Garry Pierre-Pierre

Haiti’s Folly: Bringing Back Its Army
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Haiti’s Folly: Bringing Back Its Army

By Garry Pierre-Pierre Haiti’s got 99 problems but an army isn’t one. Those of you familiar with Jay Z’s version of that statement know that I’ve taken some liberty with it. So has Haitian president Jovenel Moïse, who recently unveiled a plan to reorganize Haiti’s military forces more than 20 years since it was unceremoniously…

UN Mission Should Help Haiti Fight Corruption
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UN Mission Should Help Haiti Fight Corruption

By Garry Pierre-Pierre Last month, the United Nations rolled its tanks and soldiers out of Haiti and left behind a team of civilians ostensibly ready to help burnish law and order in the politically-troubled Caribbean nation. And last week, the Haitian Senate unveiled a scathing report, meticulously detailing how various officials and administrations have plundered…

For The First Time In More Than 40 Years, I Did Not Watch One NFL Game This Weekend
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For The First Time In More Than 40 Years, I Did Not Watch One NFL Game This Weekend

For the first time in more than 40 years, I did not watch one NFL game over the weekend.

Not even highlights on the news.

I will not watch a football game for the foreseeable future. I’m done. I don’t even follow or listen to the news about the game. I don’t want to get caught up in the hoopla that culminates with a series of games from Thursday to Monday during the season.

An Ode to Haitian President Rene Preval
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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…

UN Troops to Depart Haiti But Are Haitians Ready
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UN Troops to Depart Haiti But Are Haitians Ready

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

I do believe that MINUSTAH should go, and should do so soon. But having said that I remain skeptical that once these blue-helmeted soldiers are out whether or not our institutions are ready to play their role in a democratic society. Can the police handle a protest of 10,000 or more? Can the judiciary uphold the constitution? Can the political parties behave responsibly? Can Haiti feed itself and care of the desperate needs of its people.

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Garry Pierre-Pierre Talks Summer Youth Jobs

On this edition of Independent Sources, hosted by Garry Pierre-Pierre, we talk about a proposed plan to overhaul the city’s summer jobs program to provide paid jobs for the more than 100,000 high schoolers looking for employment each summer. We learn about an Internet campaign that’s fighting back against colorism in the Indian community. Then…

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