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US tells Haiti it will cut off money transfers in November if no reforms undertaken

August 29, 2016
US tells Haiti it will cut off money transfers in November if no reforms undertaken MIAMI, USA -- The Obama Administration has reportedly warned that it will end all money transfers from the US to Haiti in November, 2016, unless certain unspecified "corrective measures" are taken. Many Haitians have, for decades, been largely supported by remittances sent...

Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba

August 27, 2016
Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba MIAMI, USA -- A weak area of low pressure was located between the northeastern coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas on Friday. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity increased during the day on Friday, but remained disorganized and is located mainly to the east and...

Commentary: Donald Trump's controversial pitch to black American voters

August 27, 2016
Commentary: Donald Trump's controversial pitch to black American voters I have been observing the American election for November 8, 2016, on the sidelines, sometimes making comparison with the forthcoming presidential election in Haiti on October 9, 2016. As one of the operatives of the campaign of the candidate of RCG30, the group of candidates that...

Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas

August 25, 2016
Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- A strong tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure was moving westward across the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico towards The Bahamas on Wednesday, bringing tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Letter: UN must now compensate Haiti

August 25, 2016
Letter: UN must now compensate Haiti The BBC is reporting that the United Nations (UN) has admitted that, after much detailed investigations, the Nepalese troops that were under its command and were stationed in Haiti a few years ago were in fact responsible for the cholera outbreak that killed several thousand people.

Commentary: New Broward county poll has Haitian-American leading in race for sheriff

August 23, 2016
Commentary: New Broward county poll has Haitian-American leading in race for sheriff Edison Jules, a man with substantial experience when it comes to law enforcement and also a successful businessman, has announced his decision to challenge current Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for the position as County Sheriff. He announced his bid in the media...

Tropical wave expected to threaten Hispaniola and Bahamas late this week

August 22, 2016
Tropical wave expected to threaten Hispaniola and Bahamas late this week MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located about 1,100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms and the system is expected to be near Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas late this week. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Citing moral responsibility, UN pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic

August 20, 2016
Citing moral responsibility, UN pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic NEW YORK, USA -- Noting that a United States federal appeals court has upheld the United Nations’ immunity from a damage claim filed on behalf cholera victims in Haiti, the Organization said on Friday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deeply regrets the “terrible suffering” of the Haitian...

Commentary: The fallacies beyond the concept of Black Lives Matter

August 20, 2016
Commentary: The fallacies beyond the concept of Black Lives Matter The concept of Black Lives Matter, which is spreading from the United States to Great Britain, and maybe from there throughout the rest of the world, is pregnant with a fault line dangerous at best and maybe counterproductive for the very black lives that do matter. Several incidents of...

Georges Valme: The passing of a giant!

August 16, 2016
Georges Valme: The passing of a giant! The news came down on Friday night, August 12, 2016, around 6.00 pm, like a thunderbolt: Georges Valmé is dead of a cardiac arrest. One day before the sad news, he made a posting on his Facebook page that was both shocking and funny. It seemed as though he had fought with death...

Commentary: The OAS and its report on the botched Haitian election

August 13, 2016
Commentary: The OAS and its report on the botched Haitian election The Organisation of American States (OAS) has just published its result of the botched election of October 24, 2015, in Haiti. It would have been better that it held such result in its vault, letting time vet the true story because it expresses a lack of understanding of the Haitian ethos.

OAS urges action to guarantee elections in Haiti on October 9

August 12, 2016
OAS urges action to guarantee elections in Haiti on October 9 WASHINGTON, USA -- The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday called on all Haitian political and social actors to fully “assume their responsibilities and take all necessary measures to conclude the electoral process by holding...

Commentary: Haitian-American Edison Jules is the best man for Broward County sheriff

August 10, 2016
Commentary: Haitian-American Edison Jules is the best man for Broward County sheriff It is not often that one hears of a Haitian-American running for office in the USA – well guess what? Edison Jules, an American Haitian, is now running for Sheriff of Broward County in Florida. Edison Jules, a Democrat, is running against Broward Sheriff Scott Israel. Edison Jules acquired...

Commentary: An air of defiance against foreign interference is blowing into Haiti!

August 6, 2016
Commentary: An air of defiance against foreign interference is blowing into Haiti! Haiti is living these days with an air of defiance against foreign interference. The world’s first free black nation has endured an entire lifetime of successive waves of foreign interference that seek to derail its prowess as a defiant daughter of Africa that redeems black slaves from the...

Tropical storm expected to form in northwest Caribbean

August 2, 2016
Tropical storm expected to form in northwest Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean Sea, centered about 275 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, at 2 pm EDT on Monday, continued to move quickly westward at about 20 mph. Environmental conditions were expected to be conducive for additional...

Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings

August 1, 2016
Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings MIAMI, USA -- A strong and fast-moving tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea resulted in flash flood warnings being issued for the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico though Monday night. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, as of 2 pm EDT...

Commentary: The Haitian-Dominican marketplace

July 30, 2016
Commentary: The Haitian-Dominican marketplace On my last visit to the north of Haiti, I profited to pay a visit to the largest fair in the Caribbean, the Ouanaminthe/Dajabon open market place where from a population of 25,000 people on ordinary days, Dajabon grows to 40,000 people, with merchants and customers coming from...

Venezuela first lady's nephews confessed to drug scheme, say US prosecutors

July 25, 2016
Venezuela first lady's nephews confessed to drug scheme, say US prosecutors NEW YORK, USA -- According to documents filed by US prosecutors in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, two nephews of Venezuela's first lady, who face charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, confessed to US agents after being arrested in Haiti in November.

Youth in Haiti present health and education proposals to authorities

July 23, 2016
Youth in Haiti present health and education proposals to authorities PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Under the Scholas Citizenship program, 250 high school students from 20 public and private schools from across Haiti this month completed a civic and social learning experience that resulted in concrete proposals in the areas of health and education.

Commentary: Haiti, an orphan nation!

July 23, 2016
Commentary: Haiti, an orphan nation! Last week’s essay dealt with the United States as an orphan nation. That may explain the social disintegration leading to sporadic racial violence in that society. This week’s essay will demonstrate how Haiti is also an orphan nation, explaining its endemic poverty and its state of a failed state.

OAS permanent council holds special meeting on stalled Haiti elections

July 22, 2016
OAS permanent council holds special meeting on stalled Haiti elections WASHINGTON, USA -- In response to a request from the government of Haiti, Dr Elliston Rahming, Bahamas ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) and chair of the OAS Permanent Council, convened a special meeting of the...

Commentary: Autonomy over dependence: US halts funding Haiti's election

July 19, 2016
Commentary: Autonomy over dependence: US halts funding Haiti's election Following political turmoil due to fraudulent elections in Haiti, the US government has decided to cease funding for the country’s upcoming 2016 presidential election. A blessing in disguise, this cessation of external funds could possibly fortify Haiti’s autonomy. In the past, Haiti’s...

UN and partners express regret over failed deliberations on provisional governance in Haiti

July 18, 2016
UN and partners express regret over failed deliberations on provisional governance in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations and its partners in Haiti have expressed “deep regret” that for the fourth time in as many weeks, the country's National Assembly was unable to deliberate on the provisional governance arrangements. In a joint press statement...

OAS expresses concern over ongoing failure to hold elections in Haiti

July 16, 2016
OAS expresses concern over ongoing failure to hold elections in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Friday expressed his deep concern over the demonstrated inability of Haitian parliamentarians to meet in the National Assembly to decide on how best to guarantee...

Commentary: Haiti: Time is running out

July 16, 2016
Commentary: Haiti: Time is running out Luis Almagro, the secretary-general of the Organisation of American states (OAS), has told political stakeholders in Haiti, including the interim government and parliamentarians, that it is imperative that they fully assume their “responsibilities towards the nation”. The secretary-general’s...

Commentary: What Haitian presidential candidate Moise Jean Charles has taught us

July 12, 2016
Commentary: What Haitian presidential candidate Moise Jean Charles has taught us During the last quarter of 2015, a flood of presidential candidates paraded before the Haitian people. Among the 54 candidates, each with a plan to remove Haiti from the abyss, one in particularly caught our attention: a former senator from the north by the name of Moise Jean Charles.

Rapid response team, funding, vital to eliminating cholera in Haiti, says UN official

July 11, 2016
Rapid response team, funding, vital to eliminating cholera in Haiti, says UN official PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A rapid response mechanism is crucial to tackling an endemic disease such as cholera and eliminating it in Haiti, the deputy head of the UN mission there said on Friday, emphasizing that the effectiveness of such efforts requires predictable financing.

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