Haitian People: Let Us Recover Our Dignity

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By Michel-Ange Cadet Haiti Chery Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery Several Haitian cities rose up under strong tension in December 2010. The sky was black with smoke. The burning tires, the deafening noise of protesters in … Continue reading

Peuple Haitien: Retrouvons Notre Dignité

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Par Michel-Ange Cadet Haiti Chery Plusieurs villes de la République d’Haïti se levaient sous fortes tensions en décembre 2010. Le ciel de certaines villes était noir de fumée. Des pneus brûlaient, des bruits assourdissants de manifestants dans un commun refrain de protestations … Continue reading

United Nations Challenged About Bill Clinton’s Immunity in Haiti

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Press Release, Haiti Chery. Lawyers Newton Louis St Juste and André Michel have legally challenged the Secretary General of the United Nations to clarify whether Bill Clinton’s 18 months as Co-Chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (CIRH or IHRC) from 2009 to 2011, while he was UN Special Envoy for Haiti entitles him to UN privileges and immunities against prosecutions being considered in courts of Haiti and other countries.

Disaster Capitalism Brazilian Style in Haiti

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By Yvon Janvier, Le Matin | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Brazilian company Construtora OAS Ltd unilaterally stopped ongoing work on 69 km (43 miles) of National Road No. 7 in southern Haiti and abruptly cut short its contract with Haitian and international donors: specifically Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB).

Haiti’s Homeless – Part 2 | ‘Martelly ne peut pas détruire des maisons qu’il n’a pas construites’

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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)

Port Market Burns in Port-au-Prince Again and Again | Le marché du Port est incendié encore et encore

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By Reynold Aris, Le Matin | Staff, Radio Kiskeya | Translations and editorial note by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Port Market in Port-au-Prince went up in flames early in the morning on June 18, 2012 and again on July 12-13, 2012, about one year after another fire. Traders at the market say they’ve received numerous threats about a fire, and the city’s Chief Prosecutor noted that three attempts to burn this market had recently been aborted. (English | French)

A Little Dictatorship to Make the Band March in Time | Une petite dictature pour améliorer la fanfare militaire

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By Frantz Duval and Robenson Geffrard, Le Nouvelliste | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Satisfied with his achievements during his first year, but frustrated about procedures that have kept his palace band without instruments, Michel Martelly announced that his team has started to think about an emergency law. (English | French)

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By Gerard Maxineau, Le Nouvelliste | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The National Federation of Haitian Mayors (FENAMH) has fingered the executive and some lawmakers as having recently drafted a plan to dissolve 140 municipal councils and replace them with municipal boards at the service of the parliamentarians, but this plan was drafted abroad in the prefab constitution that came along with Haiti’s prefab president and its prefab parliament exactly one year ago. It is a plan especially designed to grab lands in northern Haiti.

New Haitian Transport Decree Will Damage Small Agricultural Vendors | Un nouveau décret de transport en Haïti endommagera les petits vendeurs agricoles

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By Staff, AHP | Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery | Staff, AFP via News 24 I Staff, AFP via La Presse | When the foreign press considers a bad road accident in Haiti, which caused no harm to their nationals, to be newsworthy, something is afoot that involves foreign interests. In this case, two fatal Haitian road accidents resulted in an immediate decree to ban transit vehicles from transporting passengers together with their goods and livestock: a move that will gravely damage the little that is left of the country’s peasant economy. (English | French)

Haitian Senate Suspects Counterfeiting Operation for Executive Branch L’exécutif aurait son propre réseau de faussaires, soupçonne une commission sénatoriale d’enquête

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By Staff (rh gp), AlterPresse | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. According to one of Michel Martelly’s passports, the former singer traveled to 21 countries that did not affix any seal of entry. Another passport is dated 1981 to 1991, although a Haitian passport is valid for only 5 years. (English | French)

Haiti’s Secretaries of State Not Haitian, Including One Implicated In Dismissal of MayorsPlusieurs secrétaires d’Etat ne sont pas Haïtiens, y compris celui accusé du licensement des maires

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By staff (jep kft), AlterPresse | English translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Several state secretaries in Michel Martelly’s cabinet have a foreign nationality. Secretary of State for the Interior Georges Racine was discovered to be a U.S. citizen; he is implicated in the recent illegal dismissals of Haiti’s Mayors. The Secretary of State for Culture and Heritage was discovered to be Spanish, and the Secretary of State for Higher Education was found to be Canadian. The status of Michel Martelly and of his latest prime minister designate Laurent Lamothe are under investigation. UPDATE March 8, 2012: Official announcement of the resignations of three members of the Senate Commission of Inquiry on dual citizenships. Martelly disregards Haitian Senate and asks Catholic Bishop and US Ambassador to vouch that he is a Haitian citizen. UPDATE (HPN March 28): Minister of Tourism Stephanie B. Villedrouin is a U.S. citizen. (English | French)

Speakers of Haitian Parliament Issue Urgent Call for Popular Vigilance to Respect for LawLes présidents des deux chambres appellent à la ‘Vigilance’ citoyenne pour ‘éviter le pire’

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By Haitian Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, AlterPresse | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. “You stood up in 1804, 1934, 1986 and 1990. Stand up today for respect for the preamble to the 1987 Constitution and respect for the laws passed by Parliament! Stand up and call for the President of the Republic to respect his oath and faithfully follow the Constitution and the laws of the Republic! Stand up to back democratic gains, and demand free and fair elections within the time prescribed by the law and the Constitution!” – Joint statement from Simon Dieuseul Desras and Levaillant Louis-Jeune.

Haiti’s Elected Mayors Dismissed, Illegally Replaced by Presidential Appointees | Prefeitos Eleitos do Haiti Demitidos, Substituídos Ilegalmente por Nomeados pelo Presidente

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Thirteen Haitian mayors were dismissed and replaced on February 18, 2012 by presidential decree. In a press conference, one mayor said that a new individual recently arrived claiming to be his municipality’s new mayor, and two days later he got a letter telling him to assist this person in taking inventory of the region’s heritage. Another mayor wrote in open letter on February 3 that his life is under threat. Secretary of the Interior Georges Racine is thought to be behind the wave of illegal dismissals. (English | Portuguese)

Where the Devil Did the Reconstruction Money Go? | Mais où diable est passé l’argent de la reconstruction?

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Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas, Courrier Internationale | San Francisco Bay View | Live from Haiti, Video. Emergency aid funds for Haiti were used by the U.S. mostly to pay itself. An alternative way to think about this story is to consider that earthquake-ravaged Haiti donated massive amounts of aid funds to the west — especially the U.S.– and Haiti is the world’s biggest “aid donor” per capita. (English | French)