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Papa Machete: A Short Film About Haitian Machete Fencing

Papa Machete tells the story of Alfred Avril, an aging farmer who is also a master of the esoteric art of Haitian machete fencing.

Documenting the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing through the story and practice of one man.

Our team recently completed filming of Papa Machete, a character-driven short film […]

Ayitian Ourstory with Professor Bayyinah Bello

In this fascinating interview with leading Haitian historian Professor Bayyinah Bello (State University of Haiti) you will learn about the birth of the First Black Republic in the West as she reflects on the 200th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution and its legacy. An excellent introduction to Haitian history suitable for 11th graders to […]

Gold Rush in Haiti! Who will get rich?

Gold Rush in Haiti! Who will get rich? by Haiti Grassroots Watch 5/24/12

Haiti might be “poorest country in the Americas,” but it is also sitting on a gold mine.

New Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe says he’s banking on the wealth in Haiti’s northern mountains to lift the country out of poverty, but if […]

Haitians Take Arduous Path to Brazil, and Jobs

An immigrant at a hotel window. Dealing with an immigration crisis on its border is a new dilemma for Brazil, which until recently was more concerned with the outflow of its own citizens seeking opportunities in rich industrialized countries than responding to the arrival of thousands of impoverished foreigners. Credit: Douglas Engle for The […]

Haiti Earthquake: Two Years Later, Where Did The Money Go?

A Haitian woman waiting for a taxi in Potau-Prince looks at earthquake damage on January 9, 2012.

By Donovan Webster, GlobalPost To see where the enormous sums of humanitarian aid directed to Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake in 2010 went, a good place to start is the ocean harbor. That’s where the island’s shore […]

Haitians Return to Africa, Bringing Solar Energy

By Peter Costantini

SEATTLE, U.S., Aug 2, 2011 (IPS) – Jean Ronel Noël, a young Haitian engineer, stood in a centuries-old fort on a small island just off Dakar and looked out at the Atlantic through a portal that once led enslaved Africans to the ships of the Middle Passage.

“Finally we come to ‘the […]

Stranded: Stateless in the Dominican Republic

Al-Jazeera Witness Last Modified: 13 Jul 2011 12:41 By Steve Sapienza For many Haitians fleeing dictators and poverty at home and looking for work in the cane fields, the Dominican Republic has long been a refuge. However, possibly a million Haitians or people of Haitian ancestry are now being affected by the adoption of a […]

U.S. Agency Sabotages Haiti Earthquake Aid

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford Wed, 06/08/2011 – 01:54 It was the unkindest cut of all. A U.S. Agency for International Development report claims Haiti, the United Nations and the Red Cross all conspired to exaggerate the death and displacement toll from last year’s earthquake. In doing so, it “calls into question […]

The Historic Return of the Aristide Family to Haiti

In this broadcast exclusive, Democracy Now! follows former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide flight’s out from South Africa and his historic return to Haiti after seven years of exile. Aristide returned two days before a delayed presidential run-off election was held on Sunday between pop star Michel Martelly and former First Lady Mirlande Manigat. Special thanks to […]

Exclusive Interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide During Plane Returning to Haiti

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family were flown on Friday by the South African government back to their home in Haiti after seven years in exile. Just before their journey, President Obama called South African President Jacob Zuma to try to prevent the trip. But the South African Government said it would not […]