The Election in Haiti

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Yorker contributing writer Amy Wilentz talks about the elections in Haiti. Her article “Running in the Ruins” appears in the September 6 issue of the New Yorker.


Amy Wilentz

Comments [6]

Rick from NY

The biggest news is that these elections are being held at all. Unfolding on the ground is one of the greatest pillaging of aid money ever witnessed in the world by many large NGOs. The aid industry has become part of the problem in Haiti fueling more skepticism about their motives. These elections have been nothing but a major distraction. Focus on the victims not the politicians.

Aug. 30 2010 02:44 PM

I don't think anyone is suggesting Sean Penn would or could be a candidate. That makes no sense at all. Yes, Wyclef has done great things as a philanthropist. That does not translate into leadership, however. And operating a charity via New York with trips to Haiti does not translate into a committed citizenship. He's done great things for the country and should continue to do so, but to think he can just be a president without having served in the Haitian gov't in any other capacity is kind of arrogant. All I'm saying is that I would like to see him seek a lower position in government with a commitment to one day being president. Right now it just looks like he's taking advantage of the tragic situation in Haiti and the attention that is on him. If there was no earthquake, would he still have sought the presidency? Will he be committed enough to the Haitian people to spend the next 5 consecutive years in the country and then run in a future election?

Aug. 30 2010 12:54 PM
The Truth from Becky

I guess I am missing the "selfishness" of Wyclef Jean?! He has been working hard for Haiti long before the earthquake and long before Sean Penn....this is not a new venture or an act of selfishness for him, he has genuine concern for his family and the other citizens of Haiti. I mean who would continue to pursue this venture with death threats on their head???

Aug. 30 2010 12:31 PM

if Wyclef is truly serious about serving the country of Haiti and not just an arrogant rockstar he would seek a lower position in gov't and work his way up. He needs to be willing to first be a citizen of Haiti. Then maybe he can consider a presidency. The all or nothing attitude is totally selfish of him.

Aug. 30 2010 12:29 PM
The Truth from Becky

Amy I don't think you are qualified to speak for should have invited him to speak for himself, sure he would have obliged.

Who would you say is a qualified candidate Sean Penn?

Aug. 30 2010 12:27 PM
dbmetzger from manhattan

Is Haiti Ready for a Major Election?
About 20 candidates have registered for Haiti's presidential election, which is set for November, but many analysts question whether Haiti is ready to hold the vote after January's devastating earthquake.

Aug. 30 2010 11:00 AM

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