Change in Haiti government likely over opposition protests

On 23 November 2018, thousands of demonstrators staged nationwide protests in Haiti to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Continue reading

US Agrees to Release Haitian Held for 2 Years in Asylum Case

The U.S. government has agreed to release a Haitian man who was granted asylum but has been in custody for two years because of appeals.

Judge Judith Levy disclosed the deal Thursday, a day after holding a hearing in federal court in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ansly Damus is a teacher from Haiti who entered the U.S. in 2016 and sought asylum, saying his life was at risk because he criticized a political leader. Continue reading

US authorises non-essential diplomats, family to leave Haiti

The United States yesterday authorised non-essential diplomatic personnel and their families to leave Haiti amid tensions in the wake of violent anti-government protests.

“There are currently unpredictable and sporadic demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti,” the US State Department said an updated travel advisory. Continue reading

Opposition in Haiti calls for strike to force resignation of President Moïse

The Haitian government has called for the security agencies to arrest perpetrators of “acts of violence” as the Democratic and Popular Movement (DPM), an opposition grouping of 20 political parties, Monday called a two-day general strike to force President Jovenel Moïse out of office. Continue reading

Haitian Roundtable Celebrates 10 Years

On Oct. 23, the Haitian Roundtable celebrated 10 years of highlighting Haitian changemakers in the community. This year’s honorees included actress and filmmaker Garcelle Beauvais, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, Emmy-nominated host Sunny Hostin and J.P. Morgan executive Mandell A. Smith. Continue reading

Haiti- Efforts to Protect Environment of Port-de-Paix

Several girls and boys participated in activities hosted by the Ministry of the Environment for Port-de-paix by helping with reforestation especially in areas prone to landslide. This activity continues each weekend with young volunteers. Le National reports

Port-de-Paix is a commune and the capital of the Nord-Ouest department of Haiti on the Atlantic coast. Continue reading

Haiti : National Palace Security Chief is Dismissed

Chief commissioner, Laguel Civil, deputy coordinator of the Security Unit of the National Palace, is replacing the inspector general and head of security of the palace, Vladimir Paraison..

Vladimir Paraison is the subject of a warrant on the seizure of a shipment of firearms in Saint-Marc in 2016. Radio Metropole reports Continue reading

Tourism Association of Haiti Speaks on Country’s Insecurity

In a press note on November 29, the Tourism Association of Haiti deplores like the others the situation of violence that has reigned in the country for months. While Haiti’s tourism sector is creating jobs and wealth, the Association says “enough!” and asks for calm : “At the beginning of the holiday season, a time of celebration, sharing and peace, the Tourism Association of Haiti challenges, the government and the actors concerned to take the necessary steps to ensure calm returns and allow local/international tourists and our diaspora to travel to the country without fear as usual.” Reports Radio Television Caraibes Continue reading

Regional Conference on AIDS in Haiti

International AIDS Society, Gheskio Centers and the Ministry of Public Health and Population are organizing the regional conference on AIDS on November 28 and 29. Lots of representatives( 23) from different Caribbean countries are discussing decisions to curb the AIDS epidemic in the region. Hence the theme: “Science and Caribbean Communities in the Response to HIV”.

The implementation of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), retention in care and tuberculosis are, among others, the terms under discussion. Le Nouvelliste reports Continue reading

Haitian Faces a loss of 13 Billion Gourdes

According to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Economy, Finance and Budget, Jean Rigaud Bélizaire, the executive authorities can not find a source capable of providing the state 13 billion gourdes this fiscal year.
This 13 billion is expected to raise the country’s revenue to 106 billion gourdes while the renewed budget was 146 billion. Despite this withdrawal, the state does not reach a clear conclusion on the collection of these 106 billion. Le Nouvelliste reports Continue reading

South Florida

Former Haitian Political Candidate Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking in South Florida

On November 20, 2018, Vincent Casseus, a former political candidate in Haiti, pled guilty in South Florida to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Continue reading

Goodbye Little Haiti’s longtime Catholic high school. Hello elite private academy.

An elite private academy is set to open on the site of a longtime former Catholic school in Little Haiti.

Avenues: The World School, which opened in Manhattan in 2012 promising to become “architects of lives that transcend the ordinary,” will now have a Miami location on the site of the former Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School. That school closed last year due to falling enrollment after serving local kids for more than 60 years. Sale of the property closed earlier this month. Continue reading

Warped Lens

Haiti’s Struggling Democracy Is Wobbling

Democracy it is said is a messy thing. The United States is finding out how untidy it can be even after more than 240 years. Haiti is learning that lesson in its own democratic experiment that is entering 32 years.

While the U.S. and other European democracies had to look to ancient Rome for guidance, Haiti has had plenty of examples from which to model its democratic ideals. So far, the verdict does not bode well for any stability in the foreseeable future. Continue reading

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