Caribbean

Puerto Rican teachers’ anger builds against privatization, firings and lack of pay raises

By Shelley Connor, 14 August 2018

Teachers have had no pay raises in the past 10 years, classes are overcrowded and hundreds of teachers are starting the school year with no knowledge of where they will be placed.

Haitian army general staff appointed amid tensions with the Dominican Republic

By John Marion, 6 April 2018

Recent events show that workers and peasants face grave dangers as the ruling elite on both sides of Hispaniola resurrect figures from their violent pasts.

Notes from Puerto Rico

Wave of home foreclosures expected to hit Puerto Rico

By Antonio Castro, 24 February 2018

This is the third in a series of on-the-ground updates from a Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.

The deadly impact of Hurricane María extends to US hospitals

Power outages set off IV bag shortages

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 January 2018

Ongoing power outages in Puerto Rico have set off a severe crisis of IV bag shortages on the US mainland, exacerbated by a sharp increase in flu cases nationwide.

Puerto Rico, more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria: The class issues

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 January 2018

The absence of planning for the hurricane and the lack of any significant response to the devastation by the local and federal governments has had deadly consequences.

“The poverty is no longer hidden by the trees”

Hurricane Maria exposes the conditions of life for the working class in Caguas, Puerto Rico

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 18 December 2017

Workers and youth from Caguas, Puerto Rico, spoke to WSWS reporters about life without power, electricity and running water, nearly 100 days after Hurricane Maria.

“The rich people are not going to do anything for us”

University of Puerto Rico students speak on inequality and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 16 December 2017

Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a WSWS reporting team spoke to students at the island’s only public university about the ongoing crisis and the way forward for workers and youth.

On-the-spot report

Over a million in Puerto Rico living without the necessities of modern life

“The island has been turned upside down since the storm”

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 14 December 2017

Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall a WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in San Sebastian, Puerto about the discrepancy between official news reports of the island’s recovery and the actual conditions they face.

Puerto Rico continues to languish as tropical storm Nate threatens US Gulf Coast

By Rafael Azul, 7 October 2017

The current hurricane season in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico is proving to be one of the most destructive on record.

Inhabitants of Irma-ravaged Saint Martin gain nothing from French President Macron’s visit

By Francis Dubois, 18 September 2017

After ignoring the island territory for two days, Macron was compelled to visit by a rising drumbeat of public criticism in France.

Haitian apparel workers continue strike, defying threats and violence

By John Marion, 29 June 2017

Despite machinations by union leaders, thousands of Haitians continue to demand an increase in the country’s minimum wage.

US and Cuba reopen embassies after 54 years

By Bill Van Auken, 21 July 2015

The resumption in diplomatic relations is seen by Washington as a path toward reasserting semi-colonial domination of Cuba, while boosting its image in Latin America.

US and Cuba announce resumption of diplomatic relations

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 July 2015

The movement toward the reestablishment of full relations with Cuba is being driven by US corporate interests looking to exploit Cuban workers and resources.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians face deportation from the Dominican Republic

By John Marion, 23 June 2015

With the passing of a deadline in the Dominican Republic for Haitians to apply for regularization of their immigration status, many thousands are now effectively stateless.

Obama visits Jamaica as part of regional “energy security” initiative

By Thomas Gaist, 10 April 2015

The president’s one-day visit to the island nation was part of a political offensive aimed at shoring up US hegemony in the Caribbean and Central America.

First round of US-Cuba talks end as restrictions eased

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 January 2015

While deep disagreements remain between the regimes in Havana and Washington, the movement towards the resumption of relations continues at great speed.

Haiti earthquake relief funds unaccounted for amid pervasive human misery

By John Marion, 20 January 2015

While the US refuses to account for earthquake reconstruction funds it promised, hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince are still without secure shelter.

Five years since the Haiti earthquake

By John Marion, 12 January 2015

More than 80,000 victims of the quake are still living in squalid conditions, despite billions pledged by foreign governments.

Haitian street protests grow as US intervenes in political crisis

By John Marion, 17 December 2014

Haiti’s prime minister has resigned amidst a political crisis and growing protests targeting not only the government, but also inflation and the imperialist machinations of the US and UN.

“Cuban twitter” affair exposes USAID as instrument of regime-change

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2014

Washington insisted that its role in setting up an Internet text-messaging scheme be kept secret from the Cuban people.

400,000 still homeless three years after Haitian earthquake

By John Marion, 15 January 2013

Three years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people continue to suffer from its effects.

Strike, protests belie Haitian government’s free education claims

By John Marion, 17 November 2012

A teachers strikes and protests by students have exposed President Martelly’s claims to have reformed Haiti’s education system.

Hurricane Sandy reveals deepening health, political crises in Caribbean countries

By John Marion, 3 November 2012

Long before devastating the eastern seaboard of the United States, Hurricane Sandy wreaked death and destruction on Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Martelly government cracks down on Haitian protests

By John Marion, 16 October 2012

A series of protests have swept Haiti sparked by government corruption, spikes in the prices of staple foods, and the anniversary of the coup that overthrew former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Pope Benedict backs market measures in Cuba

By Rafael Azul, 30 March 2012

Pope Benedict spent three days in Cuba, supporting the turn toward private property and foreign capital by the government of Raúl Castro.

Haiti’s President Martelly seeks to bring back military as internal police force

By John Marion, 5 January 2012

Two reports issued recently by the UN document murders and torture committed by the Haitian National Police over the past year.

Imperialist powers prepare to keep UN forces in Haiti

By John Marion, 28 September 2011

Amid new controversy, the United Nations is debating renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

WikiLeaks cables detail US military designs on Haiti

By John Marion, 28 July 2011

Newly released embassy cables reveal the US government’s interest in maintaining a UN military force for the occupation of Haiti.

Press under attack in Haiti

By John Marion, 12 July 2011

A series of recent events in Haiti have highlighted continuing threats to press freedom in a country where democratic rights are routinely denied in the interests of US imperialism and the local ruling elite.

WikiLeaks exposes US profiteering after Haiti earthquake

By John Marion, 24 June 2011

On June 15, the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks began releasing US diplomatic cables from the period immediately following the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010.

CIA terrorist Posada Carriles acquitted in immigration trial

By Bill Van Auken, 12 April 2011

The travesty of a trial of Posada Carriles on immigration-related charges let the veteran terrorist and CIA agent walk free, despite being wanted for the killing of scores of civilians.

Ex-singer tied to death squads named winner in Haitian vote

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2011

The Haitian elections were marked by wholesale fraud, disenfranchisement and gross intervention by Washington and the so-called “world community,” both bent on installing a pliant regime to help suppress the population.

Haiti election result to be announced this week

By Peter Daniels, 29 March 2011

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced last week that it will release preliminary results from the March 20 presidential election runoff by the end of the month.

Runoff election campaign begins in Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2011

Two right-wing candidates, both with links to the former Duvalier dictatorship, are competing in Haiti’s US-orchestrated presidential vote.

US begins deportation of Haitians

By Andrea Peters, 24 January 2011

The US deported 27 Haitian nationals last Thursday, resuming forced repatriations to the devastated country a year after the massive earthquake of January 2010.

“Baby Doc” Duvalier arrested in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2011

Haitian authorities arrested Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier Tuesday, barely two days after the former dictator flew back to the country after a quarter of a century in exile.

CIA terrorist Posada Carriles on trial for lying to immigration

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2011

Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban-born CIA terrorist, went on trial this week in a Texas court for lying to immigration authorities.

One year since the earthquake in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2011

One year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the horrors facing its population have only deepened, with a cholera epidemic claiming thousands of lives and hundreds of thousands left stranded in fetid tent camps.

Raul Castro sought “political channel” to Washington

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2010

WikiLeaks cables showed that Fidel Castro believed that the Obama administration would be open to relaxing the longtime US isolation of Cuba.

US to resume deportations to Haiti

By Andre Damon, 22 December 2010

Less than a year after the Haiti earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people, the US government is preparing to resume deportations to the cholera-gripped country.

Riots erupt in Haiti after announcement of election results

By Tom Eley, 9 December 2010

The Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince erupted in riots and demonstrations Tuesday night and Wednesday morning after the announcement that Jude Célestin, the presidential candidate backed by the despised outgoing head of state, René Préval, would be included in the two-way runoff.

Anti-UN protests spread as Haitians die without aid

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2010

Protests against United Nations troops have spread to the capital of Port-au-Prince Thursday as growing numbers of Haitians die of cholera in the absence of significant aid from the UN or other relief agencies.

Protesters shot dead as Haiti cholera toll tops 1,000

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2010

Haiti remains tense in the wake of Monday’s violent clashes between protesters and United Nations troops that left at least two dead and over a dozen wounded in Cap-Haitien, the country’s second largest city.

200,000 at risk in Haiti cholera epidemic

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2010

The United Nations issued an emergency appeal for aid as the death toll in Haiti passed the 800 mark.

Hurricane threatens Haiti as cholera epidemic surges

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2010

Some 1.5 million Haitians, still homeless after last January’s devastating earthquake, are facing the combined deadly threats of an approaching hurricane and a rapidly spreading cholera epidemic.

Haiti’s cholera toll: An indictment of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2010

Like the massive death toll inflicted by the earthquake last January, the outbreak of a cholera epidemic in Haiti is not some natural disaster, but rather the product of desperate poverty created by imperialist oppression.

Haiti cholera epidemic reaches Port-au-Prince

By Tom Eley, 26 October 2010

At least five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Port-au-Prince, a week after the epidemic emerged in central Haiti. By Monday evening the national death toll was reported to be 259.

Cholera epidemic kills 150 in Haiti

By a reporter, 23 October 2010

The outbreak of disease is the worst since last January’s devastating earthquake, which killed 250,000 people and left another 1.5 million homeless.

Haiti presidential elections to be held at gunpoint

By John Marion, 16 October 2010

The November 28 elections in Haiti will be a travesty of democracy, in which foreign investors seek to manipulate an election held amid terrible conditions after the January 2010 earthquake, with large sections of the electorate robbed of the right to vote.

Cuba’s mass layoffs: The dead-end of Castroism

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2010

This week’s announcement that over half a million Cuban workers are to be thrown out of their jobs in the next six months has laid bare the class character of the Castro regime.

Cuba announces firing of half a million state workers

By Bill Van Auken, 15 September 2010

With its announcement that over 500,000 state workers will be fired over the next six months, the Castro regime is carrying out its most sweeping attack on Cuban workers since it came to power more than half a century ago.

Cuba’s Raúl Castro unveils plan for massive job cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2010

President Raúl Castro Sunday outlined plans that could eliminate the jobs of over one million Cuban state workers, while promoting the growth of private enterprise in the country’s service sector.

Six months since the earthquake

American imperialism and the Haitian catastrophe

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2010

The six-month anniversary of the earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti was observed Monday, with media coverage admitting there has been virtually no progress in rebuilding the devastated country.

Suffering and struggle: Six months after the Haitian earthquake

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2010

Six months after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti and killed more than 300,000 people, little has been done for the survivors.

Jamaica state of siege: Scores dead, hundreds detained

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2010

Scores have been killed or wounded and hundreds arrested in what critics describe as indiscriminate violence by Jamaican security forces besieging the impoverished Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens.

Workers rally in support of Puerto Rican students

By Rafael Azul, 21 May 2010

Thousands rallied across Puerto Rico on May 18th in support of striking Puerto Rican students and in opposition to the austerity policies of the governor.

Police attack student strikers at University of Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 17 May 2010

On May 14, Puerto Rican security forces moved to break a student strike by laying siege to the Rio Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico, in violation of the long-standing tradition of autonomy at UPR campuses.

Puerto Rican students occupy four universities

By Alphonso Santana and Rafael Azul, 28 April 2010

Students have occupied Puerto Rico’s largest university, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, in a suburb of San Juan, to oppose tuition increases and the privatization plans of Governor Luis Fortuño.

Washington asserts colonial-style control of Haiti at UN donors’ conference

By Barry Grey, 2 April 2010

The international donors’ conference for Haiti, held Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, was a forum for the United States, in the persons of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to assert American colonial-style control over the devastated island nation.

Bush, Clinton visit Port-au-Prince

Washington dictates terms to devastated Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2010

Bush and Clinton preached capitalism as the solution to Haiti’s problems, pressing President René Préval to lift restrictions on the use of land by foreign NGOs and corporations. During the visit, Préval issued the decree demanded by Washington.

Haitian president at White House: US military occupation to continue

By Hiram Lee, 12 March 2010

President Obama and Haitian President René Préval met at the White House on Wednesday to discuss ongoing recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

Canada’s prime minister uses Haiti visit to promote “hard power”

By Guy Charron, 25 February 2010

Canada’s Conservative government has been anxious to assert a leading role in the relief and reconstruction of Haiti, so as to advance the interests of Canada’s corporate elite in the Caribbean and assert Canada’s claim to be a major power.

Mass protests greet Sarkozy visit to Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2010

Mass protests greeted Sarkozy’s arrival in Haiti, as plans proceed for the US and other major powers to take control of Haiti’s government and indefinitely suspend elections.

Haiti disaster is worst in modern history

By Hiram Lee, 18 February 2010

A new report released by the Inter-American Development Bank declares the disaster still unfolding in Haiti as the worst in modern history.

Haiti’s elite eyes profits as millions face disease and hunger

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2010

Haiti’s wealthy ruling elite and US corporations are looking forward to increased riches and big profits off of post-earthquake reconstruction as millions of working class and poor people face the threat of starvation and infectious epidemics.

Four weeks after earthquake

Haiti: hunger sparks growing protests

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2010

On Sunday, Haiti saw one of its largest protests since the January 12 earthquake. as four weeks after the disaster, frustration with continuing hunger and homelessness mount.

Haiti: Three weeks after earthquake, angry protests over aid delays

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2010

Three weeks after the January 12 earthquake leveled most of Port-au-Prince and claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, anger in Haiti over the slow pace of relief and the impotence of President Rene Preval’s government has erupted into protests.

Newly available at Mehring Books

Pamphlet on Haitian history available in French

4 February 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the availability in French of a pamphlet that reviews the record of imperialist oppression in Haiti.

US group charged with child trafficking in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2010

Ten members of a Baptist-affiliated group from Idaho are accused of child trafficking for attempting to spirit 33 Haitian children out of the country, supposedly for adoption in the US. Several of the children said their parents are not dead.

US halts military flights to evacuate Haiti earthquake victims

By Alex Lantier, 1 February 2010

Starting last Wednesday, the US military refused to fly wounded Haitians to the US for medical treatment.

Obama’s guilty silence on Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2010

In his State of the Union speech Wednesday President Barack Obama barely mentioned the historic catastrophe unfolding on America’s doorstep, with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Haitians and millions more left injured, hungry and homeless.

Haitian president says 170,000 bodies recovered

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2010

Haiti’s President René Préval told a press conference Wednesday that some 170,000 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the January 12 earthquake. More than two weeks after the disaster, large numbers of its victims have yet to receive aid.

Troops fire on starving crowds in Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2010

Troops under UN command have fired on crowds of hungry Haitians, a sign of impending confrontation between the people of the earthquake-wracked country and the armed forces sent there under the auspices of the imperialist powers.

US Marines in Haiti: Back to colonialism

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2010

The US Marines sent to Haiti by the Obama administration are being told to model their mission on the “success” of the 20-year occupation of Haiti by US Marines that ended in 1934.

Pamphlet on Haitian history available from Mehring Books

27 January 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to make available to readers of the World Socialist Web Site a pamphlet from its archives that provides historical background to the events currently unfolding in Haiti.

“Reconstructing Haiti” on starvation wages

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2010

Government ministers, international bankers and aid agencies gathered in Montreal Monday to discuss plans for reconstructing earthquake-ravaged Haiti. At the heart of their proposals is the exploitation of Haitian workers at poverty wages.

Criticism mounts over US response to Haiti disaster

By Jerry White, 26 January 2010

Two weeks after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, there is growing criticism of the US for undermining rescue and relief efforts by focusing almost entirely on the military occupation of the Caribbean nation.

Haiti: Rescue effort ended as people still emerge from rubble

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2010

The Haitian government together with United Nations authorities announced the official end to efforts to rescue people trapped in the rubble from the January 12 earthquake, even as survivors were still being pulled out alive.

The Nation praises US intervention in Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2010

The Nation reacted to the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the earthquake in Haiti and exacerbated by the US military occupation of the country by praising the Obama administration.

As US prepares long-term occupation, Haiti’s quake victims still without aid

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2010

Washington indicated Thursday that it is preparing a long-term occupation of Haiti. In the immediate crisis confronting millions of homeless, injured and suffering people, however, the US military has yet to organize a viable distribution of aid.

Haitians dying by the thousands as US escalates military intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2010

With thousands of Haitians dying every day for lack of medical care and supplies, the Pentagon has announced that it is expanding the US military presence in the country, maintaining its priority of troops over humanitarian aid.

ISSE Public Meetings:

The social and political roots of the Haiti earthquake tragedy

22 January 2010

The ISSE announces a series of meetings examining the social and political roots of the Haiti earthquake disaster.

US military operations block relief efforts in Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 21 January 2010

The US military intervention in Haiti continues to block arrival of critical humanitarian supplies.

Haiti’s tragedy: A crime of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2010

The death and suffering inflicted upon Haiti by the January 12 earthquake has laid bare a massive international crime by US imperialism, which prepared this catastrophe with a century of oppression and is now exploiting the disaster for its own ends.

Letters on the Haiti earthquake

21 January 2010

The following letters were sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to articles on the Haiti earthquake disaster.

Washington shuts door on Haitian refugees

By Tom Eley, 20 January 2010

The Obama administration has taken extraordinary measures to prevent desperate Haitians from entering the US since a January 12 earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation.

Death toll at 200,000

US military to enforce state of emergency in Haiti

By Tom Eley, 19 January 2010

The Haitian government declared a state of emergency on Monday to be enforced by the US military, six days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake laid waste to much of the nation and killed at least 200,000, according to the latest estimate.



US military tightens grip on Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2010

Washington has focused on establishing indefinite military control of Haiti, to the detriment of aid and rescue operations.

Bush, Clinton and the crimes of US imperialism in Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2010

In selecting his two immediate predecessors to head up fundraising for relief efforts in Haiti, President Obama has demonstrated that the devastating human tragedy in Haiti will not bring any alteration in the rapacious role of US imperialism in that impoverished semi-colonial country.

Haiti: US troops deployed as popular anger mounts

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2010

The first contingents of a US military force expected to reach 10,000 troops arrived in Haiti as anger mounted over the failure of international aid to reach the millions left injured, homeless and destitute by Tuesday’s earthquake.

US provides more troops than aid

Death toll mounts in Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2010

More than 48 hours after a devastating earthquake leveled much of the city of Port-au-Prince, millions are without shelter, power, food and water. The estimates of the death toll range from 50,000 to ten times that number.

The history that “binds” the US and Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2010

In a statement on the earthquake in Haiti, President Obama spoke of the “long history that binds us together.” Neither he nor the US media, however, want to examine that history and its relation to the catastrophe confronting the Haitian people.

Hundreds of thousands feared dead in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2010

Officials warned Wednesday that the earthquake which devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince may have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Major earthquake devastates Haitian capital

By Alex Lantier, 13 January 2010

A severe earthquake hit the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.

Puerto Rico: General strike against mass layoffs

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2009

Hundreds of thousands of workers joined a day-long general strike Thursday in opposition to the layoffs of tens of thousands of public employees ordered by the island territory’s Governor Luis Fortuño.

Puerto Rico: Mass layoffs provoke protests, strikes

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2009

The Puerto Rican government’s announced layoff of 17,000 public employees has provoked protests and strikes.

Dozens of Haitian immigrants drown off Turks and Caicos

By David Walsh, 30 July 2009

In the largest tragedy involving Haitian refugees at sea in several years, dozens of people remain missing after a boat on which they were traveling broke up on a reef near the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos

Australia: Global institutions tell Rudd government to cut spending

By Mike Head, 2 July 2009

Warning of continuing “weak” and “fragile” conditions in the Australian and world economy, global financial institutions have insisted that the Rudd government must make deep spending cuts in coming years to pay off mounting debts.

At least nine Haitian immigrants drown off Florida coast

By Tom Eley, 15 May 2009

A boat carrying an unknown number of Haitian immigrants capsized and sunk off the Florida coast on Wednesday, killing at least nine. Sixteen survivors face detention and eventual deportation.

Americas Summit ends with no agreement on economic crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2009

While the media has focused its attention on the handshakes between Obama and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, what dominated the Americas Summit was the absence of agreement on policies to confront the deepening capitalist crisis.