Another Haiti is Possible

Chávez, Internationalism, and Socialism: An Interview with Camille Chalmers

March 28, 2013

By Beverly Bell
March 28, 2013

Since the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on March 5, thousands of memorials have transpired across the Americas, from national ceremonies to village wakes. They have been organized by those inspired by the new models of economic, political, and internationalist power propelled by the Venezuelan president. Camille Chalmers, Latin American social movement leader, gave the keynote speech at a memorial at the State University of Haiti on March 14. Beverly Bell caught up with him later in Port-au-Prince, tape recorder in hand, and recorded his thoughts.


Garbage In, Garbage Out

March 26, 2013

Port-au-Prince, HAITI, March 24 2013 – A foreign company that hopes to set up a “trash-to-electricity” incinerator in Haiti has misled the Haitian public, and perhaps Haitian authorities, with what appear to be false claims and deliberate attempts to avoid answering key questions raised in a January 22 article by the investigative journalism partnership Haiti Grassroots Watch.

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Urgent Action: Displaced Families Face Forced Eviction in Haiti

March 25, 2013

Re-posted from Amnesty International

Hundreds of families who were left homeless after the January 2010 earthquake face
imminent forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the Port-au-Prince municipality of
Carrefour. Amnesty International is concerned that if evicted they will once again be left

Haiti - Agriculture : 40,000 walkers for Food Sovereignty

March 22, 2013

Re-posted from Haiti Libre

The Papaye Peasant Movement (Mouvement Paysan Papaye - MPP), historical partner of the NGO « Frères des Hommes » celebrates its 40th anniversary from 17 to 22 March in the city of Hinche, where some nearly 300 delegates peasants, but also many international defense organizations of farmers and international leader peasants, came to participate in this annual conference, to demand a more coherent organization in Haiti, which imports more than half of its food products.

An opportunity for the MPP, to make an assessment on the actions performed for 40 years and the place of movement in the strengthening of the Haitian civil society, around of theme such as : agro-ecology, food sovereignty and empowering of peasants.


March 15, 2013

By Beverly Bell
March 15, 2013

Twenty-seven years later, the unimaginable has become real. Former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been brought to trial for crimes against humanity.

Will justice finally arrive for the hundreds of thousands who were murdered, tortured, imprisoned, beaten, savaged, and degraded by him and his father, François “Papa Doc” Duvalier?



March 8, 2013

By Beverly Bell
March 8, 2013

On this International Women's Day, we rerun a 2005 piece on one of our greatest heroines, Marie Simone Alexandre. Though she died eight years ago, her life and message remain as powerful and inspirational today as any we know. 

"It was thanks to God and Sister Simone." I heard this over and over in the mid-1990s as I was interviewing rape survivors in one of Port-au-Prince's shantytowns. The women were battling the devastating effects of rape, employed as a weapon of war by one in a decades-long series of U.S.-backed regimes.[i] My question to these women, which so often invoked Simone's name, was "From where have you found the strength to go on?"

Urgent Action: Displaced Face Arbitrary Arrest

March 7, 2013

Re-posted from Amnesty International

Residents at Grace Village camp, in the Carrefour area of metropolitan Port-au-Prince, have been informed by local police that they have a list of people from the camp they plan to arrest. On 15 February residents learned that an arrest warrant had been issued for two residents, one of whom is a camp committee member. On 18 February, residents reported that police came to the camp and arrested another camp committee member.


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