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Trump Presidency Provides Opportunity for Haiti
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Trump Presidency Provides Opportunity for Haiti

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Blaming the United States for the ills that have befallen Haiti has become a parlor game at the villas of the country’s political and economic elite. Any conversation regarding the troubled Caribbean nation of 10 million people inevitably circles back to the mighty neighbor to the North.

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I bet on the Goodness of the American People and I lost

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

In which country did a highly educated, former first lady and senator lose an election to a firebrand, political neophyte, gaudy and raunchy entertainer? No, I am not talking about the United States, it happened in Haiti first in 2011 when Michel J. Martelly defeated, or was selected, president over Myrlande Manigat.

Haiti, Warped Lens

Haiti Needs Another Marshall Plan

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

But the question that no one wants to address is why are natural disasters taking such a huge toll on Haiti. It’s not because we believe in Vodou, or that there is an international conspiracy, or that God is upset at us as I’ve often heard from various folks.

Haiti, Politics, Warped Lens

Let’s Vote for Hillary Clinton and Deal With Her Haiti Misdeeds Tomorrow

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Enough has been written about Mr. Trump that I don’t want to add to it. Enough said. I urge my fellow Haitian-Americans to go to the ballot tomorrow and cast our vote for Mrs. Clinton. And on Wednesday, the leadership should organize national calls the way we did after the earthquake to rally the troop. We should come up with a set of serious recommendations and put together a task force to follow through and make sure that Mrs. Clinton atones for her mistakes in Haiti.

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To Help Haiti We Must Turn Our Back on It

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

After more than 25 years reporting on Haiti, I am of the belief that for Haiti to change, Haitian Americans have to turn our back toward it. We are abused by Haitians in Haiti, thinking that because we were the lucky ones to have left that we owe them something and we are expected to come to their rescue whenever there is a problem, which is often.

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Haitian Government Complicit in Large Death Tolls

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Haitians for the most part, explain their troubles, challenges and miseries as the will of God. You were in an accident; it was God’s will for you. You lost your job, you got it; God had a plan for you.

That is why we’re often described as resilient. After all, God is greater than man and his power omniscient. You cannot argue with God. Such fatalism does allow us to live under conditions that would create swift and immediate revolution just about in any other country.

Diverting An Impending Disaster
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Diverting An Impending Disaster

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

In 2003 I watched in absolute horror as my colleagues and friends in the mainstream media beat a constant drumroll urging the country to go to war with Iraq. The reports were largely based on false information and at times fabrications. But Saddam Hussein was no angel, and few, if any reporters, felt compelled to buck the anti-Hussein mob.

Haiti’s trash problem needs a strategic solution
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Haiti’s trash problem needs a strategic solution

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Interim president Jocelerme Privet announced recently that removing the mountains of trash pilling up in seemingly every corner of Port-au-Prince, will be one of his top priorities.

President Privert’s announcement brought cheers to me. For more than four years I have lamented over the dirtiness of this capital city and other major cities across the politically-troubled Caribbean nation of more than 10 million people.

A Manufactured Crisis Grips Haiti
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A Manufactured Crisis Grips Haiti

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

To those unfamiliar with the zero sum game that has come to define Haiti’s politics, this electoral crisis gripping the troubled Caribbean nation seems simple to solve. Although this impasse has been percolating for a while, it reached a boiling point in October when Jude Celestin, who was declared the second place finisher in the presidential elections, decided that the vote was deeply flawed and he would not participate in a runoff unless certain demands were met.

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