Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian-Americans express concern over upcoming US election

Interviewed residents of Little Haiti express their concerns over this presidential election. Several of those interviewed expressed frustration with the lack of discussion over the effect of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, as well as the Clinton Foundation’s missteps in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Florida Haitian-American Voters A Challenge For Hillary Clinton Nadege Green, WLRN October 12, 2016   Along busy Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood sits the Caribbean Marketplace, a bright yellow structure modeled after Haiti’s famous Iron Market. Usually the cultural hub is home to Haitian art exhibits or music-filled nights ofkonpa and rara. But recently, the complex has been abuzz with political activity – presidential candidate Donald Trump  (and protesters) made an appearance and a Hillary Clinton campaign office opened a few doors down… […]

How Foreign “Help” Hurts Haiti

More than 5 years after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, many are still asking “where did all the money go?” This article analyzes the effects of aid efforts that don’t acknowledge the opinions or needs of the local population and end up hurting more than helping, like the Caracol Industrial park built in the north of Haiti. Supposedly, the park was part of the Clintons’ efforts to “build back better” but it hasn’t lived up to any of its promises and even resulted in subsistence farmers losing their fertile land. The article also discusses food insecurity in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti shows how wealthy countries ‘continue to cause disaster’ Workers get paltry wages at foreign firms that ‘extract the profits from their labour,’ researcher says Nicola Luksic & Tom Howell, CBC News September 15, […]

How the Clintons “Govern” Haiti

Hillary and Bill Clinton often discuss their love for Haiti ever since they traveled there for their honeymoon. However, their track record of unfulfilled promises to Haiti, especially after the 2010 earthquake, leaves more questions than answers. This article delves into the Clintons’ influence in Haiti and why some say that “after everything is in place…you see the Clintons at every level” of goings-on in the small country. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The King and Queen of Haiti Jonathan Katz, Politico Magazine May 4, 2015 Sunday, January 30, 2011. Two hundred thousand people occupied Egypt’s Tahrir Square, defying a military curfew to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Tunisia’s authoritarian leader had just been overthrown, unleashing a wave of anti-government protests from Yemen to Syria to Morocco. South Sudan’s provisional president […]

Farmers Pushed Off Land for Haiti Industrial Park

  The USAID-funded Caracol Industrial Park has been under fire for its failure to live up to the promises made after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. This article sheds light on the failure from a different angle–the challenge to the self-sufficiency of Haiti’s farmers. Over 1,000 were forced off the land to make way for this Park, which is way outside the earthquake-affected area to begin with. If Haitian’s can’t feed themselves, they will continue to be dependent on foreign aid. Measuring success in Haiti Marie Clarke Brill, The Washington Post March 25, 2015 The March 21 front-page article “The Clinton effect: Light and shadow” rightly picked up on the failure of the Caracol Industrial Park but failed to mention the biggest scandal of this Clinton-championed project: More than 1,000 farmers were forced off their land with only a few days’ notice to make way […]

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