Nathalie Baptiste

Nathalie Baptiste is a Haitian-American contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus who lives in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds a BA and MA in International Studies and writes about Latin America and the Caribbean. You can follow her on Twitter at @nhbaptiste.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
A Survey of Felon Voting Rights on Super Tuesday
Millions of Americans will cast ballots on Super Tuesday and in November, but many people will have no choice but to stay away from the polls. State felony disenfranchisement laws in 48 states prevent nearly six million citizens from exercising their voting rights, according to a 2015 Sentencing...
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Monday, February 22, 2016
Zika is a Reproductive Rights Issue
The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is becoming a burgeoning public health issue in 26 countries in the Latin American region, has been making international headlines for weeks. The symptoms of Zika are mild: They include joint pain, fever, rash, and red eyes, and should only last a few days —...
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Monday, October 05, 2015
Abortion Rights are Under Attack all Over the Globe
All over the world, pro-choice activists held a day of action on September 28 to promote women’s right to reproductive health. They’re facing a difficult global climate. Every year 47,000 women die from unsafe abortions — most of them in the 66 countries that ban the procedure outright or the 59...
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Friday, July 10, 2015
Are Foreign NGOs Rebuilding Haiti Or Just Cashing In?
The devastating earthquake that struck Haiti five years ago was followed by a flood, as billions of dollars were poured into a reconstruction effort largely led by private non-governmental organizations. Almost immediately, Haitians, activists, and well-wishing donors the world over began to ask: “...
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Friday, May 29, 2015
White Privilege and the Limits of Public Forgiveness
In America, public forgiveness is largely dependent on race. In the weeks after Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last August, pundits and media outlets were quick to jump on a robbery Brown allegedly committed minutes before being fatally...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Nonviolence for Whom?
Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. As cities erupt after decades of oppression and violence at the hands of police, calls for nonviolence can be deafening. “Violence isn’t the answer,” the moralists chide when protesters throw rocks and clash with police. They’re right. But they’re telling the wrong...
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Friday, January 16, 2015
Haiti’s Political Earthquake
Five years after the now-infamous Haitian earthquake, the small country faces another crisis. As Haitians mourn the earthquake that robbed them of their loved ones and livelihoods, they’ll also be treated to yet another meltdown of their government. With President Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly and...
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As their influence has waned at home, antigay evangelists from the United States have been flexing their sanctimonious muscles influencing policymakers in Africa. (Photo: Travis Lupick / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
It’s Not Just Uganda: Behind the Christian Right’s Onslaught in Africa
In Uganda, being gay can now earn you a lifetime in prison. Last month, the East African country was again thrust into the international spotlight after President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a draconian bill that criminalized homosexuality. The high profile, on-and-off battle over the so-called...
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