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By the Haiti Democracy Project for the Inter-American Dialogue. Washington is living in a dream world. It believes it can fight the Russians to the last Ukrainian and the Haitian gangs to the last Canadian. It believes that Haiti will conveniently go away next year, a U.S. election year. It’s time to put away these fantasies and concentrate on the few essential, doable tasks we need to do near our border
“Gang-related violence reached levels not seen in decades . . . Armed gangs sought to expand their influence into neighbourhoods of the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area that were considered relatively safe until recently . . . Despite the end of the siege of the Varreux oil terminal, I reiterate the urgent need for the deployment of an international specialized armed force.”
A driver was also killed and another policeman injured in Petionville on Friday, January 20. Update: “Face à la puissance de feu des bandits du gang Krazé barrière, 3 policiers ont été tués et un autre porté disparu.” The tragedy is sowing discord between the top brass and the rank-and-file
The project’s women candidates have a full agenda for the new year including rallying women candidates in the Artibonite, aiding women prisoners held in poor conditions in Cap-Haïtien, and countering electoral violence especially against handicapped women
On January 16, 2023, the Haiti Project’s Women Candidates (RENAFECA) met with the Haitian women mayors’ federation in Port-au-Prince to try to place more women in local government
“I have been working in Cité Soleil for eight years. The situation has deteriorated . . . the people are very fearful about the return of cholera.”
On December 15, 2022 a Haiti Democracy Project staff delegation saw Rep. James McGovern, chairman of the House Rules Committee, to raise issues of security and migration. Our delegates were Wilby Louis and Rev. Garry Théodate.
By Haiti Democracy Project for the Inter-American Dialogue. Washington is living in a dream world. It believes it can fight the Russians to the last Ukrainian and the Haitian gangs to the last Canadian. It believes that Haiti will conveniently go away next year, a U.S. election year. It’s time to put away these fantasies and concentrate on the few essential, doable tasks we need to do near our border
Marking one-year anniversary of his death. Originator of the Tabulation Center, organizer of the freest and fairest election in Haiti’s history, administrator of the last election to draw a majority of the voters
How a sanctioned senator made himself a multimillionaire in five years, where he got his money, and how he reacted to the news of retribution by Canada and the United States
The Haiti Democracy Project’s Regrouppement National des Femmes Candidates joined a U.N. conference in Port-au-Prince on preventing violence toward women and increasing the number of women candidates. Sponsored by the U.N. and Canada and held at the Hotel Montana. One in eight Haitian women has been sexually assaulted in her lifetime
By Amb. Pamela A. White. There is zero sense of urgency by the television media or politicians in the United States that our neighbor nation’s people are suffering unbearable hardships. Almost two million are suffering very acute malnutrition. We need to gradually send in two thousand armed guards to protect aid delivery from the gangs
While they are correctly deemed as external, the Canadian and U.S. sanctions merely pick up where the Haitian electorate left off. In three presidential elections the voters consistently rebuffed the corruptionists. The corrupt ones fought back with electoral fraud and assassination. Is it any wonder they have denied the Haitians the right to vote for six years?
As the first snows fall in the northern United States, the beaches of Punta Cana are looking awfully good. But before putting down your card, better check your skin color
Besides the Haiti Democracy Project, no one dared to connect them with the gangs until Canada made its extraordinary announcement today
Writing for the Inter-American Dialogue on May 17, the Haiti Democracy Project called Haiti’s violent gangs “foot soldiers” of Michel Martelly and Laurent Lamothe in their deadly rivalry for the presidency
By Frantz Duval in le Nouvelliste. All the actors are milling around aimlessly. Canada is wondering how to help the Haitian police. The U.N. Security Council’s resolution is marking time. The Haitian government, after getting the foreigners to sanction the bad actors, isn’t proceeding against them. The Haitian politicians are afraid to break with them. And the gangs know no life beyond shooting up the population. We are about to blow one more opportunity.
They pull the visas and freeze the assets of two top senators long suspected of assassinations and drug-running. The Haiti Democracy Project has had its run-ins with both
Canada is struggling to decide whether to lead an international rescue mission to Haiti knowing that it will be accused of interfering in Haiti’s affairs
Canada may lead an international operation to aid the Haitian police. Meanwhile, those police used armored cars just provided by Canada to retake the country’s major fuel depot