Cuba: Détente or Monroe Doctrine Imperial Plot?

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By Dady Chery Haiti Chery Although the Cuban Revolution is 57 years old and is usually blamed for Cuba’s isolation, it has been 88 years since the last visit to the island by a US head of state. United States … Continue reading

Haiti Must Invalidate Decree to Cede La Gonave

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Editorial comment Has Haiti’s 38-square-mile offshore island, Ile de La Gonâve been sold outright to foreign interests or transformed into a tax haven where Haiti maintains ownership only of the territory? Neither of these. Not if we fight. On January 7, 2016 Michel Martelly published a … Continue reading

Bataille pour l’Île-à-Vache: Interview avec Jérôme Genest de KOPI
Dady Chery

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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.

Human Rights Organizations: Widespread Abuse and Police Brutality in Haiti’s Ile a Vache
Dady Chery

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  By Dady Chery Haiti Chery The struggle between Haiti’s peasants in Ile a Vache and the country’s executive branch is not a simple misunderstanding. The peasants have cared for and forested the offshore island to the extent that it … Continue reading

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!’
Dady Chery

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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
Dady Chery

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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
Dady Chery

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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

Waiting for Godot on Haiti’s Earthquake Anniversary
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Months after Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, people were questioning the failure to deliver promised aid funds. Today they research the disappearance of these funds. The result is the same. No help will come. No help has come.

Haiti’s Peasants Fight Land Grab of Offshore Islands for EcotourismLes paysans d’Haïti luttent contre l’usurpation des îles du pays pour l’écotourisme
Dady Chery

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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)

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 southern city of Jacmel, to evict 142 families by force on July 23, 2012. In the battle that ensued, 4-12 people were killed.