How Haitian Politicians Can Lead to Engage the Diaspora


By Daniella Bien-Aime

Haiti’s presidential elections are in full swing. The first round took place in August, and the second round is scheduled for Oct. 25. Although the initial results were considered ‘slimy’, some are justifying the outcomes as progress. Despite this, we’re moving on.

What’s striking is the emergence of candidates in the digital space.

As I interact and watch hopeful presidential and senate candidates on social media, two thoughts occurred to me: one, Haiti’s Internet penetration is gaining steam, and two, there is an opportunity to train these potential leaders on using the medium to engage likely donors and voters.

2015 Legislative Elections in Haiti: Déjà-Vu All over Again


By Ed Gehy

On Aug. 9, Haiti organized its long overdue legislative elections to seat its next Congress. Several voting stations in the capital were forced to close because of incidents of violence. As a result, many constituents did not get the chance to cast their votes.

A number of Haitian political parties have denounced the elections as “organized fraud.” Parties including, Fusion, Fanmi Lavalas and Ayisyen Pou Ayiti, asked CEP – the temporary electoral council to reevaluate the election, and right the wrongs that have been committed.

While others, such as Pitit Desalin, requested the elections be annulled. Amid all these protests, some even went as far as calling for the president of the CEP, Pierre- Louis Opont to be arrested, insinuating he was deliberately deceiving the population acting on behalf of the current administration.

How To Get In Good With Your Haitian Man’s Family


Whether you’ve just started dating your Haitian beau or planning your wedding, it’s always a good idea to get on the right side of your partner’s family. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your partner’s parents welcome you into the family with open arms! Hospitality Haitian people are very hospitable, and…

Former Boston Police Officer Slain In Haiti


BOSTON (AP) – A retired Boston police officer who served as a liaison to the city’s Haitian community and other immigrant neighborhoods for two mayors is being remembered for his contributions after he was shot to death in Port-au-Prince. Yves Dambreville, a U.S citizen of Haitian origin and a 33-year-veteran of the department who retired…

CARIFESTA Showcase Continues In Haiti

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Irwin LaRocque on Sunday toured the exhibition booths Grand Market at the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA), as the Frenc- speaking Caribbean nation pulled out all the stops for the event. The 12th edition of CARIFESTA opened on Friday with LaRocque…

CARICOM Wants More International Support To End Forced Deportation Of Haitians


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The international community is being urged to have a greater involvement in the matter involving the repatriation and deportation of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic. A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) statement noted that the issue was discussed earlier this week between Haiti’s Foreign Minister Lener Renaud…

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status For Haiti


US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The extended designation is effective January 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017. Current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from August 25, 2015,…

CARIFESTA Comes To Haiti For The First Time

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The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian traditional mode of transportation, tap-taps.

CARIFESTA XII Opens In Haiti With A Bang

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The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian traditional mode of transportation, tap-taps. It was a scene of pure excitement,…

HABNET, Leading Haitian Diaspora Economic Development Into The Future


A strong business network is one of the first steps towards economic empowerment for any community, says HABNET, the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce. The Brooklyn-based organization works to promote entrepreneurship and foster trade and commerce within the Haitian Diaspora in New York and surrounding communities. “Every progressive community has one,” HABNET says. “The Haitian…

Haiti Announces Partial Vote Re-run After Violence-hit Elections


PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Voting in parts of Haiti’s capital and some rural areas will be re-run after violence and voter intimidation disrupted elections this month in the impoverished Caribbean country, election officials have announced. Gangs overran some voting centers in Port-au-Prince and other areas, forcing election officials to halt balloting in the Aug. 9 legislative…

Sean Penn To Bear: A response to Sean Penn’s Editorial

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By Marli Lalanne
Sean Penn can perhaps make the load lighter for our people in Haiti, but thinking this is his cross to bear will invariably lead to failure. Haitians are grateful for the many good-hearted people around the world who lend a hand to our beloved country. We understand the sacrifice it takes to do so, however, spending enormous amounts of money without any long-term impact does not help Haiti, it leaves us even worse off.

Revolt TV Hosts “Coming Home: Haiti” Premiere


Completing the third installment of Crazy Hood Film Academy’s “Coming Home” documentary series, Revolt TV presented the premiere screening of “Coming Home: Haiti” at Miami’s Little Haiti Cultural Center on Aug. 16. “Hip Hop has gone global and affects the lives of people around the world,” said Executive Producer Eric F.Narciandi, who also goes by DJ…

UN Official Criticizes Violence In Haiti Election


Port-au-Prince (AFP) – A top United Nations official who observed Haiti’s elections has condemned the violence and other shortcomings that marred the polling day in the impoverished Caribbean nation. At least two people were killed during voting August 9 that was disrupted by attacks and other problems that forced the early closure of at least…