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The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti

World  (tags: world, politics, corporate exploitatiion, land grads, development, ethics, Haiti )

- 1169 days ago -
Since the earthquake of January, 2010, Haiti has increasingly become a target of extraction and private business development by Haitian and foreign investors


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Janet B (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2016, 12:26 pm

Vlasta M (7)
Tuesday January 5, 2016, 12:43 pm
In the mid-Twentieth Century, both countries had a comparable economy, but while the Dominican economy grew, Haiti's diminished as a result of factors such as internal power struggles, rapid population growth, environmental degradation, and trade embargoes. Today, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. There is a lack of resources and Haiti's population density exceeds its neighbor's by far. Despite the UN sending missions since the 1990s, in order to maintain peace, terrible conditions persist.[14]

One large contributor to cultural dissonance is the language barrier, as Spanish is the primary language spoken in the eastern part of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic) while French and Haitian Creole spoken in the western part (Haiti). Race is another defining factor of Dominican–Haitian relations. The ethnic composition of the Dominican population is 73% mixed, 16% white, and 11% black;[15] 95% of the Haitian population is black.[16]

The development of social classes in the Dominican Republic is somewhat based on race. Since the Haitian invasion of 1822 skin color holds importance in Dominican society. Darker-colored Dominicans are usually found in the lower class, while lighter-skinned (mixed, whites and others) Dominicans are found in the middle and upper class. Most Haitians are darker-skinned with little non-African admixture. In the Dominican Republic there is a stigma against dark-skinned residents. People with darker skin are usually associated with poor, uneducated Haitians because of their past connections with slavery.[17]

The Dominican economy is also over 600% larger than the Haitian economy. The estimated annual per capita income is US$1,300 in Haiti and US$10,200 in Dominican Republic.[18] The divergence between the level of economic development between Haiti and the Dominican Republic makes their border the one with the highest contrast of all Western world borders and it is evident that the Dominican Republic has one of the highest illegal migration issues in the Americas.[19]

Haitian migration in

M B (62)
Tuesday January 5, 2016, 1:53 pm
Thank you

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday January 5, 2016, 2:23 pm
Thanks for sharing Cal.

Roger G (148)
Tuesday January 5, 2016, 3:01 pm
noted, thanks

pam w (139)
Tuesday January 5, 2016, 5:48 pm
Honestly...what can we expect? Most of these poor people have no recourse.

Dt Nc (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2016, 10:44 pm
Stop exploiting the poor

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday January 6, 2016, 2:16 am
TY Cal.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 6, 2016, 4:17 am
Allow everyone their rights

Janis K (129)
Wednesday January 6, 2016, 4:21 am
Thanks for sharing Cal

Michael Masley (4)
Wednesday January 6, 2016, 12:30 pm
Noted and keep sharing these stories.

Mandi T (366)
Wednesday January 6, 2016, 12:40 pm

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday January 6, 2016, 1:33 pm
Thanks Cal

Janet B (0)
Wednesday January 6, 2016, 2:14 pm

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Wednesday January 6, 2016, 3:20 pm

Naomi Dreyer (43)
Wednesday January 6, 2016, 4:04 pm
Hmmmm. I have to investigate and read more to see where I stand.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Thursday January 7, 2016, 3:42 am

Scott S (14)
Thursday January 7, 2016, 5:28 am

Freya H (345)
Thursday January 7, 2016, 3:28 pm
You have a point, Naomi - this issue has two sides. I'm all for foreign investment as long as this translates into jobs and improved lifestyles for the Haitian people. Taking advantage of them, though, is another ball game entirely.

Betty Kowall (304)
Thursday January 7, 2016, 4:31 pm
Another story about stealing from the poor by the rich. Shameful!!!

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday January 8, 2016, 10:31 pm
Greed,greed. greed

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Monday February 8, 2016, 11:29 pm

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