Prajje 1983 to Debut in Haiti

Designer Prajje Jean-Baptiste and host Melissa Bernier

By: Melissa P. Bernier

“Let’s bring couture to Haiti!” The moment he spoke those words, they became reality.

For the first time since leaving Haiti as a young child, Prajje Jr. Jean-Baptiste, founder of fashion company Prajje 1983, will return to Haiti to debut his latest collection in an exhibition entitled L’Art de la Mode. A man with a great deal of vision, Prajje started his company in 2003 with the goal of becoming a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry, and he is well on his way to seeing that goal come to fruition.

Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe Resigns

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(Reuters) – Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, succumbing to domestic and international pressure, announced his resignation on Sunday in a televised address in the middle of the night. “I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment,” he said. On Saturday President Michel Martelly had accepted the recommendations of…

OP-ED: Time To Rise To The Occasion

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By Concerned Haitians Living Abroad (CHLA)

Concerned Haitians Living Abroad (CHLA) has followed the political situation in Haiti tentatively since 2010-11. Post that historical election, most of us understood the tremendous challenges that were in front of our government given the magnitude of the January 12, 2010 massive earthquake that changed Haiti forever. Thus, rebuilding the country with a weak political infrastructure was no easy task.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe “Prepared” To Resign, Martelly Says

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — President Michel Martelly said Friday night that he accepted all the findings of a report this week from a government-appointed commission, including its recommendation that the prime minister resign. Martelly said during a brief televised speech that Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was prepared to make a sacrifice and resign, although he…

Is Haiti Really a “High-Risk” Country?

A police officer with the UN’s mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, looks out over the coast during a special operation targeting drug dealers in Aquin and Grosses Cayes Island.
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By Max A. Joseph Jr.

As far as anyone can remember, conquests and domination have always played a prominent role in international relations regardless of conventions meant to eradicate the practice. Hence, the occupation of Haiti under Chapter VII of the U.N Charter,which authorizes the collective use of force against threats to global peace,must be seen in that context — the U.N. Charter is far from being a mission of mercy as the U.N would have the gullible public believed. As expected, deliberate falsehoods, such as “Haiti is unsafe and unstable,” form the mainstay of the narrative, while money-consuming entities, including religious, humanitarian organizations, and for profits industries (insurance and security agencies) are swarming like flies around a carcass.

Haiti: USAID Houses Found to be of Poor Quality, Will Cost Millions to Repair

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By Center for Economic and Policy Research

According to documents from USAID, 750 houses built by USAID near the new Caracol industrial park, were found to be of poor quality and will take millions of dollars to repair. The houses are part of USAID’s “New Settlement Program,” which was the subject of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) reporting October 2013 as well as a USAID Inspector General (IG) audit in April 2014.

Members of Haitian Diaspora Write Open Letter To Haiti Government

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By Vania Andre

Members of the Haitian Diaspora wrote an open letter to the Haitian government, where they urged for a transparent and effective electoral process. The letter, which was published on the Haitian Caribbean News Network (HCNN) on Tuesday, called for Haitian leaders to “rethink the intransigent positions that they have held” and contemplate the type of Haiti they want, putting forth “workable alternatives to the pattern of confrontation” that has characterized the country’s recent political turmoil.

3 Questions With Haitian-American Filmmaker Tirif Alexius

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Dir/Prod Tirf Alexius, Road Mgr-Bruno Robert, Prod/Writer Remoh Romeo Photo Credit: Ludwig Borgella Lakay tells the tale of two Haitian-American brothers who journey to the small island in search of relatives after the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010. The newly-released documentary by Chicago-based Haitian-American filmmaker Tirf Alexius, was released nationwide in October. Told…

Dnalsi Presents Sak Pasé Haiti

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Dnalsi will manufacture the official tourism shirts of Haiti, the streetwear and sportswear apparel company announced on Nov. 21 at the New York Haitian Consulate. Modeled after the I Love New York t-shirts designed by Milton Glaser in 1977, the Sak Pase Ayiti shirts will serve as the country’s official tourism and souvenir shirt. The…

Ferguson Sparks Self-Discussions on Haitian-American Identity

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By Vania Andre

For Haitian American Péralte Paul, the idea that he was considered an “other” was never an oddity to him. As the child of Haitian immigrants, he was aware that he was an outsider, not because of his race, but because of his proud cultural identity. Last Tuesday’s announcement that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, however, reminded him that he’s perceived as an outsider for all the wrong reasons.

OP-ED: “Where Would Haiti Be If the People Didn’t Work Together During the Haitian Revolution?”

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By Samuel M. Pierre

Once known as the “Pearl of the Antilles,” Saint-Domingue was the richest colony in the world. The French-owned sugar cane plantations were maintained by nearly a half million West African slaves. These bondsmen refined sugar cane into granulated sugar and rum that was sold worldwide. If it had not been for the leadership of Toussaint L’Ouverture, Haiti may have suffered the brutal act of plantation bondage for several hundred years more than it did. Thanks to L’Ouverture’s leadership and improvisation, the people of Haiti were able to defeat one of the eighteenth century’s finest militaries.