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Haiti called on urgently to advance human rights agenda

March 28, 2017
Haiti called on urgently to advance human rights agenda LONDON, England -- Following the adoption by the Human Rights Council of the universal periodic review outcome on Haiti, Haiti’s acceptance of recommendations to ratify the UN Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness...

US trial of Haitian senator postponed

March 25, 2017
US trial of Haitian senator postponed MIAMI, USA -- The trial in Miami, Florida, of the elected Haitian Senator Guy Philippe, who was arrested in Haiti on January 5 and “extradited” to the United States on the same day, initially set by a federal judge for April 3, has been postponed at the request of the defence. On Thursday, Philippe's...

Attempted assassination of former Haitian president

March 22, 2017
Attempted assassination of former Haitian president PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Monday, at around 2:00 in the afternoon, the motorcade of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, escorted by two police vehicles, was the subject of shooting attack, whose origin is unknown. The incident occurred while Aristide was returning from a hearing...

Commentary: These Haitian venture capitalists will make you believe in the country's future

March 22, 2017
Commentary: These Haitian venture capitalists will make you believe in the country's future Did you ever think you would read about Haiti having a venture capital firm in your lifetime? Probably not! I know. I didn’t, either, until I connected with the firm directly. Haiti does indeed have a venture capital firm, and it’s being led by Haitians to help build Haiti’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

Stop the hypocrisy over arrested Haitian senator, says justice minister

March 20, 2017
Stop the hypocrisy over arrested Haitian senator, says justice minister PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Friday, during a presentation to the media of his performance report as the head of the ministry of justice, Camille Junior Edouard, following a resolution adopted by the Senate in support of senator Guy Philippe, explained that, as minister of justice, he had processed...

Haitian senate condemns unlawful arrest and extradition of elected senator

March 17, 2017
Haitian senate condemns unlawful arrest and extradition of elected senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Wednesday, 19 out of 24 Haitian senators voted in favour of a resolution strongly condemning the arrest and extradition to the United States of their colleague, the elected senator of Grand'Anse, Guy Philippe, on January 5. The resolution demands the return...

UN expert urges more aid for Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti

March 15, 2017
UN expert urges more aid for Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- An independent United Nations expert on human rights has welcomed the recent completion of the electoral process as “remarkable progress” for the island nation, while he also urged the authorities to address the situation in prisons, and redouble efforts to help...

Commentary: Forty things Haitian customers wish they could tell business owners

March 15, 2017
Commentary: Forty things Haitian customers wish they could tell business owners You’ve heard the dissatisfaction time and time again. I mean, you have probably experienced it yourself. You go to the Haitian bakery to pick up your patties. It’s supposed to be an easy and pleasant experience, but you tend to walk away from the business with a negative experience.

Commentary: Contributors' criticism notebook!

March 11, 2017
Commentary: Contributors' criticism notebook! Being a regular contributor, I take time to read the news and the essays on Caribbean News Now with the same passion and attention that I do in reaching out to my news from the Guardian or the New York Times. My criticism with the readers of CNN is very few of them, at least those in the...

Former Haitian president dead at 74

March 7, 2017
Former Haitian president dead at 74 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Former president of Haiti, René Garcia Préval, died on Friday morning at the age of 74, following a cerebral vascular accident (CVA). Prime minister in 1991 (13 February 1991 - 11 October 1991) under the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, he went into exile in...

Commentary: A family, like a nation, is a continuous creation

March 6, 2017
Commentary: A family, like a nation, is a continuous creation Ernest Renan in his treatise on how to build a good nation could as well preface his essay: how to build a good family. Indeed, Renan implied a nation is like a family where the members are linked by blood and by consent as in the case of the in-laws to worship the past, enjoy the present...

Commentary: The extraordinary tourism potential of Haiti's cultural calendar

February 25, 2017
Commentary: The extraordinary tourism potential of Haiti's cultural calendar This weekend Carnival climax highlights the immense potential asset of Haiti’s cultural calendar. Haiti has a president, Jovenel Moise; it also has a new prime minister, Dr Jack Guy Lafontant, but it does have to wait until it has a government since the nomination of the new prime minister is...

Commentary: We can and do help change the world

February 23, 2017
Commentary: We can and do help change the world It is possible to change the world. In fact, it’s being done, little by little, in every corner of the globe. I just returned from Mission Team 2017’s humanitarian adventure in La Higuera in the Dominican Republic. This work trip is an annual campaign led by St Michael Catholic Secondary School in Bolton.

Extradition of Haitian senator was illegal, says former presidential candidate

February 21, 2017
Extradition of Haitian senator was illegal, says former presidential candidate PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Friday, at a conference at the State University of Haiti (UEH) on "The 1997 Extradition Treaty between Haiti and the United States in the context of the 1987 Constitution", former presidential candidate and constitutionalist, Mirlande Manigat, told a student audience...

Venezuela takes over from Haiti as the poorest country in the hemisphere

February 20, 2017
Venezuela takes over from Haiti as the poorest country in the hemisphere PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While Haiti has been regarded for many years as the poorest country in the hemisphere, Venezuela has now taken over this unenviable position. A national survey conducted in Venezuela in 2016 on the living conditions of Venezuelan households confirmed...

Commentary: Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee!

February 18, 2017
Commentary: Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee! My love affair with Trinidad and Tobago dates back a few years when I visited that country for Carnival. I had such a ball so strong and so deep that, upon my return home, I made to God the irreverent prayer to send me to Trinidad upon my demise. The women were all beautiful and glamorous.

Haiti senate president denies complicity in arrest and deportation of fellow senator

February 15, 2017
Haiti senate president denies complicity in arrest and deportation of fellow senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Youri Latortue, the president of the Haitian senate, has rejected allegations of his participation in a conspiracy that led to the extradition of fellow senator Guy Philippe, who was arrested on January 5 and deported to the United States to face charges ranging from the...

UN considers change of mandate for peacekeeping mission in Haiti

February 13, 2017
UN considers change of mandate for peacekeeping mission in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While the security situation in Haiti is “not perfect”, solid progress has been made over the past few years, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations said, stressing that the Organization is considering a change in the mandate of the UN stabilization mission.

Commentary: Brazil, like Haiti, is a country not a nation!

February 11, 2017
Commentary: Brazil, like Haiti, is a country not a nation! I wrote a story more than 20 years ago upon visiting Brazil that one should not go to a country just because a plane can take you there. After reading today in the Guardian the story of the state of disrepair of the Olympic venues built at great cost by the Brazilian taxpayer I cannot but renew my...

Haitian government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience

February 9, 2017
Haitian government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last October. “With more than 98 percent...

Commentary: Haiti has at last a constitutionally elected president!

February 9, 2017
Commentary: Haiti has at last a constitutionally elected president! Last year at this time, the New York Times ran an article titled: “Michel Martelly, Haiti’s President, Departs Without a Successor”, it took a full year for the election process to be completed for the inauguration of Jovenel Moise to take place on February 7 at the National Palace. The dauphin chosen by...

Commentary: Three Haitian enterprises to know in 2017 as you build your business portfolio

February 9, 2017
Commentary: Three Haitian enterprises to know in 2017 as you build your business portfolio Is the emerging market on your radar this year? Have you been thinking about expanding your business portfolio? Have you considered doing business in the Caribbean? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, you might be looking to grow your emerging portfolio, but perhaps...

Haiti's new president sworn-in

February 8, 2017
Haiti's new president sworn-in PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti’s new president, Jovenel Moise, took the oath of office on Tuesday in Port au Prince. The 48-year-old Moise, a banana exporter, had won the first round of voting in October 2015, but the results were annulled and a re-run held in November 2016 in which he won 55 percent...

IMF releases report on Haiti's rapid credit facility

February 7, 2017
IMF releases report on Haiti's rapid credit facility WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday released the staff report prepared in connection with the approval of the rapid credit facility (RCF) for Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. On November 18, 2016, the Board approved Haiti’s request for a disbursement...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship

February 4, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship In a few days’ time, Jovenel Moïse will become Haiti’s 42nd president. His swearing in follows his first-round victory in the country’s November 20 election. A businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office, Haiti’s president-to-be has said that amongst his first priorities...

Commentary: Haiti's fateful number sixty!

February 4, 2017
Commentary: Haiti's fateful number sixty! Haiti this year on September 22, 2017, will register 60 years of descent into an abyss without so far, reaching a plateau. It has a population at 60 percent under the age of 25 years old facing the prospect of inadequate education and formation that will lead inevitably into further misery in the future.

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