“There is no question that it is racism, and it’s absolutely deplorable,” declared Democratic strategist Maria Cardona on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” referring to a Dominican Constitutional Court’s ruling, on Sept. 23, […]
Haitians across the globe celebrated, on May 18, 2013, the birth of a symbol: Haiti’s bi-color blue and red; hence, commemorated 210 years since that solemn day in 1803 Flon sewed the first […]
During a live interview aired on Radio Scoop FM (107.7) 48 hours before Haiti’s carnival festivities, President Michel Martelly dispelled all rumors surrounding band selections for Cap-Haitien’s 2013 Carnival procession. “It was I, who personally […]
“Ki bwa li ye, bwa sa; ki bwa li ye, bwa sa,” sang euphoric young men and women, floating in a sea of people embarked on a lengthy pilgrimage to unity. At […]
Transforming Haiti into a consumer nation, ultimately meant that a short-supplied world would force its population into mass starvation, a recurring nightmare Haitians are currently experiencing amid the recent global food crisis, […]
Rotary District 7680’s governor, Chris Jones, commanded complete silence from his audience, as he detailed recruiting fundamentals to attending members of Charlotte for Haiti Provisional Rotary Club (CHRC) meeting that aspired to […]
More than two months before its forthcoming August 2012 released, Jeb Sprague’s book, “Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti,” stormed academia, political and diplomatic communities, delivering what some reviewers perceived […]
“Haitians Continue to drown at sea, fleeing, against all odds, the land their forebears fought for so heroically and valiantly on a quest for a better life.” Hardly a new phenomenon, […]
Haiti: Strict Integration Undermines Smaller Caribbean Countries says Economist – Rapadoo Observateur!
A new regional economic platform, the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF), spearheaded by the World Bank (WB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), mobilized more than 150 participants to Kingston’s […]
Haiti: Colombian Leader Called for Collective Cooperation on Haiti’s Reconstruction – Rapadoo Observateur!
“We must improve our cooperation with Haiti,” pleaded Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to his 32 American homologous partners attending the Sixth Summit of the Americas the weekend of April 14-15. Intervening on […]
Treed by legislators, President Michel Martelly, who ridiculed senators investigating his alleged foreign nationality in violation of Haiti’s Constitution, had US Ambassador Kenneth Merten publicly affirm he was not an American. Suspicions […]
An almighty Head of State cornered by a trigger-happy parliamentary firing squad must obtain a senate majority to see his designated Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe through the ratification process. Many senators, […]
Growing suspicions that recently engulfed the credibility of humanitarian organizations working in Haiti could cause people to underestimate the significant initiative launched in Cap-Haitien by Hands on Haiti, Mothering Across Continent and […]
Wrapped in a fog of exhaustion, enthusiasm and — in some instances — disappointments, students would drag themselves to their front door carrying suitcases loaded with souvenirs and fun memories. They would […]
Haiti’s 2011 Year in Review – Disastrous Haitian Politics Deterred Real Progress – Rapadoo Observateur!
Haitians began 2011 with heavy hearts as they approached the first anniversary of the Jan. 12 earthquake that crippled their homeland and crushed 316,000 lives. Haitian leaders watched a steady stream of […]
Few league matches in recent football history have jolted a global audience with such high levels of passion, excitement and anxiety as the string of unprecedented El Clasicos that invaded our lives […]
“Haiti is a country that supported the fight for freedom in Latin America, a country that terrified slave owners across America and is now subjugated to foreign occupation that has nothing to […]
“Today, I take over the reins of a government of renewal and a Haitian rebirth,” trumpeted new Prime Minister Garry Conille as lawmakers crowned him head of government. “By allowing me access […]
Relationships between President Michel Martelly and the Haitian press took another nosedive on October 3, 2011 as the president launched his free education program for disadvantaged children at the National School of […]
Haiti – Rebuilding: President Martelly to Deliver Speech at Columbia’s World Leaders Forum – Rapadoo Observateur!
President Martelly’s speech, Moving Beyond Crisis Recovery Towards Lasting Development, will take place on September 22, 2011 followed by a question and answer session with the audience. The hour-long event at Morningside Campus’ Miller Theatre of Columbia University will come after the Haitian parliament’s ratification session on Garry Conille, Martelly’s third nomination for prime minister. His first two designations for the post, entrepreneur Gerard Rouzier and former Justice Minister Bernard Gousse received unfavorable votes from lawmakers.
Haiti – Politics: A Third First-Step for President Martelly to Jumpstart his Government – Rapadoo Observateur!
Exactly one week after an American delegation spearheaded by Kenneth Merten, U.S. ambassador to Haiti, met Haitian political actors in Petionville, news of a nomination invaded the Haitian airways. Leaders, the media […]
Haiti – Politics: The Obama Administration’s Preoccupation with Haiti’s Political Crisis – Rapadoo Observateur!
American diplomats, under the leadership of U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten, met the 16-member senate majority on Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011 in an attempt to break through the political stalemate depriving […]
“One of the biggest problems in growing the Haitian economy is that there is really no facility that grants small business loans on reasonable terms,” said former U.S. President Bill Clinton at […]
Barely a week after the Senate rejected former Justice Minister Bernard Honorat Gousse, President Michel Martelly’s second designated Prime Minister, an unsightly, distasteful aspect of Haitian history charged to the headlines and […]
Haiti – Politics: Bitterly Divided Senate Shot Down Martelly’s Gousse (Part two) – Rapadoo Observateur!
Controversial Procedures Please read part one first The Commission’s report indicated controversies existed around the last criteria. Rather than the parliament, ex-Prime Minister Gerard Latortue of the provisional government that replaced ex-President […]
Haiti – Politics: Bitterly Divided Senate Shot Down Martelly’s Gousse (Part One) – Rapadoo Observateur!
Dangerous political deadlock The ratification process of former Justice Minister Bernard Honorat Gousse, President Michel Martelly’s second nominee for prime minister, came down to the controversial divide between the technical or procedural […]
“Shut up,” said President Michel Martelly to members of the national press that, in his views, kept tourists and potential investors at bay, depicting Haiti as a desolate, hostile environment. “Why don’t […]
Haiti – Politics: Haiti’s Build Back Better Held Hostage by Political Stalemate – Rapadoo Observateur!
Since his swearing-in as the 56th president of Haiti on May 14, 2011, Michel Martelly tried turning over every leaf around the globe, seeking new investment opportunities for his homeland. Consecutive trips […]
Results from the latest Haitian-cholera study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) sparked an avalanche of blame and finger-pointing across the country, demanding accountability and the redressing of grievances. “Today it […]
Haiti – Wikileaks (I):: President Obama will Change the World, but not Haiti’s Meager Minimum Wage – Rapadoo Observateur Editorial!
It should come as no surprise to diplomatic communities that Wikileaks’ secret cables recently released about Haiti unveiled American obstructionism. After all, the sun rises due East; fascism is the engine of […]
Haiti – President Martelly – Power Failure was no Deterrence to Haiti’s Transfer of Power – Rapadoo Observateur!
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Power failure inside the Haitian parliament shortly before the inauguration did not deter President Michel Martelly from making history. In fact, the novice head of state was a fountain […]
Haiti – Politics:: Unconstitutional Melee at the Dawn of Martelly’s Presidency, Looming – Rapadoo Observateur!
The unprecedented set of circumstances that marked the end of exPresident Rene Preval’s reign left Haitian constitutional scholars spitting fire, talking about high treason and recommending disciplinary actions against current legislators. Many […]
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – “It was a constitutional coup d’état,” revolted some think tanks, “a parliamentary drive by,” they cried. Others characterized the actions of Haiti’s national assembly as “nothing short of a […]
Haiti – Flooding:: Torrential Rain Left Caribbean Countries Counting Bodies, Digging out Survivors – Rapadoo Observateur!
It bullied rivers over their banks, invaded roads, paralyzed cities and collapsed many houses, sending thousands of people seeking shelter, but it was not done. The weeklong rain caused landslides and massive […]
Haiti – Politics:: Blatant Hypocrisy of some Haitian Intellectuals over Martelly’s Election- Rapadoo Observateur Editorial
Whether through music, sports or any other discipline, Haitians who successfully penetrate the international scene with their talents achieve national hero status. Many people contend that their successes reflect well on the […]
Haiti – Sexual Violence: $2.6 Million Support for the Fatherless Generation and its Countless Victims – Rapadoo Observateur!
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNICEF will soon help alleviate the heavy burden of victims of rapes; sexual assaults and child trafficking that quickly spread through Haiti’s displacement camps, following […]
Haiti- HHFoH Flag Day Banquet:: Taste of Haiti Wrapped in Symbolism of its Bicentennial Blue and Red – Rapadoo Observateur!
“But, of course she was so fine. Once in her prime, she was sublime! She kept a flow that brought the fellows to their knees.” While few people still honor her existence with such passion, […]
It was 208 years ago today, May 18, 1803, that Haitians united under their symbol of pride, unity and individual liberty. That period embodied great pride and patriotism as Haiti’s first Emperor […]
Haiti- Earthquake: Did Haitian Officials Grossly Overestimate the Earthquake Death Toll – Rapadoo Observateur!
If, as the report prepared for the U.S. Agency for International Development estimated, the death toll resulted from Haiti’s January 10 earthquake was between 46,000 and 85,000, many people wonder where Haitian […]
Aristide and Haiti, a Love Affair or Simply a Serious Hunger for Strong Leadership? Rapadoo Observateur!
During the last four months, Haiti experienced violent political uprising, a shocking reemergence of an ex dictator, dubious recount of fraudulent votes and a historic debate between candidates Mirlande Manigat and […]
Haiti- Elections: Manigat and Martelly’s Real Opponents in the Haitian Presidential- Rapadoo Observateur
Former first lady and presidential candidate Mirlande Manigat has written several books over the course of her professional career, including her 2002 publication, Etre Femme in Haiti Hier et Aujourdhui that explored […]
Haiti: Jenes Ayisyen, Kote Baton Moyiz Ou.
Haiti: Jenes Ayisyen, Kote Baton Moyiz Ou.
As Preval’s incumbency nears its inevitable end, his popularity ratings plunge further south and calls for his departure, a favorable tune among increasingly dissatisfied citizens, grow louder. The outright rejection of recent election results that erupted into violent protests compelled foreign observers to propose a recount, an attempt to salvage poorly orchestrated presidential and parliamentary elections and to arrive at some sensible compromise. Preval agreed to give unfettered access to the OEA and to accept their conclusions as a viable solution, yet after nearly a month since the OEA presented him the results, he has remained silent while his aids echoed his disappointment and possible rejection of the recommendations.
Home away from home “Welcome to the home of your ancestors,” declared Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade in October 2010, welcoming 163 young Haitians to the campuses of many leading Senegalese universities, including […]
Hear my cries, I’m hurting! Port-au-Prince, Haiti–The Nov. 28 Haitian elections helped gain real insights into the state of the country on various levels, all inside one weekend when democracy was […]
The irony of profitability Lately, Haitians have experienced high levels of—what scholars have coined– psychological reactance. It is a reaction caused by the fear of losing something deemed valuable, in this […]
A minority to reckon with Port-au-Prince, Haiti— Meet the would be future President of Haiti– Mirlande Manigat–one of only two women presidential candidates among 17 others engaged in a relentless pursuit of […]
It is Haiti, It is rape, it is UN peacekeepers and it is nothing new. Port-au-Prince, Haiti– At a time when uncertainties about upcoming Haitian elections are high, when anxieties over the […]
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