Police visit Duvalier + take him for questioning

Probably CNN had it first: “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s surprise arrival in Haiti on Sunday “brought calls for arrest from [Michele] Montas and members of human rights groups”. Michele Montas — radio journalist, ex-UN spokesperson, and sorely-aggrieved widow of assassinated journalist and agronomist Jean Dominique (shot...

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Ben Ali out of Tunisia, Baby Doc Duvalier back in Haiti?

Are we supposed to believe that “Baby Doc” Duvalier decided, all by himself, to return to Haiti on Sunday after 25 years in exile? Duvalier’s return to Haiti took place just two days after Tunisia’s President Ben Ali left his country, a day after vowing to remain in office until the end of his term […]

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Many, many thousands of children still alone after Haiti earthquake

In the wrap-up stories, two weeks after the enormous destruction caused by a devastating earthquake in Haiti, the AP is reporting that “UN experts estimate there may be 1 million unaccompanied or orphaned children or youngsters who lost at least one parent in the Jan. 12 quake. Some young Haitians are even being released from […]

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UN confirms death of Hedi Annabi, head of mission, in Haiti

UN SG BAN Ki-Moon has confirmed — days after the event — the death of the head of the UN misson in Haiti, Hedi Annabi, following a devastating earthquake. Photo from Matthew Lee’s Inner City Press here showing the collapsed hotel that the UN rented as its HQ in Haiti

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Conversations at a checkpoint

It really gets on your nerves, sometimes. At a checkpoint this morning, the soldier took my passport, then barked: “Where are you from?” he asked. “You mean where was I born? That’s different than where I am from. It’s written on my passport — New York”, I said. [Huda reported that she was stopped at [&hell...

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Hungry (and poor) Haitians eat dirt cookies

This is front-line journalism: “A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered”. The Associated Press article reports that these dirt cookies are “a traditional Haitian remedy for [&he...

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