Venezuela to Become Mercosur Member July 31, Paraguay Suspended

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By Staff, MercoPress. Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay made official on Friday the temporary suspension of Paraguay from Mercosur, because of the ‘summary’ removal of President Fernando Lugo and at the same time announced that Venezuela will be incorporated into the group on July 31 at a meeting in Rio do Janeiro.

Drones, Cholera in Broadened UN ‘Peacekeeping’ MandateLe ‘mandat étendu’ de la MINUSTAH

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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)

Tragic Week in ParaguaySemana trágica en Paraguay

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By Javiera Manuela Rulli and Reto Sonderegger, Parar El Mundo | Translated by Lilian Joensen for Grupo de Reflexión Rural | Friends of the Earth | Haiti Chery. An explanation of the chain of events that have shaken Paraguay, from the Curuguaty deaths on June 15 to the June 22 overthrow of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo. (English | Spanish)

ALBA Rejects Move to Impeach Paraguayan President Fernando LugoALBA rechaza maniobra para destituir al Presidente Lugo en Paraguay

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By Staff, Cuba Debate | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) expressed this Thursday June 21, in an official communique, its rejection of the political maneuvering by the Paraguayan right to seek dismissal of the country’s President, Fernando Lugo. (English | Spanish)

Withdraw UNASUR’s UN Troops from Haiti!

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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.

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.

Land, Water and ResistanceLa tierra, el agua y la resistencia

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By Raúl Zibechi, La Jornada | English translation by Chiapas Support Committee. What is happening in Latin America in relation to water, land, and biodiversity is something more than a succession of local conflicts. The struggle for the commons is at the top of the agenda in the entire region. (English | Spanish)

Haitian Senate Resolution: UN Soldiers Accused of Rape Should Be Tried In Place | Le Sénat vote une résolution réclamant que des soldats de l’ONU accusés de crimes soient jugés en Haïti

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By staff, AHP | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Haitian Senate has strongly condemned the latest rape of a boy on Jan 20th by Pakistani UN soldiers and noted that in such cases it is the law of the place where the crime is committed that should prevail. Given the more serious crime of 7,000 cholera deaths, of which the UN is accused, a broader resolution calling for a general lifting of immunity from all MINUSTAH personnel would be appropriate and welcome. UPDATE on March 13th: UN announces it has tried the most recent rapists in a court martial and “repatriated them to their home” to serve out a 1-year prison sentence.

U.N. Tightens Belt: No More Cruise Ship Hotels | La ONU se ajusta el cinturón : No mas barcos de crucero

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By Thalif Deen, IPS. Compared to the 5.4-billion dollar budget for the U.N. in 2010-11, the 2012-13 budget will be cut by 260 million dollars. Although this is a cut of less than 5%, the news are still significant because, since its inception over 50 years ago, the U.N. has expanded every year, except for one instance 14 years ago. (English | Spanish)

Favela Rocinha Occupation by Haiti-Trained Troops, Photo Essay

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery (text) | Marcelo Sayao, EPA (photos). The attack on Brazil’s Rocinha slum illustrates a peacetime merger of military with police to make war on their country’s poor. If your country has contributed troops to UN (de)stabilization missions, sit up and take notice.By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery (text) | Marcelo Sayao, EPA (photos). The attack on Brazil’s Rocinha slum illustrates a peacetime merger of military with police to make war on their country’s poor. If your country has contributed troops to UN (de)stabilization missions, sit up and take notice.By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery (text) | Marcelo Sayao, EPA (photos). The attack on Brazil’s Rocinha slum illustrates a peacetime merger of military with police to make war on their country’s poor. If your country has contributed troops to UN (de)stabilization missions, sit up and take notice.

Rainwater Harvesting Ideal Source of Freshwater for Haiti

With no piped water, residents of Genus, St. Elizabeth depend on rainwater for domestic and agricultural purposes. Here, a woman harvests water from a tank into which rainwater is channeled from the roofs of two nearby buildings (photo: Ian Allen).

By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.

Fidel’s Reflexions: News About Cholera in Haiti

By Fidel castro Ruz Escambray In his latest reflections, Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro summarizes the actions undertaken by the Cuban medical brigade in Haiti to fight cholera, “something that becomes a threat for all the other peoples of Latin … Continue reading

In Defence of Pachamama

By Franz Chávez, IPS. Through their ancestral knowledge and traditions, indigenous peoples will make a unique and invaluable contribution to the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which begins Monday, Apr. 19 [2010] in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba.