Dominican Republic http://wlrn.org en How Haitians' Beef With Dominican Republic Complicates U. S. Trade Relations http://wlrn.org/post/how-haitians-beef-dominican-republic-complicates-u-s-trade-relations <p>One of the latest villains in the rogues' gallery of human rights is the Dominican Republic because of a decision handed down by the country's highest constitutional court late last year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reaching back decades into its shared but troubled history with Haiti, the nation with which it shares the island of </span>Hispaniola<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, it ruled that ethnic Haitians living in the D.R., some of them since 1929, are not eligible for citizenship because of the "in transit" status of their parents.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:42:48 +0000 Rick Stone 28202 at http://wlrn.org How Haitians' Beef With Dominican Republic Complicates U. S. Trade Relations Holy Hispaniola! New Haitian Cardinal Rises While Old One Next Door Stumbles http://wlrn.org/post/holy-hispaniola-new-haitian-cardinal-rises-while-old-one-next-door-stumbles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pope Francis didn’t have to say it. He let the timing say it for him.</span></p><p>The pope this week named Haitian Bishop Chibly Langlois as one of 19 new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. In the process, he all but declared a shift in clerical power on the large Caribbean island of Hispaniola. And he may also have delivered a rebuke to the Dominican Republic, the country that shares that isle with Haiti, and to the D.R.’s controversial cardinal, Nicolás López.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:19:51 +0000 Tim Padgett 26594 at http://wlrn.org Holy Hispaniola! New Haitian Cardinal Rises While Old One Next Door Stumbles Caribbean Crusader: St. Vincent PM Gonsalves On Development And Disaster http://wlrn.org/post/caribbean-crusader-st-vincent-pm-gonsalves-development-and-disaster <p> Christmas 2013 was the best and worst of times for Ralph Gonsalves.</p><p>Gonsalves, Prime Minister of the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Dec. 19. For Gonsalves, an outspoken populist who was about to take over as chairman of the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, it was a moment of valuable political cachet: Francis has proven a champion of poor global underdogs like the small republics of the Caribbean.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:47:01 +0000 Tim Padgett 26154 at http://wlrn.org Caribbean Crusader: St. Vincent PM Gonsalves On Development And Disaster The Plight of Haitian-Dominicans: Judicial Review Or Just Racism? http://wlrn.org/post/plight-haitian-dominicans-judicial-review-or-just-racism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Dominican Republic is right about one thing. The nations of the world are indeed moving away from birthright citizenship. In fact, only 30 of the world’s 194 countries today automatically grant citizenship to anyone born on their soil – and no European nations do.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:37:14 +0000 Tim Padgett 25258 at http://wlrn.org The Plight of Haitian-Dominicans: Judicial Review Or Just Racism? Can This Dominican Factory Pay Good Wages And Make A Profit? http://wlrn.org/post/can-dominican-factory-pay-good-wages-and-make-profit Aracelis Upia Montero bounds through the front door of her wood and cinderblock house, calling out for her children. The bubbly 41-year-old Montero — whom everyone calls Kuki — proudly shows guests around her cramped single-story home in Villa Altagracia in the Dominican Republic.<p>Montero points out her new living room furniture. In the past couple years, she has added two bedrooms and now has indoor plumbing. She has also built a little apartment at the end of her dirt driveway that she rents out.<p>"I was able to save money very quickly, and I could get a loan from the bank," she says. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:01:37 +0000 Jackie Northam 16132 at http://wlrn.org Can This Dominican Factory Pay Good Wages And Make A Profit?