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Police patrol outside the Embassy of Taiwan in Port-au-Prince on July 9, 2021, after 11 suspected assassins of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse broke into its embassy in an attempt to flee. Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

Assassinations and invasions – how the US and France shaped Haiti’s long history of political turmoil

Local power struggles and strong US interests have long shaped political leadership – and presidential assassinations – in Haiti, limiting nation-building projects on the Caribbean island.
Nathalie Jolivert, ‘World Championship: Dessalines Pa Ap Pran Go l,’ Acrylic on Canvas 90 in x 192 in. (c) Nathalie Jolivert

4 Haitian novels that beautifully blend history, memory and reality

Confronted with centuries of exploitation by their country’s ruling class and foreign powers, Haitian writers warn against the impulse to seek solace in outside intervention or cynical humor.
Tires burn and police try to extinguish the flames and clear the road for vehicles in the Lalue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after protesters unhappy with the growing violence set them on fire, July 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

The crisis in Haiti reflects the failure of the international community to stabilize the country

It is necessary to put an end to the external shock therapy that has failed to generate a new social contract in Haiti and bring the country the prosperity it has been promised.
Young men protesting the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse near the Petion-Ville police station in Port-au-Prince, July 8. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

After its president was assassinated, Haiti needs international help more than ever

The current chaos in Haiti can be explained by the country’s political, institutional, economic and security conditions.
Haitians seeking asylum. gather July 10, 2021, at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti after the president’s assassination plunged the country further into chaos, VALERIE BAERISWYL/AFP via Getty Images

Who’s running Haiti after president’s assassination? 5 questions answered

President Moïse is dead. Two politicians say they’re in charge. Parliament is suspended. A Haitian studies scholar explains Haiti’s power vacuum and says elections alone won’t restore democracy there.
Haitian police patrol outside the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince on July 7, 2021, after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated. Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

Haiti’s president assassinated: 5 essential reads to give you key history and insight

Expert background on Haiti, where President Jovenel Moïse’s July 7 killing is the latest in the Caribbean nation’s long list of struggles.
Presidential guards patrol the entrance to the residence of late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 7, 2021. Moïse was assassinated there early that morning. AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn

Slain Haitian president faced calls for resignation, sustained mass protests before killing

The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in his home outside Port-au-Prince ended a presidency that had plunged the already troubled nation deeper into crisis.
Protest signs on the ground before a march on March 28, 2021, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to denounce President Jovenel Moïse’s efforts to stay in office past his term. Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

Haitians protest their president in English as well as Creole, indicting US for its role in country’s political crisis

Haitian president Jovenel Moïse is accused of overstaying his term, embezzling funds and dismantling parliament. Protests are a hallmark of his presidency – but the language of them has changed.
Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X’s decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825. Bibliotheque Nationale de France

When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

After enduring decades of exploitation at the hands of the French, Haiti somehow ended up paying reparations – to the tune of nearly $30 billion in today’s money.

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