HISTORY

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History and Haiti

To say that Haiti has had a turbulent history, is probably a massive understatement. Here the Haiti Support Group provides more information and analysis about the fascinating, if often tragic, past of the country.

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....

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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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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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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