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New Haiti Envoy

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Garry Pierre-Pierre editor-publisher of The Haitian Times, host of the show Independent Sources on CUNY TV talks about the appointment of Bill Clinton as an envoy to Haiti.

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Comments [15]

Kevin Jamison from NYC

Hi All, If you are interested in development in Haiti please come check out the United Nations Association's Young Professionals for International Cooperation NYC as we are working on a major new flagship program to assist in education, infrastructure and environment issues in Haiti. http://www.unasouthernny.org/ypic/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=61

May. 20 2009 11:36 AM
hjs from 11211

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/29/food.internationalaidanddevelopment

May. 20 2009 10:54 AM
hjs from 11211

kai 11
great point!
i wonder how much cheap american agricultural product dumping effects haitian farmers?

May. 20 2009 10:52 AM
Caitlin

Just wondering what are the "skeptical" Haitian Americans doing to help the situation? Haiti needs help and Clinton has clout so why not try and help him help Haiti?

May. 20 2009 10:50 AM
kai from NJ-NYC

Besides of lack of good governance, much of Haiti's prospective success depends on soil: no joke.

The almost total deforestation of the Haitian part of Hispaniola leads to lack of topsoil for agriculture, thus poor food security, plus, entire denuded hillsides melt into mudslides during major storms and hurricanes.

It seems that a coordinated and systematic effort to cultivate the agricultural sector and reforest the island, led and worked on by Haitian citizens, has to be one of the first steps taken to address economic and environmental problems.

May. 20 2009 10:49 AM
hjs from 11211

i would ask bill to stay away from the women!

May. 20 2009 10:47 AM
IVAN from NYC

ALL WE NEED IS DUAL CITIZENSHIP AND WE WILL TAKE CARE OF OUR AFFAIRS.

May. 20 2009 10:46 AM
Lori from Montclair, NJ

CGI has made a real impact in Africa in the treatment of HIV/AIDS (which is a huge issue in Haiti). Clinton is an informed and experienced politician and he will have the ability to shed light on Haiti's issues (which are now absent from the public discussion).

I'd like to talk about the Americans, Canadians, and Europeans who go to Haiti for sex vacations, exploiting the poverty and desperation of Haitian boys and girls. A high profile political and philanthropic project in Haiti may help spotlight this issue and give the young women (and men)there an alternative.

May. 20 2009 10:45 AM
hjs from 11211

truth
i know not EVERYONE is eating mud but i hope u agree one person is too many

May. 20 2009 10:44 AM
the truth from bkny

Haitian Americans have no "clout" in the US government.

May. 20 2009 10:43 AM
the truth from bkny

Clinton has a different support system behind him this time. It is not a revisit of the same old regime.

I agree, there is some diplomacy needed, they do have leaders "running" the country. The US can't go in there running our own agenda.

May. 20 2009 10:42 AM
jane from brooklyn

Agreed, Haitian American, not Bill Clinton.

May. 20 2009 10:39 AM
Priya from Brooklyn but currently in Tivoli

Re: good leadership

Clinton has to practice wise diplomacy, he can't go in with guns blazing, this is probably part of a charm campaign.

May. 20 2009 10:37 AM
the truth from bkny

I think Bill Clinton is a good choice.

Granted it is a desperate situation over there however, not quite everyone in Haiti is eating mud HJS.

May. 20 2009 10:36 AM
hjs from 11211

you know those people are forced to eat mud and yet they live so near to the "richest" nation in the world.
shame!

May. 20 2009 10:30 AM

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