just another rant
Just another rant …
In 2011, Officials of the Dominican Republic warned DR nationals and after many changes to the rules, they seem determined to deport at least onehundred thousand Haitians. According to the media, approximately 250K applied for residency but only about 10k had the proper paper work. This means that DR Officials might implement the papers please rule as the U.S. state of Arizona tried.
It has gotten worse.
There are reports that the Dominican Republic seems to be engaging in what some consider ethnic cleansing. The idea that DR officials decided they needed to deport DR nationals without due process is disturbing. When In fact, some are of DR descent, others are undocumented most have worked and lived there for all their lives to only have a few weeks before being “rounded up” as stated by DR officials. So far, approximately 26K undocumented DR nationals have left voluntarily. Is it possible that Dominican elites want to regain their privileged lives at the expense of families, possibly family ties as well?
Why is this bothering me? The last time I asked folks to boycott, there were reports of fights about who looks more Dominican or not and in the wake of men women and children being assaulted based on their looks and skin colour dealing with a papers please law is beyond my understanding. I know this is not a new problem, but in this 21st Century, one would think the Caribbean Community would come together and implement solutions. The problem seems to be an archaic caste system that needs to end. Where is the CARICOM community and what side are they on?
Thing is, the Caribbean and i use that to cover a wide range of territory …beyond beautiful, a paradise, a tourist destination, reported as having a corrupt government police and always under constant threats of natural disasters so these issues of color,land,looks,legacy religion seem petty when some serious money can be made … but the government needs to be legitimate …the soul of the Caribbean kept intact
the question: is the government and police corrupt?
There is a Common Wealth of and a Republic of; yet both are a part of the Caribbean Community.
Folks are suffering victims of crime, corruption and a huge debt due to economic austerity. While some visitors choose to ignore it others conveniently bring up the label given to differentiate the face of one Caribbean Community member from another. I have read it so many times and though I roll my eyes at the clichés “ they are very very serious about making sure folks “are not confused with” or “pronounced as”. The fact remains, the Dominica and all the islands on that coast are still apart of the sum total called the Caribbean Community and more often than not; “the not to be confused” locales are groomed island destinations for the rich. I know, not all rich folks are, but a whole lot are buying land, usually white and from the UK, France and now so are folks from the US, making it a place that is or once was 86% to 95% black (Caribbean) now a place that provides low wages for resort bartenders, house cleaners, ethnic-entertainers while being another place beaten used and eaten up by eco-tourism. Studies show that when tourism flounders so does the economy …duh. so, alternative sustainable options need to be considered.
Most of us would say eco-tourism is not bad as it mostly helps protect against deforestation, but now days you need to ask what are the locals getting out of it. We need to think about all the Caribbean islands or similar hard to get to places with extraordinary weather, climate, food, mountains, rainforests, freshwater lakes, hot springs, waterfalls, and diving spots that tourists tend to trample or buy up. The waterfronts are now home to cruise liners that not only take up space, it has resulted in a loss of land, some fishing rights, and reports are that cruise ships have been quietly dumping environmental waste into what used to be pristine waterways. In the end, like so many destinations of paradise or eco-tourist friendly places succumb to new developments and or modernization of facilities now have fewer visitors, even with all the tax perks which happens to negatively affects the locals and their overall economy in far too many cases.
There is a difference between the Commonwealth and a Republic in my opinion. If you read the news, the common wealth is far more likely to be groomed for “the people” most are hard to get to. That means a whole lot of tourists and definitely user friendly; the other is usually a little more urban, rugged a lot less likely to havemany tourists. The leaders in a common wealth are more likely and able to make a deal with countries like the US,UK or France while the people of a Republic probably choose to talk with China or any other resource seeking nation. The fact remains that fifteen CARICOM members include the Dominican Republican as well as the Dominica are all in this crisis, all members need to step up.
In a letter to CARICOM, chair Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie, the organization expressed shock that the regional body has not commented on the issue. “We are shocked but not surprised about CARICOM’s silence during this period when the Chair has fallen to the Prime Minister of The Bahamas”.
In the image to the left, a Haitian man is pulled back toward the Haitian side of the border by Dominican soldiers, at the Jimani border crossing, in the Dominican Republic last Wednesday. The man was later allowed to pass. Authorities are prepared to resume deporting non-citizens without legal residency in the Dominican Republic after largely putting the practice on hold for a year, the head of the country’s immigration agency said. For decades, the Dominican Republic has deported noncitizens, the vast majority of whom come from neighbouring Haiti to work in low-wage jobs. (PHOTO: AP)
I don’t know the answers … though I think Caribbean island nations and those that have, like the Republic of Madagascar similar weather,lakes, water falls, forests and amazons want to export what they make not have folks come in and take it, promise or build massive structures making the indigenous people’s give up land, fishing rights only to get a small amount of return or actual help then it ends with a series of broken promises. Some thinking they are doing well, talk about having jobs like being tour guides, cultural dancers are helping them or giving them an opportunity because they had nothing before … this is such bs! We need to help our fellow man with income inequality, demand not only human rights, see actual humanitarian acts completed and a legit government. We must always try to prevent or stop the slashing, burning and deforestation because it is one of many things that will prevent the next generation from thriving not to mention trying to keep the next generation healthy
These nations, regions or countries considered islands of paradise they ultimate vacay destination are people that should not be poor …
A Case of Mistaken Identity: Antihaitianismo in Dominican Culture By Ernesto Sagás
started June 18
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