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Haïti Liberté and The Aristide Files

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Haïti Liberté editor Kim Ives was interviewed on Democracy Now! today regarding the 2,000 U.S. diplomatic cables on Haiti.

For those who have researched Haiti’s political history and are aware of the unrest surrounding decades and centuries of political instability, this is an interesting report that touches on the meddling of foreign governments in regards to Haiti’s government over the past decade and offers just a glimpse into findings that are unfortunately far from surprising – an important part of the  historical record.

Ives research found that high-level U.S. and U.N. officials coordinated a politically motivated prosecution of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to prevent him from gaining more traction with the Haitian population and returning to Haiti.

Kim Ives full report for The Nations can also be found at the following link:

http://www.thenation.com/article/162598/wikileaks-haiti-aristide-files

Ti Jean Petro

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Yesterday was the feast of Ti Jean Petro, symbolized as St. John the Baptist. This is one of the most important feast days in the Vodou calendar. Yesterday we lit white candles and poured out some peppered rhum. Below please find an image of Ti Jean Petro and a video for a ceremony where he is summoned.

Ti Jean Petro

Gede Greg C.

Haiti’s Needs

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From yesterday’s NY Times. This really spells out what is needed immediately.

Haiti’s Needs

Gede Greg C.

Face The Facts

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It’s been 5 long months since January 12th and the situation in Haiti is as muddled as ever. Millions of people are still homeless, a potentially damaging hurricane season has descended on the country, the Haitian government is showing zero leadership even in the face of international pressure, and aid is still not being distributed at a rate that is satisfactory to anyone.

 The world news outlets are picking up on the frustration of the Haitian people and new hot button topics are popping up; with food sovereignty and the rebuilding of Haiti’s agriculture being the latest issue for all the experts to argue over.

Of course there’s still the issue of (re)building a solid infrastructure that includes well constructed roads and highways, designing a capable public health care system that can fight diseases prevalent in Haiti like HIV/AIDS, forming a competitive public education system, cleaning up a systematically corrupt government, boosting the economy by leveraging our natural resources and eradicating Haitians’ dependence on exported goods, and finally finding peace among the conflicting religous groups.

The fact is today we are no further along to solving these issues in Haiti than we were 5 months ago, five years ago, or 200 years ago , for that matter. Haitians will have to deal with much more hardship and suffering before the light at the end of the tunnel cracks the skyline. And that’s just the facts.

Gede Greg C.

Exhibit H

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Here’s a little ditty that my friend and upcoming superstar  Joell Ortiz wrote immediately after January 12th. Special thanks to Joell, Mike, Dennis, Norman, Block Royal and Lushlife Productions. Joell we need you for the next edition of the  Heal Haiti Concert Series!

Exhibit H

Gede Greg C.

Life In A Tent City

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The title of this post sums it up. Can you imagine living in a civilized country and in a flash watching your home be reduced to rubble? Imagine then having to live in a tent outdoors, surrounded by strangers, with no idea what your next move will be. Imagine having to bond with these strangers in a strugle to stay alive. That my friends is Port Au Prince on May 13, 2010.

 L’Union Fait La Force has taken on a deeper and truer meaning post January 12th.

Life In A Tent City

Gede Greg C.

Vodou Vid

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I saw this on tv a while back and it really was spot on. Enjoy.

Vodou Vid

Gede Greg C.