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Martelly’s Presidential Candidate Seized Land from Peasants

Jovenel Moïse, the alleged presidential frontrunner in Haiti’s fraud-filled elections, is widely known as “the Banana Man” for his work with an exporter called Agritrans before he joined the race. Interviews with peasants living in the area where Agritrans is located reveal that the Banana Man didn’t have the positive impact that he claims. Many of these peasants have been kicked off the land by Agritrans and lost their livelihoods. Some remain homeless and without the jobs that Agritrans promised it would create. Many fear that if Moïse becomes president, the situation for peasants will get even worse. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Fraudulent Presidential Frontrunner Seizes Land for His Own Banana Republic Beverly Bell, Other Worlds January 21, 2016 The only man running in Haiti’s fraudulent presidential election run-offs on January 24, […]

Threats to Peasants’ Land Rights in Haiti

Below is the second piece in Other Worlds’ Haitian land rights series, featuring an interview with Ricot Jean-Pierre. Jean-Pierre discusses how inequitable control of land has devastated the vast majority throughout Haitian history, from enslavement to today. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History Beverly Bell, Other Worlds January 13, 2016 Yesterday, January 12, on the sixth anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake, Haitians mourned the countless lives lost. Among the many aftershocks they face is disaster capitalism, in which the Haitian elite and foreign corporations – backed by the US  government, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank – are grabbing lands for extraction and mega-development projects. Ricot Jean-Pierre, social worker and program director of the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), tells how inequitable control of […]

Land Exploitation and the Resistance to It in Haiti

As an impoverished nation so close to U.S. shores, Haiti is at particular risk of becoming a target for business and extraction interests that may not align with respect for Haitian rights, especially land rights. This article outlines the ways businesses may take advantage of Haitians, and what is being done to resist these efforts. It is part of a new series on land rights and food sovereignty in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. “The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti Natalie Miller, Other Worlds December 22, 2015 Since the earthquake of January, 2010, Haiti has increasingly become a target of extraction and private business development by Haitian and foreign investors. Income and trade – if the wages are livable and the trade is fair – would, of course, be helpful […]

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