Haiti Picks Election Council To Get Back On Democratic Path

First Cabinet meeting of new government at National Palace.

By Amelie Baron

(Reuters) – Haiti on Friday installed a Provisional Electoral Council in a key step toward averting a constitutional crisis after weeks of protests and political uncertainty.

The swearing in of the nine-member council representing different sectors of society took place at the Supreme Court shortly before a United Nations Security Council mission was due to arrive in Haiti.

Rights Groups Urge Security Council to Address UN Cholera on Haiti Trip

Members of the United Nations Security Council and members of the UNited Nations Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) visit a cholera treatment center in Port au Prince, Haiti in 2012.
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As the United Nations Security Council prepares to travel to Haiti this week, human rights groups in Haiti and the United States are urging the delegation to address the worsening cholera crisis that has plagued Haiti since UN peacekeepers introduced the disease in 2010. Since then, cholera has sickened over 720,000 and killed 8,700 people in Haiti alone— more than the total number of people killed by Ebola worldwide over that span.

UN in Haiti: When Protectors Turn Predators

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By Kathie Klarreich

A United Nations presence in Haiti has become as familiar as the country’s barren hillsides. Troops of some sort have been there almost continuously since 1993, including five peacekeeping missions. The most recent, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, arrived in 2004 to provide a peaceful transition following months of armed conflict. Like its predecessors and most of the UN’s 16 peacekeeping missions worldwide, MINUSTAH, composed of troops from dozens of countries, is also charged with the protection of local citizens.

NYC Municipal ID Card Launches In Brooklyn

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By Farah Louis

Last week, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito alongside her colleagues and bill sponsors, Council Member Daniel Dromm and Council Member Carlos Menchaca, held a press conference at the Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn Public Library where they launched the IDNYC municipal identification program and signed up for their ID cards.

IDNYC is an opportunity for New York City residents to get access to city services, regardless of immigration status. The IDNYC card is a fundamental step to providing New Yorkers with a sense of equality and opportunity.

Style File: Navy Is The New Black

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By Melissa P. Bernier

Dayanne Danier, founder of Bien Abyé, designs with the fabulously chic woman in mind. At the heart of Bien Abyé’s Fall/Winter ready to wear collection is “a French style that is sophisticated and chic with a Creole influence.” The philosophy behind the brand is simple – to make women look fabulous at all times.

Local New York Haitian Organizations Partner For Largest Haiti Memorial In Northeast

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WE REMEMBER HAITI commemorated the 5th anniversary of the disastrous earthquake on Jan. 12 with an all day tribute at 1199SEIU’s New York headquarters. Over 80 Haitian-American organizations, businesses, and elected officials from Southern Brooklyn to Nassau County partnered for the tribute and candlelight vigil. “Haiti, a jewel of the Caribbean, suffered an unimaginable tragedy in…

Haiti Parliament Dissolved, New Prime Minister Faces Political Instability

Haiti Inaugurates President Michel Martelli

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti has a new prime minister as it enters a phase of political uncertainty, with its parliament dissolved, opposition activists promising intensified street protests and its president ruling by decree because of a bitter standoff with lawmakers. Prime Minister Evans Paul was selected last month but a political deadlock meant the…

Does Freedom of Expression Really Protect the Right to Offend?

A man holds a placard which reads "I am Charlie" to pay tribute during a gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris January 7, 2015, following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of the magazine. Gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, renowned for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including two police officers in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades. The French President headed to the scene of the attack and the government said it was raising France's security level to the highest notch. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

By Max A. Joseph

Unlike the other species to ever roam this planet we, humans, are an intelligent group that can manage our differences, be they philosophical, political, racial, religious, or social. Nevertheless, we are also full of inveterate flaws that are somewhat ignored by utopists schooled in the notion of universal values. Aptly, the cowardly assassination of 10 journalists working for the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and 2 police officers offers a unique opportunity to revisit the impractical notion of universality of values as an essential precondition for peace among nations.

Haitians and African-Americans Are Trapped in the Same History

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By Jean McGianni Celestin

During the “Millions March” demonstration in New York last month, tens of thousands of protestors marched from Greenwich Village through parts of upper Manhattan before concluding on the steps of the NYPD’s headquarters downtown. The demonstration was one of the largest organized responses to recent police killings of unarmed blacks around the country and came after the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The rally made modern-day Martin Luther King disciples proud: it was a fusion of races, genders and nationalities, all marching peacefully for justice.

Haiti Expected To Record Near Four Percent Growth In 2014

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says preliminary data suggest that Haiti will record economic growth of nearly four percent in 2014. In a final review of the country’s performance under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement, the Washington-based financial institution said that the programme contributed to maintaining macroeconomic stability, and there was progress on structural…