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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.

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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.

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.

Haitian Community Leaders Can Get Groove Back
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Haitian Community Leaders Can Get Groove Back

A number of Haitians have made great political and professional strides in New York. However, does their success translate to a vibrant Haitian community?

In his latest column, Haitian Times publisher Garry Pierre-Pierre contrasts the individual success of those in the community with the overall strength of Haitians as a whole in New York, all the while questioning the efficacy of “self-proclaimed leaders” in the community.

Why Haitians Tend to Cannibalize Their Own
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Why Haitians Tend to Cannibalize Their Own

There is a long tradition of Diaspora Haitians who throw themselves in the mix to help their country or community. There are plenty of examples where members of the Diaspora, motivated by altruism and a desire to make a difference, bring themselves down from their “celebrity” status to help the country, only to be demonized after being deified.

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