Haitian News

Protesting 101: Student Demonstrations in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Protesting has become part of the national education curriculum in Haiti. High school students nationwide have, in uniform, won the streets of several cities for the 3rd day of nationwide demonstrations. Groups within the student protests have led to much vandalism and pockets of violence, where two are said to be dead, have been observed.

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Haitian Bus Driver wins Mega Millions prize

WASHINGTON, USA (sentinel.ht) - Ysmaille Castor says he has always wanted to know what it felt like to win $1 million.

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Two from College Blaise Pascal injured in protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - At least two students of College Blaise Pascal came out injured Monday after a clash with high school students from several schools in Port-au-Prince. The high schoolers were protesting to demand the resumption of their classes, which ceased on January 6 when a teachers' strike began.

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Duke unveils original Haitian Act of Independence

DURHAM, USA (sentinel.ht) - At the John Hope Franklin Center, Tuesday, Duke University unveiled the exhibition of an original manuscript of the Haitian Declaration of Independence, January 1, 1804.

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Two decapitated, mutilated in Dominican Republic

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The bodies of Yidet and Yodet Kaseite, ages 26 and 28, were identified after being found without heads, arms and genitals.

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Cuban Liberator Jose Marti Square inaugurated in Cap-Haitien

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A square, dedicated to the Cuban liberator, Jose Marti, was inaugurated on Thursday with a bust of the revolutionary erected in his honor.

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New efforts at dialogue begin in absence of major parties

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - However irrelevant or inconsequential, according to the larger political parties, Fanmi Lavalas and the party coalition, Patriotic Movement of the Democratic Opposition (MOPOD), which did not participate, the National Palace and mediators from the episcopal conference, held their first meetings aimed at dialogue on Wednesday.

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Haiti Teachers' Strike, Students Vandalize and Disrupt Private Schools

GONAIVES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Two teachers' unions rejected a proposal by the National Palace that was aimed at ending a strike that had entered into its third day and, according to the unions, at 100% participation at public schools nationwide. The educators continue to demand back pay, some of more than a year, as mobs of students, without teachers infiltrated other institutions causing vandalism and recruiting other students to their truancy.

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Haiti: Alleged 'intellecutal author' of Jean Dominique murder speaks

ATLANTA, USA (sentinel.ht) - Former Senator Mirlande Liberus said on Tuesday that she was not surprised that the investigation into the 2000 murder of journalist Jean Dominique named here as the "intellectual author" of the crime.

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Haiti: Teachers on strike, students in the streets

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht/HPN) - The strike announced by the National Confederation of Haitian Teachers (NECH), did not have the desired effect. Some public schools still operated normally on Tuesday. While teachers in other schools were rather incognito. The students of those schools were truant learned Haiti Press Network.

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Gonaïves Carnival 2014 Committee Presented

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Ministry of Culture officially presented on Monday the committee that will organize the 2014 carnival. The committee consisting of familiar faces from prior years will organize an early March carnival with a starting budget of $5 million [US].

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Six shot in violent protests in Ouanaminthe, Haiti

OUANAMINTHE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Six persons were shot during intense protesting in Ouanaminthe that began Sunday with residents of this town denouncing a black-out of electricity since January 2.

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Haiti: Public school teachers on general strike for back pay

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Public schools were without teachers on Monday as general strike, with an indefinite end, was called by public school educators that claim to be owed months, some up to a year, of back pay.

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"D.R. has a moral debt to descendants of Haitians"

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The Dominican government and sugar council set up mechanisms for ensuring a steady stream of Haitian braceros (workers) would come to work in the country but never bothered to provide them with identity documents, which explains why their descendants today are undocumented... "the Dominican Republic has a moral commitment to these people", said renowned Dominican Economist and Historian Bernardo Vega during an interview with the Dominican press association.

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Haiti: Political prisoners, Rights Group writes U.S. Representatives

BOSTON, USA (sentinel.ht) - Members of the U.S. Congress received letters on Tuesday from a human rights organization describing "a serious abuse by the Haitian government against two young Haitians who dared to accuse the Presidential family of squandering public funds and corruption."

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"Lack of political will" allows Duvalier to roam free says Human Rights

LONDON, United Kingdom (sentinel.ht/HRW) - A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti’s former “president-for-life,” Jean-Claude Duvalier, to escape justice for human rights violations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.

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Haiti: Electoral Council Lawyers Up at Executive Director

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Mosler Georges, a lawyer for the Haitian electoral institution since 2005, was appointed Monday to be the Executive Director of the Transitional College of the Permanent Electoral Council (CTCEP) that is tasked to organize Haiti's more than two years overdue senatorial and local elections.

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New Orleans to host 16th Annual Haitian Student Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - The National Haitian Student Alliance (NHSA) has opened registration for the 16th Annual Haitian Student Conference which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from March 28th – 30th, 2014.

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Haiti: PM Adviser defends decision to not discuss D.R. Constitution Ruling

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - It was Nesmy Manigat, Advisor to the Prime Minister and member of the bi-national commission holding talks with the Dominican Republic defended the administration's decision to not discuss TC 168-13 ruling which strips citizenship from hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent.

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Fmr. Gov't Comm. Francisco René apologizes for excesses in 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The former Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince, René Francisco, apologized for the excesses committed while he was head of prosecutions during his time in 2013.

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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