Caribbean Political Economy

Haiti’s Vulnerability: Over Fifty Fatalities from Sandy, CEPR

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“The whole south is under water,” Haitian Prime Minister Lamothe told the AP this weekend. Four days of rain that saw accumulations surpass 20 inches have left over 50 dead and 20 missing throughout Haiti as floods hit the South and West departments especially hard…

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The Haitian People are Dying, Myrtha Désulmé

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On 21 October, 2010, ten months after the greatest natural disaster of the modern age, cholera exploded in the Artibonite region along Haiti’s central river system, quickly spreading to other areas. Haiti went from never having had a cholera outbreak in recorded history, to now having, based on the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), “one of the largest cholera epidemics in modern history”. ..

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Meditation for a Forgotten Past: Translating and Remembering Haiti’s Intellectual Legacy, Myriam J. A. Chancy

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Introduction in honor of Haiti and the Trans-Caribbean Literary Identity/Haití­ y la transcaribeñidad literaria by Emilio Jorge Rodriguez (tr. Marí­a Teresa Ortega)] St. Martin Book Fair, June 2, 2012. Dr.Chancy, who was born in Haiti, is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati

There is a struggle to create a bridge of words that can explain the gulf between the heralded legacies of the Revolution,   — which scholars return to time and again with a fine-tooth comb, often with little interest in the descendants of the Revolution, ideological or living — .and the continued perilous degrading state of the Haitian nation and the vast majority of its inhabitants…

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The ALBA Summit, the Caribbean and Haiti, Kevin Edmonds

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The weekend of February 4th and 5th saw the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas (ALBA) convene their 11th summit in Caracas, Venezuela. ALBA began as an alternative vision to the reckless neoliberal agenda promoted by Washington throughout Latin America and the Caribbean…

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‘The destiny of Haiti is in the hands of its children’, Rodolfo Mattarollo

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Ambassador Rodolfo Mattarollo, Special Representative of the UNASUR Technical Secretariat in Haiti,is interviewed by Claudia Florentin, Spanish Editor, Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency (ALC).

In my understanding, only a Great National Agreement will unblock the situation,,   (one that) establishes the conditions for (…) the building on solid foundations of a legally constituted state, which requires, among other things, that the state fulfills its obligations in the fight against impunity…

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Haiti In A Time of Catastrophe, Robert Fatton Jr.

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Keynote address at the first annual conference on January 12, 2012, at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, to commemorate the earthquake in Haiti and to encourage support for rebuilding efforts. Professor Robert Fatton Jr. is Julia Cooper Professor of Politics at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia.

In the midst of the cataclysm Haitians showed a new sense of solidarity and citizenship that offered a glimpse of an alternative order; whether they can reignite this fleeting solidarity and finally understand that a better future requires the demise of the old ways of governing and producing, remains an open question…

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South American Cooperation with Haiti, Claudia Florentin

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First in a series that will examine South American cooperation with Haiti, post-earthquake. Claudia Florentin is ALC South American Editor.

This South American cooperation “attempts to diminish the dependency of developing countries in relation to the more developed, by strengthening the relationships between the former, and their national, regional and collective self-esteem…

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ALBA Countries to Develop Road Map for Haiti’s Reconstruction, TeleSur

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Webmaster’s note: the XI ALBA Summit held in Caracas February 4 (which was, as is customary, virtually blanked by the mainstream media) manifested the continuing vitality of this emerging bloc. Decisions were taken on the consolidation of an ALBA economic,   space and on an ALBA-Haiti reconstruction programme. Present at the Summit were the leaders of three CARICOM countries who are also ALBA members, and Haitian President Michel Martelly, who announced that his country was exploring the possibility of becoming a full member of ALBA.

Caracas 4 February 2012 (Telesur) The countries of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) are developing a roadmap to assist in the reconstruction of Haiti, prioritising health, education, energy, food production, infrastructure and training of qualified personnel…

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St Lucia, Suriname, declare interest in joining ALBA

Caribbean states join Mercosur in barring Falklands’ flagged vessels from their ports Merco Press

How U.S. and U.N. Officials Oversaw Integration of Ex-Army Paramilitaries into Haiti’s Police Force, Jeb Sprague

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Throughout 2004 and 2005, Haiti’s unelected de facto authorities, working alongside foreign officials, integrated at least 400 ex-army paramilitaries into the country’s police force, secret U.S. Embassy cables reveal…

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Haiti Two Years After, Joel Dreyfuss

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An accompanying note from Mariama Williams says “For the women, men and children still in tents and coping with long duree of aftereffects have been quite inspiring to me…You and your fellow Haitians are exempleries of resilience, strength and courage but mostly love and care.”

Beyond disappointment at the slow progress of reconstruction, many Haitians and Haitian Americans have begun to lose faith. We have begun to wonder if the sharp divisions of class and color in Haiti are an unavoidable obstacle to progress, and realize that they must be overcome for the poor Caribbean nation of 10 million to move forward…

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Haiti and Trans-Caribbean Literary Identity: A Missing Link In Caribbean Literature

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This new book by Emilio Jorge Rodriguez is “a remarkable collection of essays,” …(which) “should be listed among the few books that can be said to truly advance the understanding of the subject they address.” Its subject is the Haitian novel in the 20th century and the search for Amerindian and African origins in the masterful work of Alejo Carpentier.

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Haiti’s ‘dream house’ nightmare, Ayiti Kale Je

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Ayiti Kale Je (Haiti Grassroots Watch) is a collaboration of grassroots media organizations which focuses on monitoring the country’s reconstruction from the viewpoint of Haiti’s majority.

Cité Soleil, Dec. 14, 2011 – While over one million refugees suffered under tents following the January 12, 2010, earthquake, 128 newly constructed homes, finished in May, 2010, sat empty for 15 months. Today, the majority of these “social housing” units are occupied, but mostly by illegal squatters who broke in by smashing windows and doors…

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Interview: Cuba’s Health Care Miracle in Haiti, Canada Haiti Action Network

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Dr. Jorge Balseiro Estevez is Director of the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Camaguey, Cuba; a member of Henry Reeve Cuban Internationalist Medical Brigade[1] and a director of the Brigade’s field hospital in the city of Leogí¢ne, Haiti. Here he is interviewed by Roger Annis of the Canada Hati Action Network, while on a speaking tour of Canada.

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Perspectives on the Reconstruction of Haiti, P.J Patterson

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CARICOM Special Representative on Haiti and former Prime Minister of Jamaica P.J. Patterson, in addressing a business seminar of investors from Japan and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Tuesday, November 22, in Pt Spain Trinidad, invited all potential investors to visit Haiti and see for themselves the opportunities which were available. Mr Patterson said that “Investment opportunities in Haiti are limited more by the imagination than by objective attributes or need”…

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Haiti: Tapping the Past, Facing the Future, Reginald Dumas

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Keynote address at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Haitian Studies Association, UWI, Mona, Jamaica, Friday, November 11, 2011. Ambassador Reginald Dumas is a distinguished former diplomat of Trinidad and Tobago who served as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Haiti in 2004.

Let me indicate at the outset what I shall not be talking about this morning…I shall not be talking about Haiti being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I shall not be talking about what we have come to call “Haiti’s glorious past”. I have the greatest admiration for the exploits and achievements of Boukman and Toussaint and Dessalines and Christophe and others who fought successfully for independence, but we should in my view be focusing less on the past and much more on Haiti’s somewhat less than glorious present, and on the possibilities for its future…

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Comment: A Timely, Critical look at Haiti, Rickey Singh

Caribbean Conference for the Sovereignty of Haiti: MINUSTAH Out!

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Haitian popular organisations, supported by others from several Caribbean countries and internationally, have issued a declaration analysing the present political situation and calling for an end to the occupation of their country, the first in the Caribbean to declare itself free over 200 years agao. Please circul;ate widely.

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Five years for a drop of water, Haiti Grassroots Watch

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Haiti Grassroots Watch has teamed up with students from the State University of Haiti’s Faculty of Human Sciences to investigate what went wrong with a project meant to brong water to marginalised neighbourhoods in the capial city.

Port-au-Prince, 4 November 2011 – Two-and-a-half million dollars (US$2.5 million) to supply water to several marginal neighborhoods in the capital. Approved in 2006. But, five years later, the water isn’t running yet. Children are still in the streets bearing bottles and buckets.The project is almost finished. “The end of October,” according to the funder. But not yet…


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Haiti: White Paper on MINUSTAH Human Rights Abuses, Harvard Group

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On October 4th, 2011, Harvard students as part of a group of Canadian and US human rights advocates, doctors, public health experts, and journalists released an extensively researched white paper reviewing and evaluating the record of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH) and recommending the withdrawal of the force from Haiti…

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MINUSTAH White Paper, Harvard Group

Support the Petition to the UN Security Council for the withdrawal of MINUSTAH from Haiti Jubilee South

Haiti: Occupied Country; Eduardo Galeano

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You can consult any encyclopaedia. Ask which was the first free country in America. You will always receive the same answer: the United States. But the United States declared its independence when they were a nation with six hundred fifty thousand slaves who remained so for another century, and in its first Constitution they established that a black slave was equal to the three fifth parts of a person…

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For the immediate withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti: Letter to Ban Ki-Moon

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Letter sent to the United Nations Secretary General and the Security Council by several distinguished signatories

It is surprising and humiliating to certify that “Haiti is a threat to world peace and security”, as the UN Security Council does, year after year, in order to ratify the presence there of a military-police mission said to be for the purposes of stabilization: the MINUSTAH. This statement hides the impunity of the major powers and the hypocrisy that allows them to intervene militarily, politically, and economically in Haiti, drawing as well on the services of others…

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