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Haiti Makes Esquire

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Below please find a link to a preview of the latest issue of Esquire that hits the newsstands next week. Included in this issue is a preview of an interview with Bill Clinton where he pledges to commit the next three years to Haiti and its rebuild. Also in there are some words from Paul Farmer on the state of Haitian health care. Check it out and expect a feature length post here when the issue hits the stands.

Haiti Makes Esquire

Gede Greg C.

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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.

Red Tape Slows Haitian Adoptions

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Again, I have very mixed feelings about the deluge of outsiders attempting to adopt Haitian children in the wake of January 12th. On one hand, it’s obvious that these orphaned kids need families and a chance to rebuild their lives. If foreigners are sincere about wanting to help these children and it’s not because its fashionable, then I’m okay with it. If however, the adoptive parents intentions are fueled by liberal guilt or the need to rescue “savages” from themselves, then I’m emphatically against it.

I may sound like a cynic, but I know what my experiences have been as a Haitian growing up in the US for the past 35+ years. Even through my travels through the corridors of some of this country’s most prestigious institutes of higher learning, I was always met with a sense of derision from my more priviledged (read:White) counterparts. Somehow or someway, they always felt the need to “advise” me of life situations and give me “guidance” on issues that weren’t their concern or simply none of their business. I always felt their actions were due in part to my flag waving Haitian status and inevitably I would be proven right.

I don’t mean to sound like such a sour puss, especially in the face of what can potentially be one of the kindest and most humanitarian acts one can perform for a child, but I know what I’ve seen and what I believe. Anyway, please see this piece on how red tape is slowing the completion of many adoptions in and around Port Au Prince.

With the complicated history of Western powers, Imperialism, and Colonialism in the Caribbean, I think my suspicions are well founded. What do you think?

Red Tape Slows Haitian Adoptions

Gede Greg C.

Corruption Continues in Haiti’s Health Care System

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Here’s another piece on the kinds of corruption still occurring in the Haitian health care system. When will we as Haitians finally get the big effin picture? Hopefully sooner than later because stuff like this allows the superpowers to exert more influence and control on Haiti.

Think about it, why would they give us aid if we can’t even conduct ourselves and just do the right thing sans such overt corruption. If more stuff like this keeps occurring and the news outlets get a hold, it won’t be long before there is a clamor to make Haiti a Commonwealth of the US- ala Puerto Rico –  in order for them to keep an eye on us and insure democracy is being instituted. Mark my words.

Corruption Continues In Haiti’s Health Care System

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.