Team Broken Earth has cancelled its upcoming mission in Haiti due to ongoing political duress and protests.
Dr. Andrew Furey, the President and CEO of Team Broken Earth, says that even on their previous missions, tensions could be felt amongst Haitians as they sought out lower rates of inflation and easier access to gas and electricity. Now, the people of Haiti have taken to the streets in protest of the current government.
They felt it was just too unsafe to proceed with teams in October as Haiti felt like a powder keg.
Dr. Furey says the decision was a tough one, but the safety of the volunteers comes first
Furey says they’ve cancelled missions before for the safety of volunteers, but the decision is never easy.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday November 13, 2019 – For the second time around, public servants this year will receive a tax-free retroactive salary increase, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has announced.
Along with their retroactive salaries, public servants will also see the minimum wage taking a nine per cent hike, moving from $64,200 to $70,000.
Minister Jordan made the announcement this morning on the National Communications Network’s (NCN) ‘INSIGHT’ radio programme.
“In three and a half years, the minimum wage has gone up by over 75 per cent. I think by any stroke of circumstance, that is a significant development and I know that the workers are going to be happy,” he said.
“And I know that they are happier still because 2018, I first brought in tax-free back pay, and I asked the Cabinet, they agreed and I continue this year.”
During a meeting with residents of Kwakwani, Region 10, Upper Demerara-Berbice on Sunday, Minister Jordan said the hike to public servants’ salaries this year, will take the overall increase to an all-time high of 75 per cent – a record unheard of under any previous administration.
“We started increasing salaries from the 1st of July 2015. And the last increase was retroactive to January 1, 2018. In two and a half years, we would have increased salaries by over 64 per cent. By the time we are finished with salaries for this year, I can guarantee you that between July 1, 2015, and January 1, 2019, it will be over 75 per cent increase,” the minister told residents.
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Le PDG de Digicel Haïti, Maarten Boute a fait savoir « Aujourd’hui [mercredi], encore un cas de sabotage d’une fibre optique majeure de Digicel. Cette fois-ci affectant les 55 antennes couvrant Carrefour. L’accès a été très compliqué pour les ingénieurs [beaucoup de tirs dans la zone], ils sont sur place et les réparations sont en cours. »
Le drapeau noir et rouge flotte à Vertières :
À moins de 5 jours de la commémoration du 216e anniversaire de la bataille de Vertières, un drapeau noir et rouge flotte sur la place des héros à Vertières, dans la Ville du Cap-Haïtien. Jusqu’à présent personne de l’opposition n’a revendiqué cet acte.
Saisie d’armes aux Cayes :
Dans la nuit du samedi 9 au dimanche 10 novembre 2019, la police des Cayes a procédé, à l’arrestation d’un agent de renseignement de la vice-délégation de la ville. Il s’agit de Raoul Casséus alias « Douy ». Ce dernier avait en sa possession 3 armes à feu à savoir 2 pistolets et une arme de guerre ainsi que des munitions. La vice-délégation confirme que l’une des armes confisquées est la propriété de l’institution, elle ignore toutefois la provenance des deux autres.
Washington : Discussion autour de projets d’investissements en Haïti : (Anglais)
L’Ambassadeur d’Haïti aux États-Unis, Hervé Denis a accompagné une délégation d’hommes d’affaires haïtiens à plusieurs réunions auprès de différentes institutions financières au cours de leur visite à Washington D.C. Les échanges se sont concentrés autour de quelques projets d’investissement importants qui permettraient de créer des emplois et de renforcer la production nationale.
Un mort et plusieurs haitiens blessés sur un chantier en RD :
Mardi dans la soirée, trois ouvriers, dont un citoyen haïtien (Walson Licel, âgé de 22 ans), ont été tués dans une explosion survenue dans un bâtiment en construction à Santo Domingo, en République Dominicaine. Le drame qui a fait également fait 4 blessés dont certains sont de nationalité haïtienne, s’est produit au moment où les ouvriers utilisaient un produit inflammable pour peindre la citerne d’une tour en construction dans le secteur Evaristo Morales. Les ouvriers brûlés ont été transportés dans l’unité de traitement des brûlures de l’hôpital de traumatologie Dr Ney Arias Lora.
Le Chancelier Edmond prône le dialogue :
Le Chancelier Bocchit Edmond trouve incroyable et aberrant le refus de l’opposition de dialoguer avec le Président Jovenel Moïse. Pour lui, le dialogue est toujours possible c’est une question « de volonté politique » et d’abnégation des deux côtés pour prioriser les intérêts nationaux. Il affirme que le dialogue est la voie incontournable à une solution à la crise, et invite les gens d’arrêter de se plaindre, mais de s’asseoir pour dialoguer pour essayer de trouver les meilleures voies pour aider le pays à avancer.
note: Over the last several months a rebellion has been taking place in
Haiti. It is not being covered in the U.S. press but it is important that
people in the U.S. understand the roots of their discontent.
During July 2018, the Haitian government
under former Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced a series of austerity
measures, which would prove disastrous for the majority of impoverished and
Rather than address the structural
character of the economic problems emanating from the dependency upon unequal
terms of trade and international relations with the industrialized capitalist
states, the Lafontant government along with President Moïse sought to address
these contradictions by enacting draconian measures which only benefit
Robert Roth, an educator and co-founder of
Haiti Action Committee, wrote on the situation: The protests were sparked by
the government’s announcement that it would reduce or remove subsidies on fuel,
leading to a rise of 38% in the price of gasoline, and that the price of
kerosene would jump 50% to 4 dollars a gallon.
The uprising spread across the country and
lasted three days. Port-au-Prince was brought to a standstill. Protesters set
up barricades in the streets, burned tires, and attacked stores owned by the
rich. Luxury hotels in the Petionville area were sacked by angry demonstrators.
In the immediate aftermath, the government
rescinded the price increases (for now), and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant—the
same official who announced the fuel price hike—resigned. And a squad of United
States Marines was sent to Port-au-Prince, supposedly to increase security at
the United States Embassy, but also to send Haitians an ominous warning of what
was to come should the protests continue.”
Since this time period anger has mounted.
Instability within the government hampers the capacity for any coherent and
consistent efforts to find solutions to the problems the masses are grappling
with on a daily basis.
role of imperialism in the Haitian crisis
The policy of Washington towards Haiti has
not fundamentally changed since the acquisition of its independence 215 years
ago in 1804. Between the time of national liberation and establishment of a
Black Republic, the United States has been hostile towards the people.
During the time frame of 1804 and 1862,
the United States government refused to diplomatically recognize Haiti. After
the Civil War, the U.S. and Haiti exchanged diplomats. And after the Civil War
there have been numerous attempts to recolonize the country. For 19 years
(1915-1934), Haiti was occupied by the U.S., which imposed Jim Crow laws,
including the lynching of Black people.
Successive national dictatorships
including Francois (Papa Doc) and Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier in the
mid-to-late 20th century were propped up by U.S. imperialism and its allies.
February represented the 33rd anniversary of the mass uprising, which led to
the overthrow of the Baby Doc Duvalier in February 1986.
When Haitians elected the people’s
candidate Jean-Bertrand Aristide for the first time in 1991 and later after
being taken back into the country by the U.S. Marines in 1994, right-wing military
coups were engineered in an effort to maintain foreign hegemony from
Washington. As Haiti was celebrating the bicentennial of its founding in 2004,
another counter-revolution was organized and ensured through the invasion of
thousands of United States, Canadian and French troops.
Aristide was kidnapped by NATO forces and
taken illegally to the Central African Republic while his Lavalas party was
targeted for repression. Only a campaign of worldwide outrage created the
conditions for the ousted president to gain political asylum in the Republic of
South Africa under an African National Congress government.
The devastating earthquake of 2010 killed
and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Despite grandiose pronouncements
by the U.S. under former President Barack Obama that tens of millions of
dollars in humanitarian aid would be forthcoming, the reconstruction needs of
Haiti were utilized for further exploitation and financial fraud.
Haitian people must be allowed to
determine their own destiny outside the domination of western imperialism. The
masses have proved to be formidable opponents to the imperatives of Washington,
Ottawa and Paris.
Azikiwe is a journalist and editor of the Pan African Newswire.