Monthly Archives: January 2011

Can America Make it a Democracy?

It reads almost like a morbid running joke. “… as if the earthquake, hurricane season, cholera, and elections quagmire were not enough, the old president-for-life comes back and considers running once more.” No one laughs; at a certain point, you … Continue reading

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I, Too, Sing Ayiti

  The first line of Langston Hughes’ famed I, Too, Sing America reads I am the darker brother.  It never occurred to me that in a predominantly Black nation, in front of an audience of Haitians, most of whom were phenotypically … Continue reading

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Is it Duvalier or is It the Cameras?

While walking around the National Palace on the one-year anniversary of the January 12th earthquake, I wanted to take some photos of random crowds gathered around.  My Haitian-American friend advised me against it.  Will people get mad, I asked, knowing … Continue reading

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Posters, Presidents, and Possibilities

I truly believe you don’t fully grasp the weight of the destruction from the earthquake until you stand in front of the National Palace.  It’s the most significant symbol of destruction one can readily recognize in the city, and the … Continue reading

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One Year Later- Analysts Still Don’t Get Haiti

Today marks one year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake.  Throughout the country, Haitians mourn for lost loved ones, pray, call for moments of silence, and, most importantly, they continue to survive.  In the midst of Haiti’s melange of life and death, … Continue reading

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Was it Worth It?

I spent my New Year’s Eve in Miami with some friends.  It was my first time in Miami as an adult, and while there I half-expected to see Haitians liberally sprinkled throughout the city, much the same way one see’s … Continue reading

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