August 10, 2016
President Obama has been very critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's threat to arrest and send home millions of undocumented immigrants, but his administration has said little about a deplorable deportation program affecting Dominican-born Haitians, the largest stateless population in the Western Hemisphere. In 2010, the Dominican Republic amended its constitution to deny citizenship to anyone born in the country who didn't have at least one parent who was born there too. Overnight, 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent were stripped of citizenship.
January 13, 2013 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - President Michel Martelly urged Haitians to recall the tens of thousands of people who lost their lives in a devastating earthquake three years ago, marking the disaster's anniversary Saturday with a simple ceremony. Martelly also thanked other countries and international organizations for their help after the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster. "Haitian people, hand in hand, we remember what has gone," Martelly said as a gigantic Haitian flag flew at half-staff before him on the front lawn of the former National Palace, a pile of tangled steel reinforcement bars nearby.
October 23, 2012 |
CARACOL, Haiti - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged foreigners to invest in Haiti as she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, led a star-studded delegation gathered Monday to inaugurate a new industrial park at the center of U.S. efforts to help the country rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. Actors Sean Penn and Ben Stiller, fashion designer Donna Karan, and British business magnate Richard Branson were among the luminaries at the opening of the new Caracol Industrial Park, projected to create thousands of jobs more than 100 miles from the quake-ravaged capital of Port-au-Prince.
January 22, 2011
Former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier should have never returned to Haiti. But since he did, he should be tried for his murderous regime's killings and robbery of the state treasury. Duvalier showed up unexpectedly Sunday in Haiti after secretly departing France, where he has been in exile since 1986. Neither the French nor U.S. governments knew of Duvalier's travel plans. Haitian officials initially did not know how to react, but police Tuesday took Duvalier from his hotel for questioning.
January 22, 2010
A PICTURE OF Haiti's most despicable looter flashed onto our TV screens Wednesday night. It was enough to make you gag on your dinner. I recognized him right away. He wasn't one of those wild-eyed Haitians traveling in what the media are calling "roving bands of scavenging looters" or "machete-wielding gangs of looters. " Those pillaging marauders seen hauling away food, mattresses and anything else they can lay siege to have a frantic and desperate look about them. Whether polite society can relate to them or not, they are in a life and death struggle in a land where the rule of law no longer prevails.
January 21, 2010 |
JIMANI, Dominican Republic - Dressed in scrubs and a red kerchief, Angela Guerrera crouched over the 69-year-old Haitian woman. She plucked at the filthy bandage and revealed the damage caused more than a week earlier by the collapse of a concrete wall: The left foot was severely flattened from toes to instep. The patient, Orana Soliman, had been airlifted yesterday from Port-au-Prince to this medical outpost, where Guerrera and her 18 colleagues from Cooper University Hospital spent the day tending to Haiti's wounded and desperate.
January 20, 2010 |
JIMANI, Dominican Republic - Dressed in scrubs and a red kerchief, Angela Guerrera crouched over the 69-year-old Haitian grandmother. She plucked at the filthy bandage and revealed the damage caused more than a week earlier by the collapse of a concrete wall: The left foot was severely flattened from toes to instep. The patient, Orana Soliman, had been airlifted today from Port au Prince to this medical outpost, where Guerrera and her 18 colleagues from Cooper University Hospital spent the day tending to Haiti's wounded and desperate refugees.
March 2, 2004 |
With his country convulsed by political upheaval and threats from armed rebels and hoodlums, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and fled Sunday morning. His departure signaled yet another coup in Haiti's long history of violent takeovers - and also symbolized the long and often tortured ties between the island nation and the United States. Aristide's failure is his own. He simply never was able to extend the law and democracy throughout the tiny nation, and I won't make excuses for his failures.
June 28, 1995 |
Late Friday, as Haitian candidates were winding down their ragtag campaigns for a host of parliamentary and local offices, an American organization was busy working the hotel lobbies here in a different kind of campaign. A representative of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a private organization with ties to the U.S. Republican Party, was lining up American reporters for a news conference the next day, where a slick 300-page report would be released harshly criticizing the electoral process here.
June 25, 1995 |
More than 10,000 candidates are running, from 60 parties, for everything from village council to the national senate. The campaigning - other than scattered radio ads, a handful of rallies and one particularly raucous televised debate - didn't really begin until late last week. Yet for all the admitted confusion, today's elections in Haiti are a defining moment, one that people hope will put the finishing touches on a long struggle to return democracy to their politically battered country.