Haiti

Mass protests against endemic poverty, government corruption convulse Haiti

By Richard Dufour, 9 October 2019

Moïse and his corrupt and repressive regime cling to power thanks only to the support of Washington, and its French, and Canadian allies.

“This is a prison city”

Immigrants hold four days of protest outside Mexican detention center

By Alex González, 26 August 2019

Two hundred protesters staged sit-ins and blocked vans with migrants bound for deportation.

Mercenaries flown back to US after their arrest in Haitian capital

By John Marion, 22 February 2019

Eight men, five of them former US Special Forces or Marines, were arrested on the roof of the building housing Haiti’s national bank.

Mass protests shut down Haiti

By John Marion, 14 February 2019

The protests, now called Pays Lock (Country Lock), have taken on the character of a general strike with the aim of shutting down the country until President Moïse resigns.

Reports indicate Haitian government involvement in La Saline massacre

By John Marion, 25 January 2019

The massacre in La Saline on November 13—in which 59 people were killed, including young children—rivals the crimes of the Duvalier dictatorship.

Protests over PetroCaribe continue as Haitian president seeks imperialist support

By John Marion, 21 November 2018

Thousands of Haitians took to the streets over the embezzlement of PetroCaribe funds and to call for the ouster of President Jovenel Moïse.

Haitian National Police conspire with the Senate to plan repression

By John Marion, 28 July 2018

While the government canceled a 38 percent gas price hike, on Tuesday a protest was staged in Port-au-Prince demanding the unconditional and immediate release of everyone arrested during the July 6–8 events.

Violent Haitian protests triggered by IMF austerity measures

By John Marion, 10 July 2018

The cuts in government fuel subsidies would have raised the cost of gas by 38 percent and the cost of kerosene even more, in a country where gas costs almost as much as a day’s wages.

Haitian army general staff appointed amid tensions with the Dominican Republic

By John Marion, 6 April 2018

Recent events show that workers and peasants face grave dangers as the ruling elite on both sides of Hispaniola resurrect figures from their violent pasts.

Haitian audit report on PetroCaribe corruption deepens crisis of Moïse goverment

By John Marion, 21 December 2017

Funds from the PetroCaribe agreement, intended for public works projects, were instead used to line the pockets of politically connected corporations.

Haiti: Remobilized army to join the National Police in suppressing workers

By John Marion, 23 November 2017

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse used the 214th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières to deliver a Duvalier-like speech in front of 150 remobilised soldiers.

Trump administration ends temporary residency for 60,000 Haitian nationals

By Trévon Austin, 22 November 2017

Under TPS, Haitians who sought refuge after 2010 Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 have been allowed to live and work in the United States. They now have until July 2019 to leave the country.

Haitian government in crisis as protests spread

By John Marion, 31 October 2017

Protests against the government of Haitian President Jovenel MoÏse, touched off by this year’s budget, are being met with violence.

Exploitation, poverty, and repression threaten Haitians facing deportation from US and Canada

By John Marion, 16 August 2017

More than 50,000 Haitians face deportation from the US by next January; thousands who have crossed into Canada in search of better conditions are faring no better.

Canada opens Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to Haitian refugees fleeing US

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 August 2017

As fears of deportation escalate, thousands of Haitians have fled to Canada seeking asylum, overwhelming the country’s immigration system.

Haitian apparel workers continue strike, defying threats and violence

By John Marion, 29 June 2017

Despite machinations by union leaders, thousands of Haitians continue to demand an increase in the country’s minimum wage.

Trump administration grants brief extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants

By John Marion, 29 May 2017

While the Trump administration threatens to deport almost 60,000 Haitian immigrants next summer, workers’ struggles in Haiti are growing.

Trump administration threatens to deport tens of thousands of Haitian refugees

By John Marion, 11 May 2017

The Trump administration is pushing to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 50,000 Haitian refugees.

Six months after Hurricane Matthew, hunger and desperation grip Haiti’s south

By John Marion, 1 April 2017

While Haiti’s bourgeoisie welcomes new President Jovenel Moïse, workers and peasants face desperate conditions.

Violent clashes follow announcement of businessman Jovenel Moïse as election winner in Haiti

By John Marion, 1 December 2016

While hundreds of thousands are still without food after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s ruling elite organized the election of a president with barely 20 percent voter turnout.

Homeland Security resumes deportation of Haitian immigrants

By Jake Dean and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 November 2016

While thousands of Haitian immigrants remain stranded at the US-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security has quietly ended its moratorium on deportations.

Haiti: Teenagers shot dead by police as post-Matthew crisis deepens

By John Marion, 4 November 2016

The United Nations and Haitian National Police are violently suppressing popular unrest as hundreds of thousands remain without homes, medical treatment and adequate food supplies.

Haiti’s hurricane devastation: A tragedy rooted in capitalist oppression

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2016

Nearly seven years after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Matthew has again exposed the historic oppression of the Haitian masses.

Hundreds of preventable deaths caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

By John Marion, 10 October 2016

Tens of thousands are without shelter and many areas still unable to communicate with the outside world nearly a week after the storm made landfall.

Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti and heads north

By John Marion, 5 October 2016

The storm made landfall Tuesday morning in a country that has been devastated by the 2010 earthquake and still lacks basic infrastructure.

US to deport thousands of Haitian workers

By John Marion, 27 September 2016

The policy, announced by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on September 22, is a brutal denial of workers’ rights to live and work where they choose.

Haiti: What the Clinton e-mails reveal about US election-rigging

By John Marion, 24 August 2016

The e-mails released by the US State Department give details of the imperialist intrigues that installed Michel Martelly as president of Haiti.

UN admits role in 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti

By John Marion, 19 August 2016

The statement from the office of the secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, follows five years of stonewalling in which the UN denied any responsibility for the deadly outbreak.

Haitian president ends term amid widening protests

By John Marion, 10 February 2016

As the Organization of American States forces Haiti’s ruling parties into an electoral compromise, protests are being attacked by former soldiers.

Haiti’s political crisis deepens in wake of fraudulent elections

By John Marion, 22 December 2015

The political crisis is unfolding as economic developments are further impoverishing one of the poorest countries in the world.

Haitian government reinstates the army

By John Marion, 9 December 2015

The government’s decree will bring back a force of internal repression that was disbanded in 1994 after decades of torture and killings.

Widespread fraud in Haitian presidential vote

By John Marion, 17 November 2015

With a runoff presidential election scheduled for December 27, the results of the first round of voting are revealed to be rife with fraud, provoking mass demonstrations.

For opposing Haitians’ deportation, novelist Junot Díaz stripped of award by Dominican Republic government

By John Marion, 10 November 2015

Díaz has frequently opposed the Dominican Republic’s deportation of Haitian immigrants, but drew a backlash from the government by pushing for a US Congress resolution against it.

Haiti: UN Security Council votes to extend by a year its military presence

By John Marion, 21 October 2015

While claiming to promote “security” and fight gangs, the UN and Washington are worried about public unrest during the upcoming elections.

Dominican Republic deportations increase tensions with Haiti

By John Marion, 29 August 2015

The Dominican Republic has deported hundreds of Haitians and people of Haitian descent in recent weeks, while tensions along the border led to a recent exchange of gunfire.

First round of Haitian legislative elections held amidst immigration and political crises

By John Marion, 14 August 2015

Some 66,000 people have returned from the Dominican Republic to Haiti under threat of deportation and face dire conditions.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians face deportation from the Dominican Republic

By John Marion, 23 June 2015

With the passing of a deadline in the Dominican Republic for Haitians to apply for regularization of their immigration status, many thousands are now effectively stateless.

Hollande, the Clintons and imperialism in Haiti

By John Marion, 18 May 2015

The US and France see in Haiti not just cheap labor, but mineral wealth, a chance to wean the country off of Venezuelan petroleum and an opportunity to make profits.

Haiti: Martelly to rule by decree

By John Marion, 7 February 2015

After precipitating an election crisis that dissolved the parliament, President Michel Martelly is moving to shore up his power with backing from the US and United Nations.

Five years since the Haiti earthquake

By John Marion, 12 January 2015

More than 80,000 victims of the quake are still living in squalid conditions, despite billions pledged by foreign governments.

Haitian street protests grow as US intervenes in political crisis

By John Marion, 17 December 2014

Haiti’s prime minister has resigned amidst a political crisis and growing protests targeting not only the government, but also inflation and the imperialist machinations of the US and UN.

Haiti’s President Martelly eulogizes ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier

By John Marion, 9 October 2014

After the former dictator, known as “Baby Doc” died October 4, Martlelly hailed him as an “authentic son of Haiti.”

Victims of Haiti cholera epidemic sue the United Nations

By John Marion, 24 October 2013

Three years after the start of a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 8,000 Haitians, the UN still refuses to take responsibility.

UN hides its role in Haiti cholera outbreak

By John Marion, 2 March 2013

The United Nations has refused reparations to Haitian victims and survivors of cholera, which was brought to the island by its forces.

400,000 still homeless three years after Haitian earthquake

By John Marion, 15 January 2013

Three years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people continue to suffer from its effects.

Strike, protests belie Haitian government’s free education claims

By John Marion, 17 November 2012

A teachers strikes and protests by students have exposed President Martelly’s claims to have reformed Haiti’s education system.

Martelly government cracks down on Haitian protests

By John Marion, 16 October 2012

A series of protests have swept Haiti sparked by government corruption, spikes in the prices of staple foods, and the anniversary of the coup that overthrew former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Haiti’s President Martelly seeks to bring back military as internal police force

By John Marion, 5 January 2012

Two reports issued recently by the UN document murders and torture committed by the Haitian National Police over the past year.

Imperialist powers prepare to keep UN forces in Haiti

By John Marion, 28 September 2011

Amid new controversy, the United Nations is debating renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

WikiLeaks cables detail US military designs on Haiti

By John Marion, 28 July 2011

Newly released embassy cables reveal the US government’s interest in maintaining a UN military force for the occupation of Haiti.

Press under attack in Haiti

By John Marion, 12 July 2011

A series of recent events in Haiti have highlighted continuing threats to press freedom in a country where democratic rights are routinely denied in the interests of US imperialism and the local ruling elite.

WikiLeaks exposes US profiteering after Haiti earthquake

By John Marion, 24 June 2011

On June 15, the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks began releasing US diplomatic cables from the period immediately following the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010.

Ex-singer tied to death squads named winner in Haitian vote

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2011

The Haitian elections were marked by wholesale fraud, disenfranchisement and gross intervention by Washington and the so-called “world community,” both bent on installing a pliant regime to help suppress the population.

Haiti election result to be announced this week

By Peter Daniels, 29 March 2011

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced last week that it will release preliminary results from the March 20 presidential election runoff by the end of the month.

Runoff election campaign begins in Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2011

Two right-wing candidates, both with links to the former Duvalier dictatorship, are competing in Haiti’s US-orchestrated presidential vote.

US begins deportation of Haitians

By Andrea Peters, 24 January 2011

The US deported 27 Haitian nationals last Thursday, resuming forced repatriations to the devastated country a year after the massive earthquake of January 2010.

“Baby Doc” Duvalier arrested in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2011

Haitian authorities arrested Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier Tuesday, barely two days after the former dictator flew back to the country after a quarter of a century in exile.

One year since the earthquake in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2011

One year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the horrors facing its population have only deepened, with a cholera epidemic claiming thousands of lives and hundreds of thousands left stranded in fetid tent camps.

US to resume deportations to Haiti

By Andre Damon, 22 December 2010

Less than a year after the Haiti earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people, the US government is preparing to resume deportations to the cholera-gripped country.

Riots erupt in Haiti after announcement of election results

By Tom Eley, 9 December 2010

The Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince erupted in riots and demonstrations Tuesday night and Wednesday morning after the announcement that Jude Célestin, the presidential candidate backed by the despised outgoing head of state, René Préval, would be included in the two-way runoff.

Anti-UN protests spread as Haitians die without aid

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2010

Protests against United Nations troops have spread to the capital of Port-au-Prince Thursday as growing numbers of Haitians die of cholera in the absence of significant aid from the UN or other relief agencies.

Protesters shot dead as Haiti cholera toll tops 1,000

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2010

Haiti remains tense in the wake of Monday’s violent clashes between protesters and United Nations troops that left at least two dead and over a dozen wounded in Cap-Haitien, the country’s second largest city.

200,000 at risk in Haiti cholera epidemic

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2010

The United Nations issued an emergency appeal for aid as the death toll in Haiti passed the 800 mark.

Hurricane threatens Haiti as cholera epidemic surges

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2010

Some 1.5 million Haitians, still homeless after last January’s devastating earthquake, are facing the combined deadly threats of an approaching hurricane and a rapidly spreading cholera epidemic.

Haiti’s cholera toll: An indictment of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2010

Like the massive death toll inflicted by the earthquake last January, the outbreak of a cholera epidemic in Haiti is not some natural disaster, but rather the product of desperate poverty created by imperialist oppression.

Haiti cholera epidemic reaches Port-au-Prince

By Tom Eley, 26 October 2010

At least five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Port-au-Prince, a week after the epidemic emerged in central Haiti. By Monday evening the national death toll was reported to be 259.

Cholera epidemic kills 150 in Haiti

By a reporter, 23 October 2010

The outbreak of disease is the worst since last January’s devastating earthquake, which killed 250,000 people and left another 1.5 million homeless.

Haiti presidential elections to be held at gunpoint

By John Marion, 16 October 2010

The November 28 elections in Haiti will be a travesty of democracy, in which foreign investors seek to manipulate an election held amid terrible conditions after the January 2010 earthquake, with large sections of the electorate robbed of the right to vote.

Six months since the earthquake

American imperialism and the Haitian catastrophe

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2010

The six-month anniversary of the earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti was observed Monday, with media coverage admitting there has been virtually no progress in rebuilding the devastated country.

Suffering and struggle: Six months after the Haitian earthquake

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2010

Six months after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti and killed more than 300,000 people, little has been done for the survivors.

Washington asserts colonial-style control of Haiti at UN donors’ conference

By Barry Grey, 2 April 2010

The international donors’ conference for Haiti, held Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, was a forum for the United States, in the persons of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to assert American colonial-style control over the devastated island nation.

Bush, Clinton visit Port-au-Prince

Washington dictates terms to devastated Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2010

Bush and Clinton preached capitalism as the solution to Haiti’s problems, pressing President René Préval to lift restrictions on the use of land by foreign NGOs and corporations. During the visit, Préval issued the decree demanded by Washington.

Haitian president at White House: US military occupation to continue

By Hiram Lee, 12 March 2010

President Obama and Haitian President René Préval met at the White House on Wednesday to discuss ongoing recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

Canada’s prime minister uses Haiti visit to promote “hard power”

By Guy Charron, 25 February 2010

Canada’s Conservative government has been anxious to assert a leading role in the relief and reconstruction of Haiti, so as to advance the interests of Canada’s corporate elite in the Caribbean and assert Canada’s claim to be a major power.

Mass protests greet Sarkozy visit to Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2010

Mass protests greeted Sarkozy’s arrival in Haiti, as plans proceed for the US and other major powers to take control of Haiti’s government and indefinitely suspend elections.

Haiti disaster is worst in modern history

By Hiram Lee, 18 February 2010

A new report released by the Inter-American Development Bank declares the disaster still unfolding in Haiti as the worst in modern history.

Haiti’s elite eyes profits as millions face disease and hunger

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2010

Haiti’s wealthy ruling elite and US corporations are looking forward to increased riches and big profits off of post-earthquake reconstruction as millions of working class and poor people face the threat of starvation and infectious epidemics.

Four weeks after earthquake

Haiti: hunger sparks growing protests

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2010

On Sunday, Haiti saw one of its largest protests since the January 12 earthquake. as four weeks after the disaster, frustration with continuing hunger and homelessness mount.

Haiti: Three weeks after earthquake, angry protests over aid delays

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2010

Three weeks after the January 12 earthquake leveled most of Port-au-Prince and claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, anger in Haiti over the slow pace of relief and the impotence of President Rene Preval’s government has erupted into protests.

Newly available at Mehring Books

Pamphlet on Haitian history available in French

4 February 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the availability in French of a pamphlet that reviews the record of imperialist oppression in Haiti.

US group charged with child trafficking in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2010

Ten members of a Baptist-affiliated group from Idaho are accused of child trafficking for attempting to spirit 33 Haitian children out of the country, supposedly for adoption in the US. Several of the children said their parents are not dead.

US halts military flights to evacuate Haiti earthquake victims

By Alex Lantier, 1 February 2010

Starting last Wednesday, the US military refused to fly wounded Haitians to the US for medical treatment.

Obama’s guilty silence on Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2010

In his State of the Union speech Wednesday President Barack Obama barely mentioned the historic catastrophe unfolding on America’s doorstep, with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Haitians and millions more left injured, hungry and homeless.

Haitian president says 170,000 bodies recovered

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2010

Haiti’s President René Préval told a press conference Wednesday that some 170,000 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the January 12 earthquake. More than two weeks after the disaster, large numbers of its victims have yet to receive aid.

Troops fire on starving crowds in Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2010

Troops under UN command have fired on crowds of hungry Haitians, a sign of impending confrontation between the people of the earthquake-wracked country and the armed forces sent there under the auspices of the imperialist powers.

US Marines in Haiti: Back to colonialism

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2010

The US Marines sent to Haiti by the Obama administration are being told to model their mission on the “success” of the 20-year occupation of Haiti by US Marines that ended in 1934.

Pamphlet on Haitian history available from Mehring Books

27 January 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to make available to readers of the World Socialist Web Site a pamphlet from its archives that provides historical background to the events currently unfolding in Haiti.

“Reconstructing Haiti” on starvation wages

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2010

Government ministers, international bankers and aid agencies gathered in Montreal Monday to discuss plans for reconstructing earthquake-ravaged Haiti. At the heart of their proposals is the exploitation of Haitian workers at poverty wages.

Criticism mounts over US response to Haiti disaster

By Jerry White, 26 January 2010

Two weeks after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, there is growing criticism of the US for undermining rescue and relief efforts by focusing almost entirely on the military occupation of the Caribbean nation.

Haiti: Rescue effort ended as people still emerge from rubble

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2010

The Haitian government together with United Nations authorities announced the official end to efforts to rescue people trapped in the rubble from the January 12 earthquake, even as survivors were still being pulled out alive.

The Nation praises US intervention in Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2010

The Nation reacted to the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the earthquake in Haiti and exacerbated by the US military occupation of the country by praising the Obama administration.

As US prepares long-term occupation, Haiti’s quake victims still without aid

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2010

Washington indicated Thursday that it is preparing a long-term occupation of Haiti. In the immediate crisis confronting millions of homeless, injured and suffering people, however, the US military has yet to organize a viable distribution of aid.

Haitians dying by the thousands as US escalates military intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2010

With thousands of Haitians dying every day for lack of medical care and supplies, the Pentagon has announced that it is expanding the US military presence in the country, maintaining its priority of troops over humanitarian aid.

ISSE Public Meetings:

The social and political roots of the Haiti earthquake tragedy

22 January 2010

The ISSE announces a series of meetings examining the social and political roots of the Haiti earthquake disaster.

US military operations block relief efforts in Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 21 January 2010

The US military intervention in Haiti continues to block arrival of critical humanitarian supplies.

Haiti’s tragedy: A crime of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2010

The death and suffering inflicted upon Haiti by the January 12 earthquake has laid bare a massive international crime by US imperialism, which prepared this catastrophe with a century of oppression and is now exploiting the disaster for its own ends.

Letters on the Haiti earthquake

21 January 2010

The following letters were sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to articles on the Haiti earthquake disaster.

Washington shuts door on Haitian refugees

By Tom Eley, 20 January 2010

The Obama administration has taken extraordinary measures to prevent desperate Haitians from entering the US since a January 12 earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation.

Death toll at 200,000

US military to enforce state of emergency in Haiti

By Tom Eley, 19 January 2010

The Haitian government declared a state of emergency on Monday to be enforced by the US military, six days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake laid waste to much of the nation and killed at least 200,000, according to the latest estimate.



US military tightens grip on Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2010

Washington has focused on establishing indefinite military control of Haiti, to the detriment of aid and rescue operations.