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U.S. Women Reach Concacaf Championship Semifinals

The United States dominated play in a 6-0 win over Haiti to finish unbeaten — and unscored upon — in group play in the Concacaf championship.

A Do-Gooder Brooklyn Food Fair, Botanical Beauty in L.A. and More from the Cultural Calendar

Plus, a McSweeney’s roundtable, a vintage denim pop-up and more things to see and do in the week ahead.

Obama Administration to Expedite Family Reunification for Some Haitians

The Obama administration said it would expedite visas for those Haitians who have already been approved to join family members in the United States.

Correction: Haiti-Duvalier Funeral Story

The former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc,” was buried on Saturday, as many Haitians displayed lingering respect for a man who was widely reviled.

Obituary: Baby Doc Duvalier: Like father, like son

UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The gay divide Fly Title:  Obituary: Baby Doc Duvalier Rubric:  Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier, ruler of Haiti, died on October 4th, aged 63 Main image:  20141011_OBP001_0.jpg WHEN the job of dictator of Haiti fell to his lot in 1971, Jean-Claude Duvalier did not want it. “What about Marie-Denise?” he asked. His bossy elder sister would make an ideal tyrant for this dilapidated, sun-scorched, miserable western end of the island of Hispaniola. And she was desperate to do it, too. Or what about Simone, his mother, already First Lady in the gleaming white National Palace in Port-au-Prince? Even his father, the much-feared Papa Doc, had been heard to say that his fat, gormless son was “not the best option”. But when the time came, Papa Doc’s successor had to be a man; and so the grim paternal hand, small and wiry as a claw, descended on Jean-Claude’s ample shoulder. “I’ve chosen him”, the posters said. The people of Haiti had not had that pleasure. They ...

Lawsuit Against U.N. on the Spread of Cholera Epidemic in Haiti Advances

A federal judge in New York has agreed to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit filed against the United Nations by advocates for Haitian victims of the deadly cholera epidemic.

Soccer Is All They Have

Poor and haunted by the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti’s women’s national team is pursuing a spot at next summer’s Women’s World Cup in Canada.

1964: Duvalier Gets Smuggled Planes

Highlights from the International Herald Tribune archives: Haiti’s dictator receives smuggled U.S. military equipment in 1964.

Poverty traps: Do poor countries really get richer?

DO POVERTY traps exist? Academics seem to think so. According to Google Scholar, so far this year academics have used the phrase “poverty trap” 1,210 times. (Paul Samuelson, possibly the greatest economist of the 20th century, was mentioned a mere 766 times). Some of the most innovative work in development economics focuses on how individuals' lowly economic position may be perpetuated (geographical and psychological factors may be important). But, says a new paper by two World Bank economists, the idea of poverty traps may be overblown. They focus on national economies and present some striking statistics. In the graph below, a country that manages to get to the left side of the line has seen real per-capita income improvement from 1960 to 2010. The vast majority are on the left: What is more, the bottom 20% of countries in 1960, over the subsequent fifty years, saw an average annual growth rate in real per-capita GDP of 2.2%. (The richest 20% only mustered 2.1%.) In fact, over the last 50 years the poorest 10% of countries have grown at the same rate that America did in the past 200. That fact, argue the economists, “is difficult to square with models of poverty traps.”But I'm not so sure. For instance: let’s compare the bottom quintile of countries in 1960 (of which there were 22) with the bottom 22 in 2010. The average annual per-capita GDP growth rate falls ...

Ex-President of Haiti Put Under House Arrest

Jean-Bertrand Aristide was placed on house arrest in a corruption investigation, an order protested by his supporters whom claimed there was no provision in Haitian law for such a penalty.