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Haiti : 2006 and us

Posted on Tuesday 13 December 2005

By Ericq Pierre
Submitted to AlterPresse on December 8, 2005
2006 will begin with the organization of elections at all levels. That is good news. But, because these elections have already been postponed several times, no one can predict the quality of the outcome. That news is not quite as good. Of course, like a meal whose preparation has been interrupted several times, the final product runs the risk of being insipid or even unappetizing. But, where there is hunger (and I think we are all famished), one cannot be too picky. We should therefore get ready to eat what we will be served. (...)

Haiti - Elections : Crystal balls don’t lie

Posted on Saturday 12 November 2005

Debate
By Daniel Simidor
Submitted to AlterPresse on november 11, 2005
As I peer into my crystal ball to spy what mad new games the mad, mad, men are playing with our future, a Preval-Simeus-Bazin tandem jumps suddenly into focus, with Aristide and his nemesis in Washington both discretely approving or shouting praise.
How is that possible? What will the Constitution say? I distinctly see a silent Preval (with nothing to say) resuming his drunken presidency, while Simeus swaps passports with Latortue, singing sweetly “I’ll never renounce thee” to an eagle hovering above, and Bazin (...)

Haitians and Dual Nationality

Posted on Thursday 20 October 2005

By Ericq Pierre
Submitted to AlterPresse on October 19, 2005
The candidacy of Dumarsais Siméus, which received much media attention, has brought the issue of dual nationality in Haiti to the fore. From the second half of the 20th century onward, tens of thousands of Haitians have adopted a foreign nationality for reasons ranging from political, economic, and professional to simply for personal convenience.
Over the same period, tens of thousands of others who have lived or are still living in foreign lands have not adopted another nationality. This second category generally, but not (...)

Haiti, the struggle continues

Posted on Friday 7 October 2005

By Pierre Beaudet
Published by Znet on October 02, 2005
Posted by AlterPresse on October 07, 2005 There has been considerable debate on the left in North America about the current situation in Haiti. As part of this debate, there have been accusations that those of us critical of Aristide have somehow sold out to the forces of evil. The situation in Haiti is dire and deserves a serious debate rather than accusations and counter accusations.
Some of these accusations have been directed against Alternatives.
Over the years, Alternatives, a Montreal-based solidarity movement, has (...)

Haiti : Voters and candidates

Posted on Tuesday 13 September 2005

By Ericq Pierre
This year the number of candidates for election, all told, will be higher than ever. Many Haitians prefer to start their own political organization rather than join existing ones. However, in order to avoid having too many candidates, the electoral decree seeks to encourage parties to link up and consolidate. Yet up to now only a small number of political factions have formed such coalitions. To parody the armed forces, some would rather be commanders of a small army than sergeants in a big one.
Worse, despite the large number of parties, there are still likely to be a (...)

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