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Discovering Haitian Culture One Sentence at a Time: A Translator’s Journey in the Radio Haiti Archive
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Discovering Haitian Culture One Sentence at a Time: A Translator’s Journey in the Radio Haiti Archive

“What do you know about Haiti?“ asked Laura during my interview in September 2017. I knew it was a Caribbean country where Creole was spoken; I knew it had suffered a devastating earthquake almost a decade ago; and I knew it struggled economically. And that was about all I knew.

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Black America should care more about Haiti
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Black America should care more about Haiti

The island of Haiti had a bittersweet last week. The sweet part of the week began on the evening of Oct. 3, when U.S. District Judge Edward Chen blocked the Trump Administration’s efforts to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians and hundreds of thousands of other immigrants from countries whose residents are people of color….

Naomi Osaka: Who Gets to be Haitian?
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Naomi Osaka: Who Gets to be Haitian?

If a person were to log on to social media two months ago around this time, they’d surely come across the sentiment “Africa has won the world cup” repeatedly. With 15 out of the 23 members of the victorious French national team stemming from countries across Africa and the Caribbean, the funny yet sobering idea wasn’t exactly so far-fetched.  

The Future of Business in Haiti: Creating Wealth and Infrastructural Development in Informal Economies of Brain-Drained Countries
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The Future of Business in Haiti: Creating Wealth and Infrastructural Development in Informal Economies of Brain-Drained Countries

By Lovens Gjed Did you know that migrant workers sent close to half a trillion dollars to their developing home countries in 2017? Or most importantly, that this positive trend is likely continue for the next decades? Yet, aspiring business leaders and investors may be misled to summarize the future of business worldwide to only two main global…

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.

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,…

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