Bus Runs Over At Least 34 People In Northern Haiti

Haitian President Rene Preval speaks during a Security Council meeting on Haiti at the U.N. headquarters at the U.N. headquarters in New York, April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)


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An Ode to Haitian President Rene Preval

By Garry Pierre-Pierre PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti –  The news came sudden and spread as quickly as a wildfire. Rene Garcia Preval had passed away at his home in Laboule. Preval was at once an iconic, historic and complex figure in Haitian politics. I know I will miss him. Preval was a towering figure in Haiti’s political...
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I had the great honor of meeting the legendary and international Haitian Singer/Superstar, Emeline Michel, at the “Voices from Haiti: Artists as Activists” Panel Discussion on Thursday, March 2, 2017. It was hosted by CUNY Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College. I came across the event through social media, and I decided to go because...
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Caribbean TV Series “Taste the Islands” Adds Haitian Cast Member

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