Zili Danto: On Wednesday February 10, 2015, in this paradise of European development, a Haitian man named Claude Jean Harry, nicknamed “Tulile,” who was a humble shoe shine worker, was found hanging in Santiago Park.
Mark Schuller and Jessica Hsu: Residents are not necessarily opposed to “development” or tourism. Instead, they are deeply concerned that they will be stripped of their land and no longer have access to the waters in which they fish.
Ezili Dantò: The children are dying. Haiti is dying, dying from the hidden US occupation behind UN mercenary guns. Dying from cholera, dying from Clorox hunger, drought, hurricanes, earthquake evictions, dying in hopelessness and despair
Georgianne Nienaber: Haiti was also stopped dead in her tracks, and for those who follow progress, or lack thereof in the tiny country, many questions remain about foreign aid that has translated into foreign control over Haiti’s destiny.
Regine Barjon: There would have been little bemoaning today regarding the loss or the unaccountability of the US$ 7.5 billion aid package, had a fraction of these funds been invested in Private Sector Development to encourage local entrepreneurship.
Ayiti Kale Je: When will government authorities recognize that one of the main causes of “liquid death” and so many other crimes and tragedies is the result of their blind embrace of savage neoliberal policies?
Ayiti Kale Je: With the complete failure of the government to fulfill its obligations, who would dare to sip one of Haiti’s traditional drinks, made from homegrown sugar cane? Who will take the risk of being poisoned? Not the privileged, who drink fine, sweet rum or imported whiskies.
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Margaret Flowers, M.D.: The refinery and export terminal may depress tourism, an important local industry. And the increase in cancer, disease and early deaths from the toxins released by the plant will place a financial burden on local families.