Give This Job to the Security Council

By the Haiti Democracy Project in the Washington Post. It would be a hundred times better if the Haitian politicians settled things among themselves. They can’t. Meanwhile, gangs rampage freely and several million very poor people teeter on the brink of starvation and cholera. Over seventy years ago the international community invented the United Nations’ peacekeeping machinery for just such emergencies. If there was ever a place and time it was needed, it is here and now

Channelize the Population’s Anger

By Sauveur Pierre Etienne. The population’s spontaneous resistance to the gangs is a force to be reckoned with, yet undirected it could lead to anarchy. It remains the responsibility of the Haitian elite to forge a functioning state extending its sovereignty over the whole territory,

Bring Back the U.N.

By Haiti Democracy Project in the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor, May 19, 2023. In 2017, while the other pundits nodded off, we wrote, “The withdrawal of the U.N. mission is based on wishful thinking. Its ounce of prevention has averted a ton of headaches.” Today, tens of thousands of deaths later, there’s a growing awareness among the pundits of the need for the mission, but as yet no conception of the negotiations it would take in the Security Council to get it.

The Project’s Push for Solidarity with Haiti

Since 2017 the Haiti project has consistently pushed first for retaining, then returning the U.N. mission to Haiti to avert complete disaster. We’ve just made the case again in the Washington Post and with the Inter-American Dialogue (above). Here we reprise our previous articles with them

Pozisyon fanm angaje

Nan okazyon Jounen nasyonal mouvman fanm peyi Dayiti, 3 avril 2023. Peyi a ap trepase, dirijan, dirijant nan Leta pran responsabiite n oubyen lage pye n

Pas pour les âmes sensibles

Par Wiselaine Dorcélus, présidente du Regroupement National des Femmes Candidates. Il faudra un grand effort pour que les femmes en Haïti obtiennent leurs droits et aident à sortir la nation de son bourbier. Son message du 8 mars, Journée internationale de la femme, ici posté tardivement

Not for the Faint-Hearted

The above in Creole. By Wiselaine Dorcélus, president of the Regroupement National des Femmes Candidates. It’s going to take a big push for women in Haiti to gain their rights and help lead the nation out of its morass. Her message on March 8, International Women’s Day, here belatedly posted

Policeman Killed by Friendly Fire

Lacked a radio to tell his partners where he was. Incident indicates that they are barely hanging on and cannot by themselves fend off gangs armed with high-caliber weapons

The Tolls of Terror

In America some people leave a city to escape crime. Imagine having to leave a whole country. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press