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U20 Women Team Unites Haitians and Creates Economic Opportunity
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U20 Women Team Unites Haitians and Creates Economic Opportunity

Grenadières By Garry Pierre-Pierre SAINT MALO, France – The young Haitian team fought valiantly in all of its three group matches, but lost all of them – against China, Nigeria and Germany – by a 1 goal differential. This team of overachievers was defeated by clearly superior teams with resources and systems that ultimately found…

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Social Unrest Is Tied to Leaders Incompetence
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Social Unrest Is Tied to Leaders Incompetence

Haiti is known as a “black” country, because more than 90 percent of the population is of African ancestry. But at home, the lighter your skin, the higher social and by extension economic privilege you enjoy. The business class is made up largely of Haitians of Arab ancestry. There is a tiny bit of others who traced the lightness of their skin to the European presence in Haiti before 1804, when they left following the successful slave revolt for independence. Combined, they make up less than half a percent of the population. Dark-skinned Haitians are discriminated against sometimes subtly and at times overtly. In short Haiti resembles Apartheid South Africa.

Haiti: Can Jovenel Moise Rise to the Challenge?
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Haiti: Can Jovenel Moise Rise to the Challenge?

Last week violence unseen in more than a decade erupted Port-au-Prince, the capital and other cities across the nation.

The first and obvious explanation for the violence is that a steep government mandated rise in the price of oil and transportation was the  spark that created this explosion. While I agree that increase was what ignited this violence, to focus on it as the sole reason left the government off the hook.

Haitian Times Founder: ‘How I Became American’
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Haitian Times Founder: ‘How I Became American’

I will never forget the day I left my sun-drenched Caribbean homeland for the bright lights of New York. I was playing an intense pickup match of soccer, as we did most afternoons in soccer-crazed Haiti. My cousin crashed our game when he came for me. I was told to go home to shower because I was going to the United States. Game over.

A Call to the Haitian-American Clergy in the Age of Trump
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A Call to the Haitian-American Clergy in the Age of Trump

I know that the Haitian-American clergy has a history of keeping its distance from social and political activism and I respect that. But these are not normal times and we need to cast aside some precedence to deal with this clear and present danger that Trump represents. Again, I do not write this lightly. We need to act and act fast. This is a call for all good people to step up and defend our rights that are under severe attack.

Our religious leaders cannot sit idly by. If they do, history will not be kind to them.

Haiti President’s One Goal: Provide Nation with Electricity
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Haiti President’s One Goal: Provide Nation with Electricity

Electricity in Haiti remains elusive to the average household. Those who do have power in their homes don’t count much on the government. Electricity comes from individuals installing generators, inverters and solar panels. For the most part, the state’s monopoly, Electricity of Haiti, better known by its French acronym EDH, provides four hours a day per neighborhood on a rolling basis. On a bad week, there isn’t any at all.

Of Haiti, Venezuela and the Trump Administration
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Of Haiti, Venezuela and the Trump Administration

Haitian Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue speaking on Jun. 4 at the 48th OAS General Assembly in Washington, DC. Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS By Garry Pierre-Pierre In his latest column, Haitian Times publisher Garry Pierre-Pierre discusses Haitian / Venezuela relations and why the United States’ push to freeze out Venezuela from the Organization of American States won’t…

The Haitian Times Bids Adieu to ‘Kreyolfest’
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The Haitian Times Bids Adieu to ‘Kreyolfest’

The Haitian Times organized Kreyolfest for 17 of its 19 years of existence. Again, I am sad to say that this year, we were left with no choice but to cancel this year’s event—perhaps forever. As of this writing, we have no plans of bringing it back. There simply isn’t enough support for such a large-scale event in New York.

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