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The Countries Where It’s Best And Worst To Be A Woman

Discrimination against women and girls isn’t just a moral issue: It also carries a high economic cost.<p>There’s an obvious moral case for promoting gender equality around the world, but there’s also an economic one. Countries that give opportunities to girls and women tend to do better economically, …

Haiti sees drop in poverty rates, but inequality remains

Despite back-to-back hurricanes, food riots, devastating floods, and the hemisphere’s worst natural disaster nearly five years ago, the rate of …

Apples and Oranges: Comparison of Life Events in Haiti and the US

Five years ago, I got a call from my former boss asking if I would manage response efforts and open a medical supply depot in Haiti for Direct Relief, a humanitarian medical relief agency. He'd returned from an assessment trip and based on what he saw there, he knew much more help was needed.<p>I had …

Facts: Haiti One of the safest destinations in the Americas

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti is one of the safest destinations; not just in the Caribbean, but throughout all the Americas. This is the general finding of …

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. The unrest and conditions in Haiti have pushed many Haitian citizens to choose to move to the Dominican Republic. This issue of Haitian immigration is a controversial one, especially now that thousands have been casted into immigration limbo when a law that ...

<i>Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.</i><p>The unrest and conditions in Haiti have pushed many Haitian citizens to choose to …

7 Selections Summing Up Haitian History | HAITIAN-TRUTH.ORG Proud to be Haiti's most informative NEWS site

By Tadia Toussaint<p>Haitian history has a uniquely tragic and colorful history. From the independence of the country from the French, to the …

Haitian author Danticat: Stop deportations to Haiti

A report released this month by human-rights groups says that people who are deported to Haiti face tough conditions after they leave the …

Permanent housing an enduring problem in Haiti

When the earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, many in the impoverished country lost what little they had.<p>Nearly three years later, about 400,000 remain homeless. Many are still living in tent camps. And they’re at risk of eviction.<p>But these days, there’s some push-back.<p>On a recent Sunday morning …

Pride and palaces

LEFT half in ruin for almost three years, Haiti’s National Palace is finally being knocked down. Yet while most Haitians are happy to see the eyesore …

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Haiti Then And Now: 3 Years After The Earthquake

Evidence of loss remains even three years after a massive earthquake claimed the lives of as many as 200,000 people in Haiti. In the middle of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, there is a cathedral whose sun-washed walls reach into the sky where a roof used to be.<p>A lone flagpole marks the spot where …

Political instability, natural disasters and a cholera epidemic, plus a confused aid effort, mean there is still work for Haiti to do<p>Father Kawas François, a Haitian Jesuit priest, sighs deeply when asked about the 300,000 people still living in tents three years after an earthquake ripped through …

Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

HOUSTON — A federal judge in South Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 …

Canada’s health-care bill to top $219-billion this year

The pace of health-care spending in Canada is expected to rise more slowly this year, a sign that governments are managing to curb costs, at least in the short term.<p>The country's total health-care bill is forecast to top $219-billion this year, a 1.6-per-cent increase from 2014, according to annual …

Evangelicals Are Winning the Gay Marriage Fight—in Africa and Russia

Long be­fore Pres­id­ent Obama se­lec­ted three gay ath­letes to lead the Amer­ic­an del­eg­a­tion to the So­chi Olympics, long be­fore Pres­id­ent …

Gays At Sochi Olympics Won't Be Persecuted, But Must 'Leave Children Alone,' Says Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that Russia will welcome all athletes and visitors at next month's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi irrespective of their sexual orientation.<p>"People have different sexual orientations. We will welcome all athletes and all guests of the Olympics," Putin told …

U.S. Calls Out Gay-Rights Violators Around the World

The United States is put­ting nearly 80 coun­tries on no­tice: If you take away the rights of mem­bers of the LGBT com­munity, there are …

In Africa, homophobia is driving gays to speak out

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — When South African airport officials threatened to send Dr. Paul Semugoma back to his native Uganda, he shook with fear.<p>Semugoma, an outspoken gay activist, was determined to remain in this country, where he has lived for two years, rather than be sent back to one of …

Obama uses embassies to push for LGBT rights abroad

President Barack Obama's administration has taken the US gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home.<p>Sometimes US advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to …

Immigration Bill Chugs Along, But Some See Deal-Breakers

It's been a long slog already for the bipartisan immigration overhaul proposed by the Senate's Gang of Eight.<p>The legislation has been the target of more than 300 amendments during days of debate and votes by the Senate Judiciary Committee. But while the bill has largely held its own so far, its …

Immigration reform severs family ties

The time for immigration reform is now. The bipartisan Senate proposal released in April represents the best chance in a generation to help aspiring Americans become our fellow citizens.<p>The Gang of Eight negotiators painstakingly worked to deliver a bill that could gain from both parties’ support. …

US Immigration Reform Appears Unlikely in 2015

Over the span of several U.S. election cycles, there have been calls for comprehensive immigration reform to fix a system that people on both sides …

Chile: Congress Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions

LGBT groups in Santiago during gay pride (photo: Wikipedia)After hours of debate, the Chile’s Civil Union bill was approved by 86 votes to 23, with …

Immigration action will boost California's economy, White House says

The White House said Monday that President Obama's executive actions on immigration could boost California's economy by as much as $27.5 billion.<p>In a public relations blitz in advance of the rollout of Obama's expanded deferred action program, White House adviser Cecilia Muñoz said the president's …

Immigration

Gay Rights Group: Immigration Deal ‘Leaves Out Too Many LGBT Immigrant Families’

(AP Photo)<p>“We applaud the vision and courage of our President in making good on his promise to act on immigration reform. We know that this is a …

House Bill Aimed at Reversing Executive Actions on Immigration Fails LGBT Immigrants

<b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</b> <b><br>January 14, 2015</b><p>Immigration Equality Action Fund Opposes H.R. 240<p>New York, NY – Immigration Equality Action Fund strongly …