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Dominican Republic excludes Haitian kids from citizenship


Ángel Luis Joseph could be in the United States playing major leagues baseball but like other Haitian children, even those born in the Dominican Republic, the government of that country is refusing them citizenship, striking out the 17 year old’s dream for the time being.

Read more: The New York Times


Reed Young: The ‘Lucky Haitians’

One of the great causalities of colonialism in the Caribbean has been the reporting of news from the region, particularly as it relates to our neighbours to the northeast on the island of Haiti. To those who know better, the constant mistreatment of Haiti and Haitians in the local and international media is something to be abhorred if one considers (for just a moment) the reasons and causes behind Haiti’s punishment by the west.

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Dominoes: Haitian Style

Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Haiti — There was pain in Jean François’s eyes, real suffering, an awful look of woe.

It might have been that he had little to eat that day, or his lack of a job or any real hope of securing one. Perhaps it stemmed from the squalor in his neighborhood, a sprawling and rather depressing slum of tin-roofed houses.

Looking on, one wanted to help this desperate 29-year-old man, console him, somehow help him break out of what was clearly a deep funk.

But there was nothing to be done. It turns out that Mr. François’s life was not the immediate source of his desperation. It was his losing streak — and the dozens of clothespins clipped onto his face, arms and belly.

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Haiti since Aristide’s departure


Haitian priest Gerald Jean-Juste narrates a Miami Herald slideshow on the anniversary of the resignation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February, 2004. Now, two months after his narration was recorded, the Haitian government is again under pressure with high food prices sparking rioting and Prime Minister Jacques-Édouard Alexis consequently voted out of office.

Source: The Miami Herald