Jean Matulnes Lamy: Haiti’s ‘Peasants Built Ile a Vache!’ – Part II

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Introduction and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Second part of the interview of Jean Matulnes Lamy and Louis Jean Gadi, both members of the Organization of Ile a Vache Farmers (Konbit Peyizan Ilavach, or KOPI), with Sonny Esteus of Radio VKI. Mr. Lamy is currently imprisoned in Port-au-Prince’s infamous National Petinentiary, where he was taken without charge or trial on February 25, 2014. The protests continue.

Jean Matulnes Lamy: Haiti’s ‘Peasants Built Ile a Vache!’ – Part I

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Introduction and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | This interview of Mr. Jean Matulnes Lami, together with Mr. Louis Jean Gadi, both members of the Organization of Ile A Vache Farmers (KOPI), was with Mr. Sonny Esteus of Radio VKI. It was originally broadcast on January 17, 2014 and rebroadcast on March 10, 2014. Lamy and Gadi discuss the history of land ownership and beautification at Ile a Vache and the issues that currently trouble the islanders, including their exclusion from the development decisions.

Ile a Vache Population: ‘Martelly-Lamothe Are Selling Haiti!’

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The La Hatte section of Ile a Vache, Haiti, is paralyzed by popular protests and roadblocks. The population calls for support. The protests were occasioned by the government’s failure to respond to the residents’ demands and several recent actions, including the destruction of parts of the island for road construction by a Dominican company, house-to-house searches by militarized police, a visit by the Tourism Minister that showed no evidence of good faith, and the continued detention of community representative Jean Matulnes Lamy.

Mainstream Media Discover Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. One year after a Haitian government decree to appropriate the lands of the farmers on the offshore island of Ile a Vache, and more than two months since the islanders began to take their protests to the streets, Le Nouvelliste, AP, and Reuters bring us their versions of the story: a valuable lesson in methods of disinformation.

Haiti’s Peasants Fight Land Grab of Offshore Islands for Ecotourism

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Sources: Haiti Chery | Radyo VKM | AlterPresse | Caribbean Journal. Reported and translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. Haitian farmers, on the unspoiled offshore 20-square-mile island Ile a Vache, object to the appropriation of their lands by the government to dredge a port, build an airport, roads, manicured villages and sustainable farms for ecotourism. (English | French)

GDP Measures the Wealth of Bankers

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By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. Libya’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 108 percent in 2012. By contrast, the growths of Japan and other developed countries, as measured by their GDP, have stagnated at values below three percent and sometimes negative. If you are shaking your head, thinking there must be a mistake in the World Bank’s computations, think again.

Typhoon or Hurricane, It Kills Mostly the Poor

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. While Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Caribbean and the US eastern seaboard, Typhoon Son-Tinh tore through the Philippines, China and Vietnam. The dead from the mudslides, floods and violent waves were caught by surprise or lacked the wherewithal to move to higher ground. They were overwhelmingly poor.

Haiti’s Opposition Parties Draft a Manifesto

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Convention of Political Parties, headed by former senator Turneb Delpe, held a national conference of 30 political parties and civilian organizations in Cap Haitien on Monday and Tuesday October 15-16 to formulate solutions to Haiti’s current crises and counter the Martelly-Lamothe regime as a united front. Together the political parties and civilian organizations drafted The manifesto of Cap-Haitien. UPDATE: Full text of manifesto included in French and English.

Soaring Food Prices in Haiti

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By Ricardo Pierre Placide, Le Matin | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Over the past several months, Haitian households have faced an unprecedented 40% increase on average in the prices of essential commodities such as eggs, rice, sugar, and flour. (English | French).

Peasants In Saltos del Guaira Demand Negotiations With Paraguayan Government

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By Staff, Prensa Latina. Peasants throughout Paraguay are demanding negotiations with the government for land plots on which to live and work. In Saltos del Guaira (east) about 1,000 small farmers and their families were forcibly evicted by police on Monday August 6 from a farm occupied by a Brazilian citizen.

Massacre at La Visite

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Thirty six commandos from Haiti’s Departmental Unit for Maintenance of Order (UDMO), together with presidentially-appointed regional and local government representatives, arrived in La Visite Park, near the city of Jacmel (southeast Haiti) to evict 142 families by force on July 23. The small farmers, who had lived there since 1942, were offered $1,160 for each property. In the battle that ensued, 4-12 people were killed.

Cuba Safeguards Biodiversity to Guarantee Food Supplies

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By Ivet González, with reporting by Patricia Grogg, IPS. Small farmers in Cuba are involved in developing improved seeds from local stocks, to obtain good harvests under difficult environmental conditions. These efforts are backed by the Program for Local Agrarian Innovation (PIAL), which has benefited some 50,000 farmers, with the support of international development aid. (English | Spanish)

Top Five Reasons Why Caracol Industrial Park is Disastrous for Haiti

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Caracol Bay area was slated to be a World Heritage Site and Marine Park because of its breathtaking barrier reef, mangroves, and migratory birds. The area is also the site of archaeological finds including Guacanagaric, one of the largest and most complete Taino Indian villages. The area has been converted into the massive Caracol Industrial Park (or Free-Trade zone, FTZ) that is expected to pollute the Trou du Nord River and the bay and get served by a deep-water port.

Subsidizing Haitian Farmers Into Chemical Dependency

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By Staff (TB), Haiti Libre | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Local importers of fertilizers and the Haitian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday June 25, 2012 to fix a bag of nitrogenous fertilizer at $21 and sulfate fertilizer at $13. Chemical fertilizer is cheap now that it is subsidized. After the native strains of rice, corn, and other crops vanish, the fertilizer will cost its full price.