If we make an honest and sober analysis of the Haitian community in the New York metropolitan area, for example, the picture is bleak. While the number of Haitians in the area has increased, the number of Haitian-owned businesses has plummeted. Social service organizations struggle to find support and their work, though much needed, cannot…
In my years of covering and chronicling the Haitian community in New York and South Florida, in a month or so and after the furor dies down, our outrage fizzles and we go back to our daily routine until the next crisis hits Haiti. This cycle must be broken. Support community journalism to read more….
Dear Mr. Con, You know, last November I read that you said all Haitians had AIDS and you know, I didn’t believe it because it came from the failing New York Times — that fake news outlet where I spent more than six years as a staff reporter. Imagine that! A shithead like me, from…
By Garry Pierre-Pierre Last month, the United Nations rolled its tanks and soldiers out of Haiti and left behind a team of civilians ostensibly ready to help burnish law and order in the politically-troubled Caribbean nation. And last week, the Haitian Senate unveiled a scathing report, meticulously detailing how various officials and administrations have plundered…
In the early 1990s, Una S. Clarke was a councilwoman representing the 40th district in Brooklyn who said that “Haitians were the Hasidics of the Caribbean community,” while addressing a meeting of a group of Haitian-American professionals in Manhattan.
For the first time in more than 40 years, I did not watch one NFL game over the weekend.
Not even highlights on the news.
I will not watch a football game for the foreseeable future. I’m done. I don’t even follow or listen to the news about the game. I don’t want to get caught up in the hoopla that culminates with a series of games from Thursday to Monday during the season.
By Garry Pierre-Pierre PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The news came sudden and spread as quickly as a wildfire. Rene Garcia Preval had passed away at his home in Laboule. Preval was at once an iconic, historic and complex figure in Haitian politics. I know I will miss him. Preval was a towering figure in Haiti’s political…
By Garry Pierre-Pierre
I do believe that MINUSTAH should go, and should do so soon. But having said that I remain skeptical that once these blue-helmeted soldiers are out whether or not our institutions are ready to play their role in a democratic society. Can the police handle a protest of 10,000 or more? Can the judiciary uphold the constitution? Can the political parties behave responsibly? Can Haiti feed itself and care of the desperate needs of its people.
The rapacious business leaders in Haiti practice zero sum capitalism just like their political counterparts believes in zero sum politics. All of these zeros leave Haiti with nothing.
By Garry Pierre-Pierre
Two days after Guy Philippe was arrested in Haiti by Haitian police officers and extradited to Miami on drug charges, I received an email urging Haitians to sign a petition calling on the U.S. State Department to release him to the Haitian authorities. Philippe, who has been wanted by the U.S. Drugs and Enforcement Agency for more than 10 years, was nabbed on Thursday, Jan. 5 outside a radio station in Petion Ville minutes after he gave an interview.