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What Urbanization Can Teach the Poor

Edward Gleaser, City Journal

A Creole Solution for Haiti's Woes

Michel DeGraff & Molly Ruggles, NYT

Does Haiti Need Tourism or Justice?

Samiha Shafy, Der Spiegel

Bill, Hillary & the Haiti Debacle

Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall St. Journal

Over the last half-century, a once overwhelmingly rural world has become ever more urban. In 1960, the urbanization rate in the majority of poor countries was less than 10 percent....(full article)

The Haitian and Vietnamese in-country processing programs—ironically and perversely—required that people who wanted to apply not be afraid to wait for the prolonged pro...(full article)

Creole evolved in the 17th century out of contact among varieties of French and West African languages. Most Creole words have their origins in French, but the languages have disti...(full article)

Human rights attorney Mario Joseph and Tourism Minister Stéphanie Villedrouin are both trying to improve Haiti, but they are following radically different paths. The one wan...(full article)

Haitians are angry, frustrated and increasingly suspicious of the motives of the IHRC and of its top official, Mr. Clinton. Americans might feel the same way if they knew more abou...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Haiti in the Shadow of Cholera - New York Times

The problem of ending Haiti’s cholera epidemic does not stem from an absence of planning. There is a 10-year plan to eradicate cholera from Hispaniola, the island Haiti share...

The White Tourist's Burden - Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera

As admirably altruistic as it sounds, the problem with voluntourism is its singular focus on the volunteer’s quest for experience, as opposed to the recipient community’s actua...

Why Haiti Is a Heartbreaking Mess - Ben Fountain, New Republic

That’s how Haiti breaks your heart, with these hits of grace and beauty constantly sailing out of the wreckage....

Haiti's French/Creole Divide - Jacques Pierre, Miami Herald

All Haitians born and raised in Haiti speak Creole. In fact, the 1987 Constitution states that Creole is “the only language that binds all Haitians together.” However, ...

Democracy at Risk for All Dominicans - Roger Noriega, Miami Herald

The international community has justifiably condemned a decision by the supreme court of the Dominican Republic revoking the citizenship of as many as 350,000 Dominicans of Haitian...

Haiti's Abortion Crisis - Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

Abortion is illegal in Haiti but women and girls are losing their uteruses and their lives as they turn to clandestine, increasingly deadly ways to terminate their pregnancies. The...

Stateless in the Dominican Republic - Los Angeles Times

A court ruling has paved the way for people of Haitian descent there to be stripped of their citizenship, creating a humanitarian crisis....

Haiti's Imported Disaster - New York Times

Haiti’s cholera epidemic, now entering its fourth year, has killed more than 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000. It is a calamity, though one fundamentally different fro...

What the United Nations Owes Haiti - Washington Post

it is now all but certain that Haiti’s cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened more than 600,000, is directly traceable to a battalion of U.N. peac...

Haiti: Different Faces, Same Corruption - Frandley Julien, Miami Herald

Those who try to understand why not much has changed in Haiti 27 years after the fall of the Duvalier regime are quick to point exclusively at our corrupt, ruthless and incompetent...

UN Must Acknowledge Role in Haiti Cholera Epidemic - NY Daily News

A scientific analysis has come close to concluding beyond all doubt what the United Nations has long strenuously and heartlessly denied, namely that UN peacekeepers were responsibl...

How Is Latin America? Could Be Better - Carlos A. Montaner, Miami H'ld

How's Latin America? It depends. In my opinion, its performance is mediocre. It could be a lot better....

Latin America's 'Wiki-Constitutionalism' - Jose Azel, Miami Herald

Latin America has the world’s most tortuous constitutional history. According to a study of constitutions around the world by Jose Luis Cordeiro, 19 of the 21 Latin American nati...

Political Gridlock in Haiti - Miami Herald

Sixteen months after Haiti was supposed to hold a critical round of elections, the voting procedure remains on hold. The country’s warring political factions can’t agre...

Latin America Corruption Starts at Top - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Hld

A new study on corruption in Latin America contains some alarming figures -- an average of about 20 percent of the region's people say they have been asked to pay a bribe by a poli...

Aid Cutoff a Wake-Up Call for Haiti - Miami Herald

Just in time for the third anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, Canada’s principal foreign aid minister, Julian Fantino, delivered a wake-up call to that...

3 Years After Quake, Haiti Losing Hope - Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

A year after the Haitian government, with the international community’s help, began moving quake displaced families out of the camps, hope and happiness turn to despair and d...

Disastrous Relief for Haiti - Ian Birrell, The Guardian

Almost three years ago, Haiti was hit by an earthquake that killed an estimated 220,000 people in 35 seconds of unimaginable terror. It was the worst national disaster in the his...

UN's Shameful Cholera Coverup in Haiti - Pat Cockburn, Independent

The UN's continuing evasion of responsibility for the Haitian outbreak, the biggest cholera epidemic anywhere in the world in recent years, has practical and fatal consequences for...

Reviving Haiti's Army Would Harm Democracy - Jeb Sprague, Miami H'ld

Haiti’s government is making plans to revive the country’s disbanded army, an institution guilty of many of the worst crimes ever perpetrated in the country. At the same time, ...

Haiti's Unnatural Disaster - New York Times

The tropical storm bearing down this week on Haiti threatens to add more layers of misery in a country that has been awash in suffering since the 2010 earthquake. Two-and-a-half ye...

Haiti's Paramilitary Threat - Council on Hemispheric Affairs

A rogue paramilitary group has established a presence in Haiti by parading around both Haiti’s capital and the countryside dressed in mismatched military uniforms and carryin...

Does Nation-Building Work? - John Yemma, Christian Science Monitor

The term "nation-building" smacks of colonialism. But when war has broken a country, nation-building is a moral duty -- and the best way to build is with equal parts outside and ...

Haiti's Cholera Crisis - New York Times

The cholera epidemic in Haiti, which began in late 2010, is bad and getting worse, for reasons that are well understood and that the aid community has done far too little to reso...

Why Is it Taking So Long to Rebuild Haiti? - Tate Watkins, TAI

“The glass is 10 percent full,” says Nigel Fisher, the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator for reconstruction efforts in Haiti. “It’s now time to tackle the remaining 90 perc...

When UN Peacekeepers Cause Disaster - Jonathan Katz, The Daily Beast

Picture this: soldiers from a foreign army are stationed near the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Sewage running from their base has long polluted the waterway, but the author...

U.S. Mole Men Causing Haiti Quakes? - Arikia Milikan, Danger Room

While I was in Haiti this past month, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the country. There was no reported loss of life and no damage, thankfully. But there were an awful lot of ...

The Re-Branding of Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier - Susana Ferreira, Time

A big question is whether Martelly's efforts to market the idea of a new Haiti - one that is open for investment, tourism and modernization- include sweeping away the atrocities ...

The Oxymoron of Haitian Justice - Washington Post

HAITI’S JUSTICE SYSTEM, long an instrument of official impunity for the rich, powerful and well-connected, is busy whitewashing the human rights crimes committed under the co...

How American NGOs Are Hurting Haiti - Winnipeg Free Press

Most of the money ends up going back to the donor nations -- less than two per cent of the reconstruction contracts let out so far has gone to Haitian companies. Almost all U.S. ...

Haiti's Politics of Blame - Jacob Kushner, Global Post

For all the talk about a Haitian people who have grown impatient with the slow pace of a largely foreign-led reconstruction effort, what Haitians are clamoring for most is accoun...

How Haiti Can Be Rich Again - Laurent Dubois & Deborah Jenson, NY Times

Haiti wasn’t always the “poorest nation in the Western hemisphere,” though it’s almost impossible to read about the country today without coming across that phrase. In the ...

Haiti's Slow Recovery - New York Times

The Haitian government badly needs a national strategy for creating permanent housing and jobs, to resettle people out of Port-au-Prince. The coming year should be one in which H...

Haiti 2 Years Later: Half a Million Still in Camps - Trenton Daniel, AP

While U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and others vowed that the world would help Haiti "build back better," and $2.38 billion has been spen...

UN Must Face Up to Its Haiti Disaster - Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian

If an international agency brought a deadly disease to New York City that killed more people than the 9/11 attacks, what would be the consequences? Could they simply brush it off ...

Haiti's Terrible Idea - Washington Post

President Martelly of Haiti has renewed his campaign promise to restore the nation's army, which was abolished for good reasons 16 years ago. He's set a Jan. 1 deadline for a com...

Haiti Doesn't Need an Army - Los Angeles Times

President Michel Martelly is expected to announce a plan to reconstitute the military. But the last thing Haiti needs is a $25-million plan to rebuild a failed institution....

Haiti Does Not Need an Army - Tim Padgett, Global Spin

Even in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people – or perhaps because of that disaster – nationalism reared its head during Haiti's pr...

Haiti's Old Dictator Must Face Justice - Thompson & Neve, Ottawa Citizen

Frequent delays have cast doubt over whether former Haitian president Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier will pay for his crimes....

How the World Failed Haiti - Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone

In March of last year, two months after the devastating earthquake that killed 300,000 Haitians and left more than a million homeless, Sean Penn was faced with a monumental challen...

Haiti: The Failed State That Keeps Failing - Tim Padgett, Time

About half a million youths are still on the streets as a new school year begins, perpetuating Haiti's poverty cycle....

Haiti's Needless Cholera Deaths - New York Times

Cholera victims are among the many casualties of the unfinished rebuilding of Haiti, still choked by rubble and political paralysis....

Haiti, Stuck in the Mud - Washington Post

No one expected miracles from the new president, a political neophyte whose celebrity as a bawdy carnival singer helped catapult him to the presidency. The keys to his elective s...

Politics Stymies Haiti's Recovery - Miami Herald

President must make good on promise to unite the country....

WikiLeaks Show U.S. Calling Shots in Haiti - Jacqueline Charles, Miami Hld

In the two years following the ouster of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the U.S. played a key role in the interim government....

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