Wednesday, August 04, 2010


We have elections coming up in Haiti. They are terribly important, since whoever leads Haiti next will have enormous decisions to make. I wish I could blog about them, but I really can't. For one thing, the Haitian political scene is extremely complicated, and I don't have the time or energy to keep up on all the details. But most of all, as a foreigner, I don't feel I have a right to many opinions, at least the kind I'm comfortable expressing publicly. Once, several years ago, an American newcomer to this country sat me down and asked me very seriously to tell her who were the bad guys and who were the good guys. Well, it's not quite that simple, and I don't want to set myself up as some kind of expert who will then be quoted.

However! I do have somewhere to send you if you would like to read about the elections from the point of view of a Haitian who now lives in the United States and is watching the situation closely. She grew up in a family that is very politically aware and she knows what she thinks. I don't know if I will agree with everything she says; I don't know what she will say. But I can guarantee she will express herself with plenty of verve. She has already told her readers in no uncertain terms what she thinks about Wyclef Jean running for president, and today she shows us a political cartoon from the leading Haitian newspaper and explains who all the people in it are and why it is funny.

So head on over to Talie's blog to read about Haitian politics, and tell her Ruth sent you.

1 comment:

Talie Ayiti said...

Thank you, Ruth! I'm nervous lol