Tropical Salt

By Garry Pierre-Pierre In 1994, Edwidge Armand, who was working in the financial sector in New York, began exploring the possibility of starting a business in Haiti. Armand had inherited…

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The Republic of Digicel

by Garry Pierre-Pierre   For a while now, many observers have come to call Haiti the Republic of NGO, or Governmental Organizations because of the proliferation of these groups in…

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Haiti police recapture Brandt

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Police recaptured an alleged kidnapper who escaped custody during a mass breakout that authorities believe was staged for him at a prison outside the Haitian capital, officials said Tuesday. Clifford Brandt was taken into custody in the Haitian town of Cornillon, near the border with the Dominican Republic, Communications Minister Rudy…

Arrest warrant issued against former Haitian leader

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by Joseph Guyler Delva, HCNN Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Investigating Judge Lamarre Belizaire issued on Wednesday an arrest warrant against Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide who is currently investigated for corruption, misappropriation of public funds, laundering of drug money, as he failed to comply with a summons to appear at the magistrate’s office on Wednesday, sources…

Can Polo change Haiti’s image?

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by Roxane Kerby, Le Nouvelliste On Sunday, August 3, 2014, history was made in San Francisco, California, as Team Haiti beat the USA to win the San Francisco International Polo Classic. A huge crowd of polo fans and neophytes witnessed Team Haiti emerge victorious the first time it participates in an international tournament. Team Haiti…

HAITI – PRISON BREAKOUT: Gang leader on the run, Clifford Brandt most wanted

    by Joseph Guyler Delva, HCNN CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (HCNN) – The Haitian government has launched a mobilization and decreed permanence as part of efforts to capture gang leader Clifford Brandt, responsible for many cases of kidnapping in Haiti, who escaped from prison on Sunday, alongside other prisoners jailed in the Caribbean country for committing serious…

CREOLE: OUTDATED RELIC OR PROUD HERITAGE?

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by Vania Andre   Haitians struggle with perceptions of their native language. As a child, Mackens Rinchiere quickly learned he best not speak Creole in earshot of a school teacher. “If I asked a student [in Creole] for a pen in school and the teacher heard, I would have to write that sentence out 500…

THE NGO WOE

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by Vania Andre It’s 3 a.m. and you can’t sleep. After a few moments of restless tossing, you turn on the TV. The face of a crying, abnormally thin child flashes across the screen. Your heart melts. Then a neatly dressed man appears. With subtle pleading he asks you to make a donation. By donating,…

Tropical Salt

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By Garry Pierre-Pierre   In 1994, Edwidge Armand, who was working in the financial sector in New York, began exploring the possibility of starting a business in Haiti. Armand had inherited some land in Grande Saline, a salt rich area in the Artibonite Valley, from his grandparents. Six years later Armand launched Tropical Salt, a…