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Lessons from MLK: How to Free Haiti from Foreign Occupation

Lessons from MLK: How to Free Haiti from Foreign Occupation

The dissolution of Haiti’s parliament on January 12, 2015, coming so close Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, brings forth reflections on the utility of non-violent action as a tool to fight a foreign occupation. An occupation, of course, is not the same as the struggle of a disenfranchised group of people for equal rights within [...]

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Midnight of Haiti’s Parliament on the Earthquake’s Anniversary

Midnight of Haiti’s Parliament on the Earthquake’s Anniversary

Just as the earthquake had rattled the ground under the feet of Haitians, the dissolution of the Haitian Parliament at midnight, 00:00 on January 12, 2015, exactly five years later, has shaken to the core Haiti’s republican institutions. Right at the day’s start, the terms expired for all 99 members of the House of Representatives [...]

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Haiti: Time for Clinton and Co to Pack and Go

Haiti: Time for Clinton and Co to Pack and Go

Once more, we have tasted salt. We have mourned our dead from the earthquake and the cholera epidemic. The collective depression, the temporary zombification has lifted. It is time to evict the occupier and pursue the traitors and enemies of our independence. No exception. This is not the first time the United States has occupied [...]

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Fox in the Chicken Coop: Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Elsewhere

Fox in the Chicken Coop: Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Elsewhere

Haitian President Michel Martelly, along with dozens of cabinet ministers and members of the private business sector, went on a European tour from October 27 to November 2, 2014, to promote the notion that Haiti is “open for business” with Europe. We are beginning to get a glimpse of the kind of business they had [...]

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Et Tu, Brute? Haiti’s Betrayal By Latin America

Et Tu, Brute? Haiti’s Betrayal By Latin America

For the 10th year since the forcible removal of elected Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti, the United Nations has renewed the mandate of an occupying “peacekeeping force” in the country. The unanimous vote about Haiti happened in an October 14, 2014 meeting of the Security Council that took less than 25 minutes. The UN’s [...]

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