Haitian Politics

Haiti: Electoral Council and Justice agreement updating voter rolls

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Minister of Justice and Public Security, Jean Renel Sanon and the President of the Transitional College of the Provisional Electoral Council (CTCEP), Emmanuel Menard, signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday that is to describe the mechanisms for transferring data from the National Identification Office (ONI) to the council in order to maintain updated electoral lists.

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Haiti: Lawmakers protest legitimacy of administration in National Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senators Pierre Francky Exius and Jean-Charles Moise, among other lawmakers, left the National Assembly on Monday in protest against the President and Prime Minister whom they consider having no legitimacy.

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Haiti: President and PM present reports to National Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Without incident on Monday, President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, both appeared before the members of the National Assembly and presented their reports on the state, government and works undertaken in 2013.

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Haiti: PM confirms attendance for Opening of Legislative Sessions

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe confirmed his intent to present the report of the Haitian government's 2013 realizations at the opening of the legislative session on Monday.

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Haiti: Presidential Couple place reef on 4th Earthquake Anniversary

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - As part of the ceremonies of the day of remembrance and reflection, the presidential couple deposited a wreath of flowers at the site of Saint Christopher in memory of the fallen.

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Haiti: Senator Moise says Aristide ousted him from Fanmi Lavalas

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Charles Moise (Nord/Inite) has pointed the finger at former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as the orchestrator of the decision to remove him as a member of the Fanmi Lavalas Political Party.

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Haiti: Reactions registered after talks with Dominican Republic

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Among the reactions registered after the first meeting of the Haiti-Dominican Republic bi-national commission was from the President of the Haitian Senate Justice Committee who considered it unfortunate that the Haitian Prime Minister sat with the Dominican Minister to the Presidency who serves a role of somewhat of secretary.

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Haiti: Confusion after Discussions with Dominican Republic

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a press conference, Wednesday, said the ruling by the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal dominated the discussions when the two countries met Tuesday in Ouanaminthe. But earlier, commission member and adviser to the Prime Minister, Nesmy Manigat said the ruling was not discussed and defended the decision not to discuss it and before the meeting, National Palace Spokesman Lucien Jura said the ruling would not be on the agenda.

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Joint Statement of Haiti and D.R. after first meet in Ouanaminthe

OUANAMINTHE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and the Dominican Minister to the Presidency Gustalvo Montalvo led respective delegations of 5 persons to Ouanaminthe, Haiti where a resumption of talks between the two countries resumed.

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Haiti-DR Commission consults private and community organizations

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A day before the first meeting of the Haiti-Dominican bi-national commission, the members of the Haitian side of the talks met with private sector and community organization in order to identify an agenda for discussions to begin Tuesday in the town of Ouanaminthe.

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US: Haiti no longer imminent danger pay area

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - The United States Department of Defense (DOD) says Haiti is no longer among the locations designated as “imminent danger pay" (IDP) areas. The decision means defense employees in Haiti will not receive an extra bonus for working in a condition of "imminent danger".

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Haiti, D.R. Bi-National Commission to Sit Tuesday

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The ten-member bi-national commission between Haiti and the Dominican Republic was made complete by a communication from the National Palace appointing the five members, which include the Prime Minister of the Republic and members of his cabinet, to sit on the Haitian side of the talks.

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"Cuba will not abandon Haiti..." says Castro

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (sentinel.ht) - The Cuban President Raúl Castro warned in his speech Wednesday, January 1, in Santiago de Cuba, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the revolution, that his country will never leave the Haitian people, who always said, you can count on their modest collaboration. The declaration was made in general terms but the light of the recent Constitutional Tribunal ruling in the Dominican Republic was not ignored by Cuban press.

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Haiti: President reiterates call for unity on 210th Independence Day

GONAIVES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly called for unity in his speech in the City of Independence on the anniversary of Haiti's 210th independence.

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Haiti: Route Canapé Vert renamed Nelson Mandela Avenue

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Route du Canapé Vert will now be called Nelson Mandela Avenue an executive order dated December 13, 2013 announced. It should be noted that the road was given the name of Haitian hero, Jean Price-Mars, a leader of Haiti's Negritude movement, when it was first paved under previous administrations. Signs were never placed and citizens continued to call it Canapé Vert.

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Haiti: Gov't warns against using Coat of Arms

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Citizens are not authorized to use the Haitian national coat of arms, according to a note of the Martelly-Lamothe government. The government said "offenders would be charged with piracy and cyber crimes against the Republic of Haiti."

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U.S. congratulates Haiti's 210th Year of Indepedence

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - The first press note of the U.S. State Department for 2014 came from Secretary John Kerry on Wednesday who wrote on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people in congratulating the Haitian people as they celebrated the 210th anniversary of independence.

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"Whoever messes with Haiti messes with Venezuela," says Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (sentinel.ht) - “We are unconditional brothers with the Haitian people and whoever messes with the people of Haiti messes with the people of Venezuela,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in an interview with Venezuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias when speaking of the resumption of discussions with the Dominican Republic.

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Haiti: President desires broad discussions with Dominican Republic

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Thursday, President Michel Martelly said he desired a broad discussion with Dominican leaders, on trade, immigration and foreign policy, as well as Dominican TC 168-13, as part of the bilateral, with multilateral participation, commission established under the auspices of the Venezuelan government.

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Haiti: Human Rights advocates denounce latest "political" arrest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Mario Joseph considers Patriotic Force for the Respect of the Constitution (FOPARK) member, Ti Elizé as a political prisoner, arrested on Thursday for protesting the arrest of another political activist, Louima Louis-Juste.

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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