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Thanks Jehovah Haiti is on the Rebound

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Watchdog Group and Think Tank

Five years after the devastating earthquake, that would have totally destroyed most other Caribbean countries, our Haitian brothers and sisters are slowly, and we are convinced surely, rebuilding their society. As always, the aid promised has not all be forthcoming and the spectre of corrupt practices still looms, but we hasten to add that these maladies are not unique after such destruction and chaos. There will always be those humans and organizations, both private and public, who will exploit human suffering for their own greed and nefarious ambitions.

Not to be overwhelmed by these negatives, we are witnessing the great resilience of the Haitian people as they press ahead with nation rebuilding. Our sources in New York reliably inform us, that some commodities are already reaching the market place with the proud stamp: Made in Haiti. We are also reliably informed that: manufacturing, mining, agriculture and fisheries are getting some assistance and creating new jobs. The telecom company DIGICEL, has poured one billion dollars into the telecom infrastructure. Haitian workers are now producing/making computer tablets at an encouraging pace! The tourism planners are moving swiftly to tap into the 25 million tourists who visit the Caribbean annually.

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The World Community Cheats Haiti

Buried in the news is the egregious reality that 50% of the money pledged to Haiti by the global community triggered by the earthquake which devastated the capital Port-au-Prince remains outstanding. Some continue to ask what has this country which symbolizes so much for the free world done to suffer such disrespect. BU will be […]

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Do We Hate Thee Haiti?

Submitted by islandgal246   The embassy of the United States of America  here in Barbados is responsible for issuing visas to  citizens of several of the Caribbean islands and this includes nationals of Haiti.  Many of these Haitian nationals reside in the French Territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe must come here  to apply for a […]

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A Pact With The Devil? The United States And The Fate Of Modern Haiti

Reproduced from Origins Website, by Leslie Alexander   One year ago, on January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti. The following day, as tens of thousands of the dead and dying lay beneath the rubble and remains of their homes and communities, American televangelist Pat Robertson stated that the earthquake […]

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An Inside Look At Haiti’s Business Elite, Interview with Patrick James

In the coming days BU will be reproducing and writing about Haiti. It seems Barbadians and others in the region have become numb to the plight of the Haitians. The article reproduced from 1995 is still relevant and required reading to understand a little about Haiti. “Patrick James is the alias of a U.S. businessperson […]

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If Duvalier Can Travel On An EXPIRED Haitian Passport, Why Can't President Aristide Do The Same?

Reproduced from the Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network Dr  Jean-Bertrand Aristide Former President of Haiti 19 January 2011 I would like to thank the government and the people of South Africa for the historic hospitality, deeply rooted in Ubuntu, extended to my family and I Since my forced arrival in the Mother Continent six and […]

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Barbadians Quibble About TOMAS While Haitians, St. Lucians, Vincentians Suffer

There is a lot we could write about who is to be blamed for the late notification of Storm TOMAS which wreaked havoc on Barbados last weekend. Funny enough the other islands to the North have had more time to prepare but it did not seem to have prevented lives and property from being loss. […]

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Wyclef Jean: Our Destiny Is Not Written For Us But By Us

Submitted by Austin Wyclef Jean is expected to launch a bid to lead his troubled homeland, Haiti. After decades of paying the price for overthrowing it’s colonial rulers, and a devastating earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000, Wyclef has embarked on a monster and noble task. In the words of President Barack Obama, “our destiny […]

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Local Engineer Back From Haiti And Is Forced To Ask Some Hard Questions

I recently returned from a 4-week deployment in Haiti. My principal assignment was to train Haitian engineers to evaluate the safe structural condition of buildings, so that they could be occupied or abandoned. I also trained them in effective and economical repair and strengthening measures. I completed my assignments, returned home, and tried to forget […]

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And The Rich Shall Get Richer: What About the Poor?

The recent catastrophic earthquake which rocked Haiti has exposed one of the weaknesses of modern civilization; the failure to narrow the gap between rich and poor countries. Haiti is a country which has languished at the bottom of the ladder using any yardstick which measures economic and human development. During the period of struggle being […]

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Haiti And The Blacks!

by Loose Canon (Reproduced from Botswana’s Sunday Standard) I hope black people will learn a lesson from the earthquake that hit Haiti. If they don’t learn anything from it, then I throw up my hands in despair and give up. Let’s start with a few basic facts. Until the earthquake, I never knew there was […]

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What About The Haitian Children?

For the past three weeks the world has remained horrified at the news coming out of Haiti. Much has been stated about the untold suffering which has been visited on Haiti throughout the years. The images beamed across the world by a Western press has exposed the destruction of Port au Prince now rubble, over […]

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The Reconstruction And Transformation Of Haiti: A Global-Moral Imperative

Submitted by Crusoe (as a comment on the Haiti We Are Sorry blog You list some good ideas for the structural retransformation of Haiti [Responding to Commenter Dictionary on the Haiti We Are Sorry blog]. Each in of themselves they do not depend on improved education but do depend on improved technical training (farming etc). […]

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Those Who Dared Not To Be Slaves: Haiti And A Coalition Of Dishonour

Submitted by Yardbroom The earth trembled and people who were already poor felt its fury.  Haiti was in the news again, the good stories from that place rest only in the hearts of their ancestors. Nations responded, it is true, from near and far the willing came.  There were planes loaded with supplies and concerned […]

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Regional Leaders Fighting To Define Role For Caricom In Haiti Relief Effort

A few months ago the Caribbean would have been embarrassed by the report:  The judge who’ll head the new British Supreme Court says Caribbean and other Commonwealth cases are taking up too much time of the Privy Council. The statement would have come against the background that only Guyana and Barbados have signed onto the […]

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USA Government Extends Temporary Asylum To Illegal Haitian Immigrants

Submitted by Rickford Burke The Obama administration announced Friday that it will allow an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians living in the United States illegally to stay and work in the country for 18 months as part of its response to Tuesday’s earthquake, but warned Haitians that leaving the country now “will only bring more […]

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NY Caribbean Institute Calls For Haitians Injured In Quake To Be Medevaced To Caricom States

Submitted by Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: The President of the New York based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy, Rickford Burke, on Friday called on the United Nations (UN), US State Department, Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom), “to evacuate Haitians who have been injured in Tuesday’s devastating […]

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