Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ask Embassy Haiti

On the eve of the second anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake – and as part of a coordinated two-week media blitz designed to counter the increasingly negative perceptions of the United States’ role in Haiti’s reconstruction — the US Embassy in Haiti invited the public to participate in their first Twitter Q&A. Using […]

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US Embassy Housing Compound Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The new US Embassy Staff Housing consists of 107 new townhouse units and a new Deputy Chief of Mission residence, along with support facilities, including a recreation center with an outdoor pool and courts, for two separate compounds. The townhomes are large and range from three to five bedroom units. The inspiration for the design […]

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Haitian Politics Explained

Teddy Keser Mombrun in Le Nouvelliste (2011). Source: Cartoon Movement (via @bhatiap). Click on image for larger version.

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Cese el terror duvalierista/Stop Duvalier’s Terrorism

Also known as “Baby Doc,” Jean-Claude Duvalier terrorized Haiti from 1971 to 1986, picking up where his father François “Papa Doc” Duvalier had left off. Duvalier’s army and the dreaded Tonton Macoutes death squad systematically beat, imprisoned, tortured, and killed the regime’s political opponents. Nearly 50,000 Haitians were killed under the combined reign of father […]

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Ligue Feminine d’action sociale

In 1934, the Ligue Feminine d’action sociale was formed among women of the upper classes. According to Haitian historian Madeleine Boucherau, Ligue members chose to move away from their usual model of inidvidualized patronage to a more communal one of inter-class cooperation which would attack Haiti’s greater social problems. The Ligue founded the “Association des […]

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