Haiti-Dominican Republic Conflict: IACHR Commission Says DR Court Ruling Is DiscriminatoryHaïti-RD: La sentence TC168.13 du Tribunal Constitutionnel a des effets discriminatoires, soutient la CIDH

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By AlterPresse | Haiti Chery. Translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. Dominican Constitutional Court Ruling TC168.13 is discriminatory and violates the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent, according to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR, CIDH). (English | French)

ALBA Expels USAID From Member CountriesResolución del Consejo Político de la ALBA para el inmediato retiro de las USAID de los países miembros de la Alianza

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ALBA PRESS RELEASE, Granma | Translation by Rachael Boothroyd for Venezuelanalysis. Resolution from the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) for the immediate withdrawal of USAID from member countries of the alliance. (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)

Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia to Boycott VI Summit of the Americas to Protest Cuba’s Exclusion

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By Staff, MercoPress. Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia, all members of ALBA, will boycott the 6th Summit of the Americas on April 14/15 in Cartagena, Colombia, to protest the exclusion of Cuba from this and all of 5 preceding summits. Uruguay’s Foreign Minister says Cuba’s omission is “inadmissible and we are going to bring it up at the summit….” Ecuador President Rafael Correa says “it is outrageous that in the 21st century something that calls itself the Summit of the Americas does not invite Cuba.”

Common Caribbean Strategies Needed Against Climate ChangeBesoin de stratégies communes des Caraïbes contre le changement climatique

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Interview of Cuban climate expert Ramón Pichs by Patricia Grogg. Pichs warns that the environmental vulnerability of Caribbean countries is aggravated by the fragility of their economies. ALBA initiatives are underway to improve the response to climate change phenomena and take measures to protect areas such as agriculture and coastlines. These and national efforts will be complemented by inputs from organizations like Caricom and CELAC. (English | French)

Key Decisions and Directions From ALBA XI: ‘A Grand Summit!’

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | By Yaima Puig Meneses, Granma. Agreements by member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) included a common economic zone, strong support for the Republic of Haiti, backing for Argentina on issue of the Malvinas, a call for the release of the Cuban Five, a special declaration on Puerto Rico’s right to full independence, and an official communique condemning the U.S. destabilization of Syria. Participants ratified Haiti’s participation as a permanent special invitee and agreed to hold the next summit of the ALBA Foreign Ministers in Jacmel, Haiti. (Video: Pres. Rafael Correa speech, in Spanish)

Haiti to Observe ALBA Summit in VenezuelaEl presidente de Haití irá como observador a la cumbre de la ALBA

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By staff, Prensa Latina. Haiti will attend a Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA), to be held in Caracas on Sunday February 5th, merely as an “observer country,” contrary to earlier expectations that Haiti would join the organization. Haitian Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe will participate in meetings that will begin Saturday to prepare for the Sunday Summit. Lamothe just returned from France where he was, among other things, raising money for a new colonialist army. (English | Spanish)

Cuba Strengthens Regional TiesCuba fortalece lazos con su región sin descuidar su frente norte

By Patricia Grogg, IPS | Anna Ramdass, Trinidad Express. President Raúl Castro recently traveled to Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the 4th Cuba-CARICOM summit. CARICOM chairman Dr Denzil Douglas has since called on the U.S. to put an immediate end to the trade embargo against Cuba. Cuba maintains diplomatic ties with CARICOM’s 14 members, including Haiti. (English | Spanish)

Landslide Vote for Sandinistas in Nicaragua (updated)

Nicaraguans on line to vote at Managua School on Sunday November 6, 2011(credit: Reuters)

By Toni Solo, Tortilla con Sal | Martha Grevatt, Grevatt blog. This electoral landslide represents an enthusiastic vote of approval for the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) and a huge blow to the Nicaraguan right.By Toni Solo, Tortilla con Sal | Martha Grevatt, Grevatt blog. This electoral landslide represents an enthusiastic vote of approval for the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) and a huge blow to the Nicaraguan right.By Toni Solo, Tortilla con Sal | Martha Grevatt, Grevatt blog. This electoral landslide represents an enthusiastic vote of approval for the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) and a huge blow to the Nicaraguan right.

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.

Haiti: Consummating a U.S. Takeover

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté. Contracts will be granted, moneys will disappear, and spectacular scandals will ensue, but in the end, there will be no reconstruction. DCBy Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté. Contracts will be granted, moneys will disappear, and spectacular scandals will ensue, but in the end, there will be no reconstruction. DCBy Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté. Contracts will be granted, moneys will disappear, and spectacular scandals will ensue, but in the end, there will be no reconstruction. DC

Venezuela’s Anti-Hegemonic Aid In Haiti

By Kiraz Janicke, Venezuela Analysis. Venezuela’s main crime appears to be its non-participation in the UN coordinated “cluster system” which Adams argues “has worked fairly well” – never mind that the UN has been an occupying force in Haiti.By Kiraz Janicke, Venezuela Analysis. Venezuela’s main crime appears to be its non-participation in the UN coordinated “cluster system” which Adams argues “has worked fairly well” – never mind that the UN has been an occupying force in Haiti.By Kiraz Janicke, Venezuela Analysis. Venezuela’s main crime appears to be its non-participation in the UN coordinated “cluster system” which Adams argues “has worked fairly well” – never mind that the UN has been an occupying force in Haiti.

Venezuela’s Chavez Forgives Haiti’s Debt

By Staff, AFP via Focus Information Agency. President Hugo Chavez on Monday said that Petrocaribe, Venezuela’s regional energy alliance, will forgive quake-stricken Haiti’s debt.