleman’s coralroot under the Endangered Species Act. Coleman’s coralroot is an extremely rare purple orchid found on national forest land in the footprint of the proposed Rosemont copper mine outside Tucson, Arizona USA. If protected, this orchid would become one of at least 10 endangered species that would be harmed by the proposed mine.

The Rush to Haiti’s NorthLa ruée vers le Nord


By Roberson Alphonse, Le Nouvelliste | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. According to Dieuseul Anglade, director of the Office of Mines and Energy in Haiti (Bureau des Mines et de l’Energie, BME), the outlook is encouraging, and during the negotiations for exploitation, the Haitian state will keep close watch to ensure that the citizens of Haiti benefit from the country’s mineral wealth. Meanwhile, the region’s mayors have been dismissed, depriving the citizens of a voice in their local government, and land prices have skyrocketed. (English | French)

Latin-American Environmental Innovations for Clean Water, Fuel and Gold


By Staff, with reporting by Milagros Salazar (Lima), Emilio Godoy (Mexico City) and Alice Marcondes (São Paulo), Tierramerica. Environmental innovation projects to obtain clean gold, fuel, and water demonstrate the capacity of Latin American researchers to develop solid virtuous circles.

Rush for Latin American Gold Being Stemmed, Many Projects On Hold


By Staff, Terra Daily (AFP) | Haiti Chery. Latin America accounts for 45 percent of global copper production, 50 percent of silver and 20 percent of gold. But several commercial mining projects have been put on hold in Chile, Peru and Argentina, as local communities have fought for their rights to prior consultation under the International Labor Organization’s Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention.

Haitian MPs Who Support Mayors’ Dismissal Will Get Community Development FundsLa Fenamh met l’exécutif en garde contre tout renvoi des cartels municipaux


By Gerard Maxineau, Le Nouvelliste | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The National Federation of Haitian Mayors (FENAMH) has fingered the executive and some lawmakers as having recently drafted a plan to dissolve 140 municipal councils and replace them with municipal boards at the service of the parliamentarians, but this plan was drafted abroad in the prefab constitution that came along with Haiti’s prefab president and its prefab parliament exactly one year ago. It is a plan especially designed to grab lands in northern Haiti.

Theory of Degrowth Questions Validity of Extractive EconomyMiradas argentinas al decrecimientoOlhar argentino sobre o decrescimento


By Marcela Valente, Tierramerica | Rebelion. A number of Latin American countries have achieved economic growth by an extractivist model of production that increases the gross domestic product (GDP) at the cost of the intensive use of gradually exhausted natural resources such as: large-scaling mining with cyanide to cause major environmental impacts, or monoculture plantations for export, at the expense of diversified rural production.

Financial Enslavement of West Africans By France


By Antoine Roger Lokongo, Pambazuka News. Francophone Africans from 14 countries deposit 65 percent of their hard currencies yearly into the French Treasury, without French nationality or access to the public goods and services available to French taxpayers. Close to 1,500 billion CFA (Communauté Financière d’Afrique common currency) francs generated from the surplus of West African states’ foreign reserves are placed on the foreign stock markets and out of the reach of the Africans who own the money. In addition the French force money payments, like an Ivory Coast compensation for the recent war.

Mexico Mining Union Wins Battle to Pick Napoleon Gomez Urrutia as Its Leader

Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, May 28, 2008 Interview (I).

By Laurence Iliff, Dow Jones Newswires via 4-Traders | Tony Burke, Power in a Union | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Mexican Supreme Court has decided that the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers (Los Mineros) is entitled to choose its own leader. This represents a huge victory for Mexican labor and resounding defeat for the right-wing employers who have persecuted Napoleon Gomez Urrutia since his 2008 election as General Secretary of Los Mineros.

International Network of Activists Fight Mining Giant Vale: ‘Worst Company in The World’Minera Vale de Brasil acusada de daños ambientales y humanos

By Fabíola Ortiz, IPS. Brazilian mining giant Vale was named the “Worst Company in the World” by the Public Eye Awards in January 2012. A Report on Vale’s Unsustainability (PDF included) accuses the company of 15 worker deaths between 2010 and 2012, and of massive emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter into the atmosphere. The report was drafted by an International Network of People Affected by Vale, including 30 social movements from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and Mozambique. (English | Spanish)