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How ‘apocalyptic’ hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti’s tourism market

How ‘apocalyptic’ hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti’s tourism market

The country is still trying to assess the financial toll to the tourist economy and overall struggling tourism brand. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-SALUT, Haiti – The almond trees have been stripped bare, and the tropical palms and royal poincianas that once brought life to the now eroded seaside oasis are all but gone. […]

After Hurricane Matthew, Haitians hope for change in US policy

After Hurricane Matthew, Haitians hope for change in US policy

BY JEN FIFIELD STATELINE.ORG / TNS WASHINGTON – A week after Hurricane Matthew tore through their home country, Haitian immigrants took to the streets of downtown Miami Oct. 14 with a plea for President Obama: Haitian immigrants need “compassion, not deportation.” Just days before the hurricane, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would […]

South Africa quits international court

South Africa quits international court

BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS) JOHANNESBURG – South Africa said last week that it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court, raising fears of an African exodus from a tribunal established to prosecute the worst crimes against humanity. Human rights activists quickly expressed dismay that South Africa’s governing African National Congress, known for […]

AFTER THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM

Here’s an initial report on Haiti as well as what Floridians need to know as recovery gets underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas on its way to the United States as of the Florida Courier’s press time Wednesday afternoon (which […]

South African schoolgirls provide revolutionary leadership

South African schoolgirls provide revolutionary leadership

DR. MARSHA ADEBAYO AND SIKI DLANGA BLACK AGENDA REPORT Pretoria Girls High School was shaken to its core two weeks ago when Black girls attending this apartheid-era elite school challenged fundamental tenets of White supremacy. This challenge to White supremacy occurred in Pretoria, the official seat of the apartheid regime, a city known for its […]

JetBlue makes historic flight to Cuba

JetBlue makes historic flight to Cuba

BY CHABELI HERRARA MIAMI HERALD/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – To a fanfare of Cuban music and a water canon salute, the first commercial flight to cross the Florida Straits to Cuba in decades took off Wednesday morning, ushering in a new era in the ever-warming relations between the U.S. and the island nation. The sold-out trip […]

A welcoming home for HIV moms, kids

A welcoming home for HIV moms, kids

Nkosi’s Haven is one of South Africa’s best-known centers for mothers living with HIV and orphans. BY ERIKA SCHULTZ SEATTLE TIMES/TNS JOHANNESBURG – Gail John-son shudders when she thinks of all the tiny white coffins in South Africa 15 years ago. The children playing outside her office windows won’t face the same fate as that […]

Understanding life in rural South Sudan from cattle owner

Understanding life in rural South Sudan from cattle owner

BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS TEREKEKA, South Sudan – The possessions in Luko Loku’s thatched home convey his simple life. A bedside stool with a sliver of mirror. An old door hinge. A machete lying on the bed frame, as if sleeping. His clothes dangle from a wire, his motorcycle leans against one wall. […]

Haiti slum undergoing long-awaited makeover

Haiti slum undergoing long-awaited makeover

Fort National’s transformation comes as 61,302 Haitians continue to live underneath squalid tents, and as Haiti and foreign donors continue to face enormous challenges in providing permanent housing. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – At the top of the hill where an old colonial fort overlooks the immaculate grounds of a razed presidential […]

Boko Haram posts new video of abducted girls

Boko Haram posts new video of abducted girls

Release of prisoners sought in exchange for Nigerian schoolgirls BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS JOHANNESBURG – Some of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been killed in Nigerian air force bombings, the group said in a video released on Aug. 14. The video appeared to be the first proof in months […]