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Redeeming the Haitian Dream
The Spotlight

Redeeming the Haitian Dream

By Ed Gehy

In Haiti, these days, the political situation is such that the absurd has become the new normal. And to the dismay of many, no one seems to understand the seriousness of the problem, which has been going from bad to worst everyday. So much so that few epithets are left to justly describe this political debacle. Shameful? Embarrassing? Humiliating?

2015 Legislative Elections in Haiti: Déjà-Vu All over Again
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2015 Legislative Elections in Haiti: Déjà-Vu All over Again

By Ed Gehy

On Aug. 9, Haiti organized its long overdue legislative elections to seat its next Congress. Several voting stations in the capital were forced to close because of incidents of violence. As a result, many constituents did not get the chance to cast their votes.

A number of Haitian political parties have denounced the elections as “organized fraud.” Parties including, Fusion, Fanmi Lavalas and Ayisyen Pou Ayiti, asked CEP – the temporary electoral council to reevaluate the election, and right the wrongs that have been committed.

While others, such as Pitit Desalin, requested the elections be annulled. Amid all these protests, some even went as far as calling for the president of the CEP, Pierre- Louis Opont to be arrested, insinuating he was deliberately deceiving the population acting on behalf of the current administration.

3 “What If?” Scenarios For Haiti
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3 “What If?” Scenarios For Haiti

By Ed Gehy

Regardless of what political views one may hold, or social class one may belong to, most would agree across the board Haiti has been for too long in its current situation, and that it is about time for real change to take place.

Haiti is faced with many challenges.

Governments come and go; yet, none of them have been able to bring about viable solutions to those challenges. Each passing administration seems to exacerbate the problems instead. It makes one wonder why Haiti wouldn’t invest its resources in areas where there’s a better potential for economic growth.

Below are three “what if?” scenarios for Haiti.

Dominican Republic New Citizenship Law: A Litmus Test For The Haitian Government
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Dominican Republic New Citizenship Law: A Litmus Test For The Haitian Government

By Ed Gehy

The Haitian-Dominican problem did not start yesterday; thus no viable solution can be found overnight. Haiti shares the same island with Dominican Republic; but relations between the two countries have never been more strained in recent history than they are now.

A gruesome reminder of the Dominican inhuman treatment of Haitians came as recently as last week when a Haitian immigrant was found hung in a public park in the city of Santiago, north of Santo Domingo.

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