Recent Feature Articles

Car parts and human skulls – art of Haiti on show

Haiti is often known for poverty, oppression and natural disasters, but the largest exhibition of its art ever staged in n the UK aims to balance out perceptions of the country.

By Mark Brown, Arts Correspondent, The Guardian (UK), Oct 22, 2012

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With 60 percent of Haitians relying on farming to feed their families, a revitalized sector is absolutely crucial to long-term growth
By Oxfam, published October 15, 2012
Plans and programs to improve the Haitian agriculture sector since the 2010 earthquake have been insufficient, says international organization Oxfam in a new report. Efforts by the Haitian government and the international community have fallen short of revitalizing the sector, improving conditions for small-scale local farmers, or recognizing the important role of women in agriculture.

By Kim Ives, published in Haiti Liberte, Oct 17, 2012

On October 12, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to renew for one more year the foreign military occupation of Haiti known as the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti, or MINUSTAH, which has been deployed in Haiti since June 1, 2004.

However, the Haitian people, and increasingly people throughout Latin America, are calling for UN troops to immediately leave Haiti

By Yves Pierre-Louis & Kim Ives, published in the weekly Haiti Liberté, Sept 19, 2012

Demonstrations erupted across Haiti this past week as deep-seated anger against the government of President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is now surging into the streets on a daily basis. Marches, picket lines, a mock tribunal, and a

The following announcement is posted to the Mennonite Central Committee (United Nations) website, reporting on a letter to the UN Security Council by Haitian human rights organizations and the MCC, concerning the future of MINUSTAH, letter dated Sept 10, 2012. A weblink to the letter is here. It is attached below as a pdf.

Published on UN News Center, Sept 17, 2012

Several decades following the beginning of Canada's assistance to "police and justice reform" in Haiti, and following the claimed successes of housing rental subsidy (camp clearance) programs this year such as "16/6" that are financed by Canada, the following is how a UN human rights expert sums up the human rights situation in Haiti. His report should prompt Canadian media and elected officials to begin to examine the human rights situation in Haiti and voice the appropriate concern. Key parts of the following article are highlighted. --CHAN

By Roger Annis and Kevin Edmonds
First published in the August 23, 2012 edition of the weekly Haiti Liberté. PDF attached.

The international think-tank International Crisis Group has issued a lengthy report on the MINUSTAH military occupation regime in Haiti. Dated August 2, 2012, it runs 28 pages and its central recommendation is that the police/military regime should remain in Haiti for at least another five years. The report is titled, Towards a Post-MINUSTAH Haiti: Making An Effective Transition.

Riches beckon from beneath Haiti’s hills, and mining companies are hoping to lock in huge tax breaks to get at them.

By Jacob Kushner, published in Guernica Daily, Aug 16, 2012
Deep in Haiti’s northern mountains, a half-dozen supervisors at a mining exploration site spent their days playing dominoes at a folding table next to a helicopter pad. For weeks they waited in La Miel, off a dirt road deep in the countryside, for Haiti’s government to give them the go-ahead to search for the gold they believe is buried in the hills around them. Fig Newtons and water bottles filled the shelves of their staff tent. On a whiteboard, in scratchy handwriting, was a single-item to-do list for the week: Change $83,000 into Haitian gourdes.

Canadian Ambassador satisfied with Martelly government's performance

By Roger Annis, published in the Aug 9, 2012 edition of the Haitian print weekly Haiti Liberté (English page) and on, Aug 9, 2012

Washington and Ottawa have worked closely together over the past decade in Haiti to further mutual goals, ranging from their backing of the 2004 coup d'état against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to support for key policies of the current government of President Joseph Michel Martelly.