When Will MINUSTAH Leave Haiti?
Dady Chery

A man sharpens his machete inside Port-au-Prince's Petionville Club, a golf and tennis resort where some 50,000 Haitians displaced by the earthquake have set up makeshift shelters. The residents of the sprawling camp have also opened barbershops, beauty salons, and a market.

UPDATES UPDATE #1, March 23, 2017. Do not be fooled by the United Nations’ recent fielding of the idea that it would withdraw from Haiti by removing its 2,370 troops from the country by October 2017. First of all, since … Continue reading

Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Elsewhere

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. A contract was granted under irregular circumstances by Haiti’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Marie Camelle Jean-Marie, that grants control of all customs tariffs of the Republic of Haiti to the Swiss multinational company Societe Generale de Surveillance SA (SGS), for 10 years.

Humanitarian Imperialism: From Hookworm Treatment to Polio Vaccines
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. The lust for power has grown. The collaboration of today’s super rich in their philanthropy is a kind of humanitarian imperialism meant not only to rehabilitate their names but also impose their views on a global scale.

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.”

The Pulse of Climate Change
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. The Haitian impression of being in the center of a world vortex could not be truer when it comes to climate change. As a result of carbon (mostly carbon dioxide and methane) emissions due burning of fossil fuels by industrialized countries, global sea levels have risen one inch over the last decade alone.

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)

Deadly Denim

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By Staff, International Labor Rights Forum. Two separate fires in Pakistan killed more than 300 trapped workers: 289 workers in a Karachi apparel factory (sweatshop) and 25 workers in a Lahore shoe factory on Tuesday September 11, 2012. National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan (NTUF) leader Nasir Mansoor called this the “darkest and saddest day in the history of Pakistan’s labor movement.” The fires are considered to be the logical result of the low prices buyers offer the factories and the quick deliveries they demand.

Canada’s Infamy Per Capita

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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.

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.

Corruption by ‘Peacekeeping’: The Lure of Foreign Exchange

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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.

Pentavalent Vaccines Promoted by WHO Despite Deaths of Healthy Children – Part II, HaitiLe vaccin pentavalent promu par l’OMS malgré des décès des enfants en bonne santé – 2ème Partie, Haïti

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By Emmanuel Bruno Marino, AlterPresse | All-India Drug Action Network | Translations by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Within two months of the start of a campaign of vaccination with pentavalent vaccine in India by the World Health Organization (WHO), four healthy inoculated children died. Nevertheless, on April 16, 2012 Haiti announced that it would introduce the pentavalent vaccine Quinvaxem into its national immunization program at a cost U.S. $11 million. Expanded Vaccination Program Director Dr. Ronald Jean Cadet says the vaccinations will make up for “a lack of sanitary control over foreigners who can travel with these viruses into the country.” (English | French)

Pentavalent Vaccines Promoted by WHO Despite Deaths of Healthy Children – Part I, Asia

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All-India Drug Action Network open letter | Ranjit Devraj, IPS | Haiti Chery. Pentavalent vaccines were introduced in India last year by the World Health Organization (WHO). Despite the widespread concern over their safety, efficacy and cost, India’s central health ministry approved their inclusion in its universal immunisation programme for seven provinces. Eminent pediatrician Jacob Puliyel likened the unpredictable deaths in vaccinated children to the penicillin sensitivity reaction and said it borders on criminality to be administering pentavalents to children without first testing them for hypersensitivity.

Western Biologists Study Tuna Collapse as Their Countries’ Fleets Pillage World CoastsPesca de atún requiere sacrificios a corto plazo

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Julio Godoy interviews marine biologist Maria Jose Juan Jorda, IPS, Tierramérica | Enrique Gili, IPS. Berlin, Germany — The world’s tuna populations, and particularly bluefin tuna, are being overfished to extinction. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) admits that the system for monitoring catches is prone to fraud and misinformation. Vessels fly flags of convenience, change their names, swap crews and continue to operate despite numerous violations for overfishing. (English | Spanish (1st article only))

How Somalia’s Fishermen Became ‘Pirates’

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By Ishaan Tharoor, Time Magazine | Chebucto | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Since 1991, Somalia’s 3,330 km (2,000 miles) of coastline — the longest in continental Africa — has been pillaged by foreign vessels. An estimated $300 million worth of seafood is stolen from the Somalia’s coastline each year by the real pirates, which include France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Spain, Taiwan, and the U.S. Belize and Honduras allow their flags to be used by ships that are evading European Union regulations on fishing for tuna and shark.