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Two Men Named Yves

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I saw this on ESPN.COM this morning. A very gripping piece.

Two Men Named Yves

Gede Greg C.

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Let’s Go Jets

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My boys in the NY Jets front office have been making all the right moves this off season. In addition to signing former Charger and future Hall Of Famer LT and Dolphin Jason Taylor, they took a Haitian in the draft. Welcome to New York Vladimir Ducasse. If you need any help finding good food in the tri-state area or even need to find where some of your fellow Haitians hang, give me a call.

The Jets have a good recent history developing young Haitians into steady professionals in the NFL (Jonathan Vilma) and this signing bodes well for their future.

Gede Greg C.

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April 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

Ridiculous Decision

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In a flightof stupidity that must have been influenced by some outside forces (read scared government officials), Judge Bernard Saint-Vil has dismissed kidnapping and criminal association charges against the 10 American  missionaries who attempted to smuggle a busload of Haitian kids into the Dominican Republic. Ring leader Laura Silsby still faces lesser charges of trying to organize the illegal busride.

Personally I find this decision outrageous and symbolic of the continuous kowtowingto the superpowers that a segment of the Haitianpopulation are notorious for. I wonder if there was some kind of coercion that went on behind this.

Ridiculous Decision

Gede Greg C.

Higher Education in Haiti Meets Additional Hurdles Post Quake

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With 90% of school buildings destroyed in the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Port Au Prince, university students face a tremendous challenge towards completion of their undergrad and graduate degrees. The interesting thing is that there hasn’t been much dialogue about this crucial segment of Haitian society and their plight. If children, and in this case young adults, are the future, what provisions are being made for the thousands forced to attend class under trees instead of classrooms. What will happen to the thousands of young adults that were set to enroll in University this year, and the next, and the year after that?

The more you look at this situation, the bleaker it looks. Where will the new guard of Haitian intellectuals, thinkers, professionals, and politicians come from?

The State Of Higher Education In Post Quake Haiti

Gede Greg C.

Artists For Peace And Justice

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Nice group. Nice work.

Artists For Peace And Justice

Gede Greg C.

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

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The UN has launched a website to ensure efficient distribution of the over $9 Billion in aid pledged to assist in the rebuilding of Haiti.  According to UN secretary-general Martin Nesirky, the site was designed to assist the Haitian government with management of foreign aid. The URL for the site is http://www.refondation.ht.

Gede Greg C.

US Textile Brand Looks To Help Jump Start Haitian Economy

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US linen brand Blanket America is looking to assist in boosting the decimated Haitian economy by being the first US textile business to move their factories to post-quake Haiti. Asides from the humanitarian aspect, moving production facilities and employment to the impoverished island is a shrewd business move. Revitalizing Haiti’s once booming textile industry would be a profitable victory and perhaps serve as a model for future foreign investments in Haiti. Already Blanket America’s venture to Haiti has piqued the interests of noted US apparel brands Beverly Hills Polo and Pony to possibly follow suit.  

The economic implications of this transaction for Haitians is great. In the short term hundreds and potentially thousands of poor Haitians will acquire vital jobs and skills. In the longer term, larger US and foreign corporate partners could potentially descend on Haiti and provide the big spark needed to propel revitalization and rebuilding efforts. Detractors may question these groups’ intentions; wondering how much of the farm Haiti will have to sell off in exchange. Either way, it’s an issue that bears intense scrutiny.

Made In Haiti

Gede Greg C.