Do Haitians Need More Time To Grasp The Concept of A Constituent State?

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By Max A. Joseph Jr.

Two days before the twice-delayed presidential runoff which was to take place on Jan. 24, albeit with only one consenting contender, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) abruptly postponed it once more due to widespread protests, compounded by indiscriminate acts of violence by as-yet-to-be-identified thugs. The acrimony was such that Evalière Beauplan, a sitting senator, exhorted the masses to set up barricades all over the country while André Michel, a lawyer and former presidential contender, publicly threatened to burn the country into ashes, if the CEP were to proceed with the election.

A Manufactured Crisis Grips Haiti

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By Garry Pierre-Pierre

To those unfamiliar with the zero sum game that has come to define Haiti’s politics, this electoral crisis gripping the troubled Caribbean nation seems simple to solve. Although this impasse has been percolating for a while, it reached a boiling point in October when Jude Celestin, who was declared the second place finisher in the presidential elections, decided that the vote was deeply flawed and he would not participate in a runoff unless certain demands were met.

Community Media Must Be at the Center of Government Outreach

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By Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council

Every day, readers like you get their news from publications like this one. You are among the millions of New Yorkers who turn to ethnic or local news sources for information in languages other than English and for reports about what’s happening in your neighborhood, or in the homelands to which you’re still connected.

Jovenel Moise Seizes Land From Haiti Peasants

The frontrunner in Haiti's rigged election grabbed land from peasant farmers to grow bananas for export. Photo: Joshua Steckley.

By Joshua Steckley and Beverly Bell

Jovenel Moïse, President Michel Martelly’s handpicked successor, dispossessed as many as 800 peasants – who were legally farming – and destroyed houses and crops two years ago, say leaders of farmers’ associations in the Trou-du-Nord area. Farmers remain homeless and out of work. The land grabbed by the company Moïse founded, Agritrans, now hosts a private banana plantation.