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Haiti: Restoration of the Palace of 365 Doors to begin

PETITE-RIVIERE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Restoration of Palace of 365 Doors in Petite-Riviere, Artibonite is to begin on Tuesday with the disbursement of funds from Petrocaribe. This palace was built but unfinished by King Henri Christophe in 1820 and served as the offices of the National Security Volunteers (VSN), Tonton Macoutes, in the 1960s.

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567 Haitians deported from D.R. in April

OUANAMINTHE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Border Network of Jeannot Success (RFJS) reported that 567 Haitians were deported from the Dominican Republic in the month of April. 498 men, 67 women and 2 children who may not have been afforded due process. These people were left at the border by Dominican authorities, added the network defending human rights.

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JILAP Haiti Report: At least 230 deaths by gunfire between January, March 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Justice and Peace Commission (JILAP) reported 296 violent deaths in Port-au-Prince from the months of January to March 2013. 230 of these deaths were by gun violence the commission reported in its 46th report on violence in the metropolitan area.

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Violent clashes in Grand Goave after attack on interim Mayor

GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, heavily armed men attacked the private residence of the interim Mayor of Grand Goave, who replaced the previous interim-mayor who was killed by the machetes of unidentified individuals. Since this attack, the city has been a war zone with road blockades of burning tires and gun shots from local militias.

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Haitian Heritage Museum: Show Your Pride Contest

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - The Haitian Heritage Museum, the first museum of Haiti outside of the country, is looking for 2013's Mr. or Ms. May 18th. For a chance to win, you have to show your pride like last year's winner, Diana Pierre-Louis.

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Rumor sets Gonaïves on fire

GONAIVES, Haiti (defend.ht) - The town of Gonaïves was hot this week in violent protest because of a rumor that had gotten out of hand. Gonaiviens heard that a taxi driver had been killed at the hands of a police officer for not having insurance or a current tag for his vehicle. The City of Independence did not stand for that but would later learn that the information had not been accurate.

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FOPARK: Lavalas mobilization to accompany Aristide to court

The Patriotic Force for Respect of the Constitution (FOPARK) announced a mobilization to accompany former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the Port-au-Prince courthouse on Wednesday May 8 that will "demonstrate the power that Lavalas has in the territory." This mobilization, according to FOPARK officials will be the start of the Lavalas campaign in the upcoming elections.

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HPN Poll: Haitians in North America lukewarm towards Martelly, Lamothe

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A poll of Haitians living in the United States and Canada found that 52% preferred President Michel Martelly as president to 40% for Rene Preval. A pretty tempered result considering the individuals sampled did not live in Haiti and Martelly was a famous musician named "Sweet Micky" who traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada, while Rene Preval was a rarely outspoken president barely seen in the public eye.

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Haiti: National Pensions Director physically assaulted in Parliament

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - After months of accusations of corruption and mismanagement the Director of the National Office of Pensions arrived in the Parliament to answer questions of Senators where he was physically assaulted, hit and shoved, by former employees that invaded the grounds of the legislature.

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Tracing back your Haitian roots: Advice from Henry Louis Gates Jr.

BOSTON, USA (defend.ht) - Henry Louis Gates Jr. sometimes provides advice to people of African descent through his online news agency The Root. This week, he gave advice on tracing back Haitian roots using the example of Jean Michel Basquiat and an artist named Axel Basquiat.

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Haitian Professionals of Philly set date for Haitian Flag Day

PHILADELPHIA, USA (defend.ht/HPP) – The Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia (HPP) will host their annual Haitian Flag Day charity gala on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:30pm, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on 7th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.

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Mario Joseph is finalist for prestigious human rights award

GENEVA, Switzerland (defend.ht) — Haitian lawyer Mario Joseph is one of three finalists for the 2013 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, one of the most prestigious human rights awards in the world.

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RNDDH has sworn testimonies of death threats from Presidential Adviser Lambert

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Marie Yolene Gilles of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) confirmed having received two testimonies regarding threats of harm and death from Presidential Advisor Joseph Lambert. Gilles said the RNDDH was prepared to cooperate with justice officials on the matter.

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In Cap-Haitien, the Hugo Chavez International Airport

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - The international airport located in Cap-Haitien will be called Hugo Chavez International Airport, after the late Venezuelan president who was Haiti's biggest supporter.

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Haitian Diaspora Federation announces new officers and initiatives

DELRAY BEACH, USA (defend.ht) - The Haitian Diaspora Federation reintroduced itself following a retreat in Delray Beach, Florida. New officers and initiatives were resolved after these meetings.

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Miami church member dies on mission trip to Orlando

ORLANDO, USA (defend.ht) - A church van carrying 20 passengers from Miami to Orlando crashed on Florida's turnpike Saturday night killing one adult woman and sending several, including children to the hospital.

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Haiti: Tent Camp Acra resident 'beaten to death by police'

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Civil Merius is reported to have been 'beaten to death by police' for taking part in a protest against an arson attack of his tent camp on Delmas 30 for victims of the 2010 earthquake. This is the same camp where a resident was dramatically shot and killed a few weeks ago.

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24 year-old Haitian-American among victims in Boston double explosions

BOSTON, USA (defend.ht) - A 24 year-old Haiti woman is among the victims of the double explosion in Boston on Monday where the city has been changed, at least for the foreseeable future.

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15%: Unimpressive relocation of Haiti's earthquake displaced in past two years

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Only 15% of people displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti had found a home in the past two years. This indicates an incredible slow down in relocation efforts when compared to the 79% total relocated in the three years since the 2010 earthquake. There remains, today, more than 320,000 individuals still living in tent camps.

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Draft Law on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing worrisome as-is

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Advocacy Platform for Alternative Development (PAPDA), Defenders of the Oppressed (DOP) and the Confederation of Workers of Public and Private Sectors (CSTP indicated that the draft law on money laundering and financing of terrorism, as currently stated contains irregularities that could give power for those to use it for political purposes.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly