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Joel Dreyfuss, a former managing editor of The Root, lives in Paris and is writing a book about his family's 300-year presence in Haiti.

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Waltzing With Ben and Sally

(7) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 9:24 AM

For three years, I sat next to Sally Quinn and fought with Ben Bradlee. That's a quick summary of my brief and fiery career at the Washington Post. I was just 27 years old in 1973 when Bradlee hired me to write in the Style section of the newspaper. I...

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How Should France Change?

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 3:12 PM

French President François Hollande's friendly visit with Barack Obama this week is an indication of how much relations have improved between France and the United States since the post-9/11 days when some Americans characterized the French as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys." But American anger at France for failing to...

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We Need You Now, Bill Raspberry

(6) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 11:55 AM

Yesterday, we gave Bill Raspberry the kind of send-off he would have appreciated. Prominent journalists, editors, politicians, ordinary people and friends gathered in Washington, D.C.'s majestic Washington National Cathedral to pay their last respects; there were flowers, music and frequent retellings of one of the most remarkable careers in our...

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Presidential Elections à la Française

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 1:33 PM

For this American in Paris, presidential politics, French-style, have been a sharp reminder that this country retains its peculiarities despite globalization. Wednesday night, President Nicolas Sarkozy faced off against his challenger Francois Hollande in a bitter, no-holds-barred, nearly three-hour debate that could not have been more different from the carefully...

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The Perils of Dictatorship Nostalgia in Haiti

(11) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 1:26 PM

Maybe the fear is the first thing people forget as time passes. That would help explain the outbursts of dictatorship nostalgia we are witnessing, whether in the old Soviet Union, in Iraq or now -- maybe -- in Haiti, with the dramatic re-entrance of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier into its...

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Lost in Port-au-Prince

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 1:30 PM

This post originally appeared at The Root.

I am lost in Port-au-Prince. This is the city where I was born, where I lived as a child, where I came back to live in my 20s, and where I have returned to visit a couple of dozen times since...

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