In this tiny Haitian town flooded by Hurricane Ike, the grim reality set in Sunday morning as the bodies of a dozen children lay dead on a concrete slab.
It’s official! The curtain has come down on Act III: Michèle Pierre-Louis is now officially the Honorable Prime Minister of Haiti. It took 146 days for the Honorable Members of the Haitian Parliament and His Excellency René Préval to come to an agreement on a new leader
Fred Cuny was a disaster relief professional who specialized in out-of-the-box thinking. Cuny disappeared several years ago while on mission in Kosovo. The following principles are taken from a book which he authored called “Famine, Conflict and Response, A Basic Guide.”
The UN has warned hundreds of thousands are in need of immediate aid from severe flooding in Haiti in the wake of Hanna and a previous tropical storm, Gustav
SAINT-MARC, Haiti (AP) — Haitian families scrambled onto rooftops and sreamed for help Tuesday in a city flooded by Tropical Storm Hanna, as U.N. peacekeepers and rescue convoys tried in vain to reach them.
The lower house of the Haitian Parliament voted by a landslide to approve Michele Pierre-Louis’ nomination as Prime Minister. The nomination had appeared destined for failure when questions about the non-profit leader’s moral core arose and became the subject of an intense political debate. Early supporters of the nominee abstained, fearing that their parties would be cast aside when time came to divide up the spoils of power.
Fourteen days from today, Haitians will be commemorating the 93rd anniversary of the landing by American marines in Haiti ostensibly to restore order. The marines quickly took control of the affairs of the country, staying 19 years to remake Haiti in their own image. They left in 1934, after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt decided that… Read More ›
In Act 3 of Haiti’s political crisis, Préval’s opponents have seized on the nomination of Michele Pierre-Louis to the post of Prime Minister to launch a full-scale assault on Pierre-Louis’ sexual orientation, moral core and fitness for the position. Her supporters have issued a petition which can fall on dead ears because it is addressed to no one in particular.
It has been a bit over two months since the government of Haiti fell. What do you mean the government fell, say you? Isn’t Rene Preval still President of Haiti? Yes, indeed. Mr. Preval is still the head of state. And yes, the government fell, but this time just as contemplated by the Constitution that… Read More ›
A group calling itself the Haitian Congress will be holding a conference in Chicago on June 27 and 28, 2008. It could be just one more opportunity given to Haitians to talk past each other, but then again you never know. Here is the announcement, first in English, then in French: HAITI NEEDS ALL HER… Read More ›