Haiti

Latin American and Caribbean journalists issue “Austin Declaration” demanding official action on attacks against media

Posted on lundi 20 septembre 2010

Obtained by AlterPresse from Austin, Texas on 20 September 2010
AUSTIN, Texas — Distinguished investigative journalists and members of media support organizations from 20 countries in the Americas and Europe strongly condemned the killings of journalists and attacks on media by organized crime, particularly in Mexico. They insisted that international organizations and governments in the Americas assume their responsibilities to guarantee the rights to life and information that are included in their constitutions.
The “Austin Declaration” was issued by participants of the 8th Austin Forum (...)

Haitian farmers commit to burning Monsanto hybrid seeds

Posted on lundi 17 mai 2010

By Beverly Bell*
Submitted to AlterPresse on May 17, 2010
“A new earthquake” is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto’s seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation’s presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day. In an open letter sent of May 14, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, the Executive Director of MPP (...)

Haiti : Lessons for the policy-makers

Posted on Thursday 29 April 2010

By Beverly Bell*
Transmitted to AlterPresse on April 27, 2010
Humanitarian aid initiatives organized by Haitian communities offer respectful, democratic contrasts to the multi-billion dollar aid effort of the international community, much of which is wasted at best and destructive at worst. “Embedded in the local humanitarian responses is the model of a society premised on generosity and dignity,” says a report released today by Other Worlds, “From Disaster Aid to Solidarity: Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Haiti’s Earthquake Survivors.” The report examines the problems of the (...)

Haiti’s peasantry key to reconstruction

Posted on Sunday 18 April 2010

By Michael Deibert*
Transmitted to AlterPresse on April 16, 2010
When US First Lady Michelle Obama paid a surprise visit to Haiti this week to survey reconstruction efforts after that country’s devastating January earthquake, she set foot in a nation that has been transformed as profoundly as at any time since its 1804 revolution defeated Napoleon’s army and abolished slavery.
In the tremor three months ago, Haiti’s Direction de la Protection Civile estimated that 222,517 people lost their lives, while at least 250,000 were injured. Of the nearly 1.2 million displaced persons, nearly (...)

Haiti-Earthquake : Where’s the Haiti-bound going?

Posted on Monday 12 April 2010

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field
Reprinted by AlterPresse on April 12, 2010
“A sweeping exercise in nation-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the international donors conference on March 31 in New York, where foreign nations and other international institutions pledged $5.3 billion toward Haiti over the next 18 months, of which $1.15 billion comes from the U.S. government. Mr. Ban continued, “Today, we have mobilized to give Haiti and its people what they need most: hope for a new future.”[i]
In an informal survey of citizens’ (...)

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