The Haiti Briefing Archive

Celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking reporting

THE HAITI BRIEFING ARCHIVE – 25 YEARS OF GROUNDBREAKING REPORTING

Unwanted Gifts: A Concise History of Harming Haiti (HB81)
Unwanted Gifts: A Concise History of Harming Haiti (HB81)
538KB A historical insight into centuries of international meddling and mishaps in Haiti. Will they ever learn? In October 2010, a United Nations Stabilisation Mission (MINUSTAH) base near Mirebalais polluted the Meille River with faecal matter....

An Electoral Farce: But who is laughing? (HB80)
An Electoral Farce: But who is laughing? (HB80)
1.18MB The international community requires that elections in Haiti be ‘credible’, that is that they bear just enough resemblance to the ‘real thing’ for them not to be laughed off the stage... Jockeying for position On 12 January 2015,...

New Pirates of the Caribbean (HB79)
New Pirates of the Caribbean (HB79)
1.18MB Tourism in Haiti is big business and set to get even bigger. Yet while most independent visitors to the country stay with family members or are off-road backpackers, the government is focusing its efforts on high-end luxury travel from North America,...
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Who needs elections? (HB78)
Who needs elections? (HB78)
763KB We are now fast approaching the fifth anniversary of the 12 January 2010 earthquake. In many ways, it will be a historic moment for Haiti. Not only because of the devastation caused five years ago but also as it is the day on which the country...
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The Miners Next Door (HB77)
The Miners Next Door (HB77)
301KB This edition examines the current state of mining in Haiti, the role of global mining corporations in taking advantage of local mining codes and the interest of foreign investors in exploiting Haiti's natural resources. We also speak to local groups...

Stateless in the Caribbean (HB76)
Stateless in the Caribbean (HB76)
1.3MB In 2013 the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court rescinded the nationality of hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian parentage sending shockwaves throughout the Caribbean and wider Americas with far-reaching consequences for the...
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Caracol: None of Your Business (HB75)
Caracol: None of Your Business (HB75)
1.8MB This Briefing analyses the situation at the Caracol Industrial Plant, a $424,000,000 assembly-plant "development" project that has created fewer than 2000 less-than-minimum wage jobs. Production may benefit foreign investors and consumers but it...
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Cholera: Immune. Immoral. Illegal? (HB74)
Cholera: Immune. Immoral. Illegal? (HB74)
238KB Haiti Briefing 74 concentrates on the United Nation's mendacious response to the cholera epidemic it has caused in Haiti. In the first article, we demonstrate how the UN is not only making a mockery of the concept of rule of law in failing to...
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A Better Class of Dictator? (HB73)
A Better Class of Dictator? (HB73)
630KB Rebelling against the lies and illegalities. Three years after the earth- quake of January 12, 2010, Haiti paused last month to remember and reflect. It might seem unimaginable given a cholera epidemic with a death toll now nudging 8000, some 360,000...

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Haiti's Hunger Games (HB72)
216KB Disastrous Food Policy Bites Hands that Feed One mamit (5.75lb tin) of rice? 150 Haitian Gourdes (about £2.24 or $3.57), up 50% since July. Corn meal? At 100 Gourdes a mamit, that has doubled in the past year. Beans? Well, they are only 210...

Wanted - An Agenda for Change (HB71)
Wanted - An Agenda for Change (HB71)
227KB EU Development – the Real Road to Poverty Reduction. The report slipped out al- most unnoticed and it is still hard to find. But the untitled document, the product of a four-day trip to Haiti by five MEPs on the Budgetary Control Committee of...

Truth Out, Dying Season In (HB70)
Truth Out, Dying Season In (HB70)
200KB UN Cholera Response: Disdainful, Disingenuous and Deceitful Has the UN’s intestinal worm turned? On an inspection of the solar energy capacity of the new teaching hospital in Mirebalais on March 7, Bill Clinton, UN Special Envoy to Haiti,...
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Beyond Relief, Beyond Belief (HB69)
Beyond Relief, Beyond Belief (HB69)
155KB Beyond Relief, Beyond Belief As they quaffed champagne in their Port-au-Prince head- quarters on Harry Truman Boulevard, the staff of the secretariat of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC) finally seemed to have something to...

Nou Bouke Viv Anba Tant (HB68)
Nou Bouke Viv Anba Tant (HB68)
1.26MB We're fed up of living in tents! Nou Bouke Viv Anba Tant The sit-in that blocked the road in front of the Ministry of Social Affairs on World Habitat Day was peaceful but noisy. “We are people not animals!” “Get us out of these pigeon cages!”...

Haiti Briefing 67: Victims Become Victims – Again (HB67)
Haiti Briefing 67: Victims Become Victims – Again (HB67)
2.19MB Relocation, Relocation, Relocation—Haiti style Amass of torn tarpaulins, broken stakes and a jumble of personal possessions – it looked like an early season hurricane had passed through. In fact it was a demolition job by armed thugs working...

No joke as carnival music stops (HB66)
No joke as carnival music stops (HB66)
203KB Post-election political paralysis. Michel Martelly supporters seize control of Port-au-Prince, in response to official election results. The smoldering ruin of the ruling Inite party’s headquarters on Avenue Lamartinière Port-au-Prince seemed...

Plus ça change – the Republic of NGOs, but which ones? (HB65)
Plus ça change – the Republic of NGOs, but which ones? (HB65)
803KB Rescued Yes, Recovery No, Redevelopment: by whom, for whom? First the good news. To date there has been no second disaster in Haiti, in the form of epidemics, famine or tropical storm damage in the wake of the most deadly earthquake this century. Second,...

No Room at the Inn (HB64)
No Room at the Inn (HB64)
253KB Haiti's biggest humanitarian challenge since Second World War You see it first and best from the air. Translucent, deep blue specks, as yet unfaded by the remorseless sun, they stand out against the turquoise seawater and the beige of the dry landscape. As...

Farmers want to end food dependence (HB63)
Farmers want to end food dependence (HB63)
446KB Haiti’s peasant farmers are organising and taking action to try and bring an end to the country’s dependence on food imports, and to avert the prospect of looming famine. ...

Haiti’s Horrible Year (HB62)
Haiti’s Horrible Year (HB62)
893KB The year started off badly, and it was downhill from then on. The fragile sense of stability that had been growing steadily since President Préval took office in mid-2006 was severely undermined by a sharp rise in the price of food and other...
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Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm (HB61)
Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm (HB61)
1.89MB At the beginning of the year, the Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) and the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Mi- nustah) made a concerted effort to break up the larger gangs based in the sprawling Cité Soleil slum to the north of the...

Insecurity’s hidden hands (HB60)
Insecurity’s hidden hands (HB60)
327KB The government has faced its sternest challenge since it took office in early June following a dramatic increase in violent crime and, in particular, a wave of kidnappings for ransom, many of them involving children. ...

‘Standing Up to Defend our Rights’’ (HB59)
‘Standing Up to Defend our Rights’’ (HB59)
636KB Eramithe Delva, leader and founder of KOFAVIV on why women on the protest march wore black masks over their faces: “We are veiling our faces because this is how they come to our homes to rape us, beat us, destroy our homes, burn our things....

Can Préval’s government deliver? (HB58)
Can Préval’s government deliver? (HB58)
439KB Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis and President René Préval have demanded that all armed gangs surrender their weapons or risk being killed. ...

Election victory for the Haitian people (HB57)
Election victory for the Haitian people (HB57)
922KB Préval supporters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince to protest against alleged fraud and vote-rigging. ...

Doubts About Elections (HB56)
Doubts About Elections (HB56)
1.41MB Voters stand in line outside a polling station in Port-au-Prince in 1995. Size of turn-out will determine success of this year’s elections. ...

Military approach criticised (HB55)
Military approach criticised (HB55)
505KB In June, 800 more troops were added to UN stabilisation mission in Haiti, bringing the number of soldiers to a total of 7,500. But with the situation only deteriorating since the UN troops arrived over one year ago, are more soldiers the answer? ...

Gunning Down the Poor (HB54)
Gunning Down the Poor (HB54)
980KB Police or ‘police’ – Uniformed men carry out operations in Port-au-Prince and other cities, but no one can ever be quite sure who they are. When rebel gangs overran police stations at the beginning of 2004, they seized not only weapons...

Return of the Death-Squads (HB53)
Return of the Death-Squads (HB53)
1.53MB The news from Haiti over the last few months has been unremittingly bad. The interim government – appointed in March in place of the overthrown Fanmi Lavalas (FL) administration – has shown itself to be totally unequal to the challenge...

The End of Aristide (HB52)
The End of Aristide (HB52)
1.33MB The collapse of Aristide’s Lavalas Family government at the end of February can only partly be explained by the sudden appearance of former Army and FRAPH death- squad figures from the past, although they were the ones who enacted the coup. ...

Bicentennial Blues (HB51)
Bicentennial Blues (HB51)
1.54MB As the two-hundredth anniversary of the declaration of Haiti’s independence from France draws close, disagreements have emerged over how to celebrate the Bicentennial. ...
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Armed opposition now part of a new strategy (HB50)
Armed opposition now part of a new strategy (HB50)
2.08MB With apparent guidance from the US International Republican Institute (IRI), the anti-Aristide opposition is engaged in a three- pronged strategy to undermine, and it hopes, eventually topple the government. ...

Learning from the Occupation of Haiti (HB49)
Learning from the Occupation of Haiti (HB49)
3.84MB A coalition invading to restore democracy. A massive show of military strength. The concentration of regular soldiers in the cities, and the deployment of Special Forces to remote villages. Billions of dollars of aid promised for reconstruction....

Petrol Price Rise Fuels Discontent (HB48)
Petrol Price Rise Fuels Discontent (HB48)
8.82MB In January, the cash-strapped Haitian government bowed to pressure from the International Monetary Fund and withdrew the state subsidy pegging petrol, diesel and kerosene prices at well below the world market rate. The price of vehicle fuel shot...

Long Hot Summer for Aristide (HB47)
Long Hot Summer for Aristide (HB47)
20.51MB The government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, which came to power with a landslide electoral victory only two years ago, is facing sliding popularity and mounting protest on all fronts. At root of the deepening disillusionment is the continued...

Suffering from Sanctions, Again (HB46)
Suffering from Sanctions, Again (HB46)
9.35MB The Haitian economy is more than just on its knees - it's now a matter of skin and bones. Sanctions against the military regime in the early 1990s failed to shift the generals but did succeed in reducing economic capacity by a quarter. Since then,...

Danger Signs After Coup Bid (HB45)
Danger Signs After Coup Bid (HB45)
8.76MB Political tensions deepened and violence flared following an apparent coup attempt against the government on the night of the 16th December. Around 30 armed men took over the Presidential Palace, but after exchanges of gunfire with police who...

Feeling the Fallout from the attacks on the US (HB44)
Feeling the Fallout from the attacks on the US (HB44)
9.13MB The United States' declaration of a "war on terrorism" following the 11 September attacks was met with some scepticism, if not cynicism, by those familiar with the case of Emmanuel 'Toto' Constant. Haiti's number one terrorist fled to the US in...

Time for the
Time for the 'Politicians' to Step Aside (HB43)
8.35MB Diplomatic missions have come and gone. Eleventh hour meetings have been boycotted; others have been postponed. Shots have been fired, and stones have been thrown. Foreign development aid has been suspended, and dire warnings have been issued....

A Full House but Nobody Home (HB42)
A Full House but Nobody Home (HB42)
7.98MB Almost one year since elections that returned a Parliament completely dominated by President Aristide's Lavalas Family Party, the political scene in Haiti continues to waiver between farce and tragedy. ...

Aristide is Back (HB41)
Aristide is Back (HB41)
7.71MB Ten yearssince he was first elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to power following an election in November that was boycotted by all the main opposition parties. They refused to take part, claiming that, far from being independent,...

Solidarity Boosts Union Action (HB40)
Solidarity Boosts Union Action (HB40)
8.38MB After a year-long campaign, the labour union representing some 300 workers at the Marnier-Lapostelle orange plantation in northern Haiti has won wage increases and some improvements in conditions. In late July, the French company that imports...

Scale of Lavalas Victory Questioned (HB39)
Scale of Lavalas Victory Questioned (HB39)
7.16MB The May 21st elections returned a huge victory for Jean-Betrand Aristide's new, populist Lavalas Family party. According to the official results, the Lavalas Family won 18 out of 19 Senate seats (the other went to an independent), 26 out of 83...

Chronicle of an Election Postponed (HB38)
Chronicle of an Election Postponed (HB38)
9.37MB Elections for every single elected office in Haiti, save the Presidency and a third of the Senate, have been due since the end of 1998. Members of Parliament had blocked new elections by vetoing the President's nominees for a Prime Minister, and...

Unwelcome, Unwanted: Haitian Migrant Workers (HB37)
Unwelcome, Unwanted: Haitian Migrant Workers (HB37)
8.52MB When a boat carrying some 400 Haitians ran aground just two miles off the Florida coast on New Year's Day, the British media had its first Haiti headline story for several years. Haiti 'boat-people' is an old chestnut that is easy to roast and...

Death and Confusion - who Controls the Police? (HB36)
Death and Confusion - who Controls the Police? (HB36)
8.3MB The question of criminal and political violence in Haiti has raised a great deal of controversy since the resignation on 7 October of the Secretary of State for Public Security, Robert Manuel, and the assassination, two days later, of former colonel...

Doing the Election Dance (HB35)
Doing the Election Dance (HB35)
8.93MB In 1990, the majority of Haitians were enthusiastic voters, but then saw their elected candidate overthrown by a military coup. When, three years later, President Aristide was returned to power by the United Nations, part of the deal was that...

Sowing the Seeds for a Grassroots Revival (HB34)
Sowing the Seeds for a Grassroots Revival (HB34)
8.95MB These are dark days in Haiti. The promise of economic renewal funded by international development aid has come to nothing. Impunity for human rights violators has given birth to a pervasive sense of insecurity. Common crime is on the increase,...

Fed Up with Violence (HB33)
Fed Up with Violence (HB33)
9.76MB In Creole, there are many ways to express a dilemma. But these days, most Haitians would probably tell you that they are "caught between two fires". One fire is the 'forces of darkness', the legions of former Tonton Macoutes, soldiers, paramilitary...

Collapse of Parliament Heralds Aristide Comeback (HB32)
Collapse of Parliament Heralds Aristide Comeback (HB32)
9.03MB The political crisis, simmering for the best part of two years, finally came to the boil in January. Parliamentary elections due in 1997 and 1998 had been cancelled, and the existing Parliament had rejected several attempts by the President to...

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