The “Leftism” of the Americas Collapses at the Door of Haitian Sovereignty

Jemima Pierre While many are celebrating the potential rise of another “Pink Tide” in Latin America and the emergence of a truly multipolar world, it seems clear that the fight for Haitian sovereignty will continue to be outside of “leftist” imaginations. It is an exhilarating time for the “leftists” of the Americas. This past week,…

In Response to Antonio Guterres, Haitian Organizations Point to the Responsibility of the UN in the “Gangsterization of Haiti”

AlterPresse Haitians protest over rising fuel prices during a nationwide strike, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti September 26, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol) The United Nations is complicit in what is referred to as the “gangsterization” of Haiti. The existence of criminal gangs is the result of UN Core Group interference yet is now the pretext for additional…

Four Straight Years of Nonstop Street Protest in Haiti

Vijay Prashad A cycle of protests began in Haiti in July 2018, and—despite the pandemic—has carried on since then. The core reason for the protest in 2018 was that in March of that year the government of Venezuela—due to the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States—could no longer ship discounted oil to Haiti through the PetroCaribe scheme. Fuel prices soared by…

Brazil: More Fascism and Neocolonialism or a Path Back to Self-Determination?

Danny Shaw When you arrive in another country, there is nothing more precious than new friends who adopt you, protect you, and teach you about their language, music, culture, and traditions. For an open-minded traveler, ethnographer and anti-imperialist organizer, this new family is more valuable than any air-conditioned hotel,  amount of comfort or money. When…

Haiti: Anti-Government Protests in Enter Sixth Week

Tanya Wadhwa Since August 22, Haitians have been mobilizing against poverty, inflation, shortage of fuel, gang-related violence, and the devaluation of the national currency. (Photo: Radyo Rezistans/Facebook) Since August 22, Haitians have been mobilizing against poverty, food insecurity, soaring inflation, fuel shortages, and widespread kidnappings and killings Thousands hit the streets in Haiti once again…

The Haitian People Need a Socialist State

Tanya Wadhwa Since August 22, tens of thousands of Haitians have been taking to the streets across the country demanding the resignation of de-facto Prime Minister and acting President Ariel Henry. (Photo: Madame Boukman/Twitter) Tens of thousands of Haitians have been taking to the streets, demanding the resignation of Ariel Henry. To understand the situation…

At Least One Person Dead after a New Day of Anti-Government Protests in Haiti

Peoples Dispatch Since August 22, thousands of Haitians have been mobilizing across the country to protest against widespread insecurity, growing scarcity of fuel and the rampant cost of living crisis. (Photo: Jonas Reginaldy Y. Desroches/Twitter On August 29, in a new day of nationwide anti-government demonstrations, thousands of Haitians once again hit the streets in…

Why Does the United States Continue to Occupy a Haitian Island?

Melissa Beralus The Americans mined a million tons of guano on the island without paying a cent to the Haitian authorities. Other countries have sold the product for hundreds of millions of dollars In 1857, two Americans, Peter Duncan and Edward Cooper, landed on the coast of La Navase, an island of 5 km square,…

Haiti: Beware of Washington’s Trap!

Berthony Dupont Haitian people have never ceased their protest of foreign domination. Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 4, 2019. (Photo by REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casare) The United States uses its puppet, the Organization of American States, to continue destabilizing Haiti. The Haitian political crisis is a concrete example of cynical manipulation by the imperialist powers. Is it an…

Jemima Pierre: UN “Peacekeeping” in Haiti

Jemima Pierre speaks on Haiti for the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute’s “Understanding Canadian Peacekeeping” webinar. Jemima Pierre is the Haiti/Americas Coordinator for the Black Alliance for Peace & and Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies & Anthropology, UCLA. While few Canadian troops have been devoted to UN missions in recent years, Ottawa…

In Cité Soleil, the G9 Federation in All-Out War with G-Pèp

Kim Ives A Haitian street gang fighting in Port-au-Prince in 2021. A major battle between the G9 and G-Pèp is now raging in Cité Soleil. On the evening of Jul. 11, amid fierce gun battles, a combatant of Haiti’s “Revolutionary Forces of the G9 Family and Allies, Mess With One, You Mess With All” (commonly…

An Open Letter to His Excellency, Mr. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), President of Mexico, on the Renewal of the UN Occupation of Haiti

NO TO OCCUPATION! YES TO SELF-DETERMINATION! An Open Letter to His Excellency, Mr. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), President of Mexico, on the Renewal of the UN Occupation of Haiti Dear President López Obrador, We, the undersigned, condemn in the strongest possible terms Mexico’s spearheading of the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations…

Haiti: The Ransom is Still Being Paid

Robert Roth The mass protest by garment workers on Feb. 17, 2022, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, won a 54% wage increase. On May 20th, The New York Times published a meticulously documented series entitled, “The Ransom,” detailing the devastating impact of the so-called “Independence Tax” enforced by France in 1825 on the world’s first Black republic. As The Times reported, Haiti…

Cuba, Haiti, Helms-Burton and the Crime of Insubordination

Raúl Antonio Capote It took Haiti 122 years to pay off its debt of independence, a neocolonial strategy that remains in place and leads to chronic underdevelopment. Photo: Juvenal Balán Haiti was the first free nation in Latin America and the Caribbean, the first nation in the modern world emerging from a slave revolt, and…

Elections in Haiti: Legitimizing Imperialism and Killing Democracy?

Kevin Edmonds Montana Accord Signatories (Photo: Haïti Liberté) As the white rulers of Haiti push for illegitimate elections, can the “Montana Accord”- an agreement among some civil society groups to return democracy to Haiti – offer a way out of the country’s neocolonial predicament?  If you were to read (and believe) mainstream reporting on Haiti,…

A Different “Fight for 15:” Haiti Garment Industry Workers Strike

Marymah Prosper Garment worker protesting in Port au Prince, February 17, 2022 Reuters: Ralph Tedy Erol The garment workers’ strike in Haiti can’t be separated from that nation’s history. Continued US interference on behalf of oligarchic rule keeps workers in poverty. On February 16, 2021, thousands marched from the SONAPI park down the Toussaint Louverture Boulevard…