FAIL 1. Realizing a more Sovereign Haiti
- Created on Sunday, May 19, 2013 8:39 AM
I wonder if those who believe Deputy Luckner Noel kneeling at the feet of Michel Martelly was okay, would be okay if this Deputy of the Republic o Haiti, representing the commune of Ouanaminthe, would kneel at the feet of United States, Venezuela, Dominican Republic or the many foreign nations building Haiti today.
FAIL 2. Furthering Democracy
- Created on Friday, May 17, 2013 4:53 AM
A funny thing I've noticed in the past two years. Whenever the Haitian government is holding an event for a project dealing with a particular sector of the Haitian population, people representing that sector are usually not at the event.
FAIL 3: Not Leveraging the Power of the Haitian Diaspora
- Created on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:37 PM
The Haitian Diaspora, they are politicians, business executives, actors, artist, athletes, writers, leaders in their domain abroad. Here are the options, International aid, Petrocaribe and the Haitian Diaspora.
FAIL 4: The Economy.
- Created on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:34 PM
I believe that if, in the past year, Haitiâ€™s economic growth had declined from 8% to 2.5%, a recession, and if the countryâ€™s unemployment had increased, 320,000 were still living in tents since the earthquake, and the nation was approaching the most severe food crisis in more than a decade, the Haitian government would have still spent $2.5 million [US] to celebrate the ascension of Sweet Micky to the presidency, of course, in carnival style.
FAIL 5. Guarantee a proper functioning state
- Created on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:12 PM
Those are municipal projects, not presidential projects. 1, 2, kms of asphalt road, a renovated park or gym and carnival queens, these are projects of mayors and city commissioners not presidents and central government officials.
FAIL 6. Ending Corruption
- Created on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:23 PM
The most difficult thing about ending corruption in Haiti for past administrations is that it must start at the top. The president must lead with himself. There is a level of righteousness that he must have earned in order to justly have an administration, a government, a Parliament, working towards ending corruption.
FAIL 7. The Rule of Law in Haiti
- Created on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:09 PM
What Haitians donâ€™t want is a government that bends to the pressures of human rights groups and the international community in order to bring a former president, charged with crimes against humanity, to court but one that volunteers and willingly wants to find truth for its people.
Propaganda: Intro to 7 FAILS after 2 Years of Martelly
- Created on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:13 AM
There are a few things that all should consider when analyzing the record of the past two years of Michel Martelly as president of Haiti. These things all fall into the subject matter of propaganda. This is an area that the current government in Haiti has excelled in beyond anything, anywhere, I have ever seen in my 32 years of life. Theyâ€™ve excelled in bloviating, making promises that canâ€™t be kept and in some cases, outright lying to the people of Haiti. So before I deliver my top 7 FAILS of the past two years, I wanted to give readers a clear perspective of things in Haiti.
Martelly and Boulos: Public-private corruption?
- Created on Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:15 AM
JAC Motors and RĂ©ginald Boulos donated a bus to President Michel Martelly in order to "support free transportation to school" according to a statement from the National Palace but no one seems the wiser to recognize that this is an act of corruption on the part of Martelly, Boulos, the Haitian government and JAC Motors and Auto Plaza.
It's not REALLY a war on corruption in Haiti
- Created on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:11 AM
HuffPo's cheap shot: Haiti Least Tourist-Friendly Nation
- Created on Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:19 PM
The Huffington Post published a list of the 10 least tourist-friendly nations on earth and I felt the need to call them out for a cheap shot that they took listing Haiti at number 6.
Martelly: Still no meeting with Obama
- Created on Monday, January 21, 2013 9:24 PM
NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - COMBINED SOURCES, Jan. 15 - The number of steps taken by Michel Martelly to secure an invitation for a visit with the U.S. President led to nothing. Hopes he had wagered on the opportunity offered by the swearing in of Barack Obama to facilitate the realization of this dream faded away. Because not only has the tenant of the White House, about to begin his second term, had no intention to invite his Haitian counterpart to Washington, the Protocol to the White House and State Department limits the participation in the inauguration ceremonies of the President to the Diplomatic Corps.
Why "Peaceful" Protests Don't Work in Haiti
- Created on Sunday, January 20, 2013 3:04 PM
â€śA riot is the language of the unheard.â€ť â€“ Martin Luther King Jr.
In the quote above, MLK who was a proponent of the â€śpeaceful protestâ€ť did not say the word â€śprotestâ€ť, much less, â€śpeacefulâ€ť. He said â€śriotâ€ť and that â€śa riot is the language of the unheardâ€ť, which serves to give understanding why Haitians protest the way they do.
Kita Nago the Haitian Market
- Created on Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:33 AM
The task of stabilizing the Haitian market and growing the country's economy is very simple. Just make imported rice cost more than domestic rice. What's stopping us is coming together to make it happen.
But if for one reason that Martelly and lawmakers, the Makoutes and the Lavalas, the real Haitian mulattoes and black population can put differences aside to do something for the country it is to make the cost of buying locally grown food less than the price of buying food shipped in.
Haiti not one of the safest destinations, says The Numbers
- Created on Saturday, January 12, 2013 1:22 PM
I never intended to be the bearer of bad news to my own people, thatâ€™s not what DH was intended for but it became a necessity in defending Haiti. I hold a fundamental belief that if the Haitian people are told the whole and transparent truth of their circumstances that they would naturally begin to solve their own problems. No need for Bill Clinton and Ban Ki-moon, I know it and they know it.
Richard Morse: PM Lamothe is misleading people about visiting Haiti
- Created on Friday, January 11, 2013 9:58 PM
Response to Davidson Toussaint, Haiti Tourism Inc's Rebuttal
- Created on Monday, December 31, 2012 12:12 PM
While I appreciated Haiti Tourism incâ€™s founder, Davidson Toussaintâ€™s, taking the time to respond to my editorial on the U.S. elevated travel alert and while many took joy in the things he wrote in it, I personally found every line it to be uninformed pontification, garbage, very least, and thatâ€™s sad.
U.S.-Haiti Travel Warning: Don't be mad at the U.S.
- Created on Sunday, December 30, 2012 5:42 AM
The reactions coming from some Haitians to the U.S. State Department's travel warning shows a fundamental lack of understanding by so many of what is really going on in Haiti or a dangerous case of denial.
4 steps towards a fair and credible Permanent Electoral Council and elections in Haiti
- Created on Friday, December 14, 2012 10:07 AM
Nothing has more consequence than an election. It is the most sacred act of a nation. Sacred in that it makes these ongoing backdoor negotiations between the executive and legislative branches of our government, to establish a transitory/provisional electoral council, blasphemous. My Haitian people are capable of establishing a fair and credible Permanent Electoral Council, it is bigotry to think not, but it will challenge the character of its public servants to realize it; which is the least we should expect.
Let's make January 2013 National Reforestation Month
- Created on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:24 PM
I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, baptized in the old Cathedral in the heart of the capital. Haiti has been steeped in political upheaval, overreaching poverty, rampant unemployment, and inequality. After the ouster of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986, I moved to the USA in search of that proverbial dream. But not once did I forget the reality of life for my people.