Another Haiti is Possible


June 2, 2016

Shut-down MINUSTAH and end all occupation of Haiti!

Demilitarize our America!

Reposted from the Haiti No MINUSTAH Solidarity Campaign

Originally posted on May 29, 2016

[Read it in Spanish here.]

The people of Haiti are strengthening their resistance in the face of US imperialism and its allies. Popular mobilization throughout 2015-­‐2016 put in check the plans of the "international community". It forced the departure of former President Martelly and the repeated collapse of run-­off elections, demanded from powers outside Haiti -­‐ even though there was only one candidate. Despite direct rejection by the US, grassroots forces have also been able to secure launching of a verification process of the 2015 elections, understood by all to be fraudulent. The outcome is  still pending.


April 27, 2016

Reposted from Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Please join the Haitian diaspora in demanding action against this initiative: As part of its “Stocks for Food” program, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haitian schools, which could destroy Haiti’s peanut market and the livelihood and income of 150,000 peanut farmers and their families. This is the latest in a long history of U.S.-sponsored programs which have destabilized Haiti’s agricultural sector, further impoverishing the nation and increasing its dependence on foreign aid. President Clinton had to apologize for one such misguided program in the 1990’s.

What You Probably Don't Know About Hillary Clinton's Record

February 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton on a trip to Haiti in 2011. "Hand Washing" by Kendra Helmer/USAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Missing from the public discussion of Hillary Rodham Clinton's record has been her work in Haiti, where she blatantly manipulated and threatened Haitian government officials to control electoral outcomes. In that country, too, she and her husband have led the way in promoting a sweatshop-led development model.

Other Worlds has compiled a list of articles that take a closer look into Clinton's work in Haiti and what her Presidency could portend for other nations. 

Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti: An interview with Iderle Brénus

February 17, 2016

From an interview by Beverly Bell

Involved in all levels of food production, Haitian women need control over land and protection from today's wave of expropriation.  Photo: Salena Tramel, for Grassroots International.

In Haiti, the majority of the people working the land are women. Not only are they there during planting, weeding and harvesting, but they also play a role in transforming and marketing food products. They’re involved in the entire agricultural production process. This is why we call women the poto mitan, central pillar, of the country.


Liberated Haiti: Thirty Years After Duvalier

February 8, 2016
By Robert Maguire
Originally Shared on February 3, 2016

February 7, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the ouster of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier as President of Haiti, ending the 29 year Duvalier family dictatorship. When Baby Doc fled the country in 1986 for exile in France, massive street celebrations burst out, calling his departure Haiti’s second independence.   In the weeks that followed, it seemed as if almost everyone wore a tee shirt proclaiming “Haiti Libérée.” Optimism reigned that the misgoverned country would transition in relatively short order from dictatorship to democracy and that life would improve for all, particularly the more than 75 percent of the country’s population surviving on an average of $2.00 a day or less.

Haiti’s Fraudulent Presidential Frontrunner Seizes Land for His Own Banana Republic

January 21, 2016

By Joshua Steckley and Beverly Bell

The frontrunner in Haiti's rigged election grabbed land from peasant farmers to grow bananas for export. Photo: Joshua Steckley.

This report is based on extensive interviews, on-site and via phone, with more than 20 government officials, economic development professionals, peasant farmers, and community organizers, between July 2015 and January 2016. We reached out to Agritrans for comment, but they did not respond.


The only man running in Haiti’s fraudulent presidential election run-offs on January 24, 2016, Jovenel Moïse, dispossessed as many as 800 peasants - who were legally farming - and destroyed houses and crops two years ago, say leaders of farmers’ associations in the Trou-du-Nord area. Farmers remain homeless and out of work. The land grabbed by the company Moïse founded, Agritrans, now hosts a private banana plantation.

Over 140 Haitian-American Groups & Leaders Warn Kerry: Going ahead with fraudulent elections “a recipe for unrest"

January 20, 2016

Reposted from Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)

Originally shared on January 19, 2016

43 Haitian-American diaspora organizations, 34 political, religious and community leaders, and 66 other individuals wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry today criticizing “the unhelpful role the State Department has been playing in Haiti’s election crisis” and calling for a change of U.S. policy. The letter demonstrates the deep concern felt by Haitian-Americans about this crucial issue for Haiti’s future.

The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History

January 13, 2016

From an Interview with Ricot Jean-Pierre

By Beverly Bell

In this photo, Haitian farmers maximize productivity in small lots by utilizing a technique - adapted from Nicaragua - of planting in recycled tires. Photo: Roberto (Bear) Guerra.

Yesterday, January 12, on the sixth anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake, Haitians mourned the countless lives lost. Among the many aftershocks they face is disaster capitalism, in which the Haitian elite and foreign corporations - backed by the US  government, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank - are grabbing lands for extraction and mega-development projects. Ricot Jean-Pierre, social worker and program director of the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), tells how inequitable control of land has devastated the vast majority throughout Haitian history, from enslavement to today.   

“The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti

December 22, 2015

An interview with Nixon Boumba, Democratic Popular Movement (MODEP) and American Jewish World Service

Edited by Natalie Miller 

Members of a peasant organization heading to community meeting to discuss their rights. Photo: Roberto (Bear) Guerra.

Since the earthquake of January, 2010, Haiti has increasingly become a target of extraction and private business development by Haitian and foreign investors. Income and trade - if the wages are livable and the trade is fair - would, of course, be helpful for the poverty statistics-topping nation. This would be especially important for the majority of the population who survive on agriculture. However, much of the new business is being planned or executed on lands those farmers’ families have lived on since they were enslaved, leaving them landless and without livelihood.

This article debuts a new series, “Land Rights and Food Sovereignty in Haiti,” to run every other week. The series will feature interviews with those directly impacted, investigation by scholars and other experts, and analysis from Haitian activists. The pieces will examine the problems; the role of the US and UN; and solutions, spotlighting food sovereignty.

Will Washington Greenlight Another Coup in Haiti?

December 15, 2015

After December's elections, Haiti could have yet another U.S.-backed president with a weak democratic mandate.

By Natalie Miller 

Originally posted on Foreign Policy in Focus on December 8, 2015

Photo courtesy of Haiti Innovation / Flickr

In October, Haitians went to the polls in a critical election for nearly 5,000 political positions, including the presidency. The preliminary results named Jovenèl Moïse, a member of outgoing President Michel Martelly’s party, as the frontrunner — though by a small enough margin that a runoff vote is planned for December 27th.

Unfortunately, evidence of overwhelming fraud discredits these results. If the putsch is successful, Haiti could have yet another U.S.-backed president with a weak democratic mandate.

The United States has a long legacy of destructive intervention in Haiti — whether through direct military occupation, support for heinous dictators, facilitation of coups d’état, or manipulation of the electoral process.


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