Bitter-Tasting Sugar: the United States, Haiti and Racism in Dominican Bateyes

Harvard International Review (HIR), November 27, 2020 Hidden behind years of societal and governmental oppression, the current humanitarian crisis in the Dominican Republic combines racism, US imperialism, and the demands of the global sugar market. While the world grapples with a racial reckoning and a historic pandemic, the violent history of the bateyes remains absent … Read more

World Bank Provides Additional Resources for Agricultural Livelihoods and Resilience in Haiti

World Bank, November 19, 2020 WASHINGTON, DC, November 19, 2020 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved US$7.75 million in additional financing for the Resilient Productive Landscapes in Haiti Project, which aims to improve adoption of resilient agriculture and landscape management practices. “The World Bank is supporting Haiti’s agricultural production during the emergency … Read more

Trump administration wants Haiti to hold overdue legislative elections by January

Miami Herald, by Jacqueline Charles, October 27, 2020 If Haitian President Jovenel Moïse thought his good relations with Washington would allow him to achieve what all Haitian presidents have wanted— to delay elections and change the country’s constitution to his liking— the Trump administration begs to differ. Moïse, in a surprise announcement last Friday, told … Read more

Art, immortality, and the Haitian masses

Haiti Liberte, By André Juste, Oct. 20, 2020 Emmanuel Merisier produced expressionistic paintings melding European modernist primitivism and the familiar modern variant that his Haitian compatriots have cobbled together for over a century. In his twilight years, he forthrightly reconciled the psychic tensions in his art by tacking preponderantly toward his country’s aesthetic legacy. Merisier … Read more

Haiti’s government threatens to sanction speculators

Port-au-Prince, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) The Prosecutor’s Office in Haiti’s capital threatened on Friday to sanction those practicing illicit speculation, especially commercial companies that exceed the profit thresholds established by the government. In the statement signed by Commissioner Ducarmel Gabriel, the official denounced the ‘illegal’ practice of merchants in the metropolitan area, who ‘continue selling … Read more