Cholera in Haiti and Africa: The Peacekeepers’ Footprint
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By Dady Chery Haiti Chery Like the plantain weed, Plantago major, which so reliably matched the movements of European settlers through North America that it became known as “the white man’s footprint,” the cholera epidemics of the last 15 years … Continue reading

USAID: Dictator’s Little Helper
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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.”

U.N. Uses Private Military and Security Contractors

By Kim-Jenna Jurriaans, IPS | UPDATE from Haiti Chery. The United Nations is increasingly hiring Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) for its missions across the world, raising concerns over the use of firms known for participation in human rights abuses, as well as an overall lack of accountability structures governing these contractors within the U.N. system. UPDATE 1: DynCorp boasts of having trained 400 “Haitian police” and is awarded a $48.6 million contract to insert 100 contractors and 10 advisors into the “UN police force” in Haiti.

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)

Don’t Force Statehood on Somalia

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By Richard Dowden, African Arguments | Haiti Chery. “The model for Somalia is Switzerland…. Somalia’s nomadic tradition makes it a self-sufficient, individualistic society bound by complicated codes of loyalty and rivalry…. Strong centralised states are the legacy of colonial rulers and unsurprisingly the inheritor governments have kept it that way.” – Richard Dowden.

Foreign Aid, Foreign Wastes

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By Claire Provost, The Guardian | Editorial note by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. A policy of “tied aid” has until now required that USAID foreign aid funds be spent on goods and services exclusively from U.S. companies. This policy has been changed to allow USAID to buy many goods and services from developing countries, but not food aid, motor vehicles, or U.S.-patented pharmaceuticals. Given the USAID tradition of creating a need for its aid, it is easy to guess what its next moves will be.

Haitian Senate Resolution: UN Soldiers Accused of Rape Should Be Tried In PlaceLe 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)

Under Libya: Riches More Precious Than Oil

By Peter S. Green, Bloomberg | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Water privatizers like the “three sisters” French companies Ondeo, Veolia, and Saur are preparing to control Libya’s Nubian Aquifer, a priceless geological store of water beneath Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan with centuries of the Nile’s flow. The Great Man-Made River Project (GMMR) to tap this aquifer was built by Gaddafi for U.S. $25 billion, without any international loans.By Peter S. Green, Bloomberg | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Water privatizers like the “three sisters” French companies Ondeo, Veolia, and Saur are preparing to control Libya’s Nubian Aquifer, a priceless geological store of water beneath Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan with centuries of the Nile’s flow. The Great Man-Made River Project (GMMR) to tap this aquifer was built by Gaddafi for U.S. $25 billion, without any international loans.By Peter S. Green, Bloomberg | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Water privatizers like the “three sisters” French companies Ondeo, Veolia, and Saur are preparing to control Libya’s Nubian Aquifer, a priceless geological store of water beneath Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan with centuries of the Nile’s flow. The Great Man-Made River Project (GMMR) to tap this aquifer was built by Gaddafi for U.S. $25 billion, without any international loans.

The US Power Grab in Africa

By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online. Heritage Oil signed juicy deals in Iraqi Kurdistan behind the back of the central government in Baghdad. In Libya, Heritage bought a 51% stake in a local company called Sahara Oil Services; this means it’s now directly involved in operating oil and gas licenses….. Believe it or not, Heritage was the top oil company in Uganda up to 2009, drilling on Lake Albert.By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online. Heritage Oil signed juicy deals in Iraqi Kurdistan behind the back of the central government in Baghdad. In Libya, Heritage bought a 51% stake in a local company called Sahara Oil Services; this means it’s now directly involved in operating oil and gas licenses….. Believe it or not, Heritage was the top oil company in Uganda up to 2009, drilling on Lake Albert.By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online. Heritage Oil signed juicy deals in Iraqi Kurdistan behind the back of the central government in Baghdad. In Libya, Heritage bought a 51% stake in a local company called Sahara Oil Services; this means it’s now directly involved in operating oil and gas licenses….. Believe it or not, Heritage was the top oil company in Uganda up to 2009, drilling on Lake Albert.

Egypt, Ethiopia Mull Nile Dams Dispute

UPI via Terra Daily Editorial Comment. Finally there is a move afoot to reconsider the water agreements between Nile countries. The previous agreements for sharing the Nile waters had been unfair and involved the U.K. bullying upstream countries for the … Continue reading

‘Peacekeeping’: A Cancer on the World

By Patrick Worsnip, Reuters via SwissInfo | Relief Web | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. If this “peacekeeping” cancer isn’t removed, it will grow all over the world. UPDATES: Feb 8, 2012, Information on countries occupied and growth of force. June 13, 2012: Recommended new budget.By Patrick Worsnip, Reuters via SwissInfo | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. If this “peacekeeping” cancer isn’t removed, it will grow all over the world.By Patrick Worsnip, Reuters via SwissInfo | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. If this “peacekeeping” cancer isn’t removed, it will grow all over the world.

Aircraft Carrier Left Us to Die, Say Migrants (updated)

By Jack Shenker, The Guardian. Dozens of African migrants, crying for help, were ignored and left to die in the Mediterranean by a number of European military units, including a NATO ship, according to two of the nine survivors.By Jack Shenker, The Guardian. Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned. Two of the nine survivors claim this included a NATO ship.By Jack Shenker, The Guardian. Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned. Two of the nine survivors claim this included a NATO ship.

Putting Trees on Farms Fundamental to Future Agricultural Development

By Staff Writers, SPX via Seed Daily. As natural vegetation and forests are cleared for agriculture and other types of development, the benefits that trees provide are best sustained by integrating them into agriculturally productive landscapes.