Political crisis: Ricardo Seitenfus wants an inter-Haitian dialogue to avoid threat of a new military intervention

During a conference at Maison de l’Amérique latine in Paris, Ricardo Seitenfus, International Relations professor, stated “The root of the current crisis dates to 2011 when the international community – more specifically the United States – forced the hand of the Provisional Electoral Council and especially former President René Préval to remove Jude Célestin, who came second in the first round, in favor of Michel Martelly.”

The former Brazilian Special Envoy to Haiti and former Head of the OAS Office in Port-au-Prince went on to say “We must seriously negotiate around the exercise of power [because] Haiti’s responsibility belongs to Haitians.” Seitenfus hopes that the solution to this crisis will be resolved by negotiation, mediation and dialogue. Continue reading

Assessment of needs in climate technologies in

Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century “climate disturbances affect us all as much as we are. We are fighting a battle for our lives. But it’s a battle we can win,” stated Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General.

“If we don’t act today in the face of climate change, it could cost Haiti $3 billion until 2025, while adaptation would require only $261 million over the same period. Thus, adaptation to climate change would save the country $1.5 billion when compared to the cost of inaction,” said Joseph Jouthe, Haitian Minister of the Environment. Continue reading

Mayors call for signing of joint transitional document

According to Juno7, 44 mayors of the Republic call for the signing of a joint document pertaining to the transition of government.

“All actors must agree without wasting time on a single document that charts the path of transition …” stated a press release. According to them, the first response to the humanitarian crisis that is overtaking the country is first and foremost the resolution of the political crisis.” Continue reading

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The Unifying Experiences of Caribbean Americans

There is no unified, singular Caribbean experience growing up in Brooklyn- but there are parallel experiences. Two Caribbean boys– one Grenadian, one Haitian, whose mothers brought them together saying “you boys are going to be friends.” It was unclear whether it was a prediction or a directive, but it proved true. As they grew up together, the Haitian young man went by a new name, Jan. He was ashamed of his Haitian name. He was ashamed of what it represented. He was afraid of what people would say or think. Continue reading

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