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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.

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.

Haiti’s trash problem needs a strategic solution
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Haiti’s trash problem needs a strategic solution

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Interim president Jocelerme Privet announced recently that removing the mountains of trash pilling up in seemingly every corner of Port-au-Prince, will be one of his top priorities.

President Privert’s announcement brought cheers to me. For more than four years I have lamented over the dirtiness of this capital city and other major cities across the politically-troubled Caribbean nation of more than 10 million people.

A Manufactured Crisis Grips Haiti
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A Manufactured Crisis Grips Haiti

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

To those unfamiliar with the zero sum game that has come to define Haiti’s politics, this electoral crisis gripping the troubled Caribbean nation seems simple to solve. Although this impasse has been percolating for a while, it reached a boiling point in October when Jude Celestin, who was declared the second place finisher in the presidential elections, decided that the vote was deeply flawed and he would not participate in a runoff unless certain demands were met.

Diaspora’s Weakness Drives Crisis in Haiti
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Diaspora’s Weakness Drives Crisis in Haiti

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

For more than two decades, Haitian Americans have been grumbling rightly that they don’t wield any significant influence in the affairs of their beloved homeland, despite being the largest donor to the country’s coffers. Haitians living outside of Haiti send more than $1 billion a year to friends and relatives in the form of remittances.

A Tale of Two Neighbors: Cuba and Haiti
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A Tale of Two Neighbors: Cuba and Haiti

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Editor’s note: Second of a three-part series

HAVANA, Cuba – Haitians and Cubans have been allies for quite some time, and that bond remains to this day. The two countries share warm relations, and Cuban doctors over the last 20 years have literally saved thousands of Haitian lives working in clinics in far-flung places in the mountainous country.

Why is Cuba Spotless, While Haiti is Dirty?
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Why is Cuba Spotless, While Haiti is Dirty?

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Editor’s Note, this is the first of three-part series comparing Cuba with Haiti

HAVANA, Cuba – The first thing I noticed when I landed at the airport in Cuba is the ubiquity of the 1950s American-made cars. Then I quickly realized how clean the air and ocean is, and how the streets are void of trash. The place is spotless and even in the countryside, peasants have trash disposals to ensure that towns are not overran with garbage.

This is a far cry from Haiti, where soot, trash and a putrid smell hits you instantly. Cuba and Haiti share many similarities. Both countries have been the subject of punishing embargoes from the United States and Haitians have been moving to Cuba since the turn of last century, largely to work in the sugarcane fields throughout Cuba. The eastern province of Oriente, the heart of Afro Cuba culture is decidedly Haitian influenced.

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