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  • Haiti and the failed promise of US aid

    , by KUSHNER Jacob

    After an earthquake struck in 2010, the US pledged to help rebuild the Caribbean country. A decade later, nothing better symbolises the failure of these efforts than the story of a new port that was promised, but never built.
    When Bill and Hillary Clinton travelled to the Caribbean nation of (...)

  • Haiti: Why Haitians Are Protesting En Masse

    , by REGAN Jane

    Mass protests in Haiti have reached a fever pitch. Their target: the country’s venal political class and its self-serving, US-backed president.
    An Associated Press photographer and a security guard were both injured when a Haitian senator pulled out a gun and started firing outside the (...)

  • Regime Change in Haiti: A Coup By Any Other Name

    , by WEISBROT Mark

    We still don’t know the exact circumstances of President Aristide’s departure from Haiti last Sunday. Aristide, as well as some members of the U.S. Congress, call it a kidnapping. The Bush Administration denies these charges
    But one thing seems clear: he did not voluntarily step down from the (...)

  • Haiti: Ten Years After the Coup, Democracy is Still Under Siege

    , by CEPR

    It has been 10 years since the February 29, 2004 coup d’etat that ousted the democratically-elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti. Paramilitary groups – including many former members of Haiti’s disbanded army and/or CIA-funded death squads – had engaged in a campaign of violence (...)

  • Wage Hike in Haiti Doesn’t Address Factory Abuses

    , by REGAN Jane

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Dec 3 2013 (IPS) - Haiti’s minimum wage will nudge up 12 percent on Jan. 1, from 4.65 to 5.23 dollars (or 200 to 225 gourdes) per day. Calculated hourly, it will go from 58 to 65 cents, before taxes.
    But the raise will not affect Haiti’s 30,000 assembly factory workers, who are (...)

  • Garment industry: Made in Haiti, Dumped in Haiti

    , by DOUCET Isabeau

    Global demand for cheap clothing sabotages local garment trade, workers’ rights.
    Workers make T-shirts for export in the SONAPI free-trade industrial zone on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Photo by Isabeau Doucet
    PORT-AU-PRINCE—In Haiti, people wear T-shirts bearing unlikely English messages: (...)

  • Haiti: they need solidarity not soldiers!

    , by STEDILE João Pedro

    I just returned from a trip to Haiti. I went there to participate in one congress of the Haitian peasant movement and used the opportunity to visit several regions of the country and the projects that La Via Campesina/ALBA brigade is developing in solidarity with the Haitian people.
    I would (...)

  • Hugo Chavez’ legacy in Haiti and Latin America

    , by COUGHLIN Dan, IVES Kim

    Tens of thousands of Haitians spontaneously poured into the streets of Port-au-Prince on the morning of Mar. 12, 2007. President Hugo Chavez had just arrived in Haiti all but unannounced, and a multitude, shrieking and singing with glee, joined him in jogging alongside the motorcade of Haiti’s (...)

  • Letter From Haiti: Life in the Ruins

    , by WILENTZ Amy

    Sometimes you can’t help but be sickened by the behavior of certain international organizations helping Haiti recover from the devastating January 2010 earthquake—hit, that is, by a wave of real physical nausea. The other day, I spent an afternoon in the displaced persons camp across from the (...)

  • UN responds to cholera crisis in Haiti with repackaged aid

    , by ANNIS Roger

    In a short ceremony in New York City on Dec. 11, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced what appeared to be an important nod to international grassroots pressure to fund a universal treatment and prevention program for cholera in Haiti . He said that $215 million from bilateral and (...)

  • Haiti’s Rigged Election

    , by COUGHLIN Dan, IVES Kim

    The United States, the European Union and the United Nations decided to support Haiti’s recent presidential and parliamentary elections even though they believed the country’s electoral body, “almost certainly in conjunction with President Preval,” had “emasculated the opposition” by unwisely and (...)