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Crossover Dreams is a blog by correspondents of Inter Press Service who cover migration issues in countries around the world. IPS is a global non-profit newswire with seventy percent of its correspondents permanently embedded in countries of the global South.

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Low-Wage Workers Butt Heads with 21st Century Capital

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:27 AM

Photo: Peter Costantini

Note: This is an expanded, footnoted version of the article published on June 3, 2014 under the same headline by Inter Press Service.

"Supersize my salary now!"  The refrain rose over a busy street outside...

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Immigration: If You Build It, They Will Go Around It

(63) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 11:46 AM

By Peter Costantini ~ Seattle ~ August 3, 2013


Puzzled by the immigration debate? Remember the Maginot Line.

That formidable French system of fortifications was built in the '30s by André Maginot, the French minister of war, to guard against invasion from...

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Could Haiti Benefit From a Literacy Campaign? Ask Nicaragua

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 3:24 PM

By Peter Costantini, Seattle

Bumper sticker on office door: Everyone should learn to read, Everyone should learn to write.
Bumper sticker on office door: "Everyone should learn to read, Everyone should learn to write." Photo credit: Peter Costantini

Nicaragua and...

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Haiti Stumbles Toward Second Round of Flawed Elections

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 9:31 AM

By Peter Costantini - Seattle

Over two months after the first round of balloting November 28 in Haiti's turbulent presidential elections, the Conseil Électoral Provisoire (Provisional Electoral Council) published results February 3 showing former first lady Mirlande Manigat and pop star Michel "Sweet Mickey" Martelly advancing to a runoff election...

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To the International Community on the One-Year Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake: Just Leave Us Alone!

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 6:32 PM

At a recent demonstration against waste dumping in the community of Troutier, a protester's sign says "The state and NGOs: we are people too"

(Posted by Ansel Herz)

Ericq Pierre ( is a Haitian agronomist who published the following op-ed...

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"All Elements of Society Are Participating" - Impressions of Cap Haitien's Movement Against the UN

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2010 | 3:32 PM

By Ansel Herz

Cross-posted from mediahacker

CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI - The first barricade looked harmless enough. Foot-long rocks piled next to each other in a line.

But as the bus driver slowed down, flying rocks landed in the street - thrown by youths crouching in the bushes...

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The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is Lying to You

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 3:39 PM

By Ansel Herz

Within hours of my op-ed being published in the New York Daily News today, the $50 million Clinton Bush Haiti Fund posted an update on its Facebook page called "Cholera Concern," which includes this sentence: "While other organizations in Haiti are using their...

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Cholera in Haiti: "a disease of poverty"

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2010 | 3:26 AM

Cholera is spread through the ingestion of contaminated water.
Photo: United Nations

By Peter Costantini

Ansel Herz has filed three stories so far for Inter Press Service on the cholera epidemic in Haiti.

His reporting has given voice to the...

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How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 6:16 PM

By Peter Costantini ~ Seattle

Farmers from different districts of Jacmel - Des agriculteurs venus de différentes communes de Jacmel - Photo: le Nouvelliste

My most recent piece on Haiti for Inter Press Service, "Hurricanes and the River Flowing" (

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Fifteen minutes of undeserved fame in Port-au-Prince

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2010 | 4:51 AM

By Peter Costantini ~ Seattle


A few days ago, while browsing Le Nouvelliste, the venerable French-language paper published in Port-au-Prince, I was taken aback to find my name in a headline: « Peter Costantini propose le retrait des semences hybrides en Haïti » ("Peter...

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How to Write about Haiti

(9) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 2:24 AM

By Ansel Herz ( ~ Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Actor Sean Penn, who is helping manage a camp of displaced earthquake victims in Haiti, is making pointed criticisms of journalists for dropping the ball on coverage of Haiti. He's wrong. I've been on the...

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An Open Letter on Haitian Agriculture to the CEO of Monsanto

(16) Comments | Posted July 5, 2010 | 7:32 PM

By Peter Costantini ~ Seattle

Mouvman Peyizan Papay demonstrators at Hinche June 4, 2010.jpg
Mouvman Peyizan Papay demonstrators at Hinche June 4, 2010. Photo credit: La Via Campesina

To: Hugh Grant, President and CEO, Monsanto

As you are no doubt aware, your offer to...

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Algebra al fresco in Cyvadier

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 3:12 AM

By Peter Costantini ~ Cyvadier, Haiti

Walking home from school in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo credit: Peter Costantini

Down a rutted, muddy lane off the main highway running through Cyvadier (pronounced see-vad-yay), a small group of kids are hanging...

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Rebecca et Alea

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 1:21 PM

Peter Costantini ~ Pétionville, Haiti


Next to where we were building a new platform for a hospital tent in the Pétionville Club camp for displaced people, I went to take a break in the shade. Under another tent, medical people were conducting what looked...

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Place Saint Pierre

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

By Peter Costantini ~ Pétionville, Haiti

Rain was general all over Port-au-Prince. It was falling last night, and the night before, and the night before that, falling on the broken National Palace, on the collapsed roofs of houses in Turgeau and on the stony green hills above the city, softly...

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At the house of Architecture for Humanity outside Port-au-Prince

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 3:25 PM

At the Port-au-Prince airport, as at most airports in poor countries, men are hustling to carry luggage and hook up travelers with taxis. I'm looking for Schendy, the young architect from Architecture for Humanity who's coming to meet me. All the hustlers say of course they know him and compete...

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Turbulence on the trip to Port-au-Prince

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 3:07 PM

I'm flying from Seattle down to Port-au-Prince on a red-eye via Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
About an hour from O'Hare over the prairie, the sky is clear. The gibbous moon is lighting up a bend of a river below and the small towns are crosshatches of amber lights.

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Haiti: Trip to the Moon

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 2:23 PM

by Peter Costantini ~ Seattle

When I was in Miami in 2004 to cover the elections, I had dinner in a Haitian restaurant in Miami Beach called Tap-Tap. I picked up a flier there that had a poem printed on it. It was by a Haitian poet, yet it captured...

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Numbing Numbers

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 2:00 AM

By Peter Costantini - Seattle

To get a feeling for the magnitude of the suffering in Haiti, you have to try to fit some context around those hallucinatory strings of zeros. Keep in...

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Haitian writer Dany Laferrière: "What saved this city is the energy of the poorest people"

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2010 | 12:58 PM

Peter Costantini

Haiti is the fertile mother of a prolific diaspora ranging across the Dominican Republic, United States, Canada, France and beyond. One of her sons, Haitian-born Canadian novelist and journalist Dany Laferrière was in Haiti for a festival when the earthquake struck. Laferrière won a major French literary award,...

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