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For Disenfranchised Haitian Islanders, Tourism Signals a Paradise Lost

August 20, 2014

Cross Posted from Inter Press Service News Agency

By Judith Scherr

Homes like these in the village of Madam Bernard, Ile à Vache, Haiti, might be removed to make way for tourist development or islanders removed from other areas might be relocated here. Credit: Judith Scherr/IPS

 

Reconstruction or Haiti’s Latest Disaster? Tourism Development on Île-à-Vache Island

July 21, 2014

 

The following is adapted from a presentation by Jessica Hsu of Other Worlds and Jean Claudy Aristil of Radio VKM Les Cayes at the Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism conference in St. Georges, Grenada held from July 8 - July 11, 2014.

 

A large-scale tourism project planned for the Haitian island of Île-à-Vache targets “the well-heeled tourist from traditional markets…creating a place of exquisite peace and well-being,” as described in the government of Haiti’s executive plan. The project aims to attract four character types: “the Explorers, the Lovers, the Rejuvenators and the Homecomers.” The corporations behind the project intend to build 1,500 hotels and bungalows along the island’s beaches, an international airport, a golf course, island farms, and tourist “villages” with cafes, shops, and night clubs.

Like It or Not: Île à Vache Haiti “Open for Business”

June 10, 2014
Cross-posted from Counterpunch.
 
by MARK SCHULLER

Recently Haiti President Michel Martelly celebrated his third year in office. He gained wide support from the U.S. on his election platform which persists as his administration’s slogan: “Haiti is open for business.” Three days after his inauguration, Martelly landed at Île à Vache’s Abaka Bay resort and extended an offer of one million dollars to become 51% shareholder to then-owner Robert Dietrich.

Rapid Response Network Calls for Solidarity with Garment Workers in Haiti against Wage Theft and Exploitation!

November 27, 2013

Cross-posted from One Struggle

By organizers for the Rapid Response Network

“We start work at six o’clock. We finish at five. We don’t have time to eat because we cannot meet the quota. The pants, the T-shirts—we are the ones producing them. We labor hard, and we don’t get paid.”
– Manuel (Union of Textile & Apparel Workers – Batay Ouvriye).

Nobel Women's Initiative: Spotlighting Berta Cáceres Flores, Honduras

November 19, 2013

Cross-posted from Nobel Women's Initiative

“Women have been resisting, defending our lives, our bodies, our territories, our culture, our spirituality, our autonomy because we desire not only territorial autonomy and autonomy for this country, we want autonomy for our bodies, for individuals, for the sovereignty of the body of people. “

Meet Berta Cáceres Flores.

Behind Haiti's Hunger

October 23, 2013

Cross-Posted from Haiti Grassroots Watch

 Port-au-Prince, HAITI, 10 October 2013 – During the past year or so in Haiti, as humanitarian actors raised a cry of alarm about hunger, Haiti Grassroots Watch (HGW) journalists kept hearing complaints and rumors about the misuse, abuse, or negative effects of food aid.

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