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CNN: Unruly France riskier for business than Haiti

Samuel Maxime


ATLANTA, Georgia, USA ( – A CNN article published Wednesday said that France, Haiti’s former colonial power, is now more riskier for business than the latter. Hyperbole?

Not hyperbole but worth examining

In recent weeks, in the heat of a presidential campaign, social media users, especially on YouTube, have called out the Cable News Network (CNN) for being the Clinton News Network for its unfair and relentless bias against the Republican nominee for president. In the case of this story of France’s business viability, the CNN headline seems below par for the network.

The truth is, “businesses in France are more likely to be disrupted by civil unrest than in any other developed economy”, according to a new Verisk Maplecroft report that the article is based on.

In fact, France’s 17th-placed rank on “The Civil Unrest Index” makes it riskier than all but 16 countries in the world. France is riskier than Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia.

Why call out Haiti, CNN?

The breaking news headline, France more riskier than Haiti, does reinforce a perception about Haiti that the “Clinton News Network” may possibly want to reinforce.

Hillary Clinton, who is running for president, has at all cost avoided mentioning Haiti throughout her campaign that is going on a year now, including the primaries.

During the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Haiti was not mentioned but once, in passing, by the lovely Senator Amy Klobuchar, who probably didn’t get the memo. It deserves noting, foreign policy was barely addressed during the former Secretary of State’s acceptance speech – oddly enough.

Haitians protested outside of the DNC for the Clintons to return money they siphoned to friends during the country’s reconstruction effort.

The book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer, also a documentary film and comic book, was inspired by the need to explain the reports coming out of Haiti that Bill and Hillary Clinton went through billions of aid and ultimately did not get the job expected done.

It is likely that CNN wants to reinforce a bigoted perception that Haiti and its people are just inherently failed, unruly, cursed, by calling it out in its article on the state of France’s difficulties in dealing with unrest.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.