Caribbean-Media : Regional journalists create a Caribbean information bureau

Posted on Monday 7 December 2009

Press release
Submitted to AlterPresse on December 7, 2009
Coming out of a conference on the topic, “The Media - Tool of Integration and Development in the Caribbean” organized on December 4, 2009 in Lamentin, Guadeloupe, by the weekly magazine, Nouvelles Etencielles, (News Sparks) of the Guadeloupe Communist Party (PCG), which is celebrating its 65th anniversary, a number of journalists coming from several Caribbean countries have decided to create a Caribbean Information Bureau.
This structure, the first of its kind in this part of the world, has as its mission to develop the (...)

Haiti : A few notes on the dismissal of Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis

Posted on Tuesday 3 November 2009

By Michael Deibert *
Submitted to AlterPresse on November 3, 2009
It was said that during the reign of Jean-Jacques Dessalines - liberation icon, military dictator and “emperor” who ruled Haiti from 1804 until 1806 - a certain level of corruption was tolerated and dismissed with the phrase plumez la poule, mais ne la faites pas crier. Pluck the chicken, but make sure it doesn’t squawk. That tradition of corruption has been a woeful constant in Haiti’s political life since Dessalines was assassinated over 200 years ago.
Another chapter in the disregard for honesty and transparency (...)

Challenges to Haiti’s Security Gains

Posted on Saturday 10 October 2009

By Michael Deibert *
Presented to the Applied Research Center and the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, August 2009
Submitted to AlterPresse on 10 October 2009
At present, Haiti is passing through a delicate and significant period, one which, while giving hints of hope, also provides ample grounds for caution.
Though there have been significant and laudable improvements in the country’s security situation under the mandate of Haitian President René Préval, inaugurated in May 2006, these gains remain fragile and Haiti’s (...)

A Review of Mahmood Mamdani’s Saviors and Survivors : Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror

Posted on lundi 15 juin 2009

By Michael Deibert *
Submitted to AlterPresse on June 10, 2009
The conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan, along with the ongoing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, represents one of the most vexing challenges on the African continent confronting the international community today.
A dispute which the United Nations estimates has killed at over 200,000 people and displaced at least 2 million since 2003 , the conflict in Darfur has seen Sudanese military and government-aligned militia forces (the latter collectively know as janjaweed) squaring off against (...)

Haiti-Minimum wage : The Haiti Support Group stands firm with the student mobilisation

Posted on mercredi 10 juin 2009

Haiti Support Group press release
Submitted to AlterPresse on June 9, 2009
The British soldiarity organisation, the Haiti Support Group (HSG), expresses it strong support for the student demonstrators who have mobilised in Port-au-Prince over the last week calling for President Preval to agree to the minimum wage law. The HSG also denounces in the strongest possible terms the violent repression of the student demonstrations by the Haitian National Police force (PNH) and the UN mission, the MINUSTAH.
Progressive students from the State University in Port-au-Prince began street (...)

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