Blue Helmets Bring Peace to Haiti
Haiti’s poorly-funded, poorly-equipped police force collapsed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. In response, the United Nations deployed thousands of peacekeepers to bolster security on the streets. Those peacekeepers will go home by the end of 2016 — with the job left to the bolstered Haitian National... Read more
Private Security Firms Fill a Void in Haiti
Haiti’s population is big — more than 10 million people — and growing fast. There are not enough cops to police everyone, and that makes private security companies an unavoidable necessity. “To be honest with you, gangs have better weapons than us, they have very heavy artillery out there,” Marc... Read more
Go Inside Haiti’s Worst Slum
Cité Soleil, or “Sun City” is Haiti’s largest slum and its most dangerous. The gangs run this ghetto. Some parts are too dangerous for the Haitian National Police to patrol. Roughly 500,000 population live in Cité Soleil, the majority in poverty. Outsiders need permission from the gangs to travel... Read more
Extra-Legal Militia Trains on Haitian Mountaintop
Officially, Haiti has no military. A history of military coups, dictators and severe oppression dating back more than a century led to the armed forces’ disbandment in 1995. But on a mountaintop outside Port-au-Prince, a group of uniformed men calling themselves the FADH, the French acronym for the Armed Forces... Read more
‘We Have to Vote, We Gotta Vote,’ Haitians Declare
Haiti’s Oct. 25 presidential election was largely peaceful, but there were tense moments at a polling station when voters lined up for hours and accused police of blocking them from voting. “I don’t feel good at all , because the national police has been politicized,” voter Yowwanson Versaille said. Officers... Read more
U.N. Troops Safeguard Haiti’s Election
During a round of voting in August, Haitians claimed that corrupt politicians sent armed gangs into polling places to stuff ballot boxes and stop people voting for their rivals. Now Haiti is choosing a new president. And to help prevent a repeat of August’s alleged vote-theft, the United Nations... Read more
Haiti Braces for Dangerous Vote
Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide took to the streets of Haiti for the first time in a year to rally supporters. Haitians vote for a new president on Sunday Oct. 25, 2015. In mid-October 2015, 15 people died in gun battles involving the Haitian National Police, or HNP, in... Read more
Video — U.S.-Indian War Game
You’d think the United States and India would make natural allies. A majority of Indians say they have a favorable view of America. The world’s two largest democracies, both suspicious of China’s growing military strength, should be the best of friends, right? Not exactly. No formal military alliance exists... Read more
Video — Kurdish Troops Go on the Attack Near Zaghar
The war along the Kurdish front line has, for the most part, settled into a stalemate. It’s been this way for months. Kurdish peshmerga face off with Islamic State and exchange sniper shots, machine gun fire and mortar rounds. But it’s not like that everywhere. On Sept. 11, Kurdish... Read more
Enormous Stakes for America’s Next Stealth Bomber
One of America’s biggest weapons projects is accelerating … largely behind closed doors. Within a matter of weeks the U.S. Air Force could award a contract to begin producing the Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B. The price: hefty. It could cost $80 billion or more. The stakes: big. Not... Read more

Zack Baddorf

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Zack Baddorf is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of video, radio, print, photo and web reporting in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma. Most recently, Baddorf spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. Baddorf served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and worked for a year for an international non-governmental organization in South Sudan doing media development. He served in the U.S. military for five years as a journalist, reporting from across Asia and the Middle East.

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