Latin America vs. Neoliberalism: The Haiti Chapter

Port-au-Prince is paralyzed. Schools are closed, as are medical centres and any other state agency, for over a month. The country was invaded through the MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti). The massive mobilizations of the Haitian people are cornering the government of Jovenel Moíse daily. This is the latest chapter in the Latin…

Haiti: Warning Against Foreign Intervention

Kim Ives Jovenel’s Regime is Crumbling in the Face of Popular Fury Part I Port-au-Prince looks post-apocalyptic, reflecting the fierce class war which has raged here since last summer, if not since 1986. The dusty or muddy pot-holed streets are covered everywhere with rocks, bricks, sludgy deposits of plastic and organic garbage, and the charred…

Haiti, More Tender than Violent

Lautaro Rivara Unemployment, high cost of living, misery, exodus, institutionalized corruption, international occupation and hunger unleashed a political and humanitarian crisis in the Caribbean country, which is immersed in a war both fierce and tender against its own destiny. A girl on her little bicycle cycles smiling through the centre of a wide avenue in…

Haiti: People’s Insurrection Against the Government Continues

Peoples Dispatch Protesters marched to the UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince. Photo. Ted’Actu Amid a fuel shortage crisis and continuing corruption allegations, the popular classes in Haiti have been on the streets daily to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse Thousands have been on the streets across Haiti for the past several weeks, demanding the…

Haiti: The International Front Positions Itself

Lautaro Rivara, Sociologist and member of the Dessalines Brigade of Solidarity with Haiti The so-called “international community”, so far silent on the serious Haitian crisis, has just made its move. On September 30, a meeting took place between allies of the ruling party, sectors of the political opposition specifically called for their extreme moderation (if…

Crisis in Haiti: Peasant Movements Demand President Moise’s Resignation

Communiqué of the Campesino Platform 4G Kontre The 4G Kontre platform, composed of the peasant movements MPP, Tèt Kole, KROS and MPNKP, extends a warm greeting to all the organisations participating in the Patriotic Forum. Today is one month since more than 250 people inaugurated this historic event in search of a national agreement to…

Haiti, Imperialism and the War Against Petrocaribe

Lautaro Rivara The massive protests in Haiti in July 2018 in response to the increase in fuel prices forced the resignation of Prime Minister, Jack Guy Lafontant. For the last five weeks Haiti has been experiencing a fuel shortage crisis and of other petroleum products. As a consequence, the population has been affected by the…

Haiti Crisis Worsened by Shortages and Corruption

Lautaro Rivara Haiti is heating up again due to claims of institutionalized corruption, nonstop combustible shortages and rumors of a possible increase in fuel prices which would directly impact the costs of transportation and food. Members of parliament and social movements opposed to the Government believe a measure of this kind would be a real…

The Haiti Patriotic Forum and the Four Challenges of Unity

Lautaro Rivara The levels of popular consciousness and organization, as subjective determinants of any process of social transformation, do not always go hand in hand. Haiti, with its own rhythm, with the peculiarities of its spatial and temporal location in a modernity not yet fully universal, has begun to advance in processes of unity that…

Haiti: “Down with the Rebels Against the Bill of Sale!”

Guy Endore One hundred years ago this fall, on the morning of October 7, 1919, a group of two hundred to three hundred armed Haitian rebels launched an attack on U.S. occupation forces in Port-au-Prince. Wielding “swords, machetes, and pikes,” these cacos (as they were called) entered the city with hopes of national liberation, driven…