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Haiti and Education in the Digital Age

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor   WE LIVE IN A CHANGING WORLD; one that is extremely competitive. The disparities between advanced nations and those lagging behind have never been wider at any point in human history than they are today. Within …

Durandis: Democracy in Haiti

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor A means to an end or an end to any means. Democracy, since ancient times, has not simply been a means to attain certain political power, but it has been a way of life for many, …

Durandis: A Friendly Divorce in Haiti

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Change, reshuffle, restart or reset, it is all a clear sign that the Martelly-Lamothe team is still trying to navigate the Haitian political landscape in order to turn their promises and slogans to reality for the …

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 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, wrote that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These words were written in the context that one could not just sit by …

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor The word change has been used very loosely in recent decades to describe what must take place in Haiti. From the time Pope John Paul II famously uttered that things must change, during his only visit …

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Haitian government officials are saying that the country is ready for takeoff, but the destination is unknown, and how the country will take off is still not clear. The time can no longer be about restating …

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor A country is yearning for development. A people that is so desperate for change. A whole world is watching, and yet, the darkness is filled with clouds. It may not be possible to see the clouds, …

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Just when one believed that Haiti could not reach a lower point, everything is pointing to an even lower abyss for the prideful and history-rich nation. It is an abomination to read quotes from people who …

 Above: Jean-Jacques Dessalines By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor After more than two centuries of suffering, humiliation and inhuman conditions, brave slaves and free people of colour revolted against their French masters to proclaim their freedom and the independence of their new …

 Above: Garry Conille at the installation of his cabinet (Photo: OP) By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Early on in life, I was taught one thing about fish: don’t mess with the tail. In Haiti, the saying of “queue poisson” is often …

 Above: A man walks past rubble in downtown Port-au-Prince after the January 2010 earthquake (UN Photo/Marco Dormino) By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Now comes time for remembrance. What history will surely describe as the darkest day in Haitian history, in terms …

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Reading Milton Friedman’s book, Free to Choose, the concept of a “climate of opinion” as a tool to help shape policies could be just what the doctor ordered for the upcoming year for Haiti. Friedman argued …

 Above: forests in Haiti (UN Photo/Logan Abassi) By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor On Sunday, Nov. 6, more than 400 volunteers boarded two Delta Airlines charter flights en route to Haiti to take part in a Habitat for Humanity (HFH) construction project …

 Above: Haiti’s Citadelle Laferrière (UN Photo/Victoria Hazou) By Eric MartinOp-Ed Contributor I read with interest several recent articles in the Caribbean Journal that provide a mix of commentaries on development in Haiti. I apologize in advance should I misrepresent any …

 Above: Arnel Belizaire By Ilio DurandisOp-Ed Contributor Haiti’s 1987 constitution is supposed to be the supreme law of the land. However, in Haiti, the rule of laws means different thing to different people at different times. I often say that …

 Above: a UN training exercise in Haiti (UN Photo/Victoria Hazou) By Ilio Durandis Haiti’s army was disbanded in 1995, shortly after the first return from exile of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Ever since, the reinstating of the army has been …