If you don’t call it political, you can pretend it isn’t

[from port au prince] Last week we talked to Desmond Molloy, an old soldier who heads the ‘DDR’ program for MINUSTAH, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti. ‘DDR’ stands for Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration. Molloy’s previous experience, among other conflicts, was in Sierra Leone. There, he explained, there were two armed sides – rebels and […]

The Elections Game is On

http://www.zcommunications.org/the-elections-game-is-on-by-justin-podur September 26, 2005 The Southeast We spent the weekend outside Port au Prince in the Southeast — in the city of Jacmel. Jacmel operates according to a slightly different logic. People are keen to tell you that things are a little less polarized there, unlike Port au Prince. Also unlike Port au Prince, there […]

The Polls of Bel Air

http://www.zcommunications.org/the-polls-of-bel-air-by-justin-podur The post-coup Haitian presidential election, currently planned for November 20, has a list of 54 candidates. The Canadian Prime Minister’s ‘special advisor on Haiti’, Denis Coderre, suggested yesterday that this sprawling list of candidates was a good thing, a sign that ‘democracy is like a flower that needs to be constantly tended’.

The Bel Air Polls

The post-coup Haitian presidential election, currently planned for November 20, has a list of 54 candidates. The Canadian Prime Minister’s ‘special advisor on Haiti’, Denis Coderre, suggested yesterday that this sprawling list of candidates was a good thing, a sign that ‘democracy is like a flower that needs to be constantly tended’.

Hello from Haiti

I came to Haiti on a short trip to study a country that doesn’t really understand its place in the world or in the Americas. A country whose people feel too much pride and not enough responsibility for what has been done, what is being done, by their government and elites. A country that it […]

From the Embassy to the Prison: Hello from Haiti

http://www.zcommunications.org/from-the-embassy-to-the-prison-by-justin-podur I came to Haiti on a short trip to study a country that doesn’t really understand its place in the world or in the Americas. A country whose people feel too much pride and not enough responsibility for what has been done, what is being done, by their government and elites. A country that […]

Pina – the only reporter with an agenda

If it weren’t such serious business, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists’s little bulletin on Kevin Pina would elicit a wry chuckle. It goes like this: Editor’s note: The original text of this alert has been changed to clarify Pina’s relationship with Lavalas. New York, September 12, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed […]

Kevin Pina, kidnapped…

Consider writing letters, though it might well be a ‘fool’s call’ as the writer of the alert (Marguerite Laurent I think) says. It’s a ‘fool’s call’ but there’s no alternative. And a lot of attention quickly does help… ——————————— Urgent Action Alert (Please distribute widely) Masked Haitian police took Kevin Pina and Jean Ristil away […]