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In Cap-Haitien, the Hugo Chavez International Airport

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - The international airport located in Cap-Haitien will be called Hugo Chavez International Airport, after the late Venezuelan president who was Haiti's biggest supporter.

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Haitian Diaspora Federation announces new officers and initiatives

DELRAY BEACH, USA (defend.ht) - The Haitian Diaspora Federation reintroduced itself following a retreat in Delray Beach, Florida. New officers and initiatives were resolved after these meetings.

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Miami church member dies on mission trip to Orlando

ORLANDO, USA (defend.ht) - A church van carrying 20 passengers from Miami to Orlando crashed on Florida's turnpike Saturday night killing one adult woman and sending several, including children to the hospital.

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Haiti: Tent Camp Acra resident 'beaten to death by police'

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Civil Merius is reported to have been 'beaten to death by police' for taking part in a protest against an arson attack of his tent camp on Delmas 30 for victims of the 2010 earthquake. This is the same camp where a resident was dramatically shot and killed a few weeks ago.

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24 year-old Haitian-American among victims in Boston double explosions

BOSTON, USA (defend.ht) - A 24 year-old Haiti woman is among the victims of the double explosion in Boston on Monday where the city has been changed, at least for the foreseeable future.

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15%: Unimpressive relocation of Haiti's earthquake displaced in past two years

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Only 15% of people displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti had found a home in the past two years. This indicates an incredible slow down in relocation efforts when compared to the 79% total relocated in the three years since the 2010 earthquake. There remains, today, more than 320,000 individuals still living in tent camps.

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Draft Law on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing worrisome as-is

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Advocacy Platform for Alternative Development (PAPDA), Defenders of the Oppressed (DOP) and the Confederation of Workers of Public and Private Sectors (CSTP indicated that the draft law on money laundering and financing of terrorism, as currently stated contains irregularities that could give power for those to use it for political purposes.

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Esperance: Michel Forst did not resign for "personal reasons"

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Director of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights, Pierre Esperance, said that the former UN Independent Expert for Human Rights in Haiti did not resign for "personal reasons" but because of the difficulties faced in working with the Martelly/Lamothe administration.

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Haiti: Women's organizations denounce U.S. Embassy involvement in electoral crisis

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The head of an organization representing over 50 women's organizations in Haiti denounced the actions of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince on Sunday for its involvement in Haiti's electoral crisis.

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Sean Penn's NGO receives grant of $8.75 million

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Sean Penn's NGO, J/P HRO signed a grant with the Haitian government and the World Bank for $8.75 million [US] to move the 14,000 people still living in the camp of tarps in mud.

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Scott Stringer gets Haitians' support for NYC Comptroller

NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - The long time friend of the Haitian community and current President of the Borough of Manhattan, Scott Stringer, is now receiving the support from Haitian-American voters across New York City to become the next Comptroller.

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Judge Jean Baptiste, NAACP in Haiti to Support Voting for Diaspora

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Chicago Judge Lionel Jean Baptiste and a delegation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People visited Haiti on Monday in order to meet different actors in Haitian government and push the implementation of structures to allow the Haitian Diaspora to vote.

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Haiti: Human Rights say President is cause of electoral crisis

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Human rights organizations on Wednesday held a joint press conference to deplore the actions of President Michel Martelly who continues to be the source of the electoral crisis in Haiti.

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Human Rights calls for public vigilance in case of Clifford Brandt

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - RNDDH Director Pierre Esperance said that it is by the grace of a report published by his human rights organization that the Martelly administration had not freed all the police officers, including the head of the National Palace security, who were arrested for their part in the kidnapping syndicate of the businessman, Clifford Brandt.

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MOLEGHAF Calls for Socialist State of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - he Liberty and Equality Movement of Haitians for Brotherhood (MOLEGHAF) held a protest in front of the Ministry for Social Affairs and Labor. This grassroots organization is pushing for a socialist state in Haiti.

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Haiti: Cholera victims angry at United Nations

MIREBALAIS, Haiti (defend.ht) - The United Nations has not accepted responsibility for bring cholera into Haiti in October 2010 that has killed more than 7,000 and sickened more than a half-million. This week, the U.N. said it would not compensate victims of their negligence and this has angered many in Haiti.

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Human rights calls for action against fugitives in Haitian gov't

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The National Network for the Defense of Human Rights delivered an open letter to President Michel Martelly recounting the crimes that made First Lady Sophia Martelly's adviser, Karl Jean-Jeune, a fugitive of justice in the United States. The RNDDH also requested that Martelly demonstrate the claim of his government that the rule of law exists in Haiti by addressing the case of other individuals in the Head of State's entourage.

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Informed Citizens Express Disdain for Caricom Signs

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Informed citizens were shocked at billboards and banners bearing the effigy of President Michel Martelly that read "President Martelly welcomes Heads of State and Government of CARICOM," rather than "Haiti welcomes..." The signs also are clear violations of ARTICLE 7 of the Haitian Constitution.

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Red cards for the government at the Carnival in Cap-Haitien

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AlterPresse/defend.ht) - February 12, 2013. Activists of various organizations in the North, formed a bande sou pied (rara), and expressed their displeasure vis-à-vis the government, during the parade on the second day of the carnival, February 11 in Cap-Haitien (second city, North), found AlterPresse.

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A Carnival to Mask the Crisis

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - All of everything is for Cap-Haitien. The second largest city is the host of this year's national carnival. Port-au-Prince, the largest city, the capital, is condemned to watch the carnival on television.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly