Another Haiti is Possible

Response to Cholera in Haiti Impossible Without Cuba, Says the UN

April 11, 2013

Re-posted from acn Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 1 (acn) UN Under-Secretary General Rebeca Grynspan highlighted on Monday in Ecuador that, without Cuban physicians, it would have been impossible to respond to the cholera epidemics in Haiti. She pointed out that the medical aid from neighboring nation was already present in Haiti before the January 2010 earthquake.


April 11, 2013

By Beverly Bell

“Why is Haiti so poor?” That’s what deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez asked, over and over, in a video shown at a recent memorial at the State University of Haiti. In the courtyard of the School of Social Sciences, a repository of radical intelligentsia and organizers, professors and students took the stage to sing, drum, and recite poetry, and to make impassioned speeches about Chávez’s opposition to privatization and the US empire.

Haitian Sweatshops: Made in the U.S.A.

April 10, 2013

Re-posted from In These Times

By Fran Quigley

When the shift changes in the late afternoon, thousands of Haitians stream out from under an arched entrance labeled “Parc Industriel Metropolitain” toward the traffic-choked streets of Port-au-Prince. Among them is David, a thin 32-year-old man in a short-sleeve dress shirt and slacks, who works at one of the many garment assembly factories here, sewing pants for export to the United States. Through a Creole interpreter, David says the way he and his co-workers are treated is pa bon—not right. 

The People’s Camp Party, with the Collective Mobilization to Compensate Victims of Cholera

April 10, 2013

A Note of Protest Against the Immoral Decision of the United Nations to Not Compensate Victims of MINUSTAH’s Cholera

The news came like a bomb that the imperialist powers are used to dropping on little countries. Thursday, February 21st, 2013, a spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the U.N. told the press that he had called President Michel Martelly to announce the U.N.’s decision to not compensate victims of MINUSTAH’s cholera, under Section 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations. Afterwards, President Martelly never said if the United Nations had in fact called to inform him of their decision. The question we must now ask ourselves is this: what moral right does the international community have to speak to use about human rights and democracy?


April 4, 2013

By Beverly Bell
April 4, 2013

Inside the USAID-headquarters-turned-courthouse in Port-au-Prince, the case against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier was being heard, in a trial unlikely to bring justice to the hundreds of thousands killed and tortured by him and his father François.

Vexed by the circus show of judges and defense lawyers, I fled the building and hailed a collective taxicab. The driver asked my nationality. When I told him, he said, “If you don’t mind, I want to ask you something. Are there all these children sleeping in the streets and under bridges in your country?”

IACHR tells Haitian government to stop violent evictions from earthquake displacement camp, provide clean water

April 3, 2013

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights tells Haitian government
to prevent excessive force and violence in evictions from earthquake displacement camp

Re-posted from IDJH

(Port-au-Prince, March 27, 2013)— Yesterday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted precautionary measures to residents of Grace Village, one of approximately 450 earthquake displacement camps in Haiti.  The Commission advised the Government of Haiti to immediately take steps to prevent any violent evictions and provide clean water and security to camp residents, especially women and children.

Reflections on the Reconstruction

April 2, 2013

Haitian and international media have published many articles on the progress of Haiti’s reconstruction.

The watchdog partnership Haiti Grassroots Watch (HGW) has been investigating this subject, in depth, for almost three years now. For a change, HGW decided to approach some of the major players to inquire about the following three aspects of the reconstruction process.

1)    Aid, dependence and sovereignty

2)    The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC)

3)    The question of vision, leadership and coordination

HGW made numerous requests for interviews, several of which were refused, namely those with government ministers and several members of parliament  [1]. Nonetheless, HGW was able to access numerous national and international actors important to the reconstruction, such as: four former members of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), three current and former employees of the Haitian government, and the Haitian representatives of the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Chávez’ Legacy: A New Model of Popular Power

March 29, 2013


An Interview with Camille Chalmers
By Beverly Bell
March 29, 2013



Economist Camille Chalmers is a leader in Latin American social movements and executive secretary of the Platform for Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA).


Hugo Chávez’ battle, with all the strength of determination the man had, is a huge legacy for every person everywhere who wants liberation for all.

Chávez, Internationalism, and Socialism: An Interview with Camille Chalmers

March 28, 2013

By Beverly Bell
March 28, 2013

Since the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on March 5, thousands of memorials have transpired across the Americas, from national ceremonies to village wakes. They have been organized by those inspired by the new models of economic, political, and internationalist power propelled by the Venezuelan president. Camille Chalmers, Latin American social movement leader, gave the keynote speech at a memorial at the State University of Haiti on March 14. Beverly Bell caught up with him later in Port-au-Prince, tape recorder in hand, and recorded his thoughts.



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