GDP Measures the Wealth of Bankers

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By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. Libya’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 108 percent in 2012. By contrast, the growths of Japan and other developed countries, as measured by their GDP, have stagnated at values below three percent and sometimes negative. If you are shaking your head, thinking there must be a mistake in the World Bank’s computations, think again.

USAID: Dictator’s Little Helper

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By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. 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.”

The Politics of Climate Change: Is Occupy Turning Into an NGO?

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By Gilbert Mercier and Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. MLK could easily have built a movement to supply food, blankets, and diapers to needy African Americans. Decades later, as climate change exacerbates life for those already on the edge, the arguments are the same. Do we put a band-aid over the lash wounds, or do we stop those who are administering the beatings?

MINUSTAH’s Cholera Kleptocracy Prepares to Stay in Haiti (English|Portuguese)

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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 was carefully laid for renewal of the UN mandate. With a $676.70 million budget at stake, the disregard for democracy is total. (English | Portuguese)

Salvadorans Incubate Hope for Sea Turtles

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By Edgardo Ayala, Tierramerica via IPS. El Salvador’s Jiquilisco Bay, a tiny hidden corner of the Pacific Ocean and home to the country’s longest stretch of mangrove forests, is becoming a haven for endangered sea turtles. Local authorities, national and foreign environmental groups, and fisher folk from the region maintain incubators for turtle eggs and promote mechanisms for community involvement in their care. (English | Spanish)

Human Rights Watch in DRC: Watchdog or Master Puppeteer?

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By Albert Rudatsimburwa, The New Times Rwanda. How can the UN mission MONUSCO, with all its military and logistical capacity, be taken to lesser account than Human Rights Watch (HRW), an organisation with questionable access to information? The campaign accusing Rwanda of involvement in the eastern Congo (DRC) is a skillfully executed mass media lobbying by HRW through one of its most valuable players, Anneke Van Woudenberg.

Kagame: ‘Permanent Aid Can Make a Person Become Useless’

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By Gahiji Innocent, News of Rwanda. President Paul Kagame gave a rare interview to the Harvard International Review on the heels of a new investment deal with China and the establishment of sovereign fund that has raised some Rwf 15 billion in two weeks. But even with Chinese cash and investments pouring into Rwanda, Mr Kagame says the ultimate decision about the development of Africa remains with Africans. With regard to Rwanda, Kagame said: “No nation, even the ones who supported the genocide, owes us a favor…. I have said many times to our people, ‘Why should the taxpayers of another nation put food in our mouths and for how long?’”

Colonialism of the Mind – Part II

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Of all the campaigns to undermine Haitian culture, the one to discredit restavek adoption — in which a biological parent collaborates with a respected adult to care for a child — enjoys the most zealous support from the west’s NGO and alternative press.

Small Pacific Island Nations Unveil World’s Largest Marine Park

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By Mark Johanson, International Business Times. The South Pacific Ocean’s Cook Islands, a country with a combined landmass slightly larger than Washington, D.C., announced on Tuesday August 28 the creation of a more than 600,000 square mile reserve. With the collaboration of Conservation International, the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum has laid out a plan to protect 25 million square miles of ocean: an area larger than the lunar surface.

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.

Shopping in Petion-Ville While Black

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By Nicole Simon, Le Nouvelliste | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The worst thing was to find this French friend — blonde with blue eyes — two days later, who admitted that she has visited the same store on Louverture Street with all her gear, and no one has ever denied her access. “My dear, let’s call a spade a spade. We’ve got a color problem.” (English | French)

Haiti’s Homeless – Part 2

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By Staff (WJL), HPN | Staff, Nouvel Observateur via RadioTV Caraibes | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Residents from the Jalousie neighborhood of Petion-Ville took to the streets on Thursday, July 12 to call for a halt to the measures from Haiti’s Ministry of the Environment to demolish thousands of their homes. “It’s not right that a person should be offered only 20,000 gourdes (US $465) after his house is demolished,” said a protestor. UPDATED on July 30, Aug 2. (English | French)

Haiti’s Homeless – Part 1

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By Inside Story Americas, AlJazeera | YouTube. This interview of Anand Naidoo with Melinda Miles, Jean Yves Point Du Jour and Kevin Edmonds addresses why many of hundreds of thousands of Haitians who were left homeless after the 2010 earthquake are being forcibly evicted.

Revolution of Youth in Nicaragua

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By Tortilla con Sal, YouTube. Support for Nicaragua’s Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), and its government led by Daniel Ortega, increased dramatically between 2007 and 2011. Young people voted overwhelmingly for the policies of the FSLN and continue to be engaged as citizens in a model of direct democracy called Poder Ciudadano (Citizen’s Power).