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Roger Annis's blog

Roger Annis is a lifetime socialist and union member and activist. He began his political activism with the Young Socialists of the day while at university in Nova Scotia. Since then, he has lived in most regions of Canada, including in Montreal where he became fluent in French. He is a retired aerospace worker living in Vancouver. He writes regularly on topics of social justice, peace, and on issues concerning Haiti. His personal blog can be found at http://www.rogerannis.com/. He is a founding editor in October 2014 of [url=http://newcoldwar.org/]The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond.[/url] In 2004, he helped to found the Canada Haiti Action Network and continues to co-edit its [url=http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/]website.[/url]

Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 10
Roger Annis | International aid saved lives after Haiti's earthquake. But the patterns of foreign interference and social neglect that made Haiti so poor and vulnerable in the first place have not altered.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 7
Roger Annis | Political sovereignty is the pre-condition for a dignified and prosperous future, in Haiti as in Indigenous territories in Canada,
Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 4
Canada Haiti Action Network | The U.S./Canada/Europe dominated aid regime in Haiti has failed to meet its lofty promises. What better way to deflect attention than to blame the victims?
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 22
Roger Annis | Ban Ki-Moon drew when he announced on Dec. 11 what appeared to be more international resource to combat cholera in Haiti. A closer look reveals less encouraging news.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 14
Roger Annis | There are still some 360,000 people living in earthquake survivor camps in Haiti; one in five are threatened with forced eviction.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 6
Roger Annis | The UN has not lived up to its obligations under international law to respond to the cholera outbreak in Haiti and provide victims with access to justice and reparations.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog November 10
Roger Annis | Tens of thousands of Haitians were flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Sandy and food produciton took a severe hit . It's barely a news story in Canada.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog September 19
Roger Annis | Only four percent of the 3,400 prisoners in Haiti's main national prison have been convicted of a crime. Housing remains stalled. This is progress under U.S./Canadian tutelage?
Blog - Roger Annis's blog September 6
Jeb Sprague and Roger Annis | Jeb Sprague's new book on paramilitarism in Haiti comes not a moment too soon. Haiti's Canada-backed government is seeking to institutionalize Hait's paramlitary legions.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog August 31
Kevin Edmonds and Roger Annis | One year ago, the blue ribbon, International Crisis Group produced an insightful and hard-hitting report on Haiti, concerning housing. But this time, its review of MINUSTAH is a whitewash.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog August 9
Roger Annis | 'Open for business' and Private investment and tight control of political process is the big power recipe for Haiti
Blog - Roger Annis's blog August 7
Roger Annis | Program on the good and bad of factory investment in economically deprived countries left out union organizing and sovereign governments as necessary to economic development.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog August 4
Roger Annis | Tectonic Shifts is a vital account of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The book is a collection of 46 articles and essays by leading Haitian and international activists, scholars and writers.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog July 26
Roger Annis | A broad coalition of religious, human rights and non-governmental organizations has come together in the United States to demand responsibility be taken for the disastrous cholera epidemic in Haiti.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog July 18
Roger Annis, Kim Ives | A wave of revolt against predatory practices of foreign mining companies is sweeping across Latin America. Last week, Bolivia announced it was nationalizing a Canadian-owned mining project.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog July 10
Roger Annis | Among the egregious failings of departed Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda is Haiti assistance.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog July 4
Roger Annis, Kim Ives | An international campaign has been launched to press for housing for Haiti's earthquake victims. Thousands are still living in camps and more are without adequate shelter.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog July 2
Roger Annis | In Haiti and in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada's disaster preparedness systems were found wanting. Is there a connection between the two?
Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 31
Roger Annis | Documentary film on aid to Haiti asks troubling questions. The film was shown in six towns and cities: Fredericton, Summerside, Charlottetown, Sydney, Indian Brook and Halifax.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 9
Roger Annis | A new documentary film by Michele Mitchell asks hard questions about the failings of international aid in Haiti.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 7
Roger Annis | Haiti is accused on all sides of hopelessly endemic corruption that prevents social development. But who are the accusers and what is their own record?
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 20
Roger Annis | The failure of housing and shelter policy in Haiti, including Canada's funding of camp clearances, is a non-story in Canadian media. But it should be known.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 16
Roger Annis | The Touareg rebellion in the north of Mali has few friends internationally and raises concerns that legitimate national grievances will be met with military violence.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 12
Roger Annis | The United Nations emergency financial appeal for Haiti relief for 2012 sits at only nine per cent of its goal of $231 million. Assistance from Cuba and Venezuela is picking up.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 31
Map of historic homeland of Touareg people
Roger Annis | The army that the U.S., Canada and Europe have armed and trained has overthrown Mali's elected government? What is going on?
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 20
Classroom at Medical School of UNIFA, 2012
Roger Annis, Travis Ross | President Martelly's education plan has earned a failing grade from Haitian educators but praise from his international supporters.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 1
Roger Annis | International actors in Haiti's housing and shelter crisis must respect rule of law, argues guest columnist Ellie Happel, Legal Fellow with the Bureau des avocats internationaux.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 27
Roger Annis | Haiti's right-wing leaders and international backers are in disarray as a shaky political construct comes undone.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 24
Sign reads, "If there is land for factories there should be land for houses." Photo: Ben Depp
Roger Annis | Canada-funded shelter assistance looks like shantytown clearance, not the vast house-building plan desperately needed.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 7
Roger Annis | The editor of Haiti's largest-circulation weekly newspaper describes what U.S. diplomatic cables reveal about how foreign political interference lies at the root of so much of Haiti's ills.