Dominican-Haitian Tensions: Wag the Dog or Prelude to Genocide? By Dady Chery

2 December 2013 — News Junkie Post

A decision that strips citizenship from over 200,000 Black Dominicans was passed by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court on September 23, 2013. This highly flawed ruling designates at least four generations of DR-born individuals who descended from migrant Haitian laborers between 1929 and 2007, as being the offsprings of transients and therefore unqualified for citizenship. Continue reading

HLLN: UN shoots five bullets into 14 year old unarmed student / Like Haiti, Honduras has World Bank, IMF to thank for its poverty…

3 December 2013 — HLLN

Recommended HLLN Link: Honduras has World Bank, IMF to thank for its poverty Its current plight is, for the most part, by design

Haitian migrants risk Dominican deportation: Thousands of descendants face expulsion from adopted homeland following court ruling

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Black Agenda Report 9 October 2013: Wall Street Bets Quadrillions / Real Conspiracies / Racism Vanishes

9 October 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Americans are driven to panic at the prospect of a technical federal default, later this month – an event that could cost the public treasury billions. But Wall Street’s quadrillion dollar gambling obsession actually does threaten to bring down the whole system. “The Lords of Capital are pure gamblers who have transformed the global financial marketplace into a machinery of perpetual uncertainty.” Continue reading

America Is Running the World’s Largest Terrorist Operation

20 June 2013 — Washington’s Blog

Leading liberal Noam Chomsky said yesterday:

The Obama administration is dedicated to increasing terrorism. In fact, it’s doing it all over the world. Obama is running the biggest terrorist operation that exists, maybe in history: the drone assassination campaigns, which are just part of it […] All of these operations, they are terror operations. Continue reading

COHA: Dominican Republic – The Legacy of Dr. José Francisco Peña Gómez

  • One of the courageous and gallant heroes in the Dominican Republic’s history played a key role in the 1965 uprising against the military dictatorship
  • Called upon the world to condemn racism and human rights abuses

Pen?a-Go?mez.jpgThe woeful mutual history of the Dominican Republic and Haiti (which share the island of Hispaniola) is tainted with bloodshed as a result of tectonic political and racial tensions involving them over the decades. However, intertwining the two, was Dr. José Francisco Peña Gómez, a Dominican national of dark skin and Haitian ancestry, who would eventually become revered as one of the most prominent and best loved Dominican political figures of the twentieth century.

Born on March 6, 1937, his life became centered on politics long before he worked his way up to become the leader of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD). During a political career filled with heartbreaks, disappointments and failures, Peña Gómez was nominated three-times as a candidate to be the Dominican president and mayor of the capital, Santo Domingo. But above all, Peña Gómez’s battle against racial constraints and anti-Haitian bigotry that were perpetually used to deter him from his lifetime mission of winning the presidency and then using it to recreate a Dominican Republic which for the first time would be at the service of its citizenry. Although repeatedly denied the presidency of his country, without exception, he became one of the most outstanding black political figures in all of Latin America and the Caribbean, and a true hero in the hemisphere.

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COHA: Francisco Caamaño Deñó, Presente

COHA is pleased to release the first in what will be an ongoing series of articles on forgotten Latin American heroes. Today’s commentary on a celebrated Dominican constitutionalist will be followed in the coming weeks by features on a revolutionary Colombian priest, the father of Barbadian independence and a persecuted Dominican democrat.

  • Francisco Caamaño Deñó was a nationalist and Constitucionalista revolutionary during the 1965 U.S. intervention in the Dominican Republic’s civil conflict
  • He struggled to help restore the democratically-elected government of Dr. Juan Bosch after he had been pushed out by the military

All war comes at some cost. The loss of human life, damage to infrastructure and sagging national morale are often among the most painful consequences of armed combat. The Dominican Republic’s Civil War of 1965 was no exception. During the 1960s, Dominican citizens found themselves embroiled in both internal and external conflicts. Within the country, they found themselves faced with growing political discord. It was during this spreading conflict that the revolutionary military officer Francisco Caamaño Deñó came to national prominence.

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