17 January 2010

Stories from 17 January 2010

USA: Haitian Nationals Granted Temporary Protected Status

  17 January 2010

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a special status given by the United States to foreign nationals from specific countries where there has been some sort of recent turmoil or trauma, such as war or an earthquake. Yesterday, the Obama administration granted TPS to Haitians for the next eighteen months. Jillian C. York looks at blog reactions.

Haiti: “Culture, Crossroads, Color”

  17 January 2010

Haitian-American writer and artist Lenelle Moise tries to: “balance the images of the devastation of my birthplace (injured bodies aching in wait, starving orphaned children, mass graves set amid rubble) with evidence of all the beautiful dynamic magic its descendants make.”

Haiti: Awarded Haitian born writer expresses grief and hope

  17 January 2010

Four days after the tragedy started, world-famous Haitian-born Dany Laferrière, in Port-au-Prince at the time of the terrible earthquake, tells about his experience, respect for his people and hope for the future. Read the whole article, republished by blogger Haititempo, here [Fr].

Haiti, USA: When politics challenge compassion

  17 January 2010

In a post [Fr], Haitian writer Alain Mabanckou exposes the right-wing American radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has told his listeners that President Obama is using this catastrophe as a part of a political strategy towards minority voters and therefore asked the American people not to donate.

Haiti: Predicted Disaster?

  17 January 2010

In his blog, Haitian writer Claude Ribbe writes a post [Fr] quoting a scientific article published in the mainstream Haitian newspaper “Le Matin” in October 2008, announcing the high probability of this major earthquake.

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