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From the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council: Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Including the Right to Development Written statement submitted by International Educational Development, Inc. (IED), a non-governmental organization on the Roster. statement-by-IED-to-HRC-2008

Feeding Haiti

A young boy was able to find a meal at St. Clare’s Church rectory in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this week. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)   By Dr. Joia Mukherjee and Donna Barry May 5, 2008 ONCE AGAIN the media are filled with stories and images of unrest in Haiti, this time due to soaring food prices and pervasive hunger. In the United States and around the world, grain stocks have been depleted, energy costs have skyrocketed, and prices of food staples are inflated by increased use of grain to feed livestock in middle-income countries and supply ethanol plants. Unpredictable weather is causing droughts and flooding in key grain-producing countries. Add to that the widespread deforestation of Haiti, and the result is a 50 percent increase in the price of food staples over the past year and countrywide shortages. Yet the current crisis […]

Haiti’s Big Lie

Operation Baghdad and Imperial Propaganda May 01, 2008 By Nik Barry-Shaw “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” – Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister of the Third Reich (1933-1945) With six people killed in the food protests that erupted throughout Haiti in early April, observers immediately began trying to explain why violence had once again shattered the country’s two years of apparent stability. Yet rather than blame the massive structural violence of hunger and social exclusion, or even the UN troops who were responsible for the deaths of several protestors[1], the source of the violence was said to lie elsewhere. “Behind the riots, the spectre of Aristide,” as a headline in the newspaper Le Devoir put it. “If the demonstrators had only socioeconomic demands,” explained sociologist Laennec Hurbon, “they would […]

Haitian Food Riots Unnerving But Not Surprising

Mark Schuller | April 25, 2008 Beginning early April, Haiti was gripped by a nation-wide mobilization to protest high food prices, reaching a crescendo on Thursday the 10th, as thousands of people took to the streets. Some protestors burned tires, blocking national highways and city streets in Port-au-Prince, and a few looted local stores. Clashes with police and UN troops resulted in an official count of five dead. The media covered these events during the days of the crisis but offered little information to explain the protests. This superficial coverage tells an all-too-familiar story of Haiti. The media swarmed to cover the high drama of UN troops breaking up demonstrations with rubber bullets, and the U.S. State Department warning its citizens not to enter the country. Then, almost as quickly as it appeared on the news, Haiti disappeared, leaving the […]

Anti-Hunger Protests Rock Haiti

Written by Nazaire St. Fort and Jeb Sprague Wednesday, 23 April 2008 Demonstrations that started in Le Cayes on Thursday, April 3rd, against soaring food prices spread across Haiti to Petit-Goagve, Gona�ves, Aquin and, by April 7, to the capital, Port-au-Prince. Anger over rising prices has been building for many months with basic food stuffs increasingly out of reach for the poor.��Tires were set ablaze in the streets and thrown together to form barricades that paralyzed traffic for days.Numerous businesses were vandalized and looted, especially those selling food, as crowds vented their anger at the perceived indifference to their plight by the nation’s elite, including the Ren� Pr�val /Jacques Edouard Alexis administration. Broken glass on the streets near targeted buildings and cars became a common sight.Hunger now termed “Klorox” and “Battery Acid” by Haiti’s poor, likens hunger to a chemical […]

The U.S. Role in Haiti’s Food Riots

30 Years Ago Haiti Grew All the Rice It Needed. What Happened? The U.S. Role in Haiti’s Food Riots By BILL QUIGLEY Riots in Haiti over explosive rises in food costs have claimed the �lives of six people.� There have also been food riots world-wide in Burkina �Faso, Cameroon, Cote d�Ivorie, Egypt, Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, �Senegal, Uzbekistan and Yemen. The Economist, which calls the current crisis the silent tsunami, reports that �last year wheat prices rose 77% and rice 16%, but since January rice prices have �risen 141%. The reasons include rising fuel costs, weather problems, increased �demand in China and India, as well as the push to create biofuels from cereal �crops. Hermite Joseph, a mother working in the markets of Port au Prince, �told journalist Nick Whalen that her two kids are �like toothpicks� they� re not […]

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