Garry Pierre-Pierre

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…

Haitian Diaspora’s Defense of Guy Philippe is Deeply Misguided
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Haitian Diaspora’s Defense of Guy Philippe is Deeply Misguided

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Two days after Guy Philippe was arrested in Haiti by Haitian police officers and extradited to Miami on drug charges, I received an email urging Haitians to sign a petition calling on the U.S. State Department to release him to the Haitian authorities. Philippe, who has been wanted by the U.S. Drugs and Enforcement Agency for more than 10 years, was nabbed on Thursday, Jan. 5 outside a radio station in Petion Ville minutes after he gave an interview.

Trump Presidency Provides Opportunity for Haiti
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Trump Presidency Provides Opportunity for Haiti

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Blaming the United States for the ills that have befallen Haiti has become a parlor game at the villas of the country’s political and economic elite. Any conversation regarding the troubled Caribbean nation of 10 million people inevitably circles back to the mighty neighbor to the North.

Jovenel Moise is Elected President of Haiti
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Jovenel Moise is Elected President of Haiti

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

After a series of failed votes, Jovenel Moise was declared Haiti’s president by the country’s Provisional Electoral Council winning 55.67 percent of the vote.

Moise, a banana exporter and political neophyte defeated 26 other candidates to win an outright vote, which was held on Sunday Nov. 20th. If he had garnered less than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff of the top two vote getters would be held in January.

His closest opponent, Jude Celestin, came in a distant second with 19.52 percent of the vote.

Ecuador Beat Haiti 4-0 At Copa Match
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Ecuador Beat Haiti 4-0 At Copa Match

Photo Credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Enner Valencia scored and had two assists to help Ecuador beat Haiti 4-0 on Sunday night and advance to the Copa America quarterfinals for the first time since 1997. Ecuador (1-0-2), which locked up second in Group B play, will play Group A winner United States…

Diverting An Impending Disaster
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Diverting An Impending Disaster

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

In 2003 I watched in absolute horror as my colleagues and friends in the mainstream media beat a constant drumroll urging the country to go to war with Iraq. The reports were largely based on false information and at times fabrications. But Saddam Hussein was no angel, and few, if any reporters, felt compelled to buck the anti-Hussein mob.

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