Haitians in the streets stage general strike

first_imgHaiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. An audit, ordered by a Haitian court and released the end of May, found that between $2 billion and $4 billion in funds generated by Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil-purchasing program were lost due to corruption during the two years Jovenel Moïse of the Bald-Headed Haitian Party (PHTK) has been president.In Port-au-Prince, June 9, Haitians on general strike demand to know: “Where is the PetroCaribe money?”But it wasn’t just corruption that drew hundreds of thousands of Haitians into the streets throughout the country on June 9. Inflation has chewed up big chunks of income of the 60 percent of Haitians living below the poverty line ($2.40 a day). According to the World Bank, inflation is currently 15 percent. Jerry Tardieu, who represents the relatively well-off community of Pétionville in the National Assembly, made the point in a June 12 AlterPresse interview that when Moïse became president, 66 gourdes (Haitian currency) could buy one dollar; now it takes 100.The nationwide demonstrations June 9, which took place in Cap Haïtien, St. Marc, Jacmel and Gonaïves, as well as Port-au-Prince, the capital, had a single demand:  President Moïse resign and go to jail along with his cronies from the PHTK.In Port-au-Prince, according to the June 12 Haïti-Liberté, “[O]pposition figures and radios reported at least seven killed and over 100 wounded by gunfire from police and government-aligned gangs.” The march began peacefully,  but when it reached the area around the Champ de Mars and the National Palace, the cops attacked.On June 10, Radio France International reported that the cops used live rounds, while two buildings were set on fire. YouTube video clips show the demonstration breaking into smaller groups that scattered over the area around the National Palace.The French embassy, a supermarket and a big movie theater were some of the targets singled out by protesters.Then on June 10 and 11, Port-au-Prince was almost completely paralyzed by a general strike that shut down public transportation and most businesses, banks, schools, factories and government offices. According to Yves Pierre-Louis, news director of Radio Timoun, which is housed at the Aristide Foundation for Democracy, “[F]or these first two days, we can say the strike succeeded close to 100 percent.”The general strike involved street barricades made from burning tires, rocks and billboards.Since this is the time of year that Haitian schools conduct exams, teachers and students who went on strike were risking a semester or, in some cases, a year’s worth of school work.It is clear that certain significant bourgeois figures are now in opposition to Moïse and his cronies, who most certainly have been rejected by the masses of the Haitian people. Given that the United States was so involved in selecting Haiti’s president, its conduct in the current struggle is going to play an important role in the outcome.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Watch Turkuaz Perform “Monkey Fingers” On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot]

first_imgThere’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite bands on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by friends and family. The intimacy of the boat provides for a spectacular backdrop for the artists and bands to really let loose and perform within their own dream-like setting. As part of their weekly video series, Jam Cruise has shared pro-shot video of Turkuaz playing their original song “Monkey Fingers” from the Pool Deck.It’s never a bad time to sit back, relax, and pretend you’re on the boat. Enjoy!Turkuaz will perform a very special Phish Baker’s Dozen late night show at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, July 25th. Now, the band will bring their tour-tested live show back to NYC for an intimate post-Phish late night performance for the ages. See below for full info on this funky late night show with Turkuaz!7.25: Turkuaz @ Irving Plaza* [Tickets]CEG & L4LM Pres. A Phish After-Party with…TurkuazVenue: Irving PlazaTuesday, July 25, 2017Doors: 11:00pmShow: 11:59pmTickets: $26 advance GA / $28 day of show GA / $45 VIP**Buy Tickets**last_img read more

Experts: Evo Morales Promotes Violence From Abroad

first_imgBy Gonzalo Abarca / Voice of America November 20, 2019 The political and social upheaval in Bolivia continues to increase mainly in La Paz, where, according to the Public Defender’s Office, eight people died and over 500 were detained.In the midst of generalized chaos and vandalism, the new interim government accused Cuba and Venezuela of being destabilizing agents and announced the rupture of diplomatic relations with Caracas, withdrawal from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR, in Spanish) and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA, in Spanish), as well as the removal of the Cuban medical brigade from the country.The U.S. Department of State maintains a do not travel warning to the Andean country.In interviews with Voice of America, a group of experts stressed that former President Evo Morales, from his exile in Mexico, is the main driver of the violence that has overtaken Bolivia.According to Dr. Eduardo Gamarra, professor of political science at Florida International University, “the violence taking place in Bolivia is due in large part to the actions, claims, and calls of former President Morales. Even from Mexico, although he speaks of pacification, what his followers are doing in some parts of Bolivia is the complete opposite,” he said. Gamarra added that “peace in Bolivia at this time depends on what former President Morales says from Mexico; he doesn’t need to be in Bolivia to pacify his followers.”Coup d’état or adherence to the Constitution?Morales’ followers, including international and U.S. political leaders, have described his exit from power as a coup d’état led by the Armed Forces and question the legitimacy of Interim President Jeanine Áñez. Morales said he was pressured to abandon power by then military chief, Army General Williams Kaliman. However, for Javier El-Hage, legal director of the Human Rights Foundation, Bolivia’s Constitution contradicts Morales’ claim of a coup.Bolivia’s riot police arrests supporters of former President Evo Morales during a protest against the interim government in Sacaba, Chapare province, departament of Cochabamba, November 15, 2019. (Photo: STR / AFP)“According to Bolivia’s Constitution, in cases of abandonment by the president, constitutional succession must be activated,” said El-Hage.Former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa, of the Citizen Community Alliance (ACC, in Spanish) opposition party, and who ran against Morales in the October 20 elections, recognized Áñez as the interim leader and requested holding new elections.Straight to the heart of democracyDr. Williams Bastopé, a Bolivian constitutional lawyer and defender of indigenous peoples, stressed that there was no coup in Bolivia.“It was a self-coup. It was precisely President Evo Morales who committed fraud. We all knew Evo Morales couldn’t win a second round. However, after the vote count mysteriously stopped for 22 hours, Morales showed up with a 10 percent lead. So, we were all suspicious. I had warned that if that were to happen it would be [a case of] fraud nailed straight through the heart of democracy,” he said.It’s not about class struggleFrom Mexico, Morales told daily El País, that the chaos agitating Bolivia is a class struggle and that “they struck the coup to defend wealthy people.”Gamarra denies that claim. “The pretext that the president used that there was a coup because he’s indigenous is absolutely false, and I think he’s causing great harm to Bolivia’s indigenous groups. The president first violated the law, that’s why he resigned. I think that simply arriving in Mexico and saying that Bolivia is racist because white people took him out is not only false, but it also introduces a narrative that gravely hurts the great progress achieved in Bolivia over the last 13 years, precisely because of what President Morales had done.”Reconciliation and indigenous peoplesExperts agree that social peace in the country will only be achieved once there is a national consensus. According to former President Morales, civic movements will lose representation in decision-making now that he is out of power.Bascopé refutes this point of view.“First, I took part in the Constitutional Assembly on the drafting team, representing the indigenous peoples. I am also an Aymara mestizo. Evo Morales has lost a lot of support from indigenous peoples, from peasant villages, and he is no longer the Evo Morales of some 10 years ago,” he said.“Yesterday three Cuban nationals were caught in El Alto with more than 700,000 bolivianos, precisely to finance the protests. And in Cochabamba, a member of the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] was caught in the midst of the confrontations. You can imagine the level to which Evo Morales has stooped to by betraying all the indigenous peoples and the Bolivian people,” Bascopé concluded.last_img read more

ORVC Boys Girls Basketball Awards

first_img2013-2014 ORVC Girls Basketball All-Conference team, Mental Attitude Award Winner, Co-Coaches of the Year, Varsity and Reserve Co-Champions.ORVC Girls All Conference Basketball 2014 2013-2014 ORVC Boys Basketball All-Conference team, Mental Attitude Award Winner, Coach of the Year, Varsity and Reserve Champions.ORVC Boys Basketball 2014 Congratulations to all! They will be recognized at the 2014 ORVC Winter Sports Banquet on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:30 pm at the Pines Restaurant in Madison.Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Thirty technical officials take exam as SA Junior Championships preparations continue

first_imgSOME thirty officials yesterday participated in an exam to become certified athletics technical officials, as part of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) preparations for next month’s hosting of the South American Junior Championships, at the National Track and Field Centre from June 3 – 4.The AAG had earlier this month been advised that around 80 technical officials would be needed to carry out a smooth hosting of the Championships. With less than half that number of technical officials currently present in Guyana, the AAG was hard pressed to start training to get more officials.The training was administered by International Technical Official (ITO), Giovanni Cardona of Columbia, keeping true to his promise to return to Guyana to conduct the training, after visiting earlier this month.During that visit,Cardona had met with AAG executives and officials of the body’s technical committee, and visited the NTFC.It was Cardona who pegged the necessary number at 80. Commenting on the training, some of the participants noted that Cardona was making it very easy to learn all the necessaries.“He covered a lot within the time, but we understand it. He did pretty well with his explaining and carrying over his points and breaking it down for us,” remarked a participant. “I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here. They’ve balanced it out pretty well with the theory, in the class, and the practical.”With athletes from over 10 countries expected to take part in the Championships, this will be the first time that an international event of such magnitude would be held in Guyana.The South American Junior Championships is a biennial event at which junior athletes (Under-20) from all across South America participate in athletic events. The last Championships which was held in Ecuador,involved 245 athletes from 11 nations.last_img read more

HIGHLIGHTS WESTERN REGION1700HRS

first_imgMumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) Following are the top storiesMumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the western region at 1700 HRS:BOM 7 MH-FARMERS-LD PROTESTThane: Farmers protesting land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali set vehicles on fire and clash with police, leaving four policemen injured.BOM 13 MH-FARMERS-SUICIDENashik: Four debt-ridden farmers commit suicide in the last two days in Nashik district where one of them sets up his own funeral pyre.BOM 9 MH-NAIDU-FARM LOANMumbai: Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu says seeking loan waiver has become a “fashion” of late, which he says should be considered in extreme situations.BOM 6 BIZ-IT-NASSCOMHyderabad: Indian IT export is projected to grow by 7-8 per cent in 2017-18, industry body Nasscom says in its guidance today.BOM 15 MP-PAK-CRICKET-CHARGEBhopal: The Madhya Pradesh police drops sedition charges against 15 persons, arrested earlier in Burhanpur district for cheering Pakistan cricket team after it won the ICC Champions Trophy final against India.BOM 8 BIZ-IT-PATELMumbai: Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel says he is not “overly pessimistic” about employment scenario in the IT sector, pointing out that mushrooming startups can compensate for job losses.BCM 12 BIZ-RBI-PATEL-GSTMumbai: Reserve Bank governor Urjit Patel says the soon-to-be implemented GST will not only create a national market but will also broaden the tax base, which in turn will lower the overall taxes in the long-term.SPB 1 SPO-UTT-MADHURIKAMumbai: Leading Indian women paddlers, Madhurika Patkar and Monika Batra, believe that the Ultimate Table Tennis league, whose inaugural edition is to be held next month, will help the sport grow and benefit players.advertisementBES 1 CG-NAXAL-MURDERRaipur: Naxals kill a police jawan in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district. PTI NSK NSKlast_img read more