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Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part one) – Haiti

Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part one) – Haiti

 
During a live interview aired on Radio Scoop FM  (107.7) 48 hours before Haiti’s carnival festivities, President Michel Martelly dispelled all rumors surrounding band selections for Cap-Haitien’s 2013 Carnival possession. “It was I, who personally decided to exclude bands from …

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Port-au-Prince Caves under International Pressure to Hold Overdue Elections

Port-au-Prince Caves under International Pressure to Hold Overdue Elections

Reacting to a United Nations Security Council’s Jan. 28, 2013 press release that cilled on the Haitian government to hold free, fair, inclusive and credible senatorial and municipal elections that are 14-months overdue, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe reiterated his …

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Kita Nago to Urge Unity among Haitians, Moving Haiti Forward

Kita Nago to Urge Unity among Haitians, Moving Haiti Forward

“Ki bwa li ye, bwa sa; ki bwa li ye, bwa sa,” sang euphoric young men and women, floating in a sea of people embarked on a lengthy pilgrimage to unity. At the end of the unprecedented grassroots movement in Northern city Ouanaminthe — Kita Nago — a half-ton tree trunk that …

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Super Storm Sandy Exposed Haiti’s Failed Reconstruction

Super Storm Sandy Exposed Haiti’s Failed Reconstruction

Transforming Haiti into a consumer nation, ultimately meant that a short-supplied world would force its population into mass starvation, a recurring nightmare Haitians are currently experiencing amid the recent global food crisis, which caused a wave of sporadic protests to erupt throughout the country last month.
Rampant inflation sent food prices …

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Haiti: The Notion of Inherently Violent Haitians is a Myth, says New Study

Haiti: The Notion of Inherently Violent Haitians is a Myth, says New Study

“Violence in Haiti is systemic, that is to say, it’s related to the abandonment of the state, the abandonment of society by public institutions that fail to provide basic services.”
“I reject the ontological definition of an inherently violent Haitian,” declared Anthropologist Rachelle Charlier Doucet at Port-au-Prince’s Hotel le Plaza on …

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Haiti: A Fascistic Quarter-Century that Sabotaged Haiti’s Democracy

Haiti: A Fascistic Quarter-Century that Sabotaged Haiti’s Democracy

“Haiti walks a fine line between a failed state and fascistic state.” 
 
More than two months before its forthcoming August 2012 released, Jeb Sprague’s book, “Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti,” stormed academia, political and diplomatic communities, delivering what some reviewers perceived as …

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Haitians Drowning at Sea on their Perpetual Quest for a Better Life

Haitians Drowning at Sea on their Perpetual Quest for a Better Life

“Haitians Continue to drown at sea, fleeing, against all odds, the land their forebears fought for so heroically and valiantly on a quest for a better life.”
Hardly a new phenomenon, Haitian migration took center stage as the United Nations in mid-July after a woman drowned when a boat carrying more …

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Haiti: Landmark Ruling in DR sets Precedent for Trafficking in Persons

Haiti: Landmark Ruling in DR sets Precedent for Trafficking in Persons

Human rights activists acclaimed a Dominican Republic (DR) court’s historic conviction and 15-year prison sentencing of two Haitian child traffickers charged with smuggling, trafficking, and exploiting Haitian children’s labor. “It is the first time Haitian traffickers have been jailed in the Dominican Republic for trafficking children,” declared the

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Haiti: Catherine Flon’s Needle, Flag and Undeniable Legacy

Haiti: Catherine Flon’s Needle, Flag and Undeniable Legacy

Haitians across the globe celebrated, on May 18, 2012, the birth of a symbol: Haiti’s bi-color blue and red; hence, commemorated 209 years since that solemn day in 1803 when Catherine Flon sewed the first Haitian flag. Mobilized around their collective aspiration, adamant bravery and inalienable rights to liberty and equality, …

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Haitians & Friends Raised Haiti’s Flag High at UNC Charlotte

Haitians & Friends Raised Haiti’s Flag High at UNC Charlotte

“What really moved me,” admitted Jean-Paul Benoit, president of Haitians and Friends (HF) during our interview, “We realized there was no Haitian presence at the university, so we suggested the club.” After obtaining Student Government’s approval on March 1, 2012, Benoit and six other students officially launched the first Haitian …

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Haiti: Political Ineptitude Highlights Haiti’s Autocratic Government

Haiti: Political Ineptitude Highlights Haiti’s Autocratic Government

“The current governance of the country has nothing to do with democracy,” declared Evans Paul, leader of United Democratic Convention KID (French acronym), intervening live on Invite du Jour. “The country faces an autocracy in which the closest advisors of the …

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Haiti: Con­gress­woman Waters Urges State Depart­ment to Use U.S. Influ­ence to Avoid Chaos in Haiti

Haiti: Con­gress­woman Waters Urges State Depart­ment to Use U.S. Influ­ence to Avoid Chaos in Haiti

April 26, 2012                                                                                                           Con­tact: Mikael Moore
For Imme­di­ate Release                                                              …

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Haiti: Bogota Called for Collective Cooperation on Haiti at Summit

Haiti: Bogota Called for Collective Cooperation on Haiti at Summit

“We must improve our cooperation with Haiti,” pleaded Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to his 32 American homologous partners attending the Sixth Summit of the Americas the weekend of April 14-15. Intervening on behalf of the earthquake stricken nation, Santos said rather than helping individually, countries should collaborate to maximize their …

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Haiti: Haitians Demand U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten Expelled

Haiti: Haitians Demand U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten Expelled

Suspicions surrounding Martelly’s nationality snowballed the national press for months, as he taunted senators and even dared them to dislodge his passports from his pockets. “The president’s passport will remain in the president’s pockets,” joked Martelly to journalists. “You have no legal authority to investigate my nationality,” he later sniped …

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Haiti: Haitian Lawmakers Moved to Isolate President Martelly

Haiti: Haitian Lawmakers Moved to Isolate President Martelly

An almighty Head of State cornered by a trigger-happy parliamentary firing squad must obtain a senate majority to see his designated Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe through the ratification process.
Many senators, namely John Joel Joseph who represents the West Department, exhorted resigning Foreign Affairs Minister Lamothe, rather than relying on …

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