Speaking at Columbia U. (11/7) and at HSA 2012 at York College (11/10) next week

I'll be speaking at two panels next week. I hope to see you there!
(Please  stay tuned to my twitter @kiskeacity for exact room locations and links.)

Panel 1

"Presidential Politics and The Global African Community"
Post presidential election panel discussion
Caribbean Students Association
Columbia University, NYC
Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 7-9pm. from 9-11pm. [UPDATED]
Hamilton Hall
Malcolm X Lounge
Moderator: Patrick Délices
Other panelists:
Brandon Brice, Vince Morgan, Basil Smikle Jr.
I will be called on to speak about Obama and Haiti during the past 4 years.

UPDATE NOV. 7: CANCELLED for tonight because of inclement weather. New date to be announced soon.

Panel 2

"Haiti and the new media: From Blogosphere to Twittersphere"
Annual Haitian Studies Association conference 
York College, Queens NY
Saturday Nov. 10 from 9-10:15am
Chair: Régine Jean Charles, Boston College
Other panelists:
Gina Ulysse, Wesleyan University
Thomas Spear, Graduate Center, CUNY
Shadine Menard, Haitian International Pulse Magazine
Nadève Ménard, Université d’État d’Haiti

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Who is Buyu Ambroise? Video by Richard Louissaint #Haiti #Jazz

Check out this video about Buyu Ambroise (@buyujazz) and his latest CD Jazzpora by Haitian-American photographer Richard Louissaint. Between takes of Buyu performing at La Caye in Brooklyn and Jazz Mobile in Harlem, poet and actress Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, singer Melanie Charles, vodou electronica artist Val Jeanty and drummer Allan Mednard all share a bit about the Buyu they know. 

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Oct 17: A real live debate on Twitter about Dessalines' legacy #Haiti

As I pondered ways of commemorating Dessalines' death yesterday October 17, I came across a lively debate on Twitter between Johnny MacCalla, Ilio Durandis (both guests of the Spotlight on Haiti pilot) and Etant Dupain. Check out the full exchange here: https://twitter.com/jmakala/status/258589788624547840

Here are some of the reflections by @jmakala that initially caught my attention:

To see the full context of the conversation between @jmakala (Jocelyn McCalla, former ED of National Coalition for Haitian Rights), @durandis (Ilio Durandis, columnist at Caribbean JournaL) and @gaetantguevara (Etant Dupain from Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye), click here: https://twitter.com/jmakala/status/258589788624547840. A real live debate on Twitter about Dessalines' legacy.

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VIDEO: Sit-in against #UN brutality in #Haiti #ONU #TOURISTAH via @alterpresse

Video link 

Watch as at 0:52, an American UN soldier brutally pins down a young protestor to the floor. The crowd comes to his rescue and a young woman screams: "Who the F--- do you think you are? This is our country!"

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Martelly/Lamothe's rice imports and Haitian Rice Farmers #Haiti #Artibonite

After reading the below today on Haiti Press Network, I had a flashback to Bill Clinton's apology for destroying the Haitian rice industry back in 2010. It is baffling that policies of systematic rice importation of US subsidized rice at the detriment of local farmers are still being implemented in 2012 and despite this apology.

"L’importation des 300 000 sacs de riz par le gouvernement haïtien n’était pas la meilleure solution pour répondre à la flambée des prix des produits de première nécessité, estime le président du Réseau des associations coopératives pour le commerce et la production agricole du Bas-Artibonite (Racpaba), M. Bien-Aimé Dieula.

Il a avancé que l’importation de cette cargaison de riz a été faite au moment de la récolte du riz de l’Artibonite et au moment où les planteurs comptaient sur la vente de la récolte pour envoyer leurs enfants à l’école.

« L’importation du riz a eu un impact négatif sur les planteurs, ce genre d’initiative décourage les paysans qui déjà sont presque négligés dans la société », a-t-il fait comprendre.

Toutefois, il a expliqué que l’Artibonite pouvait fournir une bonne quantité du stock de riz nécessaire pour répondre à la crise. Il a souligné que le Racpaba est une association qui travaille sur 200 hectares de terre et produit près 4 000 tonnes de riz par an, à raison de 2 000 tonnes tous les 6 mois.

Par ailleurs, le président du Racpaba veut que les programmes de cantines scolaires et le programme dénommé « Aba grangou », se dérouleront à base de production locale."

From HPNHaiti's "The importation of 300,000 bags of rice was not the best solution"


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