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Haitian Music Industry’s Dirty Secret: It Doesn’t Exist
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Haitian Music Industry’s Dirty Secret: It Doesn’t Exist

Haiti’s most recognized and influential musician died penniless because he was an artist in the Haitian Music Industry (HMI).

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The Never-ending Search for Home: One Haitian Family’s Journey Through the Americas for a Place to Call Home
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The Never-ending Search for Home: One Haitian Family’s Journey Through the Americas for a Place to Call Home

By Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul It was a rainy day in March, when Jean René Suprena listened intently to Jeremy Jong, his lawyer, inside the attorney visitation room at LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana. Both men sat across opposite sides of the thick plexiglass in the room as they went over Suprena’s asylum case. Outside,…

Attacking domestic violence in the Haitian community
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Attacking domestic violence in the Haitian community

Author’s note: For this year’s Women’s History Month, celebrated during the month of March, and International Women’s Day, which was March 8th, UN-Women championed the cause of gender parity under the banner, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” Keeping in line with these themes and aspirations, The Haitian Times looks to…

Jovenel Moise Seizes Land From Haiti Peasants
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Jovenel Moise Seizes Land From Haiti Peasants

By Joshua Steckley and Beverly Bell

Jovenel Moïse, President Michel Martelly’s handpicked successor, dispossessed as many as 800 peasants – who were legally farming – and destroyed houses and crops two years ago, say leaders of farmers’ associations in the Trou-du-Nord area. Farmers remain homeless and out of work. The land grabbed by the company Moïse founded, Agritrans, now hosts a private banana plantation.

The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History
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The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History

By Beverly Bell

Yesterday, Jan. 12, on the sixth anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake, Haitians mourned the countless lives lost. Among the many aftershocks they face is disaster capitalism, in which the Haitian elite and foreign corporations – backed by the US government, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank – are grabbing lands for extraction and mega-development projects. Ricot Jean-Pierre, social worker and program director of the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), tells how inequitable control of land has devastated the vast majority throughout Haitian history, from enslavement to today.

UN Peacekeepers Sexually Abused Hundreds In Haiti In Exchange For Food And Medicine, Report Says
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UN Peacekeepers Sexually Abused Hundreds In Haiti In Exchange For Food And Medicine, Report Says

(AP) – Members of a UN peacekeeping mission engaged in “transactional sex” with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed to do so to obtain things like food and medication, a sign that sexual exploitation remains significantly underreported in such missions, according to a new report obtained by The Associated Press.

The draft by the Office of Internal Oversight Services looks at the way UN peacekeeping, which has about 125,000 people in some of the world’s most troubled areas, deals with the persistent problem of sexual abuse and exploitation.

The report, expected to be released this month, says major challenges remain a decade after a groundbreaking UN report first tackled the issue.

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes
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How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

The Red Cross received an outpouring of donations after the quake, nearly half a billion dollars.

The group has publicly celebrated its work. But in fact, the Red Cross has repeatedly failed on the ground in Haiti. Confidential memos, emails from worried top officers, and accounts of a dozen frustrated and disappointed insiders show the charity has broken promises, squandered donations, and made dubious claims of success.

The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.

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