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Letter: World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016
Letter: World Press Freedom Day One of the things we love about sport is the freedom to enjoy and play what we want, when we want, with whom we want. Such freedoms are never questioned until they come under threat. Until a government or governing body or impinges on our right to play. The same can be said...

Commentary: What does the Dominican Republic want?

April 30, 2016
Commentary: What does the Dominican Republic want? I recently asked that question in a forum hosted by the Bi-national Observatory for Migration, Media, Education and Commerce in Port au Prince. The answer was brushed aside by those in attendance at this important colloquium on how to dynamite commerce and industry between the...

UN 'deeply concerned' at missed election deadline in Haiti

April 27, 2016
UN 'deeply concerned' at missed election deadline in Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- Deeply concerned that the agreed upon date for holding elections in Haiti was not met over the weekend and that no alternate electoral calendar was announced, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday reiterated his strong support for the completion...

Swimwear collection launched featuring original Haitian art

April 27, 2016
Swimwear collection launched featuring original Haitian art PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Yanvalou Designs has announced its 2016 collection of reversible swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories showcasing original Haitian art licensed from Haitian master, Frantz Zephirin, and emerging artists, Pizaro and Ras Kimy.  Zephirin is one of Haiti's most...

Commentary: St Marc, the bellwether of the fiesta season in Haiti

April 23, 2016
Commentary: St Marc, the bellwether of the fiesta season in Haiti Spring that ushers Easter signifies the beginning of a new dawn for the plants, the animals, and for human beings. The fiesta of St Gabriel, the Enunciator of the Good news on earth, in Lascahobas on March 25 and the one of St Marc, the Evangelist, on April 25, represent the beginning...

First round winner of Haiti presidential election calls for interim leaders to be held accountable

April 22, 2016
First round winner of Haiti presidential election calls for interim leaders to be held accountable WASHINGTON, USA -- During a two-day visit to Washington, DC, Jovenel Moise, the winner of the October 25, 2015, first round of presidential elections in Haiti, called on US policymakers and opinion makers to hold accountable acting President Jocelerme Privert and the Provisional Electoral...

Commentary: Why Haiti needs to focus on building a startup ecosystem

April 21, 2016
Commentary: Why Haiti needs to focus on building a startup ecosystem Haiti’s economy is sinking fast and foreign aid will not be the answer. Here’s why. Can you name one non-profit that has transformed an economy without the for-profit business umbrella? The answer is probably no, or at least not one that easily comes to mind. Now, can you name a...

UN food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought

April 19, 2016
UN food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Monday that it will launch an emergency operation in Haiti to assist one million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon.

Commentary: Will Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in New York on the road to Washington?

April 16, 2016
Commentary: Will Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in New York on the road to Washington? On Tuesday, April 19, New York State will hold its primary to decide the number of delegates who will vote for one of the Democrat candidates on the road to the White House against the Republican one. The two main protagonists held a defining debate on April 14, 2016.

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Commentary: No quick fix in Haiti

April 15, 2016
Commentary: No quick fix in Haiti Peace and development will be endangered in Haiti if the United States and other nations insist that the interim government holds the second round of a truncated election for a president of the Republic without a verification process of the first round that took place on October 25 last year.

Commentary: It's time for the Haitian government to retake control of the state university system

April 13, 2016
Commentary: It's time for the Haitian government to retake control of the state university system I have never thought I would be advocating for such a measure given the fact that Haiti occupies one of the lowest ranks in the index of corruption in terms of good governance in the world. Indeed, I believe the State University of Haiti under the jurisdiction of a minister of higher education...

Report finds October 2015 presidential elections in Haiti fair and generally fraud free

April 9, 2016
Report finds October 2015 presidential elections in Haiti fair and generally fraud free PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- According to NOAH/Haiti Democracy's eighth mission, the October 25, 2015 presidential elections were found to be generally fair and fraud free. The report released on Friday morning found that the process was generally free of major irregularities.

Rising hunger in Central America and Haiti as El Nino follows prolonged drought

April 8, 2016
Rising hunger in Central America and Haiti as El Nino follows prolonged drought GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- The United Nations food relief agency committed on Thursday to assisting 1.6 million people hit by droughts exacerbated by El Niño in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti and building resilience against future climatic shocks. Speaking at the...

Commentary: Political lessons to guide Haiti's destiny to make 1804 count

April 7, 2016
Commentary: Political lessons to guide Haiti's destiny to make 1804 count The far-reaching political science book, The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, remains a critical piece of literature to discuss modern-day political leadership. I recently re-read it to draw some parallels with Haiti’s current political protests. Of course, Haiti’s crisis goes deeper than Machiavelli’s...

Commentary: Haiti, a long dreadful search for good leaders

April 5, 2016
Commentary: Haiti, a long dreadful search for good leaders First, we need to define “good” as in a “good leader”. It is reasonable to construct a definition based on the assessment that such a leader left the nation better than he or she found it. This requires an individual whose commitment to Haiti and Haitian people surpasses their commitment to...

Commentary: At last Haiti has a new government

April 2, 2016
Commentary: At last Haiti has a new government On Valentine’s Day 2016, Haiti had, seven days later than the mandatory day of February 7, negotiated a president, Jocelerme Privert, formerly president of the senate. On Holy Thursday, it has gotten finally a new prime minister, Enex Jean Charles, who formed a new government.

Commentary: Easter at St Louis King of France in Haiti

March 26, 2016
Commentary: Easter at St Louis King of France in Haiti Easter came early this year. It falls in March instead of, as usual, in April. The 40 days of Lent seem a short one. Albeit in Haiti it has been a long and unrelenting Lent, which is now 60 years old. Thirty years of dictatorship have been followed by 30 years of faux democracy with, in between...

UN Security Council calls on Haiti to complete elections without further delay

March 19, 2016
UN Security Council calls on Haiti to complete elections without further delay NEW YORK, USA -- Deeply concerned by the continued suspension of electoral rounds in Haiti, the United Nations Security Council on Friday called for the completion of the polling cycle without further delay to allow the Haitian people the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives.

Commentary: For better or for worse, the Republic of Haiti is wedded to the Catholic Church

March 19, 2016
Commentary: For better or for worse, the Republic of Haiti is wedded to the Catholic Church I attended the celebration of the Feast day of St Gabriel last Sunday in one of my preferred cities in Haiti, Lascahobas. This religious cum cultural fiesta took place early because the fixed day of the feast, the 25th of March, Annunciation Day, falls this year on Good Friday. The celebration of the...

Haiti and the Dominican Republic to pool resources to attract foreign direct investment

March 18, 2016
Haiti and the Dominican Republic to pool resources to attract foreign direct investment SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Centre for Facilitation of Investments of Haiti (CFI) and the Export and Investment Centre of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), conducted a workshop...

World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean

March 17, 2016
World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean ROME, Italy -- The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released on Wednesday in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20, and shows that two regions – the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean...

Commentary: The chickens are coming home to roost

March 14, 2016
Commentary: The chickens are coming home to roost In my adult life some anecdotes or readings have lead me to a “eureka” that pierces the trees so I can see the forest. I can cite Exodus 34-28 when Moses came back from Mount Sinai with the tablets of the Ten Commandments. He found the Israelites involved in all type of idolatry.

US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report

March 5, 2016
US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report WASHINGTON, USA -- Fourteen nations in the wider Caribbean have been named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the US State Department on Wednesday. A major money laundering...

Commentary: The grand refugee debacle!

March 5, 2016
Commentary: The grand refugee debacle! The refugees are pouring into Europe at the rate of 65,000 a month, coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and a majority of African nations. They are leaving behind countries shattered by war, ISIS, unfinished business of interventions and internal fights of clans or tribes.

Commentary: Haiti: 1956-2016

February 27, 2016
Commentary: Haiti: 1956-2016 An anatomy of a 30-year dictatorship followed by a 30-year struggle to build a democracy • December 6, 1956, President Paul Eugène Magloire lost power and went into exile after what many call the era of the Golden Age of Haiti; although General Magloire came into power after...

Open letter to President Obama

February 27, 2016
I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart for having reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba. It is certainly one of the most important legacies of your presidency.  I am the former Haitian Ambassador in Japan (1991-2003) and  I have been...

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