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The U.N. Lacks Moral Authority to Dictate Morale in Haiti

The U.N. Lacks Moral Authority to Dictate Morale in Haiti

 
It is a volcano jumping between dormant and active stages and last month, it erupted again, spitting a litany of condemning editorials across global opinion pages that set ablaze United Nations’ inexcusable, uncompromising policy in Haiti, where the cholera epidemic, now entering its fourth year, killed more than 8,300 people …

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Haiti: Dominican anti-Haitianism Survived History in a Time Capsule

Haiti: Dominican anti-Haitianism Survived History in a Time Capsule

“There is no question that it is racism, and it’s absolutely deplorable,” declared Democratic strategist Maria Cardona on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” referring to a Dominican

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Haiti: Police Open Fire on Protesters killing 3, injuring 4

Haiti: Police Open Fire on Protesters killing 3, injuring 4

A third victim, 24-year-old Rolcy Ametis, the police shot in the head, neck and hip on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, while protesting the controversial death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph, succumbed to his injuries at State University Hospital late Friday July 19, confirmed officials. Among the seven victims of the …

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Haiti: Summing all Fears about Haiti’s Humanitarian Assistance

Haiti: Summing all Fears about Haiti’s Humanitarian Assistance

“Of course, there is a lot of resistance to change, especially when some of the largest recipients of contracts in Haiti are the for-profit development companies that hired a lobbyist to push back on these reforms,” declared Research Associate Jake Johnston, who co-authored “Breaking Open the Black …

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Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part two of three) – Haiti

Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part two of three) – Haiti

Please read part one here first: Censoring Speech 
While not the first head of state to politicize Haitian carnival, President Michel Martelly made history with his deliberate attack on civil liberties last February, forbidding Port-au-Prince residents to peacefully assemble and organize their carnival …

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Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part one) – Haiti

Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part one) – Haiti

 
During a live interview aired on Radio Scoop FM  (107.7) 48 hours before Haiti’s carnival festivities, President Michel Martelly dispelled all rumors surrounding band selections for Cap-Haitien’s 2013 Carnival possession. “It was I, who personally decided to exclude bands from the …

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Port-au-Prince Caves under International Pressure to Hold Overdue Elections

Port-au-Prince Caves under International Pressure to Hold Overdue Elections

Reacting to a United Nations Security Council’s Jan. 28, 2013 press release that cilled on the Haitian government to hold free, fair, inclusive and credible senatorial and municipal elections that are 14-months overdue, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe reiterated his administration’s …

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Kita Nago to Urge Unity among Haitians, Moving Haiti Forward

Kita Nago to Urge Unity among Haitians, Moving Haiti Forward

“Ki bwa li ye, bwa sa; ki bwa li ye, bwa sa,” sang euphoric young men and women, floating in a sea of people embarked on a lengthy pilgrimage to unity. At the end of the unprecedented grassroots movement in Northern city Ouanaminthe — Kita Nago — a half-ton tree trunk that …

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Super Storm Sandy Exposed Haiti’s Failed Reconstruction

Super Storm Sandy Exposed Haiti’s Failed Reconstruction

Transforming Haiti into a consumer nation, ultimately meant that a short-supplied world would force its population into mass starvation, a recurring nightmare Haitians are currently experiencing amid the recent global food crisis, which caused a wave of sporadic protests to erupt throughout the country last month.
Rampant inflation sent food prices …

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Uptown Charlotte Dresses up for Democratic National Convention

Uptown Charlotte Dresses up for Democratic National Convention


Pockets of people roaming the decorated streets of Uptown Charlotte, snapping random pictures, numerous small gangs of police officers patrolling the city: on foot, bicycles, motorcycles or cruisers, Iconic TV personalities and political figures casing the place, soaking the sunshine through the gentle breeze, …

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Haiti: The Notion of Inherently Violent Haitians is a Myth, says New Study

Haiti: The Notion of Inherently Violent Haitians is a Myth, says New Study

“Violence in Haiti is systemic, that is to say, it’s related to the abandonment of the state, the abandonment of society by public institutions that fail to provide basic services.”
“I reject the ontological definition of an inherently violent Haitian,” declared Anthropologist Rachelle Charlier Doucet at Port-au-Prince’s Hotel le Plaza on …

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Haiti: A Fascistic Quarter-Century that Sabotaged Haiti’s Democracy

Haiti: A Fascistic Quarter-Century that Sabotaged Haiti’s Democracy

“Haiti walks a fine line between a failed state and fascistic state.” 
 
More than two months before its forthcoming August 2012 released, Jeb Sprague’s book, “Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti,” stormed academia, political and diplomatic communities, delivering what some reviewers perceived as …

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Haitians Drowning at Sea on their Perpetual Quest for a Better Life

Haitians Drowning at Sea on their Perpetual Quest for a Better Life

“Haitians Continue to drown at sea, fleeing, against all odds, the land their forebears fought for so heroically and valiantly on a quest for a better life.”
Hardly a new phenomenon, Haitian migration took center stage as the United Nations in mid-July after a woman drowned when a boat carrying more …

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Strict Integration Undermines Smaller Caribbean Economies says British Economist

Strict Integration Undermines Smaller Caribbean Economies says British Economist

A new regional economic platform, the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF), spearheaded by the World Bank (WB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), mobilized more than 150 participants in Kingston’s University of the West Indies around a common concern: the region’s perennial economic failings. The two-day conference, held …

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Haiti: Landmark Ruling in DR sets Precedent for Trafficking in Persons

Haiti: Landmark Ruling in DR sets Precedent for Trafficking in Persons

Human rights activists acclaimed a Dominican Republic (DR) court’s historic conviction and 15-year prison sentencing of two Haitian child traffickers charged with smuggling, trafficking, and exploiting Haitian children’s labor. “It is the first time Haitian traffickers have been jailed in the Dominican Republic for trafficking children,” declared the

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About the Author

Chris Celius
Chris Celius

Currently residing in Charlotte, NC, Chris Celius obtained his BA in public relations and journalism at the UNC Charlotte where he is currently pursuing his maters in Communication Studies. Emigrated from Haiti to the United States in the 90s, Chris shares a passion for writing that both insightful and edifying.

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