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ANOTHER POOR BLACK BOY DEAD IN HAITI

April 4, 2013

By Beverly Bell
April 4, 2013

Inside the USAID-headquarters-turned-courthouse in Port-au-Prince, the case against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier was being heard, in a trial unlikely to bring justice to the hundreds of thousands killed and tortured by him and his father François.

Vexed by the circus show of judges and defense lawyers, I fled the building and hailed a collective taxicab. The driver asked my nationality. When I told him, he said, “If you don’t mind, I want to ask you something. Are there all these children sleeping in the streets and under bridges in your country?”

FROM GROWING PROFIT TO GROWING FOOD: CHALLENGING CORPORATE RULE

April 1, 2013

Just outside of the small town of Maumelle, Arkansas sits your run-of-the-mill American strip mall. And as in so many other box store hubs, a Walmart dominates the landscape.

But something is a shade different about this one; its big, looming letters are not the standard blue. These letters, in a new, green hue, spell out “Walmart Neighborhood Market.” These “neighborhood markets” are a tactic in Walmart’s conquest of the grocery industry. The nation’s world’s biggest retail store now captures more than a fourth of the domestic grocery market.

Chávez’ Legacy: A New Model of Popular Power

March 29, 2013

 


An Interview with Camille Chalmers
By Beverly Bell
March 29, 2013

 

 

Economist Camille Chalmers is a leader in Latin American social movements and executive secretary of the Platform for Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA).

 

Hugo Chávez’ battle, with all the strength of determination the man had, is a huge legacy for every person everywhere who wants liberation for all.

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

DISPLACED FAMILIES FACE FORCED EVICTION IN HAITI
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
homeless.

THE TRUE COSTS OF INDUSTRIALIZED FOOD

March 24, 2013

The objective of much of our industrial food system is to provide a profit to shareholders and CEOs. Coca-Cola’s advertising budget was over $2.9 billion dollars in 2010, money well spent from a stockholder’s point of view: profits that year were $11.8 billion.

The current system, however, was not built only to amass wealth. Many policymakers and supporters, historically as today, have been driven by the conviction that industrial agriculture is the best way to produce massive amounts of affordable food. And in some ways it has accomplished this. People in the U.S. spend relatively little on food – about 7 percent of their total spending, as compared to 13 percent in France, 23 percent in Mexico, and 38 percent in Vietnam. Most individuals in the U.S. devote less time, energy, and money to feeding ourselves than they ever have historically.

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.

“THE CONSUMER’S GOT TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM”: FARMER BEN BURKETT ON RACISM AND CORPORATE CONTROL OF AGRICULTURE

March 15, 2013

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives grew out of the civil rights movement. We are probably 90 percent African American, but we have white, Native American, and Hispanic farmers. Racism is still here in the marketplace and in credit, but we have learned to deal with it and not give up on changing the system. We struggle every day to bring about a change.

We work with co-ops in 16 Southern states. Everything we’re about is food sovereignty, though I don’t think that many farmers in Mississippi really know the term. It’s the right of every individual on earth to wholesome food, clean water, clean air, clean land, and the self-determination of a local community to their rights of intellectual property to grow and to do what they want.

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