Water for Profit: Neocolonialism as Cannibalism
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery Haiti Chery The notion of a colonist as cannibal in Haiti is widespread. This idea, called manje moun (eating people), could hardly qualify as superstition, given the experience of colonialism. It is daunting to find a better … Continue reading

Sabotage Leaves Cap Haitien Without Municipal Water | Haïti-Eau potable : Rareté au Cap Haïtien, le système saboté

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By Wedlyne Jacques, AlterPresse | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. No water from the taps of Cap Haitien residents since early 2012. And they must walk several kilometers to reach a source of water. Some people report that they wake up as early as 2:00 to 5:00 am to queue for half a day to buy water that is not even fit for drinking. (English | French)

Privatization of Water: Benign as Lucifer

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By Richard Raznikov, The Rag Blog | Democracy Center, YouTube. About 20 years ago, it dawned on the bankers and some major corporations that if oil was a lucrative commodity, water would be even more so…. The trick was how to take it away from the people and sell it back to them. In Bolivia and Argentina, water companies such as Bechtel and Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux were sent packing. Elsewhere in the world, they, and their enforcers the IMF and World Bank, have bought off many local governments and imposed water privatization and widespread misery. Videos show creative solutions in Cochabamba, Bolivia for getting water under local control and accessible to the poor.

Sabotage Leaves Haitian City of Gonaives Without Municipal Water | La ville des Gonaïves sevrée par l’Orepa: Trois mois sans eau courante

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By Mergenat Exalus, AlterPresse | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The northern Haitian city of Gonaives has been without water since a sabotage of three water pumping stations last December. The forced dependence of the Haitian population on bottled water, uninspected by local health authorities, poses a grave danger. (English | French)

World Bank Organizing to Privatize World Fisheries

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By Meredith McCarthy, Food & Water Watch. A new international alliance coordinated by The World Bank and called The Global Partnership for Oceans is proposing a global expansion of a program called “catch share” that allocates percentage quota of fish per year to coastal areas and arranges for these quota to be leased, bought, and sold. A recent report (included) on the U.S. use of catch share says it has bankrupted small fishermen and destroyed coastal communities.

Biggest General Strike in India to Protest Neo-Liberal Policies

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Staff, Geo News (AFP, PTI). Millions of Indian workers supported by 5000 trade unions across party lines, started a strike on Tuesday Feb 28 that is the largest since independence in 1947. Demands include a national minimum wage, creation of a national social security fund, pension benefits for all workers, permanent jobs for contract laborers, and enforcement of labor laws.

Iceland’s Former Prime Minister Charged With Negligence Over Financial Crisis

By Jordan Shilton WSWS Last month, former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde became the first leading political figure to be charged for his part in the 2008 economic collapse, which hit Iceland with particular severity. In a charge filed at … Continue reading

The IMF: Violating Women Since 1945

By Christine Ahn and Kavita Ramdas, Foreign Policy in Focus. It appears that the personal disregard and disrespect for women demonstrated by the man at the highest levels of IMF leadership is quite consistent with the gender bias inherent in the IMF’s institutional policies and practice.By Christine Ahn and Kavita Ramdas, Foreign Policy in Focus. It appears that the personal disregard and disrespect for women demonstrated by the man at the highest levels of IMF leadership is quite consistent with the gender bias inherent in the IMF’s institutional policies and practice.By Christine Ahn and Kavita Ramdas, Foreign Policy in Focus. It appears that the personal disregard and disrespect for women demonstrated by the man at the highest levels of IMF leadership is quite consistent with the gender bias inherent in the IMF’s institutional policies and practice.