FROM Patrick Sylvain
'Haitian Politics' and Rejection of Wyclef Jean's Presidential Bid Wyclef Jean was born in Haiti, grew up in Brooklyn and became an international hip-hop star. Now 40, he announced his intention to run for president of Haiti earlier this month, on Larry King, Live. Last Friday, Haiti's elections board rejected his candidacy, but Wyclef Jean says that should not be the last word. Yesterday, he said he would challenge the ruling. Essayist-poet Patrick Sylvain is Professor of Haitian Language and Culture at Brown University.
Haiti's Troubled History, America's Role and Hope for the Future The human disaster in Haiti is hard to describe: mass graves and street-corner cremations with piles of decaying bodies still growing in Port-au-Prince. Tens of thousands of injured survivors with no access to medical care; the lack of food and water leading to fears of looting and violence. Rescuers with relief supplies are on the way from Latin America, China, Russia, the European Union and the United States, with President Obama leading a massive effort. We learn about a history of homegrown corruption and international exploitation. How much is the US to blame? Is there hope for the future?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?