Elise Ackerman

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  • 18 years ago | Longform

    A surprising number of Haitians still remember the date the Duvalierist police came for Marcus Garcia. It was November 28, 1980. More than a dozen journalists were arrested that evening and taken to the sprawling ocher-and-burnt-sienna Dessalines ...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    Two years ago, when a Haitian magazine identified entertainer Michel Martelly as one of the most popular men in Haiti along with then-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Martelly responded by unveiling his political platform. "If I am elected presid...

  • 19 years ago | Longform

    Angel Dominguez and Anthony Romano are organizers with the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). On April 9 they were standing outside Terner's of Miami, a company in Allapattah that manufactures luggage and handbags, ha...

  • 19 years ago | Longform

    Gerardo Loret De Mola had been working as a computer programmer for the Dade County Aviation Department for almost eight years when he was arrested by Miami Beach police officer Ron Shimko. De Mola says Shimko brutally beat him up because he is ga...

  • 19 years ago | Longform

    A Cuban rafter sits on a bed in a darkened room, legs tightly crossed and arms folded together in a position that is almost fetal. He is leaving the next day. "When dreams can't go forward, they fall into the past forever," he explains to an unsee...

  • 19 years ago | Longform

    One evening in early December, journalist Jose Rivero Garcia left the office of CubaPress in Central Havana and hailed a cab to take him to his home in Alamar, a crowded suburb on the eastern outskirts of the city. The driver, who regularly travel...

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