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.
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
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.
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.
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”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Marion, 15 January 2013
Three years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people continue to suffer from its effects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 1 February 2010
Starting last Wednesday, the US military refused to fly wounded Haitians to the US for medical treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
22 January 2010
The ISSE announces a series of meetings examining the social and political roots of the Haiti earthquake disaster.
By Alex Lantier, 21 January 2010
The US military intervention in Haiti continues to block arrival of critical humanitarian supplies.
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.
21 January 2010
The following letters were sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to articles on the Haiti earthquake disaster.
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
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.
By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2010
Washington has focused on establishing indefinite military control of Haiti, to the detriment of aid and rescue operations.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 13 January 2010
A severe earthquake hit the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2009
The Puerto Rican government’s announced layoff of 17,000 public employees has provoked protests and strikes.
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
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.
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.
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.