Haiti

In Haiti, Washington Meddling Missed by Press

Posted on Tuesday 2 July 2019

By Jane Regan*
Republished from Fair
Tens of thousands marching in the streets nationwide to denounce government corruption, reports of police and gang violence and murder and a downwardly spiraling economy. Calls for the government to step down.
If this were Venezuela, as recent FAIR analyses pointed out, elite media journalists and commentators would be all over the story. After all, they’ve been endorsing Washington’s blatant and repeated imperialist designs and interventions in that country for over a decade.
But this is not Venezuela. It’s Haiti.
Not that Washington has always (...)

Haiti facing worst crisis since 1986?

Posted on Friday 5 April 2019

By Nancy Roc
“Here we go again in #Haiti. Another messy morning in #PAP where getting gas has become a matter of who you know because pumps are only delivering on a privilege basis. This station at Bois-Patate says it’s only giving diesel to intl organizations”. This tweet from Miami Herald’s Caribbean correspondent, Jacqueline Charles, on April 2, 2019, captures the mood of what Haitians face on a daily basis. And not just for fuel.
In June 2017, President Jovenel Moise made a big promise: "I give myself between 18 and 24 months for Haiti to have (24-7) electricity’’, he said. Twenty-nine (...)


If you visit Haiti

Posted on Thursday 18 January 2018

By Michael Deibert*
Submitted to AlterPresse on January 16, 2018
If you visit Haiti, and you should, you must ride up to the majestic Citadelle Laferrière, completed on the orders of Henri Christophe outside of Cap-Haïtien in 1820, to see a place, as much as any other, where slavery was defeated in the Western Hemisphere.
If you visit Haiti, and you should, you must wander through the streets of Cap-Haïtien itself, gaze upon the beautiful colonial architecture, sample the rhum at one of its fine hotels and enjoy a meal along the Boulevard du Carenage.
If you visit Haiti, and you should, (...)

A Review of Michael Deibert’s Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History

Posted on Wednesday 3 January 2018

By Reginald Dumas*
Submitted to AlterPresse
In his latest book, Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History, Michael Deibert once again demonstrates his vast knowledge of, and deep affection for, Haiti, with which he has had a twenty-year connection.
His absorbing, often mesmerizing, story traces the history of, and events in, Haiti from the independence war of Toussaint, Dessalines, Christophe, Boukman and others to the death in March 2017 of René Préval. His canvas is vast and multi-colored: health (including the cholera introduced by UN troops); relations with the Dominican Republic; the (...)

Haiti-Earthquake : For when would we have strong measures to deal with seismic vulnerability?

Posted on Sunday 15 January 2017

Port-au-Prince, 14 january 2017 [AlterPresse] --- Progress has been made. There are many more skills. Technical structures have been set up but not strengthened. There is awareness of seismic threats. But adequate preparations, in terms of relevant responses to new earthquakes, are lacking. Awareness exists, but institutional mobilization is slow to become a reality in people’s lives.
Social housing should be a national emergency. Communities should have technical means to regulate construction. It is also important to update the construction guide, implemented in 2012 by the Ministry of (...)

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