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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 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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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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The Health of Chávez, and of the Caribbean’s Oil Supply

The Health of Chávez, and of the Caribbean’s Oil Supply

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’ ill health is widely known, but what may be less recognized in my neck of the woods is how the president’s ailments have become front-page news across the Caribbean. This is due to PetroCaribe, the regional oil cooperative Venezuela created in 2005 to provide fuel for …

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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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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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“We’re All the Same Color!” : The Politics of “Colorblind” International Adoption

“We’re All the Same Color!” : The Politics of “Colorblind” International Adoption

Following the questions of one Haitian-born, Canadian-raised woman, Adopted ID raises questions of identity, and the politics of international adoption.
To a lively soundtrack, which carries the film when the visuals blur, the documentary follows the emotional journey of Judith Craig Morency on her …

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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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Still Homeless in Haiti

Still Homeless in Haiti

I went back to Haiti, where I lived last year, to reconnect with a country I love and report on how things were progressing. It was amazing to see some of the public parks open instead of covered with tents. But as I followed people moving out of those camps, …

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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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Power of 1

Power of 1

Recently I’ve focused on democracy issues on a pretty grand scale: the nation of Egypt’s first open presidential elections, Greece’s struggle to form a government and how it might …

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