Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

HAITI: Once-Vibrant Farming Sector in Dire Straits

By Nazaire St. Fort and Jeb Sprague* Stanley Belizaire (holding microphone) says that Haiti’s agronomy students will keep track of the promises made by the agriculture ministry. Credit:Nazaire St. Fort/IPS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Mar 4 (IPS) – Student activists in Haiti are calling for an overhaul of the nation’s agriculture policies, which they say have resulted in Haiti importing more than half of its food while local farmers are mired in poverty. A petition recently submitted to the Ren� Pr�val government by students of the Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (FAMV) department at Haiti’s State University calls for a programme spanning the country’s 10 departments to increase technical and expert assistance, give subsidies to the agriculture and fishing sector, promote egg and chicken-farming projects to ease reliance on Dominican imports, a nationwide campaign to provide agricultural credits to peasants and an incremental raising […]

If Stones Could Float: The British Press and the Turks and Caicos Boat Disaster

By: Peter Hallward – Updated on 6 September 2007 [1] Every now and then something happens which helps to shed a little light on the way our newspapers distinguish between what counts as news and what doesn�t. Consider how the British press handled two very different disappearances, the nights of 3 and 4 May 2007. In early May two British doctors, Kate and Gerry McCann, were on holiday in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. The McCanns say that on the night of 3 May they went out to dinner at a tapas bar near their hotel, leaving their three-year old daughter Madeleine behind with their two other young children. At some point that evening, Madeleine was apparently abducted or otherwise removed from their unlocked apartment, and she hasn�t been seen since. Nobody who lived within reach of […]

Poor Residents of Capitol Describe UN State of Siege

HAITI: Poor Residents of Capital Describe a State of Siege By Wadner Pierre and Jeb Sprague Funeral for victims of MINUSTAH assault in the Bois Neuf district of Cit�-Soleil, January 2007. Credit:Wadner Pierre PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 28 (IPS) – Nearly two months since U.N. troops began launching heavy attacks that they say are aimed against gang members in poor neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince, roadblocks and barbed wire remain in place and the atmosphere is grim. Mercius Lubin of the Boston district of Cit� Soleil told IPS that an assault earlier this month left his only two children dead. “It is the noise of MINUSTAH’s (the U.N. peacekeeping force) fire that awoke us.” It was about 11 p.m. on Feb. 1, he said, and the family was sleeping on the floor because U.N. soldiers had advised everyone in the area to do so. […]

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