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Torrential Rain Left Caribbean Countries Counting Bodies, Digging out Survivors

Torrential Rain Left Caribbean Countries Counting Bodies, Digging out Survivors

It bullied rivers over their banks, invaded roads, paralyzed cities and collapsed many houses, sending thousands of people seeking shelter, but it was not done. The week-long rain caused landslides and massive floods; still, it swamped vulnerable camps, trapped many people and, as of Tuesday, tallied 23 bodies …

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Did Haitian Officials Grossly Overestimate the Earthquake’s Death Toll

If, as the report prepared for the U.S. Agency for International Development estimated, the death toll resulted from Haiti’s January 10 earthquake was between 46,000 and 85,000, many people wonder where Haitian leaders found the additional 231,000 bodies in their revised figures of 316,000 published earlier this year on the …

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Taste of Haiti Wrapped in Symbolism of its Bicentennial Blue and Red

Taste of Haiti Wrapped in Symbolism of its Bicentennial Blue and Red

“But, of course she was so fine. Once in her prime, she was sublime! She kept a flow that brought the fellows to their knees.” While few people still honor her existence with such passion, grace and enthusiasm, attendees filled the ballroom with praises and gratitude because it was her night. Exhausted …

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Constitutional Melee at the Dawn of President Martelly's Presidency, Looming

Constitutional Melee at the Dawn of President Martelly's Presidency, Looming

The unprecedented set of circumstances that marked the end of ex-President Rene Preval’s reign left Haitian constitutional scholars spitting fire, talking about high treason and recommending disciplinary actions against current legislators. Many even argued that Preval left the country without a Constitution since some of the amendments …

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Constitutional Melee at the Dawn of Martelly’s Presidency, Welcoming

Constitutional Melee at the Dawn of Martelly’s Presidency, Welcoming

The unprecedented set of circumstances that marked the end of ex-President Rene Preval’s reign left Haitian constitutional scholars spitting fire, talking about high treason and recommending disciplinary actions against current legislators. Many even argued that Preval left the country without a Constitution since some of the amendments …

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$2.6 Million Support for the Fatherless Generation and its Countless Victims

$2.6 Million Support for the Fatherless Generation and its Countless Victims

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNICEF will soon help alleviate the heavy burden of victims of rapes; sexual assaults and child trafficking that quickly spread through Haiti’s displacement camps, following the January 2010 earthquake. These two Nongovernmental organizations will deliver relief through better lit …

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Dangerous Precedent set by Haiti's 49th Legislature

Dangerous Precedent set by Haiti's 49th Legislature

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – “It was a constitutional coup d’état,” revolted some think tanks, “a parliamentary drive by,” they cried. Others characterized the actions of Haiti’s national assembly as “nothing short of a theatrical performance.” Still, many political observers declared the constitutional amendments “unconstitutional” and called for …

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Power Failure, no Deterrence to Haiti's Transfer of Power

Power Failure, no Deterrence to Haiti's Transfer of Power

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Power failure inside the Haitian parliament shortly before the inauguration did not deter President Michel Martelly from making history. In fact, the novice head of state was a fountain of smiles waving, spraying charisma to fans, reporters and dignitaries. President Martelly’s …

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Aristide and Haiti, a Love Affair or Simply Serious Hunger for Strong Leadership?

Aristide and Haiti, a Love Affair or Simply Serious Hunger for Strong Leadership?

During the last four months, Haiti experienced violent political uprising, a shocking reemergence of an ex dictator, dubious recount of fraudulent votes and a historic debate between candidates Mirlande Manigat and Martelly ahead of their run off elections on March 20. However, none of these events …

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Manigat and Martelly's Real Opponents in the Haitian Presidential

Manigat and Martelly's Real Opponents in the Haitian Presidential

Former first lady and presidential candidate Mirlande Manigat has written several books over her professional career, including her 2002 publication, Etre Femme in Haiti Hier et Aujourdhui that explored the evolution of women in Haitian society throughout its history. Her counterpart, Michel Martelly, spent the latter half of his …

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Rise of Future Haitian Leaders, A Paradigm Shift

Rise of Future Haitian Leaders, A Paradigm Shift

While the world revels in a plethora of technological marvels and is potentially at the dawn of another paradigm shift with social media and touch screen technologies, Some Haitians still believe cholera epidemics has a direct relationship with the malfeasance of voodoo priests. Scores of medical personnel, scholars …

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Defiant President Preval Fight for Survival

Defiant President Preval Fight for Survival

The government of President Rene Preval and its Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) prevented many candidates, political parties from taking part in the Nov. 28 Haitian elections, including philanthropist

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Duvalier In Haiti after nearly 25 years in Exile

Duvalier In Haiti after nearly 25 years in Exile

As the ousting of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali sent shock waves and fear through the Arab world, ex-dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier stunned the Western world with his surprised return on Jan. 16, 2011, developments that left political pundits puzzling. “It’s such a critically important moment for Haiti …

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Clinton, The Face of legitimacy and Reliability

Clinton, The Face of legitimacy and Reliability

In a political climate marred by corruption, where 13 out of 15 ministry buildings collapsed while officials worked, government response was virtually nonexistent on Jan. 12, 2010. Although world leaders pledged support and huge sums of money, Many were dubious about the promised aid ever making it to …

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Children of Haiti | Documentary Film | Independent Lens | PBS

Children of Haiti | Documentary Film | Independent Lens | PBS


Even prior to the January 2010 earthquake, more than 500,000 orphan children wander the streets of Haiti’s cities day and night. Known as the “soulless” and forgotten by their own people, they do what they must to survive each day. Children of Haiti follows three teenage …

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