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OP-ED: We Need A Way Forward
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OP-ED: We Need A Way Forward

By Samuel M. Pierre

America is the rare example of a nation that encourages immigration. Most countries promote emigration to other nations in the hopes that its expatriated peoples will do well beyond their border and generate wealth, while popularizing the culture and reputation of their home nation.

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OP-ED: In Unity There is Strength to Defend Against 21st Century Occupations in Haiti
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OP-ED: In Unity There is Strength to Defend Against 21st Century Occupations in Haiti

By Chantalle F. Verna

Coming together to support the well-being of forced migrants arriving into Haiti from the Dominican Republic is a concrete way to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the United States occupation of Haiti (July 28, 1915-August 14, 1934).

Attending to the needs of the tens of thousands continuously arriving into Haiti is consistent with the nationalism that emerged in response to the assault on Haitian sovereignty. That nationalism acknowledges the significance and inter-dependence of all segments of the Haitian population. It can also defend against new and extended forms of occupation in Haiti.

OP-ED: Haiti & The Dominican Republic – A Better Way
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OP-ED: Haiti & The Dominican Republic – A Better Way

By Reginald Liger

To deny people their human rights is to challenge the very existence of humanity. Human rights is not a privilege granted by the few; they are a liberty entitled to all, and human rights, by definition, includes the rights of all humans; those in the dawn of life, the dusk of life, or the shadows of life.

What is going on currently in the Dominican Republic is an injustice to the Dominico-Haitians affected. I don’t claim to have a solution to the issue. However its important to note that these anti-Haiti sentiments started long ago, following the successful liberation of the Dominican Republic in 1822 by Haitians.

OP-ED: An Open Letter to the Red Cross
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OP-ED: An Open Letter to the Red Cross

Maybe it’s best for us to part ways. On behalf of Haitians, Haitian-Americans, and Haitians by Association who are actively working towards the development of our country, I think it’s safe to say that your development efforts are not needed in Haiti anymore. Let me explain.

OP-ED: Our Cross To Bear, Sean Penn Response To American Red Cross Criticism
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OP-ED: Our Cross To Bear, Sean Penn Response To American Red Cross Criticism

By Sean Penn

As an accident of life, I found myself in 2010 becoming CEO of first, an emergency relief organization, and ultimately one whose focus is development in Haiti. Now, nearly six years later, that organization, J/P HRO, employs roughly three hundred full-time Haitian staff (a number that vacillates relative to funding). We are involved in many sectors including health, engineering, education, housing, and relocation. To varying degrees, we have worked in psycho-social assistance, prevention and education on violence against women, and an assortment of other needs expressed to us by thousands of Haitian men and women from all walks of life and leadership. And yes, foreign consultants as well.

OP-ED: Embracing Haiti’s Connection To Vodou
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OP-ED: Embracing Haiti’s Connection To Vodou

The word “Vodoun” or Vodou has always had a negative connotation for me. As a boy I was taught to fear the word. I would never speak about it aloud. I felt it was shameful. Ask a Haitians about Vodou and you get a sense that the person wants to run for the hills. We’ve been taught to fear “Hougan” and “Manbo”. They’re seen as sorcerers who deal in the occult and “black magic” for their own personal gain.

I’ve always wondered why?

We Haitians wish to disassociate ourselves from that word. We feverishly make the “sign of the cross” – we raise our hands to the sky in praise of the Lord – and beg Him to save us.

OP-ED How Leaders Can Lead with Their Soul
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OP-ED How Leaders Can Lead with Their Soul

By Daniella Bien-Aime

The recent political and social uprisings that have resulted in massive demonstrations in North Korea, Haiti, and in the United States have grabbed our attention. These passionate attempts to right wrongs have strained us to face the complacency and some of the ineffectiveness of our government, justice system, and those in authority.

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