Land Grab in “Paradise”: Haiti’s Île à Vache Fights Back

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Mark Schuller and Jessica Hsu: Residents are not necessarily opposed to “development” or tourism. Instead, they are deeply concerned that they will be stripped of their land and no longer have access to the waters in which they fish.

International Crossroads and Failures in Haiti

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Failures in Haiti: For Ricardo Seitenfus, Haiti’s earthquake set the final stage for an “international embezzlement” of the country.

The Pain Rush in Haiti

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Ezili Dantò: The children are dying. Haiti is dying, dying from the hidden US occupation behind UN mercenary guns. Dying from cholera, dying from Clorox hunger, drought, hurricanes, earthquake evictions, dying in hopelessness and despair

Who Owns Haiti’s Future?

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Georgianne Nienaber: Haiti was also stopped dead in her tracks, and for those who follow progress, or lack thereof in the tiny country, many questions remain about foreign aid that has translated into foreign control over Haiti’s destiny.

Haiti Should Divorce “US”

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Georgianne Nienaber: Americans have loved Haiti to death. We are listless, lazy, cheating lovers who don’t have the stamina to go the distance in a relationship. Haiti is just too much work.

Defusing Haiti’s Time Bomb Now

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Ezili Dantò: There’s a reason to recall the efforts responsible Haitians make to survive the Western rabid rage hidden behind the do-gooders’ benevolence.

Cholera Petition Suggests UN Caused “Involuntary Genocide” in Haiti

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Georgianne Nienaber: According to the complaint, the United Nations allowed contaminated fecal material to discharge into the Meille River thereby allowing the waters to be contaminated by “omission and negligence.

UN Ducks Blame for Haiti’s Dying Cholera Victims

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Ezili Danto: Are we Haitians simply not supposed to notice the stark reality that it’s not the white population, the tourists nor the UN folks who are suffering a mass loss of life due to the imported cholera germ to Haiti? But the poorest Black woman’s children, that is, the masses in Haiti?

Haiti: Uruguay Must Make Investigation Public, Justice Swift

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Zili Danto: It’s way past time the US and UN were out of Haiti. Haitians are not at war; this occupation is racist, about false benevolence, forced assimilation and Western tyranny.

Haitians Know What They Want

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Georgianne Nienaber: Barjon was the only panelist who forcefully and directly championed the Haitian people, acting as the conscience of the hearing, just as she did in March 2010, less than six weeks after the earthquake

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Flooding Scours the Whitewash From Haiti Aid Efforts

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Georgianne Nienaber: Just as Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer tricked the neighborhood boys into paying him to do his work, so have aid agencies funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) tricked donors into paying for the whitewashing of Haiti

Flawed Earthquake Report a Bullwhip On the Backs of Haitians

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Georgianne Nienaber: If USAID wanted to slap down the new Haitian government for criticizing the Clinton IRHC, the BARR report would do the job nicely. Play down the death toll and the need for reconstruction and send a message that Haiti must still play by colonialist US rules.

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DHS Extends Temporary Protective Status for Haitians

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Seth Hoy: The extension would allow approximately 48,000 Haitian nationals—whose homeland was devastated by an earthquake in 2010 and is still plagued by disease and instability—to extend their TPS for an additional 18 months.

Haiti Message on UN Responsibility for Importing Cholera

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Ezili Dantò: In a nutshell, the UN imported the deadly cholera disease to Haiti, but blames the fatal injury on the victim’s pre-existing conditions.

Election Shenanigans in Haiti — Update!

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Georgianne Nienaber: Clinton stood, literally, shoulder-to shoulder with the President-elect, promising unflinching support from the United States. “The people of Haiti may have a long road ahead of them, but as they walk it, the United States will be with you all the way,” Clinton said.

A ‘To Do’ List for US Troops Now Arriving in Haiti

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Georgianne Nienaber: If indeed the US troops are in the country for “humanitarian reasons” as Ambassador Merten insists, there is plenty for them to do before the hurricane season begins.

Aristide in Haiti: Demand Justice not Gestures

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Ezili Danto: Keep vigilant for the carnival of violence will be blamed on Lavalas and Aristide. No doubt about this, the chessboard is set. The perpetrators will be seen as the peacemakers

Samia Salomon: Pillar of Haiti’s Community Journalism Network

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Georgianne Nienaber: Feminism. It is almost an antiquated term in the United States, but to Salomon, it is her passion and her identity. She wraps her work in its tenets and infuses her actions with its meaning.

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Not So Fast! Haiti Election Results Still in Limbo as Official Says She Did Not Sign On

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Georgianne Nienaber: Despite reports to the contrary, Haiti’s electoral council has not approved a runoff election between candidates Michel Martelly and Mirlande Manigat.

The Return of “Baby Doc” Duvalier: Haiti’s Denouement

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Georgianne Nienaber: Baby Doc’s return — no one can craft the ending of this drama except for the collective will of the Haitian people—if they are given the opportunity to do so.

Haiti’s “Baby Doc” Duvalier Returns: Scare Tactic or Distraction?

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Georgianne Nienaber: Haiti’s former dictator and many would say “thief,” Jean Claude Duvalier, arrived in Haiti Sunday on an Air France jet–an arrival that seemed almost surreal.

Think Tank Report: Haiti’s Election “Fatally Flawed”

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Georgianne Nienaber: CEPR supports claims from candidates, the Haitian press, and other observers that the election was plagued by fraud.The election is so fatally flawed as to nullify any possible attempt by “professional observers to certify the election results,” said Mark Weisbrot, CEPR co-director and co-author of the report.

Port-au-Prince Still Buried Under Rubble of Competing NGOs

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Georgianne Nienaber: Honestly not wanting to be cynical and sincerely wanting these programs to succeed–looking at the organizations that “benefit” from the Clinton Bush Fund–one sees the list of usual suspects of foreign NGOs and religious organizations.

Was Brazilian Diplomat in Haiti Fired for Slamming UN and NGOs?

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Georgianne Nienaber: When Brazilian diplomat Ricardo Seitenfus, was abruptly ousted as special representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti on Christmas day, timing proved to be everything. The story has barely created a ripple of controversy in the US media.

Author Spotlight: Georgianne Nienaber

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To kick off what we hope will be a year-long series to highlight the work our many fine writers contribute to the LA Progressive, we’d like to give you a fuller view of Georgianne Nienaber’s life and work.

“Ayiti Kale Je” Video Offers Fearless Look at Haiti’s Christmas Cholera

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Georgianne Nienaber: 45 alleged lynchings is an eye-opening number, but what about the 2,591 cholera deaths and counting? Has Haiti fatigue so infected news coverage that “voodoo” is the only cholera related statistic worth reporting today?

Haiti Action Alert: Demand Maximum Sentence for Pedophile

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Ezili Dantò: HLLN has worked diligently to give international voice to these children of Haiti so that Mr. Perlitz’s supporters were not the ones filling in the vacuum in the US court, demeaning the victims, labeling them liars and opportunists. We believe our efforts assisted, in some ways, in Mr. Perlitz eventually pleading guilty,

Haiti: Street Testimonies

Ezili Danto: Today it hurts me to give voice to what I am hearing. There’s just hopelessness, despair or maybe it’s my Western programming that can’t take this.

New Haiti Cholera Warning, Vaccine Questions, and “Squatters” Vulnerable

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Georgianne Nienaber: While all eyes were on Sarah Palin’s visit to Haiti this weekend, Dr. Jocelyne Pierre Louis, Director of Haiti’s Department of Public Health and Population (MSPP) predicted a new outbreak of the cholera epidemic, particularly in Port-au-Prince and the Metropolitan Region due to the unsanitary conditions in the city.

Haiti to the US Embassy: Here’s the Will of the People

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Ezili Danto: In our shallow, narcissistic, celebrity-driven globalize pop culture, the novice Martelly is merely a tool to be used by those “more schooled in the patterns of privilege and domination” than any self-serving Haiti politician could ever dream to be.

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