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Aug 11, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Prison Break

Law enforcement is scrabbling to fix the situation, while questions remain how this incident occurred

In a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood movie, more than 300 prisoners escaped a Haitian prison near Port-au-Prince today.  According to witness testimony, around fifteen gunmen and two SUVs stormed the facility in Croix-des-Bouquets around recreation time, leading to a riot and several shootings (though thankfully no fatalities).  Reports speculate that the attack was set […]

Aug 11, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Voicing a Second Opinion

Patrick Moynihan, President of the Haitian Project, visiting a classroom

Though last week’s New York Times op-ed about the necessity of speaking Creole in Haitian classrooms undoubtedly raised good points, at least one reader believed that the article didn’t truly capture the plights of the country’s education system.  In a letter to the editor, the president of the Haitian Project, which runs the Louverture Cleary […]

Aug 11, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Leading the Leaders

Prime Minister Lamothe and the instructors from MIT

Though the Haitian government and the education system have been receiving a tremendous amount of negative press recently, the leaders of these groups have shown their resolve to change perceptions and improve themselves.  The other day, professor of management and director of MIT’s leadership center Deborah Ancona helped this effort by hosting a leadership workshop […]

Aug 5, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Prime Minister to President?

Could Prime Minister Lamothe become President Lamothe?

Though he continues to deny any interest in becoming president, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is behaving like a candidate on the campaign trail.  Haiti’s elections may still be in question, but Lamothe has continued to raise his profile in Haiti and abroad.  Traveling back and forth between Haiti and Miami two weeks ago, Lamothe […]

Aug 5, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Wish You Were Here

Haitian tourism may be on the upswing

Coming off of last week’s news that American Airlines will be starting a daily round-trip flight from Miami International Airport to Cap-Haitien in October, the Carnival Corporation has further improved the economic outlook of Haiti’s tourism.  The parent company of Carnival Cruises, the Carnival Corporation intends to build a $70 million port in Tortuga, a […]

Aug 5, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Language Barrier

Though President Martelly has made primary education more accessible, the language used in these schools remains a problem

Though 95% of the Haitian population speaks only Creole, the country’s education system continues to present the majority of classes in French.  Part of this problem stems from the fact that the majority of white-collar jobs in Haiti rely on French to communicate; in order to promote these high-profile jobs, then, children are strongly encouraged […]

Jul 28, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Voodoo Taboo?

A sign of Haiti's complicated religious atmosphere:  voodoo followers dance during an Easter celebration

Chibly Langlois, the first Roman Catholic cardinal from Haiti, believes that some of his country’s social problems originate from voodoo, which rivals (and sometimes co-exists with) Catholicism as Haiti’s most popular religion.  The cardinal claims that Haitians practicing voodoo are more likely to search for magical solutions to their problems rather than seek education, professional […]

Jul 28, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A New Destination

Haitians can plan on seeing more American Airline jets in the near future

Flying to Haiti from the United States just became a bit easier.  American Airlines plans to add a non-stop flight to a second location in Haiti starting in October.  For more than forty years, American Airlines has provided a daily flight from their hub in Miami to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.  The airline hopes […]

Jul 28, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A Sweet Deal

Haitian super trees may hold the key to improving the country's agriculture

As economic demand for chocolate increases around the world (at a growing rate of 3.1 percent per year according to the World Cocoa Foundation), chocolate connoisseurs and companies are searching for the next great gold-mine of cocoa.  Some experts believe that new source is Haiti.  Once a major exporter of cocoa during the French and […]

Jul 21, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Home Away From Haiti

President Martelly entertaining the audience in Little Haiti

In a recent trip to the United States, President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe brought the Haitian government to the Haitian diaspora.  The two officials held a town hall meeting in Miami’s Little Haiti to hear the concerns of the community’s prominent Haitian American population.  The meeting lasted several hours and contained over a thousand […]