Fragmentation of News and Causes: The Urgent Need to Think Globally
Dady Chery

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  By Gilbert Mercier and Dady Chery Haiti Chery “When the blind men had each felt a part of the elephant, the king went to each of them and said to each: ‘Well, blind man, have you seen the elephant? … Continue reading

In the Fight Against Imperialism, Beware the Peddlers of Despair
Dady Chery

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  By Dady Chery Haiti Chery All around us – Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, the Congo, Ivory Coast, Palestine, Somalia, Libya, and elsewhere – empires are tearing a trail of destruction. This is not a sign of strength but of weakness, … Continue reading

Love’s Celebration Is Worth Life’s Struggles
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. “‘Why fight?’ Some ask, when we have probably passed the tipping point in climate change…. One might as well ask: Why live the best lives we can, although we will all die?…. But on accepting the human condition, we also discover that there is pleasure in cherishing what we cannot possess.”

USAID: Dictator’s Little Helper
Dady Chery

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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.”

Un poème par René Depestre: ‘La révolution sans fétiches’

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Par René Depestre, du receuil En Etat de Poésie (Les Editeurs Réunis Francais, Paris, 1980) | Haiti Chery. Il y a ceux qui crient sur tous les toits / Vive la Révolution! / derrière ce cri se cache parfois le voeu / secret que la révolution se casse une jambe….

Alice Walker Interview on Why She Declined to Publish ‘The Color Purple’ in Israel

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By Alice Walker, Facebook page | PACBI. Recently I wrote a letter to Yediot publishers in Israel declining an offer they’d made to publish my novel The Color Purple. Though the letter is self-explanatory there have been many erroneous and curious interpretations of it…. I have chosen to give one interview only. I accepted the invitation to be interviewed by an Israeli paper because I feel it is important to speak directly to the Israeli people; both Jewish and Arab.

Hana Shalabi’s Health a Continued Concern After Expulsion to Gaza

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Joint Statement, Addameer, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Addameer and PHR-Israel fear that while Hana Shalabi was gravely ill from her hunger strike, she might have been coerced into ending this strike by preventing family visits and restricting her access to physician and lawyers. Her health and that of over 30 “administrative detainees” on hunger strikes continue to be of grave concern. UPDATE on April 5th: Parents and uncle reunited with Hana Shalabi in Gaza.

Hana Shalabi: ‘Our freedom is even more precious and more powerful than their cells’ (UPDATED)

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By Allison Deger, Mondoweiss | Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al-Haq joint statement | Vivien Sansour, YouTube. Despite Hana Shalabi’s immediate risk of death, the Israeli Prison Service refuses to transfer her to a hospital, and an Israeli military judge of the Court of Appeals has postponed yet again making a decision regarding the order of a four-month long administrative detention. UPDATE on March 28: The Real News Visits Shalabi’s home, and Addameer discusses disparities in the laws for Palestinians versus settlers. News of a deal in the mainstream press are not confirmed by Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel.

A Poem by Michael Leunig: Spring Diary of a Small, Brown Bird

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By Michael Leunig, Spring Diary of a Small, Brown Bird | Introduction by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The poem below is a favorite of mine and the only one I’ve found so far that describes falling in love entirely from the point of view of an animal. From a collection by Leunig titled: Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness (Penguin Books Australia, Ltd, 1996).

Concern for Hana Shalabi on Month-Long Hunger Strike in ‘Administrative Detention’

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By Sophie Crowe, Palestine Monitor | Press Release from PHR-Israel, Addameer | KFC Monument | You Tube | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Hana Shalabi, a 30-year Palestinian, has been on a hunger strike since February 16th to protest her detention without charge in Israel’s HaSharon prison. Her health is in danger. Her parents have joined the hunger strike and called for protests on Sat Mar 17th. UPDATES: Mar 18th — Hana Shalabi is intermittently losing consciousness; she is one of 10 women “administritative detainees”; the rest includes 176 children and 22 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. March 19th — Due to deteriorating health, Hana Shalabi is transferred to Meir hospital Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba but returned to HaSharon prison. Video of Zahera Shalabi talking about her sister.

Palestinian Khader Adnan Wins Freedom from Detention with 66-Day Protest Hunger Strike

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By Pierre Klochendler, IPS | Ruth Pollard, Sydney Morning Herald | Randa Musa, The Guardian | Staff, We Speak News. Khader Adnan, a 33-year-old Palestinian baker with a pregnant wife and 2 young daughters, wen on a hunger strike that lasted 66 days from the start of his “administrative detention” without charge or trial on Dec 18 in an Israeli jail. On Feb 21. Israel announced today that it would not extend the detention but did not release Adnan. Over 300 Palestinians are “administrative detainees,” some of whom have been held for over 4 years. UPDATES: Feb 22nd, Eloquent denunciation of “administrative detention” by Randa Musa, Adnan’s wife; April 17th, Adnan’s release from prison.