Haitian Politics

Haitian Government Reacts to Impeachment of Paraguay President Fernando Lugo

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian government condemned the impeachment of the President of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, on Tuesday, saying that it threatens democratic regimes in the region.

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Dominicans Concerned about Closing of $2B[US] per Year Border Markets

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The Vice President of the Dominican Agrobusiness Board, Osmar Benitez, says Dominicans should be concerned with statements from the Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe who studies the possibility of closing border markets valued at $2 billion [US] annually for Dominicans.

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Lamothe Committed to Closing Markets on Haiti-DR Border Amid Smuggling

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Public markets along the Haiti-Dominican Republic border serve more as points where Dominican products enter Haiti duty-free, rather than centers of mutual trade, according to the Haitian government who is seeking to close down the marketplaces along the 225 mile border.

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Haiti: French Ambassador Refuses to Shake Duvalier's Hand

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The French Ambassador to Haiti, Didier Le Bret, made headlines this weekend for refusing to shake the hand of the former President-for-Life, Jean-Claude Duvalier, at an anniversary celebration for one of Haiti's prestigious schools.

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Nadège Dorzema v. The Dominican Republic in International Human Rights Court

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (defend.ht) - ”After waiting 12 years almost to the day, victims of the Guayubin massacre can testify about the atrocities they experienced and will thus attempt to end impunity and achieve justice and reparation,” said Bernard Duhaime, a lawyer for the victims of a June 2000 massacre of Haitian travelers by the Dominican Armed Forces.

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Haiti: Installation of New State Secretary for Local Authorities

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/MICT) - The Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities, Thierry Mayard Paul, completed the installation of Mr. Mathias Laureus as the new Secretary of State for Local Authorities on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

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Haiti Seeks to Implement a 'New Deal'

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Finance and Economy Minister, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie, is looking to implement a government policy of investing money into the Haitian private sector to jump start the economy.

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United Kingdom Announces Reopening of Embassy in Haiti

LONDON, United Kingdom (defend.ht) - The United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague in a written statement to Westminister Palace announced the intention to open a British Embassy in Haiti for the first time since 1966.

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Haiti: PM Lamothe Calls Senator Moïse to Order, Moïse Rejects

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe again has invited Senator Jean-Charles Moïse (Nord/Inite) to correct his criticisms of the Venezuelan Ambassador that would harm relations between the two countries. Senator Moïse rejected Lamothe’s call to order saying his intention is not to harm Haiti-Venezuelan relations but to reinforce them.

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Haiti: Fmr P-au-P Mayor Receives Subpoena in Market Fire Investigation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The former Mayor of Port-au-Prince, ousted in March by the presidency, received a subpoena from the government prosecutor as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that destroyed the city’s public market on Monday. Council for former Mayor Muscadin Jean Yves Jason said he will not appear due to confusion in the file.

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Haiti: No-Bid Contract Audit Continues, Bellerive, Conille to Lamothe

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The audit on government contracts awarded during the emergency period of former Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive following the earthquake of 2010 continues into the new government of PM Laurent Lamothe. As suggested by the audit commission established by former PM Garry Conille, 41 contracts will be held for review and more than a dozen others will be investigated on their effectiveness.

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Haiti: UN Peacekeepers Claim Students Attacked, University Officials Say Provocation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The UN peacekeeping mission denied on Wednesday that Brazilian peacekeepers tried to violate the space of the State University on June 15, instead saying that it was students who attacked its soldiers throwing rocks and bottles.

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Haitian Gov't Committed to Making Carnival of Flowers, PAP, a Success

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian government is committed to making the Carnival of Flowers in Port-au-Prince a success already committing 65 million HTG ($1.6 million [US]) for the event.

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Interior Minister Dismisses Mayor for Attack on Journalist

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - In connection with the attack on the 21 year old journalist, Wendy Phele, the Mayor of Thomonde was relieved of his duties announced the Interior Minister, Thierry Mayard-Paul on Monday.

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Plan to Establish Secret Police Conjures Up Memories of Tonton Macoutes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Plans to establish a secret security force, localized throughout Haiti are conjuring up memories of the “Tonton Macoutes” according to Senator Jean-Charles Moïse who fears the new force could be the return of the reign of terror. Senator Edwin Zenny defended the plans for the force criticizing his colleague.

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Haiti: Senator Moïse Upset Ministers Were Not Convened by the Senate

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The Senator of the North, Jean-Charles Moïse was upset that the Office of the Senate did not take the necessary steps to convene nearly a dozen minister for hearings on mismanagement.

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Haiti: President Martelly Lands in Brazil for UN Conference

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly left Haiti on Tuesday to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Obama's Fact Sheet on Haiti as a Key Partner

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - The Obama for America campaign has published a Haitian fact sheet, in English and Creole, describing U.S. President Barack "Obama's commitment to Haiti as a key partner in the region."

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Constitution of Haiti Finally Published

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The President of the Republic, Joseph Michel Martelly, in a ceremony at the National Palace on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 annulled his presidential decree of June 3rd, 2011 and sent instructions to the National Press to publish the Constitution of Haiti as amended on May 9, 2011.

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Haiti: Foreign Affairs Ministry Says Venezuelan Ambassador Not "Persona non Grata"

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regretted the statements of a Senator of the Republic, that it did not name but can be assumed to be Sen. Jean-Charles Moïse, for declaring the Venezuelan Ambassador, "persona non grata".

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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