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By late 1803, to the universal astonishment of contemporary observers, the armies led by Toussaint and Dessalines had thus broken the chain of colonial slavery at "what had been, in 1789, its strongest link." Renamed Haiti, the new (and utterly devastated) country celebrated its independence in January 1804. Of the three great revolutions that began in the final decades of the eighteenth century -- American, French, and Haitian --  only the third forced the unconditional application of the principle that inspired each one: affirmation of the natural, inalienable rights of all human beings. Only in Haiti was the declaration of of human freedom universally consistent. Only in Haiti was this declaration sustained at all costs, in direct opposition to the social order and economic logic of the day. Only in Haiti were the consequences of this declaration -- the end of slavery, of colonialism, of racial inequality -- upheld in terms that directly embraced the world as a whole. The declaration of Haitian independence thereby dealt the myth of white supremacy a mortal and thus unforgivable blow. (As you might expect, the bicentenary celebration of this independence, in 2004-04, would prove scarcely more welcome than the original achievement itself.) (Damming the Flood, 11)

UPDATE: from Twitter Haiti Release Fond
@haiti_rf #Haiti #UN #Cholera: This coming Friday - August 5th, 2011- A rally in front of the United Nations headquarter in...  http://www.facebook.com/...

Aug 4th Tropical Storm Emily idles, Haiti still in its path - AlertNet:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Emily idled on Thursday just south of Haiti, where hundreds of thousands of people left homeless by last year's devastating earthquake are vulnerable to high winds, torrential rains and dangerous floods and landslides.

Storm Emily

Evictions Haiti's US Puppet President's Priorities are revealing : Haitians Urged to evacuate but given nowhere to go; Martelly claims to be against evictions but allows (orders) them to continue as storm approaches.

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  • Rep. Payne to Haiti: “Continued Evictions Must Cease”

    I recently received word that Mayor Wil­son Jeudy is con­tin­u­ing his aggres­sive cam­paign to ille­gally evict IDPs, now threat­en­ing those liv­ing at Camp Django in Del­mas.  Offer­ing the Hait­ian peo­ple $125 USD to leave the camps, pro­test­ers of this insult­ing offer were beaten, and com­mu­nity orga­niz­ers who attempted to take pic­tures report­edly had their equip­ment snatched and pic­tures erased by MINUSTAH troops.  Words can­not fully describe how dis­ap­point­ing it is to hear of such vicious attacks towards the peo­ple of Haiti.  Mem­bers of Con­gress have pre­vi­ously con­demned Mayor Jeudy’s force­ful evic­tions and we will con­tinue to do so until such actions come to a halt.
  • Protest Over Evictions in Haiti Blocks Traffic (Miami Herald)  Martelly claims he is against evictions so then he admits he is to weak to influence local government officials or is he a liar?
    Hait­ian offi­cials have stepped up forced removals in recent weeks even though Pres­i­dent Michel Martelly has said he is opposed to them.

    Two weeks ago, the mayor of Port-au-Prince paid fam­i­lies $250 a piece to leave the National Sta­dium in down­town Port-au-Prince. Some of the fam­i­lies went to a field along Rue Bicen­tanaire, a major street that runs along­side the bay.

  • Final Whistle for 514 Families as Haitian Government Illegally Closes Stadium Camp (Huffington Post)  
    While pri­vate landown­ers and gov­ern­ment agents have been car­ry­ing out evic­tions since shortly after the earth­quake, the evic­tion of Sylvio Cator is of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance. The camp is one of six that Pres­i­dent Martelly com­mit­ted to clos­ing in the first 100 days of his admin­is­tra­tion. Under the Martelly plan, dis­placed res­i­dents are paid a fixed amount to move out of camps into exist­ing struc­tures, most of which are cur­rently unin­hab­it­able due to earth­quake dam­age. While the com­pen­sa­tion is meant to pay for repair and recon­struc­tion, the amounts are not based on an eval­u­a­tion of actual costs, and it is unclear what super­vi­sion will ensure that the con­struc­tion is earthquake-proof. Fur­ther­more, the plan gives prop­erty own­ers money to repair rental units on the con­di­tion that they make them avail­able rent-free for 2 or 5 years, depend­ing on the level of repair needed. With­out ade­quate legal pro­tec­tions, how­ever, this is dif­fi­cult if not impos­si­ble to enforce and has the poten­tial of ben­e­fit­ing prop­erty own­ers at the expense of renters dis­placed by the earthquake.
  • Evictions Flickr: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti's Photostream:
  • Forced Evictions Continue under President Martelly by the Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Forced Evictions Continue, Despite Public Opposition from Martelly:
  • Excellent podcast and short video
     

    Pou Yon Ayiti Souvren (For a Sovereign Haiti) from Cage Free on Vimeo.

    Martelly second Prime Minister Nomination rejected Martelly, very much like US tea baggers threatens that it will take six months to appoint prime minister:

    • Senate Rejects Gousse as Prime Minister
      The commission determined that there was “controversy” around the final criteria. They found that it was not the Parliament but Prime Minister Gérard Latortue’s de facto government (installed after the 2004 coup against former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide) which “discharged” Gousse from his Justice Ministry in 2005, that is, which certified that he did not engage in corruption or other illegal activities. But as Senator Jean Baptiste Bien-Aimé, a commission member, argued in the session, “the executive branch cannot discharge someone from the executive branch.”

       For that reason, the commission effectively kicked the final determination on Gousse’s eligibility back to the full 30-seat Senate for a general vote. ...

      But the whole struggle this Tuesday was between those who wanted Gousse to have his moment in the spotlight and those who did not. The Group of 16 had written an open letter to President Martelly asking for him to withdraw the nomination, saying that Gousse was unacceptable for the “repression, arbitrary arrests and killings in the neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince” that were carried out under his auspices in 2004 and 2005. Some 4,000 people died from putsch-related violence during the 2004-2006 coup d’état, according to a study in the British medical journal The Lancet.

    • New setback for Haiti's pop star turned president | Reuters:  
      "But we have to have a prime minister who is able to talk to all sectors and has not been accused of human rights violations," he said.

      It was not immediately clear what Martelly might do next to gain the upper hand in his showdown with parliament. He has warned that a rejection of Gousse means it could take another six months to put a new government in place.

      Diplomats and donors of international aid to Haiti, much of which has not yet been disbursed since pledges were made after the 2010 earthquake, say the Western Hemisphere's poorest country urgently needs to get a new administration up and running to advance its halting recovery.

    • Haiti - Politic : Gousse 16 - 0 the Senate rejected in a vote without surprise the candidacy of Me Bernard Gousse!!
    • Conclusion of last report of ECOSOC   US, UN pressure Haiti to appoint oppressive, violent prime minister

    Cholera

    • In Haiti, UN Cholera Means Widespread Death:
      The Nepalis are continuing to help the UN cover up their culpability in contaminating Haiti's agricultural breadbasket with cholera by trying to cast doubt on the fact that the UN Nepali soldiers in Mirebalais are the origin of the scourge. An article appearing on a Nepali online news website (ekantipur.com - July 22), reads: "Haiti cholera: Charge on Nepalis ‘circumstantial’ -- Expert says evidence not based on hard science," but the Lougarou is out of the bag. The latest report to affirm the UN imported cholera to Haiti is from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
    • WHO tracks evolving cholera picture:
  • Haiti’s government says last month there were 1000 new cases of cholera every day | Free Speech Radio News

Reconstruction

  • AID FACTS ON HAITI, as of June 2011 | Canada Haiti Action Network: This website page contains four reports Haiti
  • News from Haiti on July 24: Reconstruction financing, housing and forced dislocations
    President Michel Martelly appealed for the mandate of the commission to be extended by one year beyond its forthcoming termination date of October 20. Last April, IHRC co-chair Max Bellerive appealed to extend the IHRC's mandate by 18 months. This was ignored by Martelly and his advisors at the time.
  • Haitians Return to Africa, Bringing Solar Energy - IPS
    SEATTLE, U.S., Aug 2, 2011 (IPS) - Jean Ronel Noël, a young Haitian engineer, stood in a centuries-old fort on a small island just off Dakar and looked out at the Atlantic through a portal that once led enslaved Africans to the ships of the Middle Passage.

    "Finally we come to 'the door of the voyage of no return'," he wrote in a blog. "My blood wouldn't stop boiling, wave after wave of gooseflesh. I nearly broke down. So it's through that door that my ancestors passed. The Door of Hell! There are two infinite things, Einstein said: the universe and human stupidity."

  • Partners in Help | Foreign Affairs:  
    In 1848, Rudolf Virchow, one of public health's heroes, contended that "medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing other than medicine writ large." It would please me greatly to think that Virchow's point has been taken. Although I'm a physician, these past two years have been an object lesson about the difficulties of scaling up and of moving from caring for individual patients to building health systems in settings of privation and disarray.
  • Partners In Health A Live Chat with the Right to Health Care Team
  • Homes for Haiti: The Haitian House:
  • South Florida Caribbean News
 

UN Troop in Haiti called MINUSTAH

  • An nou pote kole pou dekole MINUSTAH: Bring the Rage to Kick Out MINUSTAH @public_archive
  • WikiLeaked Cables Show Why UN Military Occupation of Haiti Must End:
    One leaked U.S. document shows how the United States tried to force Haiti to reject $100 million in aid per year – the equivalent of 50 billion reals in Brazil’s economy – because it came from Venezuela. Because Haiti’s president, Préval, understandably refused to do this, the U.S. government turned against him.

      As a result, Washington reversed the results of Haiti’s first round presidential election in November 2010, to eliminate Préval’s favored candidate from the second round. This was done through manipulation of the Organization of American States (OAS), and through open threats to cut off post-earthquake aid to the desperately poor country if they did not accept the change of results. All of this is well-documented....

    Another leaked document shows how Edmund Mulet, then head of the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti (MINUSTAH), worried that Aristide might regain his influence, and recommended that criminal charges be filed against him. Mulet has been openly partisan in interfering in Haiti’s politics, and dismissed Haitians who protested the UN mission as “enemies.”

     Mulet had an incredibly arrogant posture considering that Haitians were angry about the mission’s bringing cholera to Haiti, which has now infected 380,000 Haitians and killed 5,800. If MINUSTAH were a private entity, it would be facing multi-billion dollar lawsuits and possibly criminal prosecution for its horrific negligence in polluting Haiti’s water supply with this deadly bacteria. Ironically, the $850 million dollar annual cost of MINUSTAH is more than nine times what the UN has raised to fight the cholera epidemic.

Gender issues

  • “Until the Day I Die”: Gerta Louisama on Haitian Women Winning their Rights by Bev Bell:  
    Gerta Louisama

    I am a peas­ant women and the daugh­ter of two peas­ants. I’ve been a vic­tim of this soci­ety which ostra­cizes women.

    My father was a mem­ber of Tèt Kole and I chose to fol­low him and join the orga­ni­za­tion. I’ve got­ten all my knowl­edge through Tèt Kole. I’m illit­er­ate, but thanks to the orga­ni­za­tion, after women helped me for three months, I could even spell my name and write a lit­tle. Even though I’m get­ting older, I’ll keep going to school.

Prisons

Martelly

  • The President Martelly has a majority in the Lower House
  •  
  • Le Matin: Martelly "very hostile to media workers"
    Le Matin continued to report the president's demeanor:

    Michel Martelly said he was not interested by what is said in the Haitian media. "I do not listen, I do not read not," he said to the cheers of the public who attended the launch ceremony.

    Speaking to the press and certain other sectors, in his view, opposing the development of Haiti, the President has clearly extend an invitation to silence [the media].

    Michel Martelly is not the first direct attack against freedom of expression. Since taking office, he often made ​​very hostile to media workers.

  • New setback for Haiti's pop star turned president | Reuters:  
    "But we have to have a prime minister who is able to talk to all sectors and has not been accused of human rights violations," he said.

    It was not immediately clear what Martelly might do next to gain the upper hand in his showdown with parliament. He has warned that a rejection of Gousse means it could take another six months to put a new government in place.

    Diplomats and donors of international aid to Haiti, much of which has not yet been disbursed since pledges were made after the 2010 earthquake, say the Western Hemisphere's poorest country urgently needs to get a new administration up and running to advance its halting recovery.

  • @HaitiInfoProj  The NGOs and charities working in Haiti kept their heads in the sand saying, "We'll ignore the politics in (cont)
    1 hour ago

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Reliable Haiti Sources

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Center For Economic and Policy Research
Canada Action Network Haiti Liberte
HaitiAnalysis Flashpoint Radio
Ansel (Mediahacker) Jeb Sprague
Haiti Action Committee TransAfrica Forum
Democracy Now! Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye
Haiti Information Project Public Archive
SF Bay View Let Haiti Live
HAITI HUMAN RIGHTS INVESTIGATION: NOVEMBER 11-21, 2004 By Thomas M. Griffin, Esq. Comprehensive report on: the lead up to the coup; the US, France &Canada's role in it; the USAID, IFES; post coup Haiti; MINUSTAH; and more.

Haiti After the Coup - Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights (report,1993)

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti:

IJDH Does amazing work in Haiti. I donate to them whenever I can. Please support IJDH's work.

IJDH draws on its founders’ internationally-acclaimed success accompanying Haiti’s poor majority in the fields of law, medicine and social justice activism. We seek the restoration of the rule of law and democracy in the short term, and work for the long-term sustainable change necessary to avert Haiti’s next crisis.

"For friends of Haiti who seek to support a progressive and principled human rights organization that gets its facts right and does not erase history, look no further than the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti."

— Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti:

Twitter AP Reporter:

@KatzOnEarth Jonathan M. Katz
Danticat: To make a difference support grassroots women's organizations ... that deal with gender violence including FAVILEK & @IJDH

6 Jul via web Unfavorite Undo Retweet Reply

The Aristide Foundation for Democracy (AFD) was created in 1996 by former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (the first democratically elected president of Haiti) with a simple principle in mind: "The promise of democracy can only be fulfilled if all sectors of Haitian society are able to actively participate in the democratic life of the nation."
Haiti Emergency Relief Foundation (HERF):
Haiti’s grassroots movement – including labor unions, women’s groups, educators and human rights activists, support committees for political prisoners, and agricultural cooperatives – are funneling needed aid to those most hit by the earthquake. They are doing what they can – with the most limited of funds – to make a difference. Please take this chance to lend them your support. All donations to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund will be forwarded to our partners on the ground to help them rebuild what has been destroyed.

Partners in Health At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill.
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods(SOIL)
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. We believe that the path to sustainability is through transformation, of both disempowered people and discarded materials, turning apathy and pollution into valuable resources.

Haiti diary book day posted on Sundays (biweekly) : Current book is The Black Jacobins: Chapter 1: The Property  You can see
our book list is here. Have a recommendation?

Public Archive has three excellent articles about Haiti: The Black Jacobins and The Black Jacobins Online

Haiti slavery- Indulgence had the white colonial in its grip from childhood. "I want an egg," said a colonial child. "There are none." "Then I want two." This notorious anecdote was characteristic. (The Black Jacobins, P29)

NEWS ORGANIZATIONS:
Haiti Libre COHA
CounterPunch Common Dreams
Al Jazeera English IPS

 

Originally posted to allie123 on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 02:07 PM PDT.

Also republished by Haiti Book Diary and Black Kos community.

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