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"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
"What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that 'honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years.' The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice." (The Uses of Haiti P. 307)
- Martelly's 100 Days of regressive policies
- No Tarp Relief for Haiti’s Homeless (The Guardian)
At a sprawling internally displaced persons (IDP) camp of battered tents and tarps, in the Barbancourt neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, a confrontation was underway. A landlord, who claimed ownership over land on which some 75 families had been living since the earthquake, was very angry. A crowd of hundreds had gathered and a man in his thirties said that the landlord had beaten him and destroyed his tent.
Nineteen months after the earthquake, almost 600,000 Haitian people are still living in camps, mostly under tents and tarps. Despite the billions of dollars of aid pledged by governments and donors since the earthquake, there are probably less than 50,000 that have been resettled. And for the 600,000 homeless, the strategy seems to be moving in the direction of evictions – without regard as to where they might end up.
Half of all American households donated money to Haiti after the earthquake, for a total of $1.4bn in private donations; and the US Congress has appropriated more than $1bn in addition. Why can’t this money be used to provide shelter for the victims of the earthquake, 19 months later?
- Martelly marks 100 days in Haiti with little progress -
Martelly’s inexperience team of mostly childhood friends and advisors billed the first three months of his term as an opportunity to bring tangible changes to the lives of Haiti’s 10 million citizens.
But months after his historic May 14 swearing in, Haiti remains in limbo.
Constitutional changes are oh hold; millions in international aid remain blocked by frustrated donors; investments and consumption are down, and inflation, which was at 6 percent when Martelly took power, is now at 9.3 percent. Even the budget for the Oct. 1 fiscal year is delayed. The delay constitutionally could force Martelly to use the previous government’s budget, further hampering him from making good on his promises.
“The president says Haiti is open for business, but nobody will come to Haiti if you don’t have a prime minister and functioning government,’’ said Kesner Pharel, a Haitian economist and political observer, who blames Martelly and parliament for the stalemate. “The inability of these people to get a prime minister is having a high cost in the economy.’’
- Haiti suffers with no Prime Minister in sight But Martelly picks advisers: Including Stanley Lucas and Nicolas Duvalier:
- HAITI: Martelly Still Unable to Appoint New PM
Three weeks ago, a group close to Martelly headed by Georges Sassine and Jackson Desir threatened to launch an operation named ‘Operasyon Gran moun Pa Jwe’ (Operation Adult Don’t Play) to force the Parliament’s hand. They claim that they want a prime minister that can put the nation together. "But we need a prime minister who can reconcile the nation," said Sassine. "We will not stop until the ratification of a new prime minister."
This move resembles the one launched against Aristide’s second government (2000-2004), which the Haitian elite named ‘Caravane Espoir’ (Hope Caravan). This led to the 2004 coup. Some of Martelly’s supporters have asked him to dissolve Parliament. The question is what is the real intention of ‘Operasyon Granmoun Pa Jwe’?
Among Martelly’s advisers is 29-yeal-old Nicolas Duvalier, the son of former dictator Jean Claude Duvalier who returned to the country recently, and faces criminal charges.
- Google Translate Stanley Lucas, the new adviser to President Martelly, accusing and threatening!
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For years, Haitian political analyst has never been so spoiled with so many events, some more comical than the other, meanwhile the country is dying. Ridicule is in power. Stupidity is required. The infamy is up to no gallop. Demagoguery is on everyone's lips. Add to all this, the Machiavellian world.
- Politic : Rumours, statements, denials about the Prime Minister: Bellerive?
According to the Senator of West [INITE] Anacacis Jean Hector, Vice President of the Senate, the Head of State would have proposed during his meeting last Friday, to the Presidents of both houses [Rodolphe Joazil - Senate and Saurel Jacinthe - Chamber of Deputies] the renewal of outgoing Prime Minister, Jean-Max Bellerive.
- Haiti - Politic : First meeting of the 3 presidents...
- Laurent Lamothe special adviser of President Martelly
- Editorial in The Economist : Political deadlock in Haiti
Aid and Accountability Where's the money?
- Ayiti Kale Je - Haiti Grassroots Watch - Haïti Veedor January 12 victims - Abandoned like a stray dog
Does that mean the reconstruction is off to a good start? Will the 634,000 people still living in Haiti’s 1,001 camps, and the undoubtedly tens of thousands of others living in unsafe and even condemned structures, soon move to safe housing?
Far from it, Haiti Grassroots Watch discovered.
The team of community radio journalists, students and journalists made surprising – and shocking – discoveries in the course of a two-month investigation involving camp-dwellers, humanitarian organizations and authorities in the capital and in the “Palms Region” – the smaller cities of Léogâne, Petit-Goâve and Grand Goâve located near the epicenter of the earthquake, where over 150,000 were made homeless and where today about 24,000 people – about 7,500 families – still live in squalid camps.
- How The Government Used Our Money In Haiti: FOIA Request « haitijustice
Food For Peace: Ignoring the Consensus on Aid Practices
Two parts of this graph merit further comment. More than 75% of FFP funds ($173 million) were used for “Public Law 480 Title II food assistance”. That’s the technical description for buying surplus produce from US farmers, and giving it to NGOs who work in poor countries.
An incredibly common misconception is that Title II food aid all goes to food distribution. In fact, NGOs “monetize” much of it by selling the food in local (in this case, Haitian) markets to fundraise for their own operations.
- Map of Haiti : Un Agencies, International Organizations & NGOs presence
- Could Composting Toilets Save Cities Millions in Waste Water Treatment?
- Demonstrations in Gaillard, around the new road: Clinton's road to sweatshops
- Martelly's Evictions:
- Wave Of Illegal, Senseless And Violent Evictions Swells In Port au Prince By Bill Quigley
The following are recent examples of illegal forced evictions, all have occurred since Martelly became President.
On May 27, 2011, at 6am, Haitian National Police wielding machetes and knives stormed a camp in the Delmas 3 neighborhood destroying about 200 makeshift tents, and forcing people to flee, according to Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald. There was no court order of eviction.
In early June, Haitian National Police showed up and began destroying tarps and tents of hundreds of families camped at the intersection of Delmas and Airport Roads. The police fired shots and swung batons as people protested in front of their camp. This was done without legal authority.
Later in June, at another camp in Delmas 3, truckloads of agents armed with machetes descended on another camp and dismantled it. After the tents were destroyed a bulldozer showed up and leveled what was left. This too was without any legal process....
"Haiti's ruling class became in the nineteenth century what it remains to this day - a parasitic clique of medium-sized and authoritarian land-owners on the one hand, combined in uneasy alliance with an equally parasitic though more "outward-looking" assemblage of importers, merchants and professionals." (P13 Damming The Flood)
- International Forum on the Crisis of Housing: In Haiti, “Homes and Land are the Source of Life”:
We resolve to continue the struggle to force the state to define a policy on housing that guarantees the right of all Haitians to have a home to live in that respects their dignity. The government should start housing construction projects to respond to our needs;
The government must define a land use policy for the country. Before the earthquake, 80% of the population in Port-au-Prince was living in 20% of the land. We want housing discrimination to end. We reject all the wealth and infrastructure being concentrated in only some parts of the city. We also reject the reconstruction of the nation’s land only to create free trade zones;
The Parliament must draft and vote on a law to guarantee the right to housing;
The government must look for and acquire land though expropriation [eminent domain] so that there is sufficient space for housing needs;
- Cholera: How many scientist have to conclude that the UN brought (inadvertently) cholera to Haiti before the UN will be held accountable? Choler effort remains significantly underfunded.
- Did UN Peacekeepers Bring Cholera to Haiti? New Sequence Data Say “Yes”
The results were pretty clear, according to Paul Keim of Northern Arizona University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, an author on the study. “We found that the Haiti isolates and certain Nepal isolates had a very close evolutionary relationship – they’re essentially identical at the whole genome level.”
“It seems likely that it came from Nepal,” says Keim.
Earlier studies of the Haiti strains failed to identify the source of the country’s outbreak. Keim says the discrimination power of whole genome sequence typing makes the conclusions of the study very compelling.
- Population Genetics of Vibrio cholerae from Nepal in 2010: Evidence on the Origin of the Haitian Outbreak
Using a technology called whole genome sequencing, which spells out the billions of chemical bases in DNA, researchers believe this provides the strongest evidence that Nepalese soldiers sent to assist Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake, brought the gastrointestinal disease to the island.
- Haiti - Irene : Update on the situation in the country (1)
- Hurricane Irene Tracker
- Operations in Haiti Suspended Due to Storm:
- Justice and Human Rights
- WikiLeaks Reveal: U.S. and UN Officials Oversaw Integration of Ex-Army Paramilitaries into Haiti’s Police Force
The cable describes how previously high-level IGOH officials had made promises to the ex-FAdH paramilitaries. Some “of the ex-soldiers in Cap-Haïtien said they had been told by the PM's nephew and security advisor Youri Latortue and the PM's political advisor Paul Magloire that they would be admitted into the HNP,” explained the cable by U.S. Ambassador James Foley. “This raised a red-flag for us and the rest of the international community...”
However, at the Mar. 13 meeting, Gérard Latortue “made clear this was not the case,” telling the paramilitaries “that integration into the HNP would be a possibility for some, but they had to understand that not everyone would make it into the police. Ex-soldiers not qualified for the HNP could be hired into other public administration positions (e.g., customs, border patrol, etc.),” Foley wrote.
- Haitian Women Cross Border to Give Birth | Florida Center for Investigative Reporting:
In a series of changes to its Constitution over the past decade, the Dominican government has done what some powerful conservative politicians are attempting in Arizona and around the country — revoke birthright citizenship for many. A child born to illegal immigrants in the Dominican Republic is no longer a citizen of that country. At the same time, without registration in their parents’ home country, they are not citizens there either. They are stateless.
- Universal Periodic Review:Criminal Justice Report- 90 inmates in a cell- 1 min video: Men in Cell 5 Haiti
- A brief video on attack: Tom Luce, Reed Lindsay, Raphael Jean-Labin, Jeremie Dupin, “Gran Ravine Massacre #3”
- Surge of violence in Desdunes- Martelly's propaganda- continues to call opposition violent.
- BBC News - Should Creole replace French in Haiti's schools?
|Mantra from Aristide's 1990 campaign:
"Alone we are weak, together we are strong; all together we are Lavalas, the flood [yon se`l nou feb, ansanm nou fo, ansanm nou se Lavalas]."
Aristide Damming The Flood, (pg. xxxiv)
- For an International Solidarity Movement with Fidel Castro and Cuba, "Heroes of International Solidarity":
It is time to resort to a peaceful international solidarity movement and unleash a series of mass demonstrations on specified days to protest against an embargo whose aim is to destabilize Cuba's economy and inflict inhumane suffering on its people, and more specifically on children and the most vulnerable sectors of the population. Haitians who have served the cause of human liberty by abolishing slavery are well placed to undertake such an initiative.
- This entry was posted in Haiti and tagged 1700s, 1717, Cap François, Cap Haitien, France, Haiti, Saint-Domingue, slavery.
- Senior US diplomat warns Caribbean countries - Caribbean - Go-Jamaica:
Earlier this month, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki led a delegation to a number of Caribbean and Latin American countries seeking support for the proposal.
However, Christopher Sandrolini, the charge d’ affaires at the Barbados-based US Embassy said Washington does not want to see regional governments agreeing to support the initiative outside of the already agreed framework.
- USAID’s Assault on Haitian Agriculture
- U.S. Embassy: “Without a UN-sanctioned …force, we would be getting far less help …in managing Haiti.”:
- For past News Update diaries here
- Dominique Esser (twitter @ dominique_e_ ) excellent list of Haiti news and history: Haiti Links
- AID FACTS ON HAITI, as of June 2011 | Canada Haiti Action Network:
- Human Rights Reports
- WikiHaiti File:
|Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti:
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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.
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|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.
- Excellent review of Damming The Flood: Bursting the Dam of Containment by Justin Podur
- princss6 has an important diary series called Slavery in the United States - History
- ojibwa has written excellent essays about Haiti: Haiti's Pact with the Devil; And related topics Indigenous Puerto Rico; Indians 101: The Great Debate
- Denise Oliver Velez Aristide speaks from South Africa. Denise's Diary Haitians fought in our Revolutionary War...we turned our backs on theirs, inspired me to learn more about Haiti.
- I donate to Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti for Haiti.