By Ed Gehy It is understood that the higher the life expectancy of a people in a nation, the better off it is. By that logic, shorter life expectancy and poverty go hand in hand. Using this formula, could that explain why the ten countries with the lowest life expectancy are found in Africa? Could…
Ever since the first United States occupation in 1915, there have been at least 32 Coup- d’état. A series of unfortunate events, instigated by the army itself, that only brought about death, despair, destruction, insecurity, organized crimes, institutionalized corruption, violation of human rights on a massive scale, to say the least.
By Ed Gehy Ever since we can remember, the United States has meddled in the affairs of Haiti. The U.S. meddling in Haitian internal affairs dates as far back as the early part of the 20th century, if not before. The most vivid example is its overt support and installment of Sudre Dartiguenave to the…
By Ed Gehy
In Haiti, these days, the political situation is such that the absurd has become the new normal. And to the dismay of many, no one seems to understand the seriousness of the problem, which has been going from bad to worst everyday. So much so that few epithets are left to justly describe this political debacle. Shameful? Embarrassing? Humiliating?
By Ed Gehy
On Aug. 9, Haiti organized its long overdue legislative elections to seat its next Congress. Several voting stations in the capital were forced to close because of incidents of violence. As a result, many constituents did not get the chance to cast their votes.
A number of Haitian political parties have denounced the elections as “organized fraud.” Parties including, Fusion, Fanmi Lavalas and Ayisyen Pou Ayiti, asked CEP – the temporary electoral council to reevaluate the election, and right the wrongs that have been committed.
While others, such as Pitit Desalin, requested the elections be annulled. Amid all these protests, some even went as far as calling for the president of the CEP, Pierre- Louis Opont to be arrested, insinuating he was deliberately deceiving the population acting on behalf of the current administration.
By Ed Gehy
Regardless of what political views one may hold, or social class one may belong to, most would agree across the board Haiti has been for too long in its current situation, and that it is about time for real change to take place.
Haiti is faced with many challenges.
Governments come and go; yet, none of them have been able to bring about viable solutions to those challenges. Each passing administration seems to exacerbate the problems instead. It makes one wonder why Haiti wouldn’t invest its resources in areas where there’s a better potential for economic growth.
Below are three “what if?” scenarios for Haiti.
By Ed Gehy
The Haitian-Dominican problem did not start yesterday; thus no viable solution can be found overnight. Haiti shares the same island with Dominican Republic; but relations between the two countries have never been more strained in recent history than they are now.
A gruesome reminder of the Dominican inhuman treatment of Haitians came as recently as last week when a Haitian immigrant was found hung in a public park in the city of Santiago, north of Santo Domingo.