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Rebuilding The Haitian State Necessitates A New Political System
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Rebuilding The Haitian State Necessitates A New Political System

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

It is becoming obvious that each passing day, and each politically-related scandal in Haiti makes the case for a thorough reorganization of the Haitian state which, under the existing environment, seems incapable of fulfilling its basic responsibilities. Indeed, the state’s overreliance on foreign assistance, its inability to organize well-timed and credible elections, the weakness of its institutions and endemic corruption are evidence that the present structure is defective and could never work. Can the Haitian people afford to stay the course and await a miracle?

Haiti’s curse: Demagoguery and Demagogues
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Haiti’s curse: Demagoguery and Demagogues

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

​As I pointed out before, it exists in Haiti a group of powerful individuals who ought to be described as “indispensable immortals” because of their enduring presence in the political arena that belies their abysmal records or shenanigans of behalf of foreign entities.

This Untenable Situation Has Got to Change 
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This Untenable Situation Has Got to Change 

By Max A. Joseph Jr. The centennial of the Copa America Cup (3-26 June, 2016), which provided Haiti with a rare opportunity to shine on the world stage and escape the narrative of being a dysfunctional country, was truly a disappointment. Though no sane Haitian realistically expected the Grenadiers (the national soccer team) to hoist…

History, Race, and Civilizations
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History, Race, and Civilizations

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

History, as I understand it, consists of unmitigated facts. Though these facts can be manipulated or distorted for sinister purposes, history is not a speculative discipline as some people, every so often, mistakenly presume and demagogue scholars would want it to be. Having been on the short end of history’s greatest, most assertive and expansive civilization may have caused some lasting damage to the consciousness of Afrocentrists, whose romanticized version of history is harming the black race, given that the wrong premise inevitably engenders an erroneous conclusion.

Why Uprooting Corruption Is Necessary To Building The Haitian State
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Why Uprooting Corruption Is Necessary To Building The Haitian State

Max A. Joseph Jr.

One of the least understood, but at the same time most destructive components of the current global order is the multitude of organizations, all of them fully integrated into or beholden to the system, offering expert advice to the developing world. These organizations, which include the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the World Bank, and the innocuously-named NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), represent a threat that must not be ignored as their flawed recommendations are geared toward propping up the global system rather than providing a practical solution to the deficiencies of the most vulnerable countries.

Haiti Political Crisis: A Case Study of Dereliction of Duty
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Haiti Political Crisis: A Case Study of Dereliction of Duty

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

The Feb. 5 agreement, whose ambiguity leaves open the possibility that many newly-elected lawmakers could lose their seats in a formal review of the Aug. 9 first-round legislative election, is a recipe for political gridlock. Must we assume it did not occur to these politicians that a conflict of interest would arise when they signed on to the accord and later decided to appoint Joceleme Privert, the former senate president, instead of an outsider to implement it? Far from being the worst Haitians have experienced at the hands of the country’s notorious political class, this latest episode is nonetheless a case study of dereliction of duty that should serve as a catalyst for constitutional reforms.

Haiti Should Ponder Its Own Future, Period
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Haiti Should Ponder Its Own Future, Period

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

With 63 Haitian gourdes for one U.S. dollar, 3.6 million Haitians facing famine on an unprecedented scale, a non-performing economy, a restive population and a political crisis, Haiti certainly does not need the added burden of dealing with the imperial attitude of the international community.

The DR: A nation in Perpetual Denial
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The DR: A nation in Perpetual Denial

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

On May 15, Dominicans head to the polls to elect a president, a vice-president and a National Assembly. As usual the 800-pound gorilla in these contests will be Haiti, their country’s western neighbor and former ruler from 1822 to 1844. Not surprisingly, Haitians living on the wrong side of the border are being treated as political pawns and subjected to inhumane treatments by these malditos.

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