Dady Chery Discusses Haiti’s Struggle Against Occupation with Ruthann Amarteifio
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By Dady Chery Haiti Chery Ruthann Amarteifio: It has been a long time. So Dady, you have been writing a book called We Have Dared to Be Free, for five years. Before the dreadful earthquake in Haiti in 2010, you … Continue reading

Dominican Republic: Haitians Strike Back on Independence Day
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. On the 211th Anniversary of Haitian Independence, January 1, 2015, some Dominican navy people must have decided to have their fun by arresting a group of Haitian fishermen in their own waters. Big mistake. The response was swift and categorical.

United Nations (UNHCR) Census Targeted Dominicans of Haitian Ancestry to Be Denationalized
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Dominican Constitutional Court Ruling TC168 of September 23, 2013 denationalizes over 200,000 Black Dominicans belonging to four generations whose ancestors entered the Dominican Republic between 1929 and 2007.

Bataille pour l’Île-à-Vache: Interview avec Jérôme Genest de KOPI
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Interview de Dady Chéry avec Jérôme Genest, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Le Konbit Peyizan Ilavach (KOPI) est à l’avant-garde d’une lutte entre la branche exécutive d’Haiti et les habitants de l’Île-à-Vache, une île agricole de 52 kilometres carrés et 20,000 habitants au sud du pays. Nous avons récemment fait le point avec Jérôme Genest, membre du KOPI pour une discussion sur l’histoire de l’Île, une mise à jour de sa situation courrante, et les idées de KOPI sur la façon de préserver sa beauté et sa culture, et obtenir la libération de Jean Matulnes Lamy, le vice president de KOPI qui serait emprisonné depuis le 25 Fevrier 2014.

Quel genre de tourisme serait durable pour l’Ile à Vache, d’Haiti? Interview avec Melinda Wilson
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Interview de Dady Chery avec Melinda Wilson, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Nous avons examiné de plus près le tourisme à l’île a Vache avec l’auteur and conferenciere primée Québéquoise, Melinda Wilson. Mme Wilson est une experte sur les aspects biologiques et ornementales de l’horticulture et une voyageuse soucieuse de l’environnement qui connaît tres bien l’Ile à Vache.

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.

The Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache: Interview With Abaka Bay’s Robert Dietrich
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post | Hugues Girard video in Kreyol, YouTube. Interview with Mr. Robert Dietrich, a founding owner of Abaka Bay Resort, on Ile a Vache. Mr. Dietrich is at the center of a fight for this offshore island between Haiti’s government and the residents, who demand the repeal of a decree to annull all property rights and declare the entire island to be a “zone of tourism development and public utility.”

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.

Land Grab at Ile a Vache: Haiti’s Peasants Fight Back
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  By Dady Chery Haiti Chery Before Haiti’s Prime Minister declared all of Haiti’s offshore islands to be Zones of Tourism Development and Public Utility, he did not consult with the residents of the islands whose lands would be appropriated. … Continue reading

Haiti’s Peasants Fight Land Grab of Offshore Islands for Ecotourism | Les paysans d’Haïti luttent contre l’usurpation des îles du pays pour l’écotourisme
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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, golf course, roads, manicured villages and sustainable farms for ecotourism. (English | French)

Student from School of Anthropology Wins Freedom From Haitian National Penitentiary By Hunger StrikeGrève de la faim d’un étudiant de la faculté d’éthnologie au pénitencier national

By Hilaire Yvince, Le Nouvelliste | English translation and editorial note by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Psychology major Jaksy Fritzbert, from the School of Anthropology and a father of two, began a hunger strike on Mar 6 to protest his incarceration in Haiti’s National Penitentiary since Feb 24. Students at the university say this was a political arrest meant to intimidate them after they refused on Feb 17 to allow Martelly and large group of armed men into an international symposium. UPDATE: March 14, according to Fritzbert’s counsel, the real reason for his detention was his refusal to cooperate with individuals who offered him money after his arrest to denounce the other students and the media. UPDATE April 26: Fritzbert released by examining judge on April 2. (English | French)

Haiti’s Secretaries of State Not Haitian, Including One Implicated In Dismissal of Mayors | Plusieurs 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)