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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.

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

Commentary: In celebration of life in New York City!

July 9, 2016
Commentary: In celebration of life in New York City! I returned to New York during the month of June after a hiatus of some time, to find a New York in celebration of God, human diversity, food, efficiency, environment and technology. Landing at JFK airport with the glare of more than a thousand planes on the tarmac and coming from...

UN health official discusses unprecedented vaccination campaign to tackle cholera in Haiti

July 7, 2016
UN health official discusses unprecedented vaccination campaign to tackle cholera in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The World Health Organization (WHO) representative for Haiti, Jean-Luc Poncelet on Wednesday stressed that vaccines, along with water chlorination programmes, and longer-term efforts to improve water and the overall health system, are vital to fight the...

Caribbean civil society delivers strong results for biodiversity conservation and further funding approved

July 7, 2016
Caribbean civil society delivers strong results for biodiversity conservation and further funding approved PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A US$6.9 million fund supported 68 civil society organisations working across eight Caribbean countries to deliver results for increased protection and enhanced management of key biodiversity areas, mainstreamed biodiversity into development...

Commentary: Uncertainty in Haitian politics: Leadership in question

June 27, 2016
Commentary: Uncertainty in Haitian politics: Leadership in question Haitian Interim President Jocelerme Privert’s 120-day mandate expired on June 14, as a result of Congress’ failure to decide on the potential extension of Privert’s term. The interim president was appointed earlier this year for a provisional mandate when former President Michel Martelly...

Tribute: Michel Stephane Bruno: The Haitian Steve Jobs you didn't know

June 24, 2016
Tribute: Michel Stephane Bruno: The Haitian Steve Jobs you didn't know He studied economics at the Université Quisqueya from 1993 until 1997. Some of the things that interested him were mobile technologies, telephone services, messaging and marketing, mobile applications and ICT4D. Other things that were of particular concern to this man were...

OAS secretary general urges parliamentarians in Haiti to fully assume their responsibilities

June 18, 2016
OAS secretary general urges parliamentarians in Haiti to fully assume their responsibilities WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said he has noted with great concern that the Haitian National Assembly has failed to pronounce within the terms set forth by the February 5 Agreement on the extension or not of the...

Haiti warned against leaving 'institutional vacuum'

June 17, 2016
Haiti warned against leaving 'institutional vacuum' PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations and its partners in Haiti on Wednesday expressed concern that as the provisional president's agreed 120-day mandate has come to end, “no measures have been taken to ensure institutional continuity” in the island nation.

Commentary: A proposal to transform Haiti into a vibrant nation through self-help!

June 11, 2016
Commentary: A proposal to transform Haiti into a vibrant nation through self-help! The Republic of Haiti, in spite of its epic story of dismantling slavery for itself and for the rest of the world, has languished into a failed state status for its entire life as a nation during 200 years plus. It has known damning glory while a slave entity. It was the pearl of the islands during...

Commentary: Let the voices of the Haitian people be heard

June 10, 2016
Commentary: Let the voices of the Haitian people be heard “International interests in Haiti, in addition to checking off an ‘elections done’ box, are largely defined by controlling emigration, maintaining stability, and managing poverty. The latter is approached either through the creation of low wage factory jobs or by channelling toward Haiti vast sums...

Commentary: Haiti's symptoms of broken healthcare systems

June 8, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's symptoms of broken healthcare systems Among all the countries in the Americas, Haiti is one of the very poorest. This country has approximately ten million inhabitants, of which 75% exist on less than two dollars per day. This is presenting this people with extraordinary challenges, especially when it comes to sudden sickness.

Commentary: What if wealth creation for all was in the domain of human rights?

June 4, 2016
Commentary: What if wealth creation for all was in the domain of human rights? Two thousand years before the coming of Jesus the Christ on earth, the world was a pretty bleak setting, where the concept of human rights as we know it today was practiced only in Egypt, Mesopotamia (Iraq) and the island of Crete in Greece. The rest of the world was living under the...

Haiti can ill afford prolonged period of transitional governance, says UN secretary general

June 3, 2016
Haiti can ill afford prolonged period of transitional governance, says UN secretary general NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, noting the release of the report on the verification of the electoral process in Haiti, has underlined that Haiti can “ill afford” a prolonged period of transitional governance.  “He is concerned that this situation has...

CDB provides funding to help Haitian entrepreneurs

June 3, 2016
CDB provides funding to help Haitian entrepreneurs BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced that it will contribute US$500,000 to give female and male entrepreneurs in Haiti better access to business loan and savings products. The Bank’s funding will specifically focus on underserved and...

Commentary: Haiti: No moving out and moving on

June 3, 2016
Commentary: Haiti: No moving out and moving on There is a certain illogic in the reaction of both the UN Secretary-General and the US State Department over the findings of a Haitian Verification Commission that evaluated the 25 October 2015 first round general elections. The Verification Commission (Cieve) presented a report on 30 May...

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

Commentary: The last electoral balloting in Haiti: A Mafioso exercise

June 2, 2016
Commentary: The last electoral balloting in Haiti: A Mafioso exercise I was a presidential candidate in the last election in Haiti. I wanted to become president of Haiti because I have written a vision of society that should have applied 30 years ago in the government that was not born because some voters on election day were massacred in the so called...

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