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Sean Penn's NGO receives grant of $8.75 million

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Sean Penn's NGO, J/P HRO signed a grant with the Haitian government and the World Bank for $8.75 million [US] to move the 14,000 people still living in the camp of tarps in mud.

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Scott Stringer gets Haitians' support for NYC Comptroller

NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - The long time friend of the Haitian community and current President of the Borough of Manhattan, Scott Stringer, is now receiving the support from Haitian-American voters across New York City to become the next Comptroller.

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Judge Jean Baptiste, NAACP in Haiti to Support Voting for Diaspora

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Chicago Judge Lionel Jean Baptiste and a delegation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People visited Haiti on Monday in order to meet different actors in Haitian government and push the implementation of structures to allow the Haitian Diaspora to vote.

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Haiti: Human Rights say President is cause of electoral crisis

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Human rights organizations on Wednesday held a joint press conference to deplore the actions of President Michel Martelly who continues to be the source of the electoral crisis in Haiti.

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Human Rights calls for public vigilance in case of Clifford Brandt

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - RNDDH Director Pierre Esperance said that it is by the grace of a report published by his human rights organization that the Martelly administration had not freed all the police officers, including the head of the National Palace security, who were arrested for their part in the kidnapping syndicate of the businessman, Clifford Brandt.

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MOLEGHAF Calls for Socialist State of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - he Liberty and Equality Movement of Haitians for Brotherhood (MOLEGHAF) held a protest in front of the Ministry for Social Affairs and Labor. This grassroots organization is pushing for a socialist state in Haiti.

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Haiti: Cholera victims angry at United Nations

MIREBALAIS, Haiti (defend.ht) - The United Nations has not accepted responsibility for bring cholera into Haiti in October 2010 that has killed more than 7,000 and sickened more than a half-million. This week, the U.N. said it would not compensate victims of their negligence and this has angered many in Haiti.

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Human rights calls for action against fugitives in Haitian gov't

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The National Network for the Defense of Human Rights delivered an open letter to President Michel Martelly recounting the crimes that made First Lady Sophia Martelly's adviser, Karl Jean-Jeune, a fugitive of justice in the United States. The RNDDH also requested that Martelly demonstrate the claim of his government that the rule of law exists in Haiti by addressing the case of other individuals in the Head of State's entourage.

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Informed Citizens Express Disdain for Caricom Signs

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Informed citizens were shocked at billboards and banners bearing the effigy of President Michel Martelly that read "President Martelly welcomes Heads of State and Government of CARICOM," rather than "Haiti welcomes..." The signs also are clear violations of ARTICLE 7 of the Haitian Constitution.

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Red cards for the government at the Carnival in Cap-Haitien

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AlterPresse/defend.ht) - February 12, 2013. Activists of various organizations in the North, formed a bande sou pied (rara), and expressed their displeasure vis-à-vis the government, during the parade on the second day of the carnival, February 11 in Cap-Haitien (second city, North), found AlterPresse.

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A Carnival to Mask the Crisis

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - All of everything is for Cap-Haitien. The second largest city is the host of this year's national carnival. Port-au-Prince, the largest city, the capital, is condemned to watch the carnival on television.

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22 Dead and 31 Injured in Truck Accident

DESSALINES, Haiti (defend.ht) - 22 were found dead and 31 injured after a truck carrying men, women and children fell into a roadside canal on Friday afternoon.

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Haiti: Kita Nago makes 24 hour stop at Nèg Mawon

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - More than a hundred people amassed early on Tuesday January 15, before the piece of wood, "Kita Nago", whose journey will continue tomorrow January 16 after the kickoff by President Michel Martelly.

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168 repatriated back to Cap-Haitien

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 168 Haitians to Cap-Haiten on Sunday who were attempting to leave Haiti and enter the Bahamas illegally.

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Kita Nago, 700 Kilometers On Foot to Encourage Unity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht)- Kita Nago, 700 Kilometers on foot carrying a heavy polished cedar wood pole from Les Irois in The Grand'Anse (Southwest) all the way to Ouanaminthe (Northeast) with the help of citizens from 45 municipalities.

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700 Hundred Haitian Nationals Stopped from re-Entering the D.R.

OUANAMINTHE, Haiti (defend.ht) - 700 Haitian nationals accompanied by a Dominican priest, Regino Martinez, tried to enter the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Two D.R. Air Force helicopters carrying dozens of police agents and army soldiers were deployed to get the situation under control and impede the migration.

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Haitian Workers in DR Protest for Compensation

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - For nearly two weeks, hundreds of Haitian workers have been protesting at the Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic for their rights as workers.

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Haiti: 21 Protesters Arrested, Organizers Give 24-Hours for their Release

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - 21 people, 14 men, 7 women, were taken to the National Penitentiary on Sunday for their participation in the anti-government demonstration held in the capital. Protest organizers, Lavalasiennes, gave the Martelly/Lamothe administration 24 hours for the release of the detained or they would go on the offensive.

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College of Ethnology caught fire during Police-Student Clash

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The College of Ethnology had a quiet atmosphere compared to the earlier day when students clashed with the Haitian National Police. Students at the school spent the day contemplating the ruins of classroom equipment, books, computers and other materials that burned in flames during the incident.

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Haiti: Former Gov't Employees Protest at PM Office

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - In Haiti, thousands of former state employees are still demanding their wages. Between 2007 and 2008, these people who were revoked overnight signed an agreement with the state to receive 36 months of benefits. The president and the governments have changed and the issue has not been resolved.

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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