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Mark Schuller
Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. Supported by the National Science Foundation and others, Schuller’s research on globalization, NGOs, gender, and disasters in Haiti has been published in twenty book chapters and scholarly articles. He is the author of Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International aid, and NGOs (Rutgers, 2012) and co-editor of four volumes, including Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake (2012, Kumarian Press). He is co-director / co-producer of documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy. He chairs the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Human Rights and Social Justice Committee and is active in many solidarity efforts.

Entries by Mark Schuller

True Love: Where Do Your Chocolate Hearts Come From?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Valentine's Day is around the corner. One of the ways in our consumer society we are encouraged to show our love is through buying chocolate. But is it true love on the other end?

Would it break our hearts to know that chocolate triggers civil war and trafficking in children?...

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Neighborhood Revitalization in Haiti Not a Moment Too Soon

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 11:31 AM

It was recently reported that work on neighborhood revitalization in Port-au-Prince is about to finally begin. This is both welcome and long overdue, since more progress needs to be made in neighborhood revitalization.

Striking Haiti on its way to the United States' eastern seaboard in late October,...

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What Wyclef Lays Bare for Monday's Foreign Policy Debate

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Before he bared all to celebrate his 43rd birthday on Thursday, which seemed to help promote his new book, Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean was caught not exposing certain facts about his charity.

Last Sunday's New York Times undressed Wyclef's charity, Yéle Haïti. Author...

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Haiti's Second Goudougoudou: The Global Food Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:06 PM

Having accompanied and translated for Haitian housing rights activist Reyneld Sanon on his recent trip to Washington, it became all too evident from many sectors: the State Department, Senate, USAID, or World Bank -- the ability to sell an image is often more important than the lived realities for Haiti's...

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Too Soon for Carnival: Sweeping Haiti's 400,000 Poor Back Under the Rug

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2012 | 4:32 PM

For those who haven't been to Haiti for a while, or for those who have never been but have seen the hell on earth portrayed in the media, the fact that Champs-de-Mars and other plazas in Port-au-Prince are no longer home to thousands of people is a symbol of progress....

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Chaos and Cholera: Haiti's Message to the Tea Party (and the Rest of Us)

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 10:28 AM

This Tuesday, April 10, Rick Santorum, who had given Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney a serious run for his money, bowed out of the race, leaving the former Massachusetts governor the heir apparent, barring an unpredictable surge in Tea Party support for one of the two other remaining candidates....

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Did You Drink Soup? Strains on Solidarity in Haiti

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 2:28 PM

"Ou te bwe soup?" (Did you drink soup?) is one of the most common questions the days following the new year in Haiti.

This question refers to a tradition for January 1, also Haiti's independence day, when in 1804, former slaves for the first and only time in world...

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Smoke and Mirrors: Deflecting Attention Away From Failure in Haiti's IDP Camps

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 9:55 AM

In many senses the lack of progress following Haiti's earthquake centers on housing. Assessing the damage, a team evaluated 382,256 housing units in Port-au-Prince. Of these, 205,539 were tagged "green," ready for human habitation, 99,043 "yellow," requiring significant repair, and 77,674 "red," which were so damaged so as to require...

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Inactions Speaking Louder than Words: Hurricane Emily's Near-Miss Too Close for Haiti's IDPs

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 5:44 PM

By Mark Schuller and Mark Snyder

There is a Haitian proverb, se bouch ki manje tout manje, men se pa bouch ki pale tout pawòl, the mouth eats all the food, but not all talk comes from your mouth. In the U.S. we would say, actions speak louder than words....

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Rainy Season Exposes Precariousness of Haiti's Homeless Camps

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 10:54 AM

Written with Mark Snyder

A thick and fetid coating of slick mud covers most of the streets in Port-au-Prince. Last night (June 6) it rained for the sixth night in a row. While it is too soon to confirm, last night's rain caused at least twenty-three deaths. At...

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The Shell Game of Haiti's Reconstruction

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 11:40 AM

On my first unsupervised trip on the subway to the city with high school friends to see a White Sox game, we were approached by a con artist. A group of suburban white kids decked to the nine in Sox paraphernalia, we were an easy mark. The point of the...

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Haiti One Year Later: Light at the End of the Tunnel or Oncoming Train?

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 8:28 AM

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that rocked the world. At least 230,000 people died during the quake. Thousands more have died since then.

People in the street I know like Reynald, Murielle, and Michaëlle plan on staying home or going to pray. Reynald lost both...

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Guest Blog: "Haiti's Unnatural Disasters"

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 10:53 AM

Haiti is being battered from every which direction, it seems.

People who have survived the earthquake now have to contend with a deadly outbreak of cholera, which evidence seems to indicate has come from Nepalese UN troops. Vulnerability to cholera was unfortunately highly predictable, given the

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Unstable Foundations: Human Rights of Haiti's 1.5 Million IDPs

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 5:37 PM

Haiti's 1.5 million homeless have once again become invisible. Because they are not seen or heard in mainstream media, most people assume things are improving, the problem solved.

Unfortunately they are wrong.

While it goes unseen, and therefore the U.S. Congress is not being pressured during this midterm...

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Falling Through the Cracks, or Unstable Foundations?

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2010 | 8:19 PM

Midnight was the deadline for candidates for president of Haiti to submit their materials to the CEP, the provisional electoral council. The Miami Herald reported that 34 candidates have submitted papers, including Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, who announced his candidacy on CNN's Larry King Live and wrote...

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Guest Blog: An Anthropological Look at Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 10:44 PM

Arizona's Immigration Law - S.B. 1070

Guest Blogger: Prof. Josiah Heyman, University of Texas-El Paso

Arizona's controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070, is being challenged by the Obama administration. A U.S. District Court is currently weighing in on...

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Rained Out? Opportunities in Haiti Washing Away

(5) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 1:47 AM

It's about 7:30 local time as I write this. We'll see if I can connect to the internet and post.

I just got off the phone with Leslie, a friend and leader in Asanble Vwazen Solino (the Solino Neighborhood Assembly). Knowing the answer, he asked me, "is it raining...

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Sowing Seeds of Hope or Seeds of Dependence?

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 10:15 AM

Monday it will be six months since Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Haiti is entering another phase, medium-term stabilization in hopes for beginning long-term reconstruction. The CIRH -- Interim Commission for Haiti's Reconstruction -- co-chaired by Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Max Bellerive and comprised of mostly foreigners is looking...

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Double Victims: The Earthquake Through Haitian Women's Eyes

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 9:05 PM

Today marks three months since the earthquake that shook up the world. Private citizens and companies have been generous with their aid, giving over $2 billion; official donors have pledged $10 billion in the response. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) who have been charged with the emergency aid and resettlement reconstruction generally...

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Haiti's Resurrection: Promoting Human Rights

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 8:39 AM

April 4, 2010

(Port-au-Prince) Today is Easter, an important symbol of rebirth. Christians everywhere rejoice in the victory over death. In Haiti the faithful celebrate in ra-ra bands, processions in the street led by a brass band, often hand-fashioned instruments. Children fly hand-made kites, symbolizing the resurrection and hope.

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