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Ile a Vache Residents Fight to Keep Their Island

When Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Minister of Tourism Stephanie Villedrouin started promoting tourism on Ile a Vache, they didn’t consider the farmers who live there. As the residents of the small island banded together and fought back, they began to be attacked by Haitian police and paramilitary. Children are even being kept from school due to fears of raids by armed men. Spread the word of this injustice so that these people can be protected and keep their land and livelihood. Land Grab at Ile a Vache: Haiti’s Peasants Fight Back Dady Chery, News Junkie Post March 1, 2014 Before Haiti’s Prime Minister declared all of Haiti’s offshore islands to be Zones of Tourism Development and Public Utility, he did not consult with the residents of the islands whose lands would be appropriated. Instead Mr. Laurent Lamothe went to a […]

Why the tension between Haiti and DR?

This article details the situation between Haiti and the Dominican Republic before and after the infamous Dominican high court ruling and the implications for future Haiti-DR relations. Dominican-Haitian Tensions: Wag the Dog or Prelude to Genocide? Dady Chery, News Junkie Post December 2, 2013 A decision that strips citizenship from over 200,000 Black Dominicans was passed by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court on September 23, 2013. This highly flawed ruling designates at least four generations of DR-born individuals who descended from migrant Haitian laborers between 1929 and 2007, as being the offsprings of transients and therefore unqualified for citizenship. A careful account of the size and location of an ethnic group, followed by racist laws that announce a state’s persecution of this group, are a well-tested formula for genocide, especially in countries where a humanitarian emergency might distract the populations […]

Protesters Denounce “Plan To Sell Haiti To Foreign Powers”

By Gilbert Mercier, News Junkie Post A protest took place in front of the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on Monday. Haitian police used tear gas and fired warning shots to disperse a crowd of a few thousands calling for President Rene Preval to resign. Haiti’s government has come under increased and strong criticism for its response to the January 12 earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are still living in giant tent cities, and four months after the disaster any significant progress in a coherent and comprehensive re-construction process is the exception not the rule. More Haitians are getting increasingly frustrated, and on Monday the demonstrators were showing their anger. They denounced what they called a plan by President Preval to sell the country to foreign powers and to stay in power beyond his […]

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