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Feb 9, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Battle at the Pump

Protesters make their way through the streets of the country's capital

While the price of gasoline has drastically dropped in the US and around the world over the last few months, Haiti has yet to feel any major relief at the pump.  On Saturday, at least 6,000 protesters marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince and demanded the government lower the price of gas immediately.  This demonstration […]

Jan 27, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Business Trip

The President of the UN Security Council and his peers held a press conference with President Martelly this weekend

The United Nations Security Council finished a three day visit to Haiti this weekend.  The Security Council called for the Haitian government to hold legitimate elections as soon as possible and for the executive branch to involve allies and opposition leaders alike in the governing process until the legislative branch is reestablished.  The US ambassador […]

Jan 27, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A Step in the Right Direction

The Prime Minister, the President, and the First Lady hope to defuse the country's electoral conundrum

On Friday, the Haitian government established its latest electoral council.  The Provisional Electoral Council consists of nine members representing different aspects of Haitian society.  The council has the important task of organizing long overdue legislative and municipal elections throughout the country.  Prime Minister Evans Paul implored the council members to keep the costs of the […]

Jan 27, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Case Dismissed

It is widely believed that UN peacekeepers from Nepal unintentionally caused the cholera outbreak

Victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak hoping to get justice and their day in court have hit a major setback.  Earlier this month, Judge Oetken of New York dismissed the lawsuit raised by human rights lawyers against the United Nations, saying that the lawyers and their plaintiffs cannot sue the UN because the international governing body […]

Jan 20, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

New Kid on the Block

Evans Paul is Haiti's latest prime minister

The most visible repercussion of the Haitian government’s failure to hold congressional and local elections before January 12th was the executive branch’s uncontested rise to absolute power.  First and foremost, this development gave President Martelly the ability to rule by decree.  Less apparent, however, was the effect this political shakeup would have on the office […]

Jan 20, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Working Around the Government

The National Palace following the earthquake

As shown by the recent dissolution of Haiti’s Congress, the country continues to struggle politically.  While many NGOs may believe that the nation’s legislative issues will not directly impact aid efforts, the fact is that the government’s instability has already played a major role in how most foreign aid agencies operate.  Instead of working through […]

Jan 14, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Time Runs Out

As of 12:01 AM on January 13th, President Martelly rules the country without a legislative body

Last Fall, Haitian politicians agreed to push back the deadline for congressional and municipal elections to January 12th, the fifth anniversary of the 2010 earthquake.   January 12th came and went without any elections being held, however, and now Congress has been dissolved.  As a result, President Martelly will rule Haiti by decree until his term […]

Jan 14, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Tourists Welcome

A look at Tortuga, a popular island destination on Haiti's northern coast

Travel + Leisure has named Haiti one of the top 50 places to visit in 2015.  The organization cites the government’s recent efforts to increase tourism, new means of traveling to the country (including new plane and cruise services), and new hotels/resorts that host incredible dining and art.  Travel + Leisure also highlights the many […]

Jan 14, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Mental Health and Spirituality

A voodoo priest leads a ritual celebrating those who survived the 2010 earthquake

While the fifth anniversary of Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake brings to mind the fate of the staggering amount of individuals that died, the survivors of the disaster did not escape unscathed by any account.  However, though several sources have investigated the physical harm and handicaps the event caused, little is made of the earthquake’s effect […]

Jan 6, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Under Pressure

Ambassadors from the UN Security Council will visit Haiti from 1/23-1/25

If the Haitian government does not hold elections this week, President Martelly will rule by decree alone.  Hoping to avoid this fate and prevent senate seats from expiring on January 12th, the UN Security Council has once again asked Martelly and his political peers to hold credible elections as soon as possible.  As the looming […]