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US Pauses Deportations to Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

Given the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to pause its planned deportations of Haitians coming to the US-Mexico border. When Haitian migrants started arriving in large numbers to the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego, DHS had decided to resume non-criminal deportations to Haiti, which had been on hold since the 2010 earthquake. It is unclear how soon conditions in Haiti will improve, or how soon the deportations will be resumed. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. US policy on deporting Haitians on hold in wake of hurricane Peter Orsi, The Washington Post October 11, 2016 MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti has put on hold a new policy of deporting Haitians who are in the United States without permission but the government intends to […]

Struggle to get aid to isolated regions hit by Hurricane Matthew

The full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew remains unclear as emergency teams struggle to get to regions cut off by washed-out bridges and landslides. Local teams in isolated regions are currently conducting “search-and-rescue” missions, meaning that the death toll could rise. Aid teams in Haiti struggle to reach regions slammed by Hurricane Matthew Paul Schemm and Brian Murphy, The Washington Post October 5, 2016   Emergency teams in Haiti struggled Wednesday to reach hurricane-ravaged areas cut off by washed-out bridges and mudslides after Hurricane Matthew roared over the nation’s western tip and began a devastating island-hopping path that arcs toward the U.S. coast. The full extent of Matthew’s blow to Haiti remained unclear, with communications almost fully severed to some regions in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation — where tens of thousands of people still live in tents […]

After Admission of Involvement, the UN Must Do More for Cholera Victims

Thanks to Dr. Louise Ivers of Partners in Health for this Letter to the Editor describing how the United Nations can do much more for Haiti’s cholera victims, and calling on the UN to do so. Now that, almost six years later, the UN has admitted involvement in the cholera outbreak, it is time for real action. ————————- To make amends, the U.N. must provide funds to fight cholera in Haiti Dr. Louise Ivers (Letter to the Editor), The Washington Post August 26, 2016 Regarding the Aug. 19 editorial “The U.N. finally faces facts in Haiti”: The United Nations conceded that it played a role in a devastating cholera epidemic in Haiti six years ago and admitted that it should do “much more.” Contrition was long overdue. International experts reviewing the evidence (including a panel appointed by the United Nations) long […]

How can Haiti regain its independence?

Though Haiti gained its independence in 1804, one can argue that Haiti began to lose that independence less than two decades later when it was forced to start paying France back for lost slaves and property. Almost immediately after Haiti finished paying that “debt” in 80 years, the U.S. military occupied the country for 19 years. Haitian leaders also took advantage of the insecurity, sometimes with the help of foreign countries. This author argues that the only way Haiti can regain its independence is to rid itself of the constant foreign help and take matters into its own hands. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Only Haitians can save Haiti Joel Dreyfuss, The Washington Post August 24, 2016 Joel Dreyfuss is a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. Haiti won a rare victory on […]

Haiti Preps for Election Verification Through Continued U.S. Pressure

As Haiti prepares for the long-awaited election verification, the U.S. State Department’s special coordinator for Haiti has been meeting with Haitian officials. The U.S. stance is to complete the verification process as soon as possible and not change any of the previous election results. But what if the verification discovers the massive fraud that those in favor of verification have alleged? US official visits Haiti to assess progress toward elections David McFadden, The Washington Post April 28, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The U.S. State Department’s special coordinator for Haiti arrived in the troubled Caribbean nation Thursday seeking to help resolve a political standoff that has left elections in limbo. Kenneth Merten began talks with Haitian officials and international partners focusing on steps needed to conclude a stalled electoral cycle that began last year. The U.S. was careful in its language, saying Merten […]

Will Hillary Clinton Get Away with Haiti/Honduras Election Interference?

Haiti is currently facing an electoral crisis that can largely be attributed to Hillary Clinton. In 2010, Clinton pressured the Haitian president and electoral commission to change the election results in favor of now-ex-president Martelly. In today’s US elections, Clinton has managed to avoid any questions on her support of un-democratic governments in both Haiti and Honduras though both countries are still enduring the repercussions of her actions. Perhaps bringing such issues to light could help Haiti avoid repeating history, and help Haiti on the path of fair and democratic elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. For background info on Haiti’s elections, click HERE. Hillary Clinton needs to answer for her actions in Honduras and Haiti Karen Attiah, The Washington Post March 10, 2016 If there was anything refreshing about Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Miami, it […]

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