Caribbean

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.

Castroite purge in Cuba as US slightly eases sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2009

The sweeping purge of top government officials announced last week in Cuba is symptomatic of a bourgeois nationalist regime in deep crisis, which is conspiring against the interests of the masses of Cuban working people.

Guadeloupe: Striker killed in repression of general strike

Sarkozy government sends 300 police reinforcements

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 February 2009

The government of President Nicolas Sarkozy has responded to the general strike in Guadeloupe by escalating the repression that resulted in the death of a striker, Jacques Bino.

Demands for state repression of “insurrectionary” Guadeloupe and Martinique general strikes

By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 February 2009

General strikes in Guadeloupe and Martinique have now lasted almost four weeks and two weeks, respectively. Demonstrations have mobilized as many as 100,000 of Guadeloupe’s 500,000 inhabitants and 25,000 of Martinique’s population of 400,000.

Guadeloupe general strike isolated by French trade unions

By Françoise Thull and Pierre Mabut, 9 February 2009

A general strike against rising living costs has been in progress on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe since January 20, bringing economic activity to a standstill.

Death toll, public outrage rise in aftermath of Haiti school collapse

By Naomi Spencer, 11 November 2008

At least 94 school children have been killed, and at least 150 more injured, as a result of last Friday’s collapse of a school in Petionville, Haiti. Rescue workers continued to search through the rubble for survivors on Monday.

Humanitarian crisis worsens in Haiti

By Naomi Spencer, 12 September 2008

The death toll in Haiti continues to rise following a series of devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean. Official government figures have placed the number dead between 600 and 1,000, with more than 800,000 people—half of them children—in need of emergency aid throughout the country. Some 60,000 people in the hard-hit port city of Gonaives remain in temporary shelters.

Haiti devastated by hurricanes

By Naomi Spencer, 8 September 2008

More than 500 have been left dead in Haiti after last Monday’s landfall of Tropical Storm Hanna, according to conservative official estimates, and more than 650,000 Haitians are desperately in need of emergency aid.

Hurricane Gustav threatens New Orleans, Gulf Coast

By Jerry White, 1 September 2008

As of this writing Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the US Gulf Coast after its destructive passage through the Caribbean left more than 80 people dead in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica and severe damage and flooding in western Cuba, where the storm, considered the most powerful in half a century, included sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.

On the class nature of the Castro regime

Two letters on Cuba and a reply

24 March 1998

A reply to inquiries about the SEP's analysis of the Cuban revolution and the Castro regime.