Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The Lüders affair | On this day

One hundred and twenty years ago, a minor dispute in Port-au-Prince escalated into an international incident, with the German navy threatening to bombard the city. James Ferguson remembers this episode in the long history of foreign powers meddling in Haiti’s affairs.

Still from Papa Machete. Photo courtesy Third Horizon

Jason Jeffers: stories like ours | Snapshot

His passion for film started when he was growing up in Barbados. It led Jason Jeffers to make the award-winning short documentary Papa Machete, and to found the Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival in Miami. What these initiatives have in common, he tells Nailah Folami Imoja, is a dedication to telling Caribbean stories and changing the way the world imagines our islands.

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Hadriana’s wedding | Showcase

An excerpt from the classic Haitian novel Hadriana in All My Dreams, by René Depestre, newly translated.

Photo by Georgia Popplewell

Jacmel, Haiti

It may be most famous for its Carnival celebrations, but idyllic Jacmel on Haiti’s south coast is also home to treasures of historic architecture, art, and crafts.

Seed pods of the castor plant. Photograph by Nuttapong Wongcheronkit/Shutterstock.com

Castor oil, please

Nasty-tasting castor oil was once the bane of Caribbean childhoods. But now an innovative line of beauty products from Haiti is putting castor beans to a different use — and helping make Haiti’s hills green again, Nazma Muller reports.

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Word of mouth (November/December 2015)

The fourth Ghetto Biennale opens in Haiti, Trinidad Carnival prep moves into high gear, and a family tradition puts wanderlust into Christmas.

Photograph by Leah Gordon

Eugene Andre: “You have to gather all the broken pieces”

Eugene Andre, Haitian sculptor and founder of Atis Rezistans, on how art has changed his life and community — as told to Marielle Barrow.

The landmark Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. © Tropicalpixsingapore/iStock

Word of mouth (July/August 2015)

Haiti hosts the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival, and a London exhibition celebrates the legacy of John La Rose.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Faustin Wirkus: for king and country?

How did a young man from Pennsylvania become “king” of Haiti’s La Gonave? The unlikely story, says James Ferguson, started a century ago.

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

New music from the Caribbean.