Presidential

Inauguration of Adminstrative and SocioCultural Complex in the North

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly inaugurated the SocioCultural Administrative Complex of the North primarily funded by the Inter-American Development Bank on Monday in Cap-Haitien. This structure is expected to include all departments and agencies of the State for the service of the people of the North.

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Martelly visits construction sites in Delmas

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Monday, President Michel Martelly continued his visits to various projects of construction around Haiti ahead of his 2nd anniversary. On this day, accompanying the Mayor of Delmas, Wilson Jeudy, to Delmas 83 in Peguy Ville where projects were ongoing.

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Preval says UN tried to remove him while President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - “I got a phone call from Mr. (Edmond) Mulet, who was head of MINUSTAH, saying: ‘Mr. President, this is a political problem. We need to get you on a plane and evacuate you,’” Préval says in the documentary, Fatal Assistance. “I said: ‘Bring your plane, collect me from the palace, handcuff me, everyone will see that it’s a kidnapping.’”

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Haiti: Government removes security of former President Aristide

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Martelly administration took the decision to remove the security of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide 48 hours after his appearance in court on Wednesday May 8 despite laws providing former Heads of State security.

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Martelly distances from Aristide

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Pushed into the ropes by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide because of worsening hunger these days in Haiti, President Michel Joseph Martelly, without jargon, defended his record and marked difference with Lavalas.

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Haiti: Aristide speaks, thanks people and calls for unity

TABARRE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide invited the press to his home in Tabarre on Thursday morning following his appearance at the Palace of Justice the day before. In this press conference which did not include a question and answer session, the former Head of State thanked the Haitian people for the appreciation shown and called for unity, saying the Martelly administration cannot solve the problem of hunger by itself.

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Haiti: President Martelly visits construction sites in the Nippes

ASILE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly continued to visit construction projects, financed by the international community, as part of the lead up to his 2nd anniversary since becoming President of Haiti.

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Jean-Bertrand Aristide appeared in court with Lavalas

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide arrived at 9 am and was heard for two hours at the Palace of Justice in Port-au-Prince by Judge Ivikel Dabrezil.

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Haiti: President Martelly objects to Law on Political Parties

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly announce his objections to the Law on Political Parties within the 8 days allotted to him since receiving the document. Some parliamentarians say the law will be returned to the Head of State as originally passed and he will be obligated to enact it.

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Haiti: Martelly appears at construction sites in South ahead of 2nd Anniversary

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - To approach the 2nd anniversary since becoming president, Michel Martelly will be appearing at local construction projects, most of which financed by the international community; this was the case Monday in the South Department.

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Haiti President Martelly: Chavez is a symbol of strength and regional unity

CARACAS, Venezuela (defend.ht) - "God has given life to President (Hugo) Chavez to carry out this struggle," begun President Michel Martelly who spoke in French as one of several Heads of States who delivered tributes for Hugo Chavez at a ceremony, led by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, during the 7th Petrocaribe Summit of Heads of States and Governments.

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President Martelly to Venezuela for PetroCaribe Summit

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly left Haiti on Friday for Venezuela where he will participate in the Summit of Heads of State of Member Countries of PetroCaribe.

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Haiti: 1.2 million trees not planted but a speech delivered by President Martelly

Disappointment on Wednesday as 1.2 million trees were not planted as announced by the Haitian government but that did not stop President Michel Martelly from managing a long speech about the agriculture and the environment.

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President Martelly paid a lasting tribute to Mimi Barthélémy

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly learned with sadness the death of the storyteller Mimi Barthélémy and paid a posthumous tribute, on behalf of the Haitian people, to "this great woman of the stage."

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Landmark agreement reached between Haiti and D.R.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly, in talks with Dominican President Danilo Medina on Friday, reached an agreement that would provide work visas and give legal immigration status for Haitians with work contracts in D.R. Firstly, the Haitian government must afford these citizens identification.

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Martelly meets some Heads of States during ACS Summit

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly held meetings with the Presidents of the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Chile on Friday during the Fifth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

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Haiti: Earth Day celebrated with visit to Morne L'Hopital

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The National Palace celebrated Earth Day on Monday by making a visit to Morne L'Hopital where infrastructure projects in Jalousie and Debussy are ongoing.

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Martelly sends 'warmest' welcomes to new Venezuelan President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly sent his "warmest" congratulations to the new Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, on Monday morning after his electoral victory on Sunday. Maduro is expected to continue the programs established by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, namely PetroCaribe which the Martelly administration benefits greatly from.

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Gov't Officials place flowers on 210th anniversary of Toussaint Louverture's death

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A ceremony was held on Sunday for the 210th anniversary of the death of Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the Haitian fight for independence and the 30th anniversary of the Haitian National Pantheon Museum (MUPANAH).

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Martelly meets designated electoral councilors at National Palace

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly met on Friday evening at the National Palace with the 9 councilors who are to sit on the fully independent electoral council, tasked with organizing the next elections. Even with this meeting, to date, the executive order naming these members to the electoral council has not been published.

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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