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Saturday, August 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES, USA (AFP) -- Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn poured cold water on Wyclef Jean's bid for the Haitian presidency on Wednesday, questioning the motives of the musician and those backing his campaign. Penn has spent extended periods in Haiti since the devastating January 12 earthquake. read more...



Saturday, August 7, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- Hip-hop superstar Wyclef Jean flew out of his native Haiti on Friday as clouds gathered over his outsider presidential bid announced barely 24 hours earlier. "I am leaving because of family obligations, but I will return in several weeks to enter the electoral campaign," he said. read more...



Friday, August 6, 2010

Here, in part, is how hip-hop star Wyclef Jean rationalized his decision to run for president of Haiti this November: “If I can't take five years out to serve my country as President, then everything I've been singing about, like equal rights, doesn't mean anything.” (TIME, August 4, 2010)  But I suspect some Haitians... read more...



Friday, August 6, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- Musician Wyclef Jean jetted into Haiti on a private plane on Thursday and officially launched a bid for president, ending weeks of speculation about whether he would run. A crowd of young supporters sporting red and white t-shirts gathered in the Demas neighborhood. read more...



Thursday, August 5, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- Haitian-born musical star Wyclef Jean sang "If I Was President" in 2004, and repackaged the song in 2008 with the refrain "Yes We Can," following US President Barack Obama's historic election. Now the hip-hop star is targeting his already political voice toward the ballot box. read more...



Monday, August 2, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- Election candidates in Haiti are jockeying this week ahead of a registration deadline for key November polls, the first since January's deadly earthquake. The vote is seen as a key step towards rebuilding the country and its political institution. read more...



Saturday, July 31, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (IICA) -- The representatives of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) based in Haiti and the Dominican Republic have reached agreement on the preparation of a binational project. read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA -- Member States and Permanent Observer countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) made individual commitments this week during a meeting of the OAS Group of Friends of Haiti to assist the Electoral Observation Mission that will accompany the Caribbean nation’s electoral process. read more...



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

NEW YORK, USA (AFP) -- Haitian hip hop star and humanitarian activist Wyclef Jean did not rule out running for president amid rumours on Tuesday that he may stand in this year's elections in the quake-hit Caribbean nation. Current President Rene Preval is barred by the constitution from seeking a new term. read more...



Monday, July 26, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) - Julie, her face a grimace of anguish, waits with her five children for a ride to their next shelter, to where more than 1,000 homeless Haitians have been ordered to go as hurricane season ramps up. They are packed and anxious and bound for Corail, a camp 12 miles from the capital. read more...



Monday, July 26, 2010

There is a tug of war going on, right now between the nationals of the Republic of Haiti and a sector of the international community. The citizens of Haiti, the candidates to the presidential election, the political parties, the civil society, the churches (with the exception of the Voodoo imam) are all in unison. read more...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

VIENNA, Austria (AFP) -- As Haiti struggles to rebuild itself after a devastating earthquake, people with AIDS are still waiting for aid promised to them before the catastrophe, activists here said on Tuesday. There are some 120,000 people with the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV in Haiti. read more...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- The IMF canceled Haiti's debt on Wednesday and approved a new program to support reconstruction and economic growth in the quake-hit country. The International Monetary Fund's executive board approved the "full cancellation" of Haiti's outstanding liabilities of 268 million dollars. read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

SAUT D'EAU, Haiti (AFP) -- Thousands of Haitians have flocked to a hilltop voodoo festival, offering a special prayer to the spirits to find them new homes and ease their plight six months after a massive quake. Dressed in white, they clambered up the hill to bathe in a waterfall and take part in an annual ritual. read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

On July 12, 2010, the international press has returned en masse to Haiti for an evaluation of the progress in the rebuilding effort after the earthquake of 1/12. It has been reporting on whether the outflow of global donations has contributed to bring solace to the people of Haiti. The verdict is unanimous... read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Guyana government on Friday implemented a policy decision to waive visa requirements for Haitian business persons desirous of travelling to other CARICOM Member States and who are in possession of valid United States of America, Canadian or Schengen visas. read more...



Friday, July 16, 2010

A fake Internet website caused a stir for at least 24 hours when it purported to be a government of France website announcing that the government “is repaying the historic debt of 90 million gold francs Haiti paid to France following the former’s independence at the dawn of the 19th century”.  Even the BBC was taken in. read more...



Friday, July 16, 2010

I just hope this outpouring of support is coordinated and sustained enough to help the Haitian people build a 21st century infrastructure, as well as the political and civic institutions to manage it. For, as pledges in the wake of the Indonesian Tsunami proved, governments that rush for the cameras to make... read more...



Thursday, July 15, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- A 500-million dollar pledge of aid for Haiti quake relief promised three months ago is only 20 percent full, the World Bank said on Wednesday. "We have for the (Haiti Reconstruction) Trust fund 98 million," the bank's vice president for Latin America, Pamela Cox, told reporters. read more...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- Dozens of young Haitians on Tuesday burned tires and at least one car during demonstrations in Port-au-Prince demanding the ouster of President Rene Preval. Demonstrators from some of the poorest areas of the ravaged capital set at least one vehicle on fire. read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- The United States on Monday granted Haitians living illegally in the country before January's devastating earthquake a six-month extension to apply for a special asylum relief program. In the days after the January 12 earthquake, President Barack Obama's administration gave... read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama thanked the Dominican Republic on Monday for help in battling crises in Haiti, Honduras and on drugs trafficking as he hosted President Leonel Fernandez at the White House. Fernandez praised Obama for keeping Latin American issues on his agenda. read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- Haitians marked a sad anniversary on Monday, mourning the hundreds of thousands killed six months ago in a massive earthquake and eyeing a precarious future amid the slow trickle of aid. Supporters joined Haitian President Rene Preval in a poignant remembrance ceremony. read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The recovery efforts in Haiti was definitely a priority item on the agenda of the 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community when they got down to dealing with the business of the Community in Montego Bay, Jamaica. read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) -- Colonel Bernard Ouellette, the Canadian chief of staff to the UN mission in Haiti, has been relieved of his functions due to a loss of "confidence" by his chain of command, the military said on Friday. Jay Paxton, spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said Ouellette had been unable to... read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- Six months after a violent earthquake left a trail of destruction and misery in their country, Haitians are growing impatient at the slow trickle of aid and the crawling pace of reconstruction. "There are no prospects, no means to rebuild. The international community promised us money... read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

CARIYES, Haiti (AFP) -- In Haiti's rocky northern hills, Joseph Jean has planted seeds donated by a US aid group Trees for The Future hoping to reverse the deforestation that has washed away soil and impoverished farmers. Jean's field barely feeds his family and he has had to take a teaching job to make ends meet. read more...



Thursday, July 8, 2010

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- Haiti and Mozambique are the nations most at risk economically from natural disasters, according to a ranking on Thursday that says some rich countries such as Italy and the United States also face high risks. British-based business consultancy Maplecroft said the index aimed to show... read more...



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, has called for greater order to be brought to the operations of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. "You have several hundred NGOs operating in Haiti, doing what they want... read more...



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has commended the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for the support and solidarity extended to Haiti in the wake of the January earthquake, which devastated parts of that island. Ban was speaking at the opening ceremony... read more...



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- The inmates at Haiti's only women's prison cry out in desperation as warden Marie-Yolaine Mathieu makes her rounds, hoping that she will hear their case and perhaps, help secure their release. "Director, director, I need to speak to you," calls out one woman with matted hair. read more...



Saturday, July 3, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- When the first story began only a handful of kids sat on the wet ground, watching and listening intently as a woman read aloud to them in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Tabarre. Soon a crowd of 60 formed as curious children carrying baby siblings were joined by adults. read more...



Friday, July 2, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - President Rene Preval on Wednesday rejected US Senate proposals for upcoming elections in Haiti and said one of them could even sow "anarchy" in the earthquake-shattered Caribbean country. Preval earlier this week set November 28 as the date for presidential and legislative elections. read more...



Thursday, July 1, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- Haiti announced on Wednesday that elections will be held November 28, opening the way for rebuilding political institutions in the country devastated by a deadly earthquake in January. The vote, originally scheduled for February 28 and March 3, will choose a successor to President... read more...



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Many points of comparison exist between Haiti and Cuba, as Ruth Ellen Wasem contends in a Congressional Research Report: “Both nations have a history of repressive governments with documented human rights violations. Both countries have a history of sending asylum seekers to the United States... read more...



Saturday, June 26, 2010

The story of Haiti is tragically the story of a wrong turn at each transition. Strangely this wrong turn has been micromanaged by a long hand with foreign gloves with good or bad intentions for the people of Haiti. It all started in 1800 when Toussaint Louverture was at his apogee as the founding father of a nation. read more...



Thursday, June 24, 2010

I recently spent a week in Haiti helping with reconstruction efforts. I volunteered only as someone with two hands and a lot of Gatorade, but my professional background as an economist allowed me to diagnose some of Haiti’s problems. These go much deeper than the earthquake. read more...



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministerial Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has given its support to a proposal for Haiti to have non-reciprocal access to the Community’s markets for some goods for a period of three years. read more...



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) -- Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean will serve as UNESCO special envoy to Haiti after her term as Canada's acting head of state and commander in chief ends in the fall, the government said on Tuesday. Canada's first black governor general, Jean was born in Port-au-Prince in 1957. read more...



Monday, June 21, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) is preparing to allow 200 Haitian university students whose schooling have been affected by the January 12 earthquake, to complete their degrees at its three campuses. This is a part of CARICOM's efforts to provide aid to the French-speaking nation. read more...



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