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Clinton emails reveal 'incompetent' relief efforts in Haiti

September 2, 2015
Clinton emails reveal 'incompetent' relief efforts in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- Chelsea Clinton warned her parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton, that international relief efforts in Haiti were a disaster and that major changes were needed in a memo released on Monday by the US State Department as part of the latest batch of more than 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Barbados to explore cultural agreement with Haiti

September 1, 2015
Barbados to explore cultural agreement with Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BGIS) -- Barbados is currently exploring the possibility of creating a cultural agreement with Haiti. This was disclosed by minister of culture, Stephen Lashley, following a meeting with Haitian counterpart, Dithny Joan Raton. Lashley, who was attending CARIFESTA XII in Port-au-Prince...

Erika moving over Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds

August 29, 2015
Erika moving over Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Erika was moving over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday evening and was expected to be near the southeastern Bahamas or eastern Cuba on Saturday. On Thursday Erika dumped some 12 inches of torrential rainfall on Dominica, causing widespread flooding.

US extends temporary protected status for Haiti

August 26, 2015
US extends temporary protected status for Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The extended designation is effective January 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017. Current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend...

CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain

August 24, 2015
CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian...

Commentary: The passing chance for a better Haiti

August 22, 2015
Commentary: The passing chance for a better Haiti Haiti has conducted this summer of 2015 a huge election process that includes a president, senators, all the legislators all the mayors and all the rural sheriffs; on August 9 for the senators and the legislators and on October 25 for the president, the mayors and the rural counties' sheriffs.

Editorial: The new Dominican Republican Party

August 19, 2015
Editorial: The new Dominican Republican Party In 2013, a Dominican constitutional court ruling stripped the citizenship of children born to Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic as far back as 1929, retroactively leaving tens of thousands without citizenship. A series of legal changes since 2004 eliminated the concept of birthright citizenship.

Haitian traveller intercepted at Fort Lauderdale airport with nearly 20 pounds of cocaine in suitcase lining

August 18, 2015
Haitian traveller intercepted at Fort Lauderdale airport with nearly 20 pounds of cocaine in suitcase lining FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport arrested a 33-year-old male citizen of Haiti for smuggling nearly 20 pounds of cocaine in the false lining of two suitcases.

Editorial: What if...? Part 2

August 18, 2015
Editorial: What if...? Part 2 In February 2014, attorneys for former Saint Lucia housing minister Richard Frederick filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC, claiming compensatory and punitive damages of $25 million in relation to the revocation in 2011 of his diplomatic and non-immigrant US visas.

Editorial: What if...? Part 1

August 17, 2015
Editorial: What if...? Part 1 There can be few readers that are not at least dimly aware that Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state and putative Democratic Party 2016 presidential nominee, is currently embroiled in an ongoing controversy over her use of a private email server in an apparent attempt to circumvent...

At least ten killed during Haiti elections, say officials

August 15, 2015
At least ten killed during Haiti elections, say officials PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- At least ten people have been killed and several dozen others wounded in Haiti during violent incidents related to the conduct of Sunday's legislative elections, described as valid by international observers despite the violence, technical problems and irregularities.

Open Letter to John Kerry: Make sure all of Cuba's many voices are heard

August 14, 2015
While you are about to embark on a landmark visit to Cuba on August 14, Reporters Without Borders urges you to put the issues of freedom of the press and freedom of expression at the top of the agenda of your discussions with Cuban authorities.  As the first highest level U.S. official...

Haiti elections marked a step forward, says OAS observer mission

August 12, 2015
Haiti elections marked a step forward, says OAS observer mission PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the first round of legislative elections in Haiti on Sunday highlighted that, despite some incidents of violence, most polling stations were able to conclude their operations as planned, and characterized...

Haitian officials satisfied with conduct of Sunday's poll

August 11, 2015
Haitian officials satisfied with conduct of Sunday's poll PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian government officials and election authorities on Sunday expressed satisfaction with the unfolding of a crucial legislative ballot, despite various media reports that stressed a series of violent incidents that caused a number of polling stations to close in a chaotic situation.

Technical, logistical problems may cause chaos during Haiti election

August 10, 2015
Technical, logistical problems may cause chaos during Haiti election PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Serious technical and logistical problems, still tainting Haiti's electoral process, were likely to create chaos at voting booths during the first round of crucial legislative elections set for Sunday in the impoverished Caribbean country, where several political actors have...

Long-awaited elections set to begin in Haiti on Sunday

August 8, 2015
Long-awaited elections set to begin in Haiti on Sunday PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Elections in Haiti kick off on Sunday with the first round of legislative polls to elect 118 deputies and two thirds of the Senate. The presidential polls are expected to follow in October. Welcoming the upcoming elections, United Nations Secretary-General...

Chief of OAS observation mission to Haiti discusses Sunday's vote with local authorities

August 7, 2015
Chief of OAS observation mission to Haiti discusses Sunday's vote with local authorities PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The chief of the Organization of American States (OAS) electoral observation mission OAS/EOM to the legislative elections in Haiti to be held on Sunday, has discussed the organization of the process with electoral officials, party representatives and the head of United Nations...

Haiti prepares to host the 12th edition of CARIFESTA this month

August 7, 2015
Haiti prepares to host the 12th edition of CARIFESTA this month PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- CARIFESTA, which is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean, has fused all forms of expression of Latin America and the Caribbean since 1972 and Haiti opens its doors to welcome the Caribbean and the world from August 21 to August 30, 2015.

UN experts warn against deportations of people of Haitian descent from Dominican Republic

July 29, 2015
UN experts warn against deportations of people of Haitian descent from Dominican Republic NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday called on the government of the Dominican Republic to take steps to prevent arbitrary deportations and to adopt measures to address allegations of racial profiling during deportations of people of Haitian descent.

Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't

July 28, 2015
Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't Let me be the first to admit that I am not a baseball fan! The game, save for a few elements, holds very little for me along the lines of “excitement”. Yet, in the same breath, I must say that I am one who proactively recognises “excellence”, irrespective of the arena. In that regard, while visiting my 98-year-old...

Haiti president calls for tougher action against corruption

July 25, 2015
Haiti president calls for tougher action against corruption PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian President Michel Martelly has instructed anti-corruption authorities to apply a "zero tolerance" policy against corrupt government functionaries and other people involved in financial crimes and other acts of corruption  in the impoverished Caribbean country.

Commentary: Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest

July 22, 2015
Commentary: Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest After years of delays and political deadlock, Haiti is finally preparing to hold its long-overdue general elections, leaving international observers to breathe a sigh of relief. But within the small Caribbean nation’s borders, the atmosphere is one of heavy skepticism.  Years of brutal dictatorship and multiple...

Commentary: Self-sufficiency - the key to Haiti's future

July 21, 2015
Commentary: Self-sufficiency - the key to Haiti's future If the cavern-like walls of the Sodeth Clinique Hospitaliere on Rue Tamarin, situated in Croix-des-Bouquets in the outskirts of Port au Prince, could talk, they would surely scream.  With over 250,000 consultations per year since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook our nation to its foundations...

CDB approves US$2.37 million in grant assistance for Haiti catastrophe risk insurance

July 18, 2015
CDB approves US$2.37 million in grant assistance for Haiti catastrophe risk insurance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved grant assistance of US$2,377,250 to the government of Haiti to meet the country’s insurance premium for coverage provided by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility.

With Haiti 'back on its feet', upcoming elections will be critical for future stability, say UN officials

July 17, 2015
With Haiti 'back on its feet', upcoming elections will be critical for future stability, say UN officials NEW YORK, USA -- Haiti’s imminent elections will look to inaugurate a new period of transparency, democracy and development long yearned for by its citizens, senior United Nations officials told a gathering of the county’s partners during a key meeting held on Thursday at UN Headquarters.

Petition to President Martelly and Prime Minister Evans Paul

July 14, 2015
We, intellectuals, professionals, artists, artisans, Haitians living abroad, farmers, citizens, present our congratulations for the strong statements that you recently made about the deportation of our Haitian and Dominican brothers of the Dominican Republic. It was not too soon!

OAS deploys mission to assess situation of Haitian migrants in Dominican Republic

July 10, 2015
OAS deploys mission to assess situation of Haitian migrants in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday sent a special mission to the Dominican Republic and Haiti in order to gather information on the situation of Haitian migrants in the field and, following its analysis, to prepare a report for the secretary general.

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