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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.

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.

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I bet on the Goodness of the American People and I lost

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

In which country did a highly educated, former first lady and senator lose an election to a firebrand, political neophyte, gaudy and raunchy entertainer? No, I am not talking about the United States, it happened in Haiti first in 2011 when Michel J. Martelly defeated, or was selected, president over Myrlande Manigat.

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Haiti Needs Another Marshall Plan

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

But the question that no one wants to address is why are natural disasters taking such a huge toll on Haiti. It’s not because we believe in Vodou, or that there is an international conspiracy, or that God is upset at us as I’ve often heard from various folks.

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Let’s Vote for Hillary Clinton and Deal With Her Haiti Misdeeds Tomorrow

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Enough has been written about Mr. Trump that I don’t want to add to it. Enough said. I urge my fellow Haitian-Americans to go to the ballot tomorrow and cast our vote for Mrs. Clinton. And on Wednesday, the leadership should organize national calls the way we did after the earthquake to rally the troop. We should come up with a set of serious recommendations and put together a task force to follow through and make sure that Mrs. Clinton atones for her mistakes in Haiti.

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To Help Haiti We Must Turn Our Back on It

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

After more than 25 years reporting on Haiti, I am of the belief that for Haiti to change, Haitian Americans have to turn our back toward it. We are abused by Haitians in Haiti, thinking that because we were the lucky ones to have left that we owe them something and we are expected to come to their rescue whenever there is a problem, which is often.

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Haitian Government Complicit in Large Death Tolls

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Haitians for the most part, explain their troubles, challenges and miseries as the will of God. You were in an accident; it was God’s will for you. You lost your job, you got it; God had a plan for you.

That is why we’re often described as resilient. After all, God is greater than man and his power omniscient. You cannot argue with God. Such fatalism does allow us to live under conditions that would create swift and immediate revolution just about in any other country.

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