Haitian Politics

Haiti Inducts 125 Border Surveillance Agents

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe welcomed 125 new border patrol agents on Friday in a graduation ceremony held at the Royal Oasis Hotel in Petion-Ville.

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Court order a "legal institutional blunder" says DR Electoral Board President

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The President of the Dominican Central Electoral Board warned the government, on Thursday, of his fear of applying the Dominican Constitutional Court's order to strip citizenship from about 350,000 descendants of aliens. Dr. Manuel Ramon Morel Cerda considered the court's decision a threat to social peace and institutional stability saying it is a "institutional legal blunder with unpredictable consequences."

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OAS Pressuring to Hold "Unlawful" Elections in Haiti says Senate President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Washington D.C.-based Organization of American States would have placed undue pressure on Haitian officials to move forward with elections based on an Electoral Law not in accordance with itself or the Constitution of Haiti said the President of the National Assembly, Senator Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni) on Thursday.

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Haiti Senate Unanimously Passes a Modified Electoral Law

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senators, on Wednesday, voted unanimously on an Electoral Law with more than a dozen articles revised. The document was transmitted to the Chamber of Deputies where it must be passed in identical terms. If not convened by the President of the Republic into an extraordinary session, Deputies won't be able to work on the Electoral Bill until after January 13, 2014.

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Haiti National Palace "deplores and condemns" assault on Journalist

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - In a press note Wednesday, the National Palace said it "deplores and condemns an attack perpetrated by an officer of the Presidential Security against Rodrigure Lalane[sic], a journalist with Radio Télé Kiskeya..."

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"We will beat them", Haiti President on First Day of School

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - "We will beat them." President Michel Martelly's participation in a ceremony to welcome the start of the school year - one month late for the third year in a row - was overshadowed by his customary vitriol, on this occasion, aimed at political opponents; words that would make the headlines and overshadow the class-opening ceremony.

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UN Urges Dominican Republic to Ensure Citizenship of Haitian Descendents

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - The United Nations came down on the Dominican Republic Tuesday when its human rights office urged the DR Government to act against a Constitutional Court ruling and take all necessary measures to ensure that citizens of Haitian origin are not deprived of their right to nationality.

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Haiti Installs Tourism Police Force, PoliTour

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Haiti has installed a new police force called PoliTour which consists of officers world-rounded and fluent in English and Spanish, as well as French and Creole, who will work tourist attractions and assist visitors to Haiti in bridging differing customs while providing security.

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Haiti PM Lamothe talks cholera with UN, Ban Ki Moon

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - Although the United Nations continues to deny culpability, the proposal made by His Excellency Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, announced in his speech before the 68th UN General Assembly, to establish a joint commission towards eradicating cholera from Haiti was accepted during a meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Accordingly, it was announced that UN officials will arrive in Haiti on October 10 and 11 to establish action commission.

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Haiti President, Suspected Drug Trafficker Relationship Denounced by Deputy

LES CAYES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - It was discovered that, Thursday, as Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Haitian President Michel Martelly had not traveled to New York City as previously reported but instead spent the day and night at the home of his friend, suspected drug-trafficker Daniel Evinks who was arrested a week earlier for being in the possession of more than 2 dozen kilos of marijuana.

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Haiti Recalls Ambassador to Dominican Republic

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Monday, the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the press of the decision of the Haitian Government to recall its Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Fritz Cinéas, from Santo Domingo.

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Dominican Court Orders Purge of Citizens Born to Aliens

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The Dominican Constitutional Court, on Thursday, ordered the nation's electoral commission, within 1 year, to strip citizenship from tens of thousands of people born of alien parents, a vast majority of which are Haitian. The electoral commission was ordered to produce a list of the names of persons taken out of citizenship for necessary purposes.

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Ex-Fla. Rep. John Julien, 50, dies of cancer

MIAMI, USA (sentinel.ht) - On Friday, Former Florida State Representative, North Miami Beach Councilman, and Haitian-American, John Patrick Julien, died of cancer at the age of 50.

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Haiti Police Chief Godson Orelus in Senate Hearing

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Director General of the Haitian National Police Godson Orelus and West Departmental Director Michel Ange Gideon appeared before the Senate Justice Committee on Tuesday to answer for a series of questionable behaviors that the police institution had been exhibiting in recent days.

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Switzerland Denies Duvalier Appeal for Money

BERN, Switzerland (sentinel.ht) - On Thursday, a Swiss court rejected an appeal by former President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier to return $5.5 million to him. The court ruled that Duvalier and his entourage failed to prove that this "increase in their assets had resulted from activities unrelated to their role as public officials."

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"Stay the course," Haiti Prime Minister Lamothe at Clinton Global Initiative

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - "Haiti has come a long way... and we must stay the course" is the message based on the nations development that Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe sent to the world leaders, investors and partners, who gathered for his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative on Wednesday. It is in this same sense, saying "we can do things that have never been done before" in Haiti that he will continue with in his address to the 68th United Nations General Assembly later that day.

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Order to impeach Haiti President passed from Senate to House

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The report recommending the indictment and impeachment of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice was transmitted to the Chamber of Deputies announced the First Secretary of the Senate on Wednesday morning, but not without controversy.

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Haiti: President Martelly decides to join Prime Minister in New York

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly left Haiti on Tuesday to join Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who according to sources, is still at the head of the Haitian delegation to the 68th United Nations General Assembly.

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Haiti: Senate votes on recommendation to impeach President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Senate of the Republic voted on Tuesday a report by a special committee that recommended the indictment and impeachment of President Michel Martelly, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice.

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French Navy ship docks in Cap-Haitien, Haiti

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A French Navy warship, "The Ventôse", arrived Monday in the port of Cap-Haitien, where no French ship had been for 30 years and where it will stay for 48 hours.

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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