By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. The great majority of Haitians categorically reject the UN force, and Haiti’s Senate passed a resolution in September 2011 that called for withdrawal of the troops by October 2012. Nevertheless, the groundwork is once again carefully laid for renewal of the UN mandate. With a yearly budget of more than half a billion dollars at stake, the disregard for democracy is total. (English | Portuguese)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Western journalists increasingly assume the voices of subjugated countries’ natives while muzzling them by denying them access to the press. In the United states, the more visible venues of the alternative press, such as online news sites Truthout, Common Dreams, and Huffington Post are essentially closed to native writers. More than this, the punditry promotes the neoliberal agenda and encapsulates it in reasonable-seeming and progressive-sounding language.
Press Release from Cuban Ministry of Public Health, Granma, Cuba Debate. With epidemiological vigilance, public education, and appropriate treatment, Cuban public health workers completely ended in two months what might have become a major cholera epidemic and limited a cholera outbreak to three deaths and 417 cases. (English|Spanish)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Dr. Serge L. Bernard, Professor and Vice-Chair of the board of directors of the University of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was shot dead by five gunmen on motorcycles around midday on Friday August 31, 2012, within sight of police. Dr. Bernard is the latest victim of the traditional Spring-to-October insecurity that has preceded the renewal of MINUSTAH’s mandate every year since 2005.
Kevin Pina, video | Dady Chery, review, Haiti Chery. This documentary video is the definitive account of Haiti’s most recent anti-imperialist revolt. The video covers the actions of Fanmi Lavalas supporters, the Multinational Interim Force (MIF) with the U.S., Canada and France, and the so-called United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) during the year after Aristide’s removal. (English text, Video in English | Portuguese).
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)
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 southern city of Jacmel, to evict 142 families by force on July 23, 2012. In the battle that ensued, 4-12 people were killed.
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.
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.
By Staff, Radio Metropole | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. With the recent reactivation of the defunct 2005 Council of Economic and Social Development (Conseil de Développement Economique et Social), Haiti establishes a permanent dictatorship — with elections. The CESD replaces the Interim Commission for Haiti Reconstruction (ICHR). (English | French)
PRESS RELEASE, UN via RadioTV Caraibes | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The heads of the UN peacekeeping missions forces in the Congo (MONUSCO), Haiti (MINUSTAH) and South Sudan (MISNUSS) said today to keep in mind that these operations have broad mandates: from classical peacekeeping to conflict mitigation, and even the fight against cholera. (English | French)
By Staff (sgl/emw/mgt/jrr) Prensa Latina | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. At a meeting of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Member countries discussed a timetable for South America’s gradual military withdrawal from MINUSTAH. But the withdrawal plan so far looks more like one for a gradual replacement of Latin American troops with Asian and African troops.
By Staff, AFP via AsiaOne | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Bangladeshi UN “peacekeepers” have sent home nearly $1.24 billion during the past three years. In 2010 Bangladesh sent its first female MINUSTAH contingent — a group of 110 — to Haiti to support the military occupation that followed a US-France-Canada coup against democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.