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Haiti takes decisive step toward holding elections with new decree

March 6, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul has handed over to the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) a decree governing the organization of presidential, legislative and local elections, marking a decisive step toward the holding of the balloting this year.

Former Aristide security chief and key witness assassinated in Haiti

March 4, 2015
Former Aristide security chief and key witness assassinated in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Oriel Jean, the former security chief of ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide and a key witness in murder allegations against him, was assassinated in Haiti on Monday afternoon. Jean had constantly been the subject of death threats.

Commentary: Respect and homage to all who perished on the battlefield during the American occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934

March 3, 2015
Commentary: Respect and homage to all who perished on the battlefield during the American occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934 Finally I am in Mont Organisé, a small mountainous village located in the northeast of Haiti! It has been over 20 years since I met in Queens (New York) two kind ladies of Mont Organisé. For them, Mont Organisé is a paradise on earth. The weather is fabulous at any time of the year and there is lush vegetation.

Haiti government condemns assault against Dominican Republic consulate by protesters

February 28, 2015
Haiti government condemns assault against Dominican Republic consulate by protesters PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The Haitian government condemned on Thursday the violation and attack perpetrated against the Dominican Republic consulate and the Dominican flag the previous day by demonstrators who marched to denounce atrocities committed against Haitians.

Haiti withdraws as host of the OAS general assembly

February 28, 2015
Haiti withdraws as host of the OAS general assembly WASHINGTON, USA -- Haiti’s foreign minister, Duly Brutus, in a letter sent to the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has withdrawn its offer to host the 45th General Assembly of the OAS due to “financial and logistical constraints”.

Commentary: A new Marriott with a Haitian touch opens in Port au Prince

February 28, 2015
Commentary: A new Marriott with a Haitian touch opens in Port au Prince I, along with a group of media workers, was invited by the Clinton Foundation to a two-day tour trekking with President Bill Clinton, visiting some sites that were unfamiliar to most of the seasoned Haitian journalists. First, it was a community named Coupe Gorge in the rural village of Sarazin.

New Marriott hotel opens in Haiti

February 26, 2015
New Marriott hotel opens in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel on Wednesday checked in its first guests. Among the 200 new Haitian hotel workers who welcomed them were young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills.

Haiti buries 17 killed in Carnival parade accident

February 23, 2015
Haiti buries 17 killed in Carnival parade accident PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's highest authorities attended on Saturday the official funeral of the 17 revelers killed following an electrical accident on the carnival parade road earlier last week, prompting the Caribbean country's government to end prematurely the three-day yearly event.

Dominican Republic-born man denied identity documents deported to Haiti

February 21, 2015
Dominican Republic-born man denied identity documents deported to Haiti SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A young Dominican Republic man of Haitian descent has been arrested by the Dominican Republic army and deported to Haiti, a country where he has never lived. On Thursday, at around 8am, an army truck stopped alongside the entrance of batey Libertad.

Commentary: Sweet Micky's Generation X

February 21, 2015
Commentary: Sweet Micky's Generation X Michel Joseph Martelly, the president of the Republic of Haiti, is pregnant with a host of detractors that include those with sour grapes for losing the last presidential election. It includes also those with immense privilege in the last governments who find themselves out of the ring.

Eighteen confirmed dead and 76 injured in Haiti carnival accident

February 20, 2015
Eighteen confirmed dead and 76 injured in Haiti carnival accident PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's minister of communications, Rotchild Francois Jr., announced on Wednesday that 18 people were killed and 76 injured as a result of an electric shock during the second day of the annual three-day carnival parade in the Caribbean country.

Commentary: African migrants turning Mediterranean into vast cemetery

February 20, 2015
Commentary: African migrants turning Mediterranean into vast cemetery History is replete with episodes of people migrating in droves from one place to another in search of a better life. And, in far too many cases, their migration challenged them to make it through a known hell to get to an uncertain heaven. Hispanics/Haitians migrating to America blighted the...

Haitians attend remembrance ceremony for victims of carnival accident

February 19, 2015
Haitians attend remembrance ceremony for victims of carnival accident PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Evans Paul and a crowd of artistes, fans and sympathizers on Tuesday attended a silent parade and laid flowers on the site where an electric shock caused 16 people to lose their lives, prompting authorities to...

Sixteen killed and 78 injured in Haiti accident, carnival ends prematurely

February 18, 2015
Sixteen killed and 78 injured in Haiti accident, carnival ends prematurely PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's prime minister, Evans Paul, announced on Tuesday the early ending of the Caribbean country's carnival three-day parade after an electric shock caused 16 people to lose their lives, while a three-day national mourning has been declared to honour the memory...

Commentary: Piercing the banking and other corporate veils!

February 14, 2015
Commentary: Piercing the banking and other corporate veils! The Guardian, the British newspaper, has this week published a list of celebrities, dictators, kings and queens, international tycoons who used the Swiss branch of HSBC to practice tax evasion and tax avoidance. For the first time, the secrecy of the Swiss bank has been invaded, piercing the veil that...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

Haiti to hold election in July, general strike ends

February 12, 2015
Haiti to hold election in July, general strike ends PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's electoral council announced on Tuesday a new calendar for the holding of a crucial legislative ballot in July, while presidential and local elections are scheduled to take place later this year in the Caribbean country, where a general strike has just ended.

JetBlue adds seasonal route from Boston to Haiti

February 12, 2015
JetBlue adds seasonal route from Boston to Haiti BOSTON, USA -- JetBlue Airways, the largest airline at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), has announced new seasonal, non-stop flights from Boston to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) (subject to government approval). JetBlue will provide the only non-stop routes from Boston to Port-au-Prince.

Haiti organizes carnival amid continued political tension

February 11, 2015
Haiti organizes carnival amid continued political tension JACMEL, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian authorities organized on Sunday, in the southern town of Jacmel, carnival festivities amid intense political tension with the launch on Monday of a two-day general strike by opposition hardliners who continue to demand the resignation of the Caribbean...

OAS electoral department meets with provisional electoral council in Haiti

February 10, 2015
OAS electoral department meets with provisional electoral council in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The director of the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Gerardo de Icaza, met on Monday with members of the Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti on behalf of the secretary general.

Commentary: Go President Barack Obama!

February 7, 2015
Commentary: Go President Barack Obama! President Barack Obama, at the sunset of his term in power as president of the United States, is pulling out of his drawing chest many happy surprises than one could have expected. It was first, the immigration deal for the illegal aliens, than the Cuban détente and now free education up to community college.

Commentary: 'Fatal Assistance' to Haiti. Oxymoron intended

February 6, 2015
Commentary: 'Fatal Assistance' to Haiti. Oxymoron intended I wrote this dire lament five years before the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. It explains why that earthquake struck me as Mother Nature’s way of either burying Haiti -- to finally put it out of its miseries, or razing old Haiti -- to provide a clean slate on which to build a new one. Nobody was more hopeful...

UN Security Council visit sheds important light on situation as elections loom in Haiti

January 31, 2015
UN Security Council visit sheds important light on situation as elections loom in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Members of the United Nations Security Council heard briefings on Thursday from the co-leads of a trip taken by the body to Haiti, where they saw first-hand the critical work being done by the UN Mission there in support of a better future for the country’s people.

Commentary: The curse of success

January 31, 2015
Commentary: The curse of success I was pondering recently about a Haiti where prosperity would be the lot of most; it then came to mind that prosperity has a cost. Ask any dweller in the rich enclave of Kenscoff-Petionville, where the nooks of the mountains surrounding Port au Prince hide some of the most impressing villas that would put...

Mass deportation of Haitians from the Dominican Republic

January 30, 2015
Mass deportation of Haitians from the Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- On 27 January, 51 people, including 30 Dominican-born children, some of their mothers and 14 other adults were deported without due process to Haiti from the Dominican Republic. More deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants are feared.

International community welcomes formation of new government in Haiti

January 26, 2015
International community welcomes formation of new government in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations and its international partners have welcomed the formation of a new government in Haiti one week after the country's parliament became “dysfunctional” due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework.

Commentary: Advice to the youth

January 24, 2015
Commentary: Advice to the youth Having both of my mother and father reaching and dying beyond their centenary, I can without being presumptuous offer some advices to the youth so their lives can be as long and as rewarding: Be reverent to God, to the family and to the nation. Some people take pleasure in advancing the...

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