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GDP, Money and the World Cup

GDP, Money and the World Cup

By Gilbert Mercier and Dady Chery  No. It’s not only a game. The World Cup is about money. Lots of it. Quite apart from the $15 billion that Brazil spent “pacifying” the favelas and building stadiums in preparation for the World Cup, or the $4.5 billion of profit that FIFA will make from this sports [...]

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Homage to My Mothers: Restavek, Vodou, and Haiti’s Stolen Children

Homage to My Mothers: Restavek, Vodou, and Haiti’s Stolen Children

“There are no orphans in Haiti!” After a long silence at the other end of the line, my friend Jordan murmurs: “Come again?” He must be thinking I lost my senses. I realize how I sound. Someone else might imagine that I am ignorant of the extreme poverty in which most Haitians live, but Jordan [...]

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Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache: Interview With KOPI’s Jerome Genest

Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache: Interview With KOPI’s Jerome Genest

The Organization of Ile a Vache Farmers (KOPI, or Konbit Peyizan Ilavach) has been at the vanguard of a fight between the residents of this traditionally agricultural 20-square mile island off of the southern coast of Haiti and the country’s executive branch. The conflict began after the administration decreed Ile a Vache to be a [...]

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Antarctica’s Accelerating Ice Collapse: Massive Sea Level Rise in Decades

Antarctica’s Accelerating Ice Collapse: Massive Sea Level Rise in Decades

Imagine Antarctica. Imagine an island, with mountains, peaks, ridges, and valleys. Imagine further that a thick layer of ice covers, not only the surface of the island that lies above the sea but also an extensive portion of the perimeter that is beneath the sea. The peaks are higher above sea level than on any [...]

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Racism and Discrimination: More About Poverty than Race

Racism and Discrimination: More About Poverty than Race

Only a story about race, sex and money could have displaced from the headlines the sabre rattling from the United States, the European Union, and Russia that had, for weeks, promised a bloodbath in Ukraine and kept everybody in fear of World War III. That’s not all. There was also race and death: specifically, a [...]

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