Haiti Briefing (English)

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    Unwanted Gifts: A Concise History of Harming Haiti (HB81)

    In October 2010, a United Nations Stabilisation Mission (MINUSTAH) base near Mirebalais polluted the Meille River with faecal matter. The…

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    An Electoral Farce: But who is laughing? (HB80)

     1154 Download(s) The international community requires that elections in Haiti be ‘credible’, that is that they bear just enough resemblance to the ‘real thing’…

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    New Pirates of the Caribbean (HB79)

     587 Download(s) Tourism in Haiti is big business and set to get even bigger. Yet while most independent visitors to…

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    Who needs elections? (HB78)

     250 Download(s) Subscribe to download processing... Your Name: Subscribe We are now fast approaching the fifth anniversary of the 12…

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    The Miners Next Door (HB77)

     602 Download(s) This edition examines the current state of mining in Haiti, the role of global mining corporations in taking…

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    Stateless in the Caribbean (HB76)

     502 Download(s) In 2013 the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court rescinded the nationality of hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian parentage sending shockwaves throughout…

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    Caracol: None of Your Business (HB75)

     421 Download(s) This Briefing analyses the situation at the Caracol Industrial Plant, a $424,000,000 assembly-plant “development” project that has created…

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    Cholera: Immune. Immoral. Illegal? (HB74)

     588 Download(s) Haiti Briefing 74 concentrates on the United Nation’s mendacious response to the cholera epidemic it has caused in Haiti.…

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    A Better Class of Dictator? (HB73)

     357 Download(s) Rebelling against the lies and illegalities. Three years after the earth- quake of January 12, 2010, Haiti paused…

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    Haiti’s Hunger Games (HB72)

     1728 Download(s) Disastrous Food Policy Bites Hands that Feed One mamit (5.75lb tin) of rice? 150 Haitian Gourdes (about £2.24…

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    Wanted – An Agenda for Change (HB71)

     424 Download(s) EU Development – the Real Road to Poverty Reduction. The report slipped out al- most unnoticed and it…

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    Truth Out, Dying Season In (HB70)

     493 Download(s) UN Cholera Response: Disdainful, Disingenuous and Deceitful Has the UN’s intestinal worm turned? On an inspection of the…

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    Beyond Relief, Beyond Belief (HB69)

     337 Download(s) Beyond Relief, Beyond Belief As they quaffed champagne in their Port-au-Prince head- quarters on Harry Truman Boulevard, the…

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    Nou Bouke Viv Anba Tant (HB68)

     252 Download(s) We’re fed up of living in tents! Nou Bouke Viv Anba Tant The sit-in that blocked the road in…

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    Haiti Briefing 67: Victims Become Victims – Again (HB67)

     282 Download(s) Relocation, Relocation, Relocation—Haiti style Amass of torn tarpaulins, broken stakes and a jumble of personal possessions – it…

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    No joke as carnival music stops (HB66)

     243 Download(s) Post-election political paralysis. Michel Martelly supporters seize control of Port-au-Prince, in response to official election results. The smoldering…

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    Plus ça change – the Republic of NGOs, but which ones? (HB65)

     345 Download(s) Rescued Yes, Recovery No, Redevelopment: by whom, for whom? First the good news. To date there has been…

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    No Room at the Inn (HB64)

     344 Download(s) Haiti’s biggest humanitarian challenge since Second World War You see it first and best from the air. Translucent,…

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    Farmers want to end food dependence (HB63)

     274 Download(s) Haiti’s peasant farmers are organising and taking action to try and bring an end to the country’s dependence…

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    Haiti’s Horrible Year (HB62)

     249 Download(s) The year started off badly, and it was downhill from then on. The fragile sense of stability that…

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    Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm (HB61)

     302 Download(s) At the beginning of the year, the Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) and the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti…

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    Insecurity’s hidden hands (HB60)

     251 Download(s) The government has faced its sternest challenge since it took office in early June following a dramatic increase…

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    ‘Standing Up to Defend our Rights’’ (HB59)

     274 Download(s) Eramithe Delva, leader and founder of KOFAVIV on why women on the protest march wore black masks over…

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    Can Préval’s government deliver? (HB58)

     224 Download(s) Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis and President René Préval have demanded that all armed gangs surrender their weapons…

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    Election victory for the Haitian people (HB57)

     221 Download(s) Préval supporters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince to protest against alleged fraud and vote-rigging.

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    Doubts About Elections (HB56)

     240 Download(s) Voters stand in line outside a polling station in Port-au-Prince in 1995. Size of turn-out will determine success…

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    Military approach criticised (HB55)

     227 Download(s) In June, 800 more troops were added to UN stabilisation mission in Haiti, bringing the number of soldiers…

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    Gunning Down the Poor (HB54)

     235 Download(s) Police or ‘police’ – Uniformed men carry out operations in Port-au-Prince and other cities, but no one can…

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    Return of the Death-Squads (HB53)

     218 Download(s) The news from Haiti over the last few months has been unremittingly bad. The interim government – appointed…

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    The End of Aristide (HB52)

     216 Download(s) The collapse of Aristide’s Lavalas Family government at the end of February can only partly be explained by…

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    Bicentennial Blues (HB51)

     303 Download(s) As the two-hundredth anniversary of the declaration of Haiti’s independence from France draws close, disagreements have emerged over…

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    Armed opposition now part of a new strategy (HB50)

     228 Download(s) With apparent guidance from the US International Republican Institute (IRI), the anti-Aristide opposition is engaged in a three-…

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    Learning from the Occupation of Haiti (HB49)

     276 Download(s) A coalition invading to restore democracy. A massive show of military strength. The concentration of regular soldiers in…

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    Petrol Price Rise Fuels Discontent (HB48)

     81 Download(s) In January, the cash-strapped Haitian government bowed to pressure from the International Monetary Fund and withdrew the state…

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    Long Hot Summer for Aristide (HB47)

     93 Download(s) The government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, which came to power with a landslide electoral victory only two years ago,…

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    Suffering from Sanctions, Again (HB46)

     84 Download(s) The Haitian economy is more than just on its knees – it’s now a matter of skin and…

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    Danger Signs After Coup Bid (HB45)

     90 Download(s) Political tensions deepened and violence flared following an apparent coup attempt against the government on the night of…

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    Feeling the Fallout from the attacks on the US (HB44)

     95 Download(s) The United States’ declaration of a “war on terrorism” following the 11 September attacks was met with some…

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    Time for the ‘Politicians’ to Step Aside (HB43)

     85 Download(s) Diplomatic missions have come and gone. Eleventh hour meetings have been boycotted; others have been postponed. Shots have…

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    A Full House but Nobody Home (HB42)

     77 Download(s) Almost one year since elections that returned a Parliament completely dominated by President Aristide’s Lavalas Family Party, the…

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    Aristide is Back (HB41)

     81 Download(s) Ten yearssince he was first elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to power following an election in November…

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    Solidarity Boosts Union Action (HB40)

     139 Download(s) After a year-long campaign, the labour union representing some 300 workers at the Marnier-Lapostelle orange plantation in northern…

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    Scale of Lavalas Victory Questioned (HB39)

     89 Download(s) The May 21st elections returned a huge victory for Jean-Betrand Aristide’s new, populist Lavalas Family party. According to…

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    Chronicle of an Election Postponed (HB38)

     145 Download(s) Elections for every single elected office in Haiti, save the Presidency and a third of the Senate, have…

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    Unwelcome, Unwanted: Haitian Migrant Workers (HB37)

     189 Download(s) When a boat carrying some 400 Haitians ran aground just two miles off the Florida coast on New…

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    Death and Confusion – who Controls the Police? (HB36)

     86 Download(s) The question of criminal and political violence in Haiti has raised a great deal of controversy since the…

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    Doing the Election Dance (HB35)

     179 Download(s) In 1990, the majority of Haitians were enthusiastic voters, but then saw their elected candidate overthrown by a…

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    Sowing the Seeds for a Grassroots Revival (HB34)

     82 Download(s) These are dark days in Haiti. The promise of economic renewal funded by international development aid has come…

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    Fed Up with Violence (HB33)

     89 Download(s) In Creole, there are many ways to express a dilemma. But these days, most Haitians would probably tell…

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    Collapse of Parliament Heralds Aristide Comeback (HB32)

     83 Download(s) The political crisis, simmering for the best part of two years, finally came to the boil in January.…