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Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria Located Near Haiti, Researcher Claims

An underwater investigator from the U.S. by the name of Barry Clifford believes that he has spotted the submerged hulk of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria ship, which sank during the Spanish explorer’s notorious voyage to the Caribbean in 1492.

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AP/Manuel Diaz

Dominican Republic Makes Racism the Law

The country has proclaimed that any Dominicans who descend from undocumented Haitians going back as far as 1929 are to be stripped of their citizenship.

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Border Patrol International

On one side, a man in a uniform with a gun and the authority to detain, deport, or even kill; on the other, people with the most fundamental of unmet needs and without the proper documentation to cross an international boundary.

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Claire of the Sea Light

While disasters threaten to reduce the Haitian people to an undifferentiated mass of misery, Edwidge Danticat’s writing restores space for individuals and the varied colors of humanity that storms and death and our own compassion would wash away.

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AP/Dieu Nalio Chery

Quelle Surprise! Haiti on the Mend

In Haiti there is nothing more unexpected than good news.

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Christmas Failures

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Sean Penn’s Diplomatic New Gig

He’s certainly been rehearsing for this role for years (remember his post-Katrina floating photo op?), and now Sean Penn has an honest-to-goodness new post as the ambassador at large to Haiti, as of a special ceremony held in his honor last weekend.

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AP / Ramon Espinosa

The U.N. in Haiti: Time to Adapt or Time to Go

After seven years in Haiti, it is time for the U.N. peacekeeping mission to either significantly refocus its mission or close its operation and leave the business of governing and reconstruction to the Haitians themselves.

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Aristide’s Return to Haiti: A Long Night’s Journey Into Day

Late at night on March 17, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide boarded a small plane with his family in Johannesburg. The following morning, he arrived in Haiti. It was just over seven years after he was kidnapped from his home in a U.S.-backed coup d’etat.

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AP / Ramon Espinosa

Exiled Aristide Returns to Haiti

Arriving on a charter jet from South Africa, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to Port-au-Prince after seven years in exile.

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Baby Doc Tries to Do Good

In a transformation befitting of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” Haiti’s former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, now back in his homeland after years in exile, wants to lay his hands on millions of dollars, he says, to help rebuild his catastrophe-ridden homeland.

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AP / Ramon Espinosa

A Tale of Two Dictators

There’s a certain irony in the fact that as one bloody, corrupt dictator headed off to ignominious exile, thousands of miles away another returned.

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Al-Jazeera English

Haiti’s Cholera Death Toll Rising

The death toll in Haiti’s cholera epidemic is rising. The toll now exceeds 3,300, official sources say, and the number of people infected has soared to 150,000 in just two months since the outbreak began.

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The Game-Changer List

This year was a game-changer, and what we need is a game-changer list. On that kind of list, I would drop one-off sensations, beginning with the oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the mine rescue. No. 1 would be WikiLeaks.

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Haiti aftermath
AP / Gregory Bull

Haiti Wraps Up an Unkind 2010

It’s been quite a year for Haiti. With election turmoil, a cholera epidemic and manifest misery almost a year after one of the most destructive earthquakes of recent times, Haiti still awaits reconstruction and many of the aid dollars promised to help it recover.

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Since When Does Interpol Care About Women?

Laura Flanders points out that Interpol’s pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over sexual assault allegations is yet another example of women’s bodies serving ulterior political motives. Where is Interpol, Flanders asks, for the sexually assaulted women of the U.S. military or those in Haitian refugee camps?

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AP / Guillermo Arias

Protesters Rail Against Haitian Election Results

The results of the Nov. 28 presidential election in Haiti did not sit well with thousands of Haitians, according to Reuters. They took to the streets around the country to protest Wednesday.

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More Than 1,000 Dead From Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Over the last year, Haitians have been hit by a catastrophic earthquake and harsh tropical storms, and now another kind of trouble has hit the Caribbean country: a cholera scourge that has already claimed more than 1,000 lives.

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Haiti Hunkers Down for Tropical Storm Tomas

It’s a tad late in the storm season for this, but tell that to the people of Haiti: Less than a year after the island nation was rocked by a cataclysmic earthquake, Haiti is now in the path of a powerful tropical storm, Tomas, that could do considerable damage if it keeps picking up steam.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti aftermath
AP / Gregory Bull

Haiti Braces for Future Quakes

From earthquakes to cholera, Haiti can’t seem to get a break. Geologists have now reported that the decimated country may be in serious risk of additional devastation. Scientists posit that “not all the geological strain that triggered the original quake” last Jan. 12 has been released.

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera English

Cholera Threatens Haiti

A cholera outbreak that has killed about 200 people in rural Haiti is threatening to spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, potentially endangering the hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors crowded into squalid camps around the city.

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AP / Ramon Espinosa

Haitians Protest U.N. ‘Occupation’

A crowd of about 100 protesters has blocked the entrance to the U.N. military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-U.N. slogans on vehicles and carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation!” while news comes that U.N. peacekeeping forces will remain in the beleaguered country for an additional year.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE


Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Wyclef Jean Will Not Be Haiti’s Next President

This is news that will come as a relief to some (ahem, Sean Penn): Former Fugee and wannabe Haitian president Wyclef Jean has conceded that he’s not in the running to become his homeland’s next leader and has officially withdrawn from the race.

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Sept. 11: A Day Without War

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace.

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AP / Ramon Espinosa

Wyclef Claims ‘Trickery’ Blocked His Presidential Bid

It’s not looking likely that Fugee alumnus and Haitian presidential wannabe Wyclef Jean will be successful in his quest to become his homeland’s next head of state. But that doesn’t mean he’s going down without a fight.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Light Dims on Jean’s Bid for Haitian Presidency

According to an unnamed member of Haiti’s provisional electoral council, Fugee founder and hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean has been deemed ineligible to run for his country’s presidency. Jean, who no longer lives in Haiti, had announced his intent to run last month, stirring excitement among the country’s disillusioned youth.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Jean in ‘Hiding’ While Awaiting Presidential Run

Former Fugee Wyclef Jean is making the most of his professed intent to become president of his native Haiti. Since announcing his bid for Haiti’s highest office, he’s met some resistance, including from an irked Sean Penn ... (continued)

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Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Former Fugee Has High Hopes for Haitian Presidency

Musician and native Haitian Wyclef Jean, who also represents one-third of the Fugees himself, is pondering a bid to become Haiti’s next president. Jean, who made pleas for his homeland after last winter’s earthquake ... (continued)

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Haiti, Six Months After the Earthquake

July 12 marked the six-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed as many as 300,000 people and left much of the country in ruins.

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Haiti aftermath
AP / Gregory Bull

Haiti in Waiting

With a good degree of exasperation, Haiti’s president has been forced to remind the international community that only Brazil has paid in full on its promised aid following the earthquake that devastated the country in January.

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Hundreds Dead in Western China Quake

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit China’s western Qinghai province Wednesday morning, killing an estimated 400 people and injuring thousands more in yet another natural disaster for the developing world.

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Bush wipes

Bush Shakes Haitian’s Hand, Wipes His on Clinton

Note to anyone considering running for president: If you win, or even if you don’t, you must repeat to yourself “I am always in a fishbowl” as many times as necessary to have it sink in better than it apparently did for George W. Bush ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


American missionary

Haiti Frees American Missionary Held in Kidnapping Case

On Monday, Haitian officials freed Charisa Coulter, a Baptist missionary from the U.S. who was held on kidnapping charges following January’s catastrophic earthquake in Port-au-Prince. One other American from Coulter’s group remains in custody in the island nation’s capital, according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / LS1 Kelly Chastain

Haiti President Sees Competition From Aid

Haiti’s President Rene Preval said Monday that continued shipments of food and water aid “will be in competition with the national Haitian production and Haitian commerce.” Instead, Preval said, donors should help rebuild and create employment in the impoverished country.

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Flickr / Luis Iturra

Waiting for Aid in Chile

Chile may be way better off economically than Haiti, but many survivors of the Feb. 27 earthquake in the South American country are still awaiting government help a full week after the fifth-strongest temblor ever recorded.

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AP

The Politics of Earthquakes

If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday.

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U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Barker

Haiti Frees Most of the Jailed Missionaries

Eight of the 10 Baptist missionaries accused of kidnapping have been sent packing by a Haitian judge, who said he had not finished questioning the group’s leader and nanny. The judge said that parents of children taken by the missionaries made statements in their defense, AP reports.

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AP / Marco Di Lauro

Adopting From Haiti: Too Soon?

Indeed it is too soon, says actress Angelina Jolie, who has three adopted children, from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. In the wake of allegations of child kidnapping and fears of child trafficking in Haiti, Jolie has come out to make the very uncontroversial assertion that “an emergency is not the time for new adoptions.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

Haiti, One Month Later

Today marks the one-month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which provides an appropriate moment to bring attention to the recovery effort—rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, caring for those still injured and helping the hundreds of thousands still in precarious situations.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



Stonehenge Edition

Is it time to remodel Stonehenge? Is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie a whitewash? Will the U.S. and China ever go to war? Answers to these questions and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


Whatever Happened to the Haitians?

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Haiti, Forgive Us

The tragedy of the Haitian earthquake continues to unfold, with slow delivery of aid, the horrific number of amputations performed out of desperate medical necessity, more than a million homeless, perhaps 240,000 dead and the approach of the rainy season, which will be followed by the hurricane season.

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Adoption in Haiti [A Cartoon From Germany]

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Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

Kidnapping Is Not Charity

Even in the midst of a terrible natural disaster, spiriting away a busload of kids—with vague plans to worry about the “paperwork” later—is no act of charity.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti aftermath
AP / Gregory Bull

Forgiving Haiti’s Debt

Call it pity or call it sensible politics, the G-7 nations have together pledged to cancel $1.2 billion in debt that Haiti owes them, something Global South activists have been requesting for all developing countries—not just those hit by horrible earthquakes.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


10 Americans Charged With Abduction in Haiti

Disasters evoke a whole range of human qualities, from the charitable to the predatory and beyond. Thus it’s not surprising, although it is upsetting, that a group of Americans was charged Thursday with abduction and criminal association after attempting to usher 33 Haitian children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic last week even though many were not actually orphans.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE



World Economic Forum

U.N. Puts Bill Clinton in Charge of Haiti Aid

The former president will oversee international aid in Haiti at the request of the United Nations. The U.N. effort has struggled after losing nearly 100 personnel, including the mission chief, to the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. Clinton was chosen for his fundraising abilities as much as his administrative touch. (Continued)

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Baptist Do-Gooders in Trouble in Haiti

Call it vigilante relief work or kidnapping, 10 American Baptists are in jail in Port-au-Prince after attempting to take 33 children out of Haiti in what they claim was an effort to “do the right thing.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Rebuilding Haiti to Take Generations

The United Nations has offered a sobering estimate of how long it will take to rebuild Haiti: With the country starting “below zero” and relief and redevelopment logistics still a “nightmare,” efforts to bring Haiti to its pre-earthquake days will take generations.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010 READ MORE


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