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If Haiti’s government does not confront poverty, corruption, more unrest will follow
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If Haiti’s government does not confront poverty, corruption, more unrest will follow

Haiti’s poverty, like the fuel-price increases, is the product of decisions made by those who possess wealth and power in Haiti and abroad — with a stunning absence of input from the majority of Haitians who are poor. The crippling fuel increases — between 38 percent and 51 percent — were imposed in February by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a condition of its bailout of Haiti’s government.

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Kreyol: Another Perspective on Orphanhood
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Kreyol: Another Perspective on Orphanhood

By David S. Willig The author of “Kreyol, The Orphan That Wouldn’t Go Away,” Dr. Reynard Altema, raises some excellent points about the status of French and the local vernacular in Haiti. Looking at the issue from the outside can give an added perspective to the thesis that a language policy is something that can favor…

Kreyol, The Orphan That Wouldn’t Go Away
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Kreyol, The Orphan That Wouldn’t Go Away

By Dr. Reynald Altema Among the many fault lines in our culture, a conversation about Kreyol ranks at the top of the heap. As is customary, a shouting match—not a conversation—ensues between impassioned people who use the very vernacular to express their positions. The fact that we are still debating the status of Kreyol in…

Diaspora Tourism: An untapped opportunity for Haiti
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Diaspora Tourism: An untapped opportunity for Haiti

By Carlo Chancelien “Diasporas can help open markets for new tourist destinations in their countries of heritage.” -Malina Dumas, International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IDEA) Over the past years, tourism has greatly evolved as an activity solely reserved for the elite and the most fortunate. It has become a significant social and economic phenomenon in today’s…

An Innovative Education Model Comes to Haiti
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An Innovative Education Model Comes to Haiti

by Reynald Altema, M.D. Haiti is going through a demographic explosion with the added curse of steady and constant brain drain dwindling the cadre of professionals. The statistics are glaring. According to Samuel Pierre, Ph.D., professor at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal and GRAHN-Monde President, “Whereas Quebec with a population of 8.5 million has 10,000 college professors,…

Letter to the Editor: There’s Room to Help Haiti and the Diaspora
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Letter to the Editor: There’s Room to Help Haiti and the Diaspora

To the Editor: From: Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, representing the 42nd assembly district in Brooklyn. Re “Haitian Diaspora Needs To Put Its Needs Above Those Of Haiti” There is room to help those in Haiti and Haitian communities across the United States. Although I agree with Mr. Pierre Pierre’s argument, we still need those who have…

Be American Today
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Be American Today

Rodney L. Pepe-Souvenir Although both my parents are tried and true Haitians and I love my Haitian heritage; my whole life growing up my daddy constantly reminded my siblings and me that we were in America, and should Be American. That is we were to adopt all the American ways and blend in so we…

As A Haitian-American, I Stand Proud Of My Heritage
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As A Haitian-American, I Stand Proud Of My Heritage

  By Littane Bien-Aime Growing up, Christmas was my least favorite time of the year. It meant another year of pretending that I got presents when there wasn’t even a tree or any gifts in my family’s public housing apartment. I would go back to school with nothing new on, no new gadgets, and no new…

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