Haitian Politics

Caravan of Investment Information Meeting with Consulate of Haiti in Orlando

ORLANDO, USA (defend.ht/CoHO) - The Consulate of Haiti in Orlando will be hosting a special event called the "Caravan of Investment" in partnership with the Haitian Center to Facilitate Investment in Haiti.

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Haitian Mayor Lashes Out as U.S. Ban on Dried Mangoes

GROS-MORNE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A dried mango plant in Gros-Morne was caused to close due to the decision of the United States to ban the sale of dried mangoes from Haiti, a decision Vice Mayor Beauger Rubin calls a "slap in the face," to Haitian local production.

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Solar Street Lamps Bring Light to the Town of Léogâne, Haiti

LEOGANE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The people of Léogâne who met with the Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul in March, had some of their grievances answered on Wednesday when 10 solar powered street lights with a life expectancy of 4 years were installed at strategic sites throughout the community.

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PM Lamothe to Speak at Opening of Discover Haiti, Washington D.C.

NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe will deliver remarks on Wednesday, June 13 in Washington, D.C. for the official opening of Discover Haiti, an exhibit of Haitian handcrafts and art organized by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Cultural Center and the Urban Zen and Nomad Two Worlds foundations.

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"Ayiti Dekole" Radio Television Show by Consulate of Haiti in Orlando

ORLANDO, USA (defend.ht/CoHO) - The Consulate of Haiti in Orlando is pleased to inform the public of the official launch of the radio-television show: Ayiti Dekole.

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Haiti: Martelly Takes Too Long to Publish the Constitution says Senate President Desras

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of House, Dieuseul Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni) said Wednesday that President Michel Martelly is taking too long to publish the corrected Constitution of Haiti that was amended and published in May 2011.

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Haiti: Senator Jean-Charles Moise Back in Effect

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – “The program Aba Grangou, the program Ti Maman Cherie, the program Katye Prop… it is with slogans that President Martelly is leading the country,” returning from abroad, Senator Jean-Charles Moise (Nord/Inite) denounced a series of actions taken by the executive government as he urged his colleagues in the Parliament to do their job of checking and balancing the executive government.

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Haiti: PM Lamothe Urges Domestic Production at 42 OAS General Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe in his office as Minister of Foreign Affairs led a Haitian delegation to the 42nd General Assembly of the Organization of American States that was recently held in Cochabamba, Bolivia on the theme of "Food Security with Sovereignty in the Americas."

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Haiti: Tourism Minister Unveils New Logo

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly and the First Lady were on hand as the Ministry of Tourism unveiled a new logo and slogan for Haiti tourism.

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Haitians Seeking Dominican Visas Subject to More Restrictions

SANTO DOMINGO (defend.ht) - In the aftermath of the Haitian Ambassador in Santo Domingo, Fritz Cineas', request for respect for Haitian fundamental rights in the Dominican Republic, Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Morales Troncoso, sent an internal memorandum to Dominican consulate offices to forward all visa applications from Haitians to his ministry.

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Haiti: Martelly Will Be Judged if Constitution Not Published

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly will be judged if he refuses to publish the Constitution of Haiti said the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Levaillant Louis-Jeune (Desdunes/Inite).

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Haiti More Prepared for Hurricane Season says Minister Mayard Paul

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "Our national system of disaster and risk management for the 2012 hurricane season is more enhanced compared to previous years in five areas: communication, information, coordination, operation, training/awareness," said the Minister of the Interior Thierry Mayard Paul on Friday, the first day of the 2012 hurricane season.

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Renovations Begin for Dadadou Sports Center

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A ceremony was held by the Mayor Wilson Jeudy of Delmas and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Activities Jean Rene Roosevelt to mark the start of renovations to the Dadadou Sports Centre.

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The Constitution of Haiti will be Published in June, says Jura

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – On the 360th day without Haiti’s Constitution published in the nation’s journal, Le Moniteur, the National Palace Press Secretary, Lucien Jura, said that the Head of State, Michel Martelly, intends to publish the Constitution of Haiti at no specified time in the month of June.

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Martelly Signs Order Ending Restrictions on Building in PAP, Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly called it the relaunching of post-earthquake reconstruction, the signing of an Executive Order to end a moratorium on private construction in Haiti's commercial center in Port-au-Prince.

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Nine Senators against Publishing the Constitution of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The ad hoc group of nine senators who had shunned the ratification meeting of the policy statement of the Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced on Tuesday and wrote a letter to President Martelly against the publication of the Constitution of Haiti.

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Pink Card Gives Health Insurance for 400 State Workers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Office of Workers' Compensation Insurance, Sickness and Maternity (OFATMA) and the French Red Cross partnered with President Michel Martelly to introduce the Pink Card which gives health coverage to 400 state workers and their families.

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Haiti PM Lamothe Announces New Social Program with Digicel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – After ‘Aba Grangou’, the Haitian government announced a new social protection program called ‘Ti Manman Cherie’ for families living in extreme poverty. It is available for mothers of children in school, living in Cité Soleil and that are customers of Digicel. Through Digicel’s TchoTcho mobile feature, the beneficiaries will receive monthly transfers of 400 to 800 Gourdes ($10-$20 [US]).

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Corruption in Haitian Gov't Goes from Bad to Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) – The 2011 Human Rights Report by the U.S. State Department found that even as the government changed from Preval to Martelly, corruption “remained widespread in all branches and at all levels of government” where “officials often engaged in corrupt practices with impunity.” According to the Chairman of the Port-au-Prince Bar Association, the 2012 report looks to be even worse as it will take into account allegations by the Dominican Journalist Nuria Piera and events that have recently occurred in the Haitian Parliament, among others.

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Mayor Jeudy Believes Deliverance is Near for the People of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/PMdD) - A week of an evangelistic crusade, to pray for deliverance for Haiti was held at the Municipal Palace of Delmas, from April 29 to May 6, 2012. People of different churches in the capital responded to spiritual manifestation held under the theme: "nan sa nou ye la, sel ou ki ka di yon mo pou nou" (for the circumstances that we are in, only you [God] can deliver us).

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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