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Haiti's president Michel Martelly shows passport to prove he is not a US citizen

I will prove once again that I do not lie. I am a true Haitian – 100 percent,” Haiti's President Michel Martelly told church leaders and diplomats.

High up in Haiti's Petionville, another world

Looking over Port-au-Prince and still wondering: Where did the aid money go?
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Aerial view of Port-au-Prince taken on February 17, 2010. (Francois Mori/AFP/Getty Images)

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Leaving Haiti, we drove through the city center circling one last time past the fetid despair of the Champs de Mars tent city which was the first place we visited on this journey.

The camps still raise the most maddening and urgent question: How is it possible that 500,000 people still live in tents and temporary shelters more than two years after the earthquake and with $12 billion in aid commitments from the international community?

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'We need to tell them the history of Haiti’

Americans often forget the brutality once served to the Haitian people, long before the generous outpouring of post-quake US support. A new book by Laurent Dubois tells the true story of the history between the two countries.
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Alan Khazei, Jacob Kushner and I listen to Haitians talking about American aid in Coupon, Haiti. (Charles M. Sennott/Courtesy)

PORT-AU-PRINCE – On our journey here to build a reporting team for GlobalPost, we’ve met with many young reporters and students of journalism. My friend Alan Khazei, the co-founder of City Year and a visionary social entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to motivating young people to service, accompanied me on this trip.

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Efforts underway to educate young reporters in Haiti

Haiti's national press was as damaged as any other infrastructure by the earthquake. But some journalists on the ground have opened schools to train students in the ways of reporting.
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A student shoots video as a part of Haiti Reporters, an initiative to help young journalists learn and get hands-on experience documenting the lives of Haitians. (Haiti Reporters Photo's/Flickr/Courtesy)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — If the cornerstone of democracy is a free press, then the structural integrity of Haiti’s foundation is in serious trouble.

The crumbling of the cornerstone of journalism has been under way for a long time, according to a half dozen journalists and activists in many corners of civil society whom I’ve had a chance to meet with on this trip.

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Seeking an accurate death toll in Haiti

Visiting the burial grounds of tens of thousands of earthquake victims, we still don't know exactly how many people died.
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Simple wooden crosses dot a mass grave site in Titanyen, Haiti. As many as 150,000 victims of the 2010 earthquake are buried there. (Charles M. Sennott/GlobalPost)

TITANYEN, Haiti — On a dusty, wind-swept hillside overlooking a marshy wasteland just outside of Port-au-Prince, an unmemorable black marble statue marks the spot of remembrance for all those killed in the earthquake.

There are four simple words in Creole carved into the polished black marble: “We will never forget.”

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[Re]Building Port-au-Prince

Despite Haiti's messy bureaucracy, innovative building projects are underway. NGOs focus on architecture and infrastructure in the struggle to get a grand city back on its feet.
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Much of the rubble still lingers in Port-au-Prince, but soon many of the demolished homes will be replaced with seismically safe, eco-friendly dwellings. (Dan Weissman/Courtesy)

Dan Weissman is a Master of Design Studies candidate at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and an architect by training. Since February 2011 he has been involved in a series of reconstruction projects that are a collaboration between the GSD, MIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and various NGOs, government agencies and corporate entities throughout the Port-au-Prince region.

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The ghosts of Haiti's Hotel Oloffson

Graham Greene's muse survived the earthquake and has stories to tell.
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Michel Martelly, then a Haitian presidential candidate, in front of the Oloffson Hotel on February 3, 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Allison Shelley/AFP/Getty Images)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The wooden balcony of the Hotel Oloffson still creaks with a history that is as rich and relevant as ever.

The hotel, with its faded but still-grand 'Ginger Bread' architecture, somehow managed to survive the earthquake with its twisting wooden staircase, its inviting porch and its ancient swimming pool all intact.

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Return to Haiti: A day in the life of a broken island

The country continues to stumble toward rebuilding after the earthquake, facing questions about aid money and embezzlement.
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(Charles M. Sennott/GlobalPost)

PORT-AU-PRINCE – From the moment you land in Haiti, it is the resiliency of the place that strikes you.

In the early morning light of the first day here, students in crisp uniforms marched like small armies to school, laborers sipped coffee in plastic cups from ubiquitous roadside stands known as ‘chen jambe,’ (Creole slang that translates as “dog crossings"), and the city streets were jammed with the impatient traffic of a country struggling to get back on the road to recovery.

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Garry Conille, Haitian Prime Minister, quits amid political crisis

A fresh political crisis in Haiti further discourages critical aid efforts.

Haitian PM Garry Conille resigns suddenly

Conille the third PM in less than a year, and the first approved by Haiti's senate.
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