Haiti: When Al Quaeda and Isis are able to buy a Haitian Passport and Birth Certificate for 50.000 US






Haiti:  Let’s Start Over and Do It Right, This Time Around!



Parnell Duverger

Ex-Chairman Retired


As most people would do with a remarkably horrible soap opera, of which it is just too severely difficult to decide which of the plot or the actors’ performance is worse, the majority of Haitians no longer pays even a passing attention to matters of politics, economics, justice, corruption or poverty in their own country, a place so terribly ravaged by more man-made disasters than natural calamities.  Haiti’s general situation has been worsening on all counts since it launched its democratic process in February 1986.  In fact, that process has been and remains a monumental failure.  The country continues to drift aimlessly and further away from democracy.  Today, Haiti is one of the world’s worse failed states. 

The beloved late Pope John Paul II, now a catholic Saint, said during his single visit to Haiti nearly three decades ago:  “things must change in this nation.”  To bring about the changes that Haitians have been demanding forever it seems, all stakeholders must show a willingness to learn from the failures of past national policies and international benevolence, as well as from the failures and positive achievements of other truly democratic nations, the free societies of which must continue to inspire Haitians to value individual freedoms and free market capitalism as the true sources of economic growth, capital investments, increasing labor productivity, rising income, and wealth creation.      

A threat to stability, peace and security

            The current state of affairs in Haiti is unsustainable, and poses a threat to international stability, peace and security.  After over two centuries of political independence and national sovereignty, the country is one of the world’s worse failed states, a lawless society with a high crime rate, and corruption so rampant that it is immediately visible in all strata of the population, beginning with public servants at the highest levels of government.  To get away from that sort of hell on earth, Haitians apply what the late former U.S. President Ronald Reagan used to describe as the “voting with the feet solution,” i.e. they continue to flee in great numbers mostly illegally in search of political asylum, refuge, permanent residency or any legal status they can qualify for in the United States, their preferred destination, followed by Canada, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, anywhere they can reach by plane, rickety boats or on foot.  

            Many scholars now see Haiti’s disturbing migration patterns as a threat to the security of the Caribbean region, and a growing national security concern for the United States of America.  When potential members of Al-Quaida and ISIS are able to buy a seemingly genuine Haitian birth certificate and a Haitian passeport with Haitian sounding names for a mere $ 50,000 U.S. dollars from people working at the highest level of Haiti’s government, according to the sources of our intelligence unit, then may God help us all in the civilized world.  How is it that people who owe their education to good if not excellent American, Canadian or French colleges or universities may be involved in such immoral acts of betrayal, that have so high a potential to harm the free societies of the world?  Just greed? No, there must be some other motives for turning a once peaceful nation into a bazaar peddling evils?  The time has come to turn Haiti around! What can Haitians do to fix their country?  Can Haiti ever be a normal state, with a free, open and democratic society, a prosperous national economy, with social peace and political stability, and become a staunch ally of the free societies of the world, and a valued contributor to the defense of liberty in international affairs?

Toward effective, honest and limited government

            One good news is that Haitians do want real, positive and meaningful changes in their small and suffering nation.  It is noteworthy that they are also at odds with those who propose an even bigger government to solve the myriad of problems caused by an uninterrupted string of dictatorial governments, represented by shamelessly abusive, corrupt and kleptomaniac public officials.  Haiti’s best hope for economic progress, social peace and political stability is in reshaping the very foundation of the State to support and nurture a free society and the individual freedoms and rights of Haitians, most notably their property rights and their rights to life and liberty.  A successful new Haiti needs to be endowed with competent, purposeful, open, democratic, honest, effective and efficient management of the nation’s public affairs and the ship of State, not bigger government. 

            On its way to becoming a free society, committed to respect for human rights, representative democracy and economic prosperity, Haiti must spend the time necessary to establish the rule of law and the corruption free institutions of liberty that are the foundations of truly civilized societies organized to support the individual freedoms, the rights and the dreams of responsible citizens. 

Call for competent, experienced and honest Haitian expatriates

            Another good news is that Haitians also embrace today the idea that, to succeed in improving their way of life at a reasonably fast pace, requires significant help from the great number of Haitian expatriates, who actually constitute their nation’s largest pool of highly educated, competent and honest professionals who have been driven out of their country in the past several decades by the abuses of dictatorial governments, repeated and egregious violations of their property rights, general lawlessness, violence rooted in politics and pervasive corruption. 

            Among the Haitian expatriates, those who have built a solid track record of hard and competent work, honesty, respect for the rule of law and for the rules of genuine democracy, should be prized for their ability to save Haiti from chaos, anarchy, corruption and what appears now to be an unstoppable descent into the abyss of hell.

            Today, most Haitians understand better how to appreciate the assistance of successful free societies with a long tradition of improving the institutions of liberty in support of a democratic, open and prosperous society.  Thus, enduring international benevolence can be transformed into effective partnerships engaging domestic and foreign public and private decision makers, to take aim at implementing carefully designed action plans with public policies that will successfully transform Haiti into the free, democratic and prosperous nation its population deserves. 

Learning from Haiti’s failures, and the successful experience of others

            It is very unlikely that a change for the better will ever occur in this poorest nation of our hemisphere without first recognizing the unmitigated failure of the so-called democratic process underway there since February 1986, a failure so complete and total that it is also beyond repair.  With a clear understanding of this simple fact, a realistic new approach can be taken that aims at helping Haitians achieve the stated goals of the unparalleled revolution so skillfully and successfully conducted by their nation’s forefathers during the closing years of the 18th Century.  Haiti was created as a refuge for former slaves and their descendants to be free and prosperous. 

            In that nation of roughly 10 million in population, and where the calamities of unemployment, poverty, hunger, malnutrition, diseases, depression, mental anguish and hopelessness coexist in nearly every individual, some inconvenient truths must first be recognized and accepted before corrective actions can be effective in bringing freedom and economic prosperity to the general population.

Among such inconvenient truths are:

1)    In Haiti, the democratic process underway since 1986 must now be recognized as a total failure, beyond any repair.

2)    Beyond the names bestowed upon them, there is not a single democratic institution alive and well in Haiti currently.

3)    Ignoring the multiple and grave dangers associated with what must properly be called a pseudo-democratic process in Haiti, increases existing risks for the human, civil and political rights of the general population.

4)    A consequence of pseudo-democracy in Haiti is a significant increase in the number of Haitians illegally entering the territorial waters or geographic areas of neighboring Caribbean nations and the United States of America, in search of political asylum, refugee or any other type of temporary or permanent resident status.

5)    The illegal migration patterns of Haitians are a cause of increasing tensions with the local population in nations such as the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, for examples. 

6)    The persistent inability or unwillingness of the Government of Haiti to organize any elections at any level during the past 3 years and/or in the foreseeable future, as mandated by the nation’s constitution, has poisoned the political environment and the credibility of any electoral contest to be held under the aegis of President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

7)    To prevent a major political crisis with an enormous potential for violence, President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe must act as statesmen and resign, to facilitate the emergence of a new transition led by a competent caretaker government.

                        The current state of affairs in the small Caribbean nation almost as old as the United States of America points to the need for all stakeholders to recognize that Haiti’s democratic process, underway since the mid-1980s, is an unqualified failure so complete that it must be entirely renewed with a new focus on bringing peace to a society experiencing an undeclared civil war on the one hand, and, on the other hand, promoting the capital investment, higher resources productivity, job opportunities and wealth creation that only free market capitalism is likely to produce in the shortest period of time.  

Coral Springs, FL



Haitian-American,Economist and Professor Parnell Duverger is recognized in the Haitian internet fora, and as Chairman of Omega World News at www.omegaworldnews.com for his relentless and passionate campaign promoting a culture of freedom, the institutions of liberty, and a free and competitive market economy for the development of representative democracy, individual rights and freedoms, and the creation of economic wealth in his native Haiti. Professor Duverger has been quoted by important institutions such as the U.S. Treasury Department and Accuracy in Media, among others.Congressman Gilman’s Remarks at Haiti Conference Today at Washington Convention Center :, Finding the Path to Redevelopment Before the 40th Annual Congresssional Black Caucus Legislative Committee

Now working in DC involved as adviser on  Haiti .


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