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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Haiti�s Detention Centers

Half-Hour for Haiti: Call Wednesday to Close the School of the Americas

June 19, 2007 Update: Some great news: two articles on Haiti, both dealing with MINUSTAH attacks on Cite Soleil, have been selected as finalists for the �Most Censored� news story of 2006-2007 by Project Censored. One, by Wadner Pierre of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and Jeb Sprague of, is Poor Residents of Capitol Describe UN State of Siege (February 27, 2007). The other by Kevin Pina of the Haiti Information Project, is UN in Haiti accused of second massacre in Cit� Soleil (January 21, 2007). Project Censored compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the major national news media of the U.S. Congratulations to Kevin, Jeb and Wadner, for this well-deserved recognition, and thank you for pursuing the truth in the streets of Haiti, under difficult […]

HAITI: Pain at the Pump Spurs Strike Actions

HAITI: Pain at the Pump Spurs Strike Actions By Jeb Sprague and Wadner Pierre A normally bustling street in Port-au-Prince on Jun. 13, 2007 during the two-day transport strike. Credit:Wadner Pierre PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jun 19 (IPS) – A two-day transport strike last week gripped Haiti’s major cities and underscored a mounting crisis over fuel prices, which rose nearly 20 percent in just two weeks. On Jun. 12 and 13, transport workers shut off their engines, leaving residents of Port-au-Prince and other urban centres largely without the services of taxis or the colourful buses and pick-up trucks known as tap-taps. A spokesperson for the Initiative de Secteur de Transport, an ad hoc strike committee representing 18 transport unions, Benissoit Duclos, said the action was driven by three pressing issues. First, the government “has increased traffic fines so that what was a 50-gourde […]

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Visit to Haiti(pdf)

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Visit to Haiti visit-Haiti

FDA Tracked Tainted Drugs Sold in Haiti

F.D.A. Tracked Tainted Drugs, but Lost Trail in China By WALT BOGDANICH After a drug ingredient from China killed dozens of Haitian children a decade ago, a senior American health official sent a cable to her investigators: find out who made the poisonous ingredient and why a state-owned company in China exported it as safe, pharmaceutical-grade glycerin. The Chinese were of little help. Requests to find the manufacturer were ignored. Business records were withheld or destroyed. The Americans had reason for alarm. �The U.S. imports a lot of Chinese glycerin and it is used in ingested products such as toothpaste,� Mary K. Pendergast, then deputy commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, wrote on Oct. 27, 1997. Learning how diethylene glycol, a syrupy poison used in some antifreeze, ended up in Haitian fever medicine might �prevent this tragedy from happening […]

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