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OP-ED: Black Men and High School Education
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OP-ED: Black Men and High School Education

By Alban Boucher

One day after work as I walked to the train station I bumped into an old classmate from high school. As we joked about the old days he asked me if I just started working at the nearest department store, Target. I told him about my profession and he looked amazed.

OP-ED: Thanksgiving In Haiti
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OP-ED: Thanksgiving In Haiti

By Rachele Viard

While Thanksgiving isn’t my absolute favorite holiday, that title belongs to Christmas, it is definitely up there. And for me it’s all about spending time with family and taking time to be extra thankful for everything I’m fortunate enough to have. When I officially moved to Haiti in 2011, I continued with my mother the American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving, which in the states marks the historic meal between the newly-settled pilgrims and the Indians.

Figuring it out!
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Figuring it out!

By Samuel Pierre

When a Haitian American is born in the United States they are afforded opportunities that many others aren’t. You are now a United States citizen- your parents are not. You have access to some of the best schools in the world- your parents do not. You have the luxury of going to any place anywhere in the world with your US passport- your parents cannot. What do you do with all this power? How do you use it, for good or for evil? Many Haitian Americans do not realize that being born in America gives you a competitive edge to success.

How Haitian Politicians Can Lead to Engage the Diaspora
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How Haitian Politicians Can Lead to Engage the Diaspora

By Daniella Bien-Aime

Haiti’s presidential elections are in full swing. The first round took place in August, and the second round is scheduled for Oct. 25. Although the initial results were considered ‘slimy’, some are justifying the outcomes as progress. Despite this, we’re moving on.

What’s striking is the emergence of candidates in the digital space.

As I interact and watch hopeful presidential and senate candidates on social media, two thoughts occurred to me: one, Haiti’s Internet penetration is gaining steam, and two, there is an opportunity to train these potential leaders on using the medium to engage likely donors and voters.

Sean Penn To Bear: A response to Sean Penn’s Editorial
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Sean Penn To Bear: A response to Sean Penn’s Editorial

By Marli Lalanne
Sean Penn can perhaps make the load lighter for our people in Haiti, but thinking this is his cross to bear will invariably lead to failure. Haitians are grateful for the many good-hearted people around the world who lend a hand to our beloved country. We understand the sacrifice it takes to do so, however, spending enormous amounts of money without any long-term impact does not help Haiti, it leaves us even worse off.

What If I Told You That Tourism May Be Bad For Haiti?
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What If I Told You That Tourism May Be Bad For Haiti?

By Esther “EJ” Dupervil

In the debate on whether or not tourism is good for developing countries, I find myself siding with the argument that it may not be the best way to realize true development.

In visiting Haiti, I sat down and spoke to some locals about their thoughts on the tourism industry. The popular term associated with the development, “Haiti is open for business,” came up in conversation. Thunderous laughter followed after those around me made the statement.

OP-ED: Beyond Race: The Politics Behind The Current Dominican Crisis
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OP-ED: Beyond Race: The Politics Behind The Current Dominican Crisis

By Juan R. Valdez

It’s surprising to see how many people are paying attention to the current crisis in the Dominican Republic concerning, among other things, the status of Dominicans of Haitian descent who are accused of being illegal immigrants in their own country and now are threatened with deportation. We usually make the news only after a catastrophe has struck our island. But here we are now on the world stage as a result of a 2013 court ruling, which, if implemented by the Dominican government, strips hundreds of thousands of people of their citizenship and threatens them with deportation. Internationally and in the media, the situation that Dominico-Haitians and Haitian immigrants find themselves in is mostly attributed to Dominicans’ purportedly racist attitudes. Yes, but race is only one factor. Here is another perspective.

OP-ED: We Need A Way Forward
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OP-ED: We Need A Way Forward

By Samuel M. Pierre

America is the rare example of a nation that encourages immigration. Most countries promote emigration to other nations in the hopes that its expatriated peoples will do well beyond their border and generate wealth, while popularizing the culture and reputation of their home nation.

OP-ED: In Unity There is Strength to Defend Against 21st Century Occupations in Haiti
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OP-ED: In Unity There is Strength to Defend Against 21st Century Occupations in Haiti

By Chantalle F. Verna

Coming together to support the well-being of forced migrants arriving into Haiti from the Dominican Republic is a concrete way to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the United States occupation of Haiti (July 28, 1915-August 14, 1934).

Attending to the needs of the tens of thousands continuously arriving into Haiti is consistent with the nationalism that emerged in response to the assault on Haitian sovereignty. That nationalism acknowledges the significance and inter-dependence of all segments of the Haitian population. It can also defend against new and extended forms of occupation in Haiti.

OP-ED: Haiti & The Dominican Republic – A Better Way
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OP-ED: Haiti & The Dominican Republic – A Better Way

By Reginald Liger

To deny people their human rights is to challenge the very existence of humanity. Human rights is not a privilege granted by the few; they are a liberty entitled to all, and human rights, by definition, includes the rights of all humans; those in the dawn of life, the dusk of life, or the shadows of life.

What is going on currently in the Dominican Republic is an injustice to the Dominico-Haitians affected. I don’t claim to have a solution to the issue. However its important to note that these anti-Haiti sentiments started long ago, following the successful liberation of the Dominican Republic in 1822 by Haitians.

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