International

Significant reduction in Canadian assistance to Haiti

OTTAWA, Canada (sentinel.ht) - Canada wants to reduce its financial assistance to Haiti from more than $205 million per year to a budget of $90 million per year according to internal documents circulating the newly formed Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

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Haiti to host 21 nations for 11th PetroCaribe Ministerial Council

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Haiti will host 21 nations in the 11th Council of Ministers of PetroCaribe on September 6 and 7 in Petion-Ville.

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Taiwan denies dollar diplomacy in Haiti

TAIPEI, Taiwan (sentinel.ht) - The Chinese (Taiwanese) Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected a report that painted a $15.8 million [US] donation to Haiti for the Supreme Court building presumably already funded by $260 million [US] as unnecessary spending and a case of dollar diplomacy.

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U.S. issues new Travel Advisory for Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - Washington issued a new Travel Warning for Haiti on Tuesday using much less dramatic language than its previous warning issued December 2012. None the less, the August 13 advisory urged U.S. citizens to exercise caution while visiting Haiti and noted violent crimes and lack of emergency response infrastructure as considerations.

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Haiti to receive President of Republic of China

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Haiti will receive the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Tuesday during his visit through the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Haiti: President says elections by year's end, according to U.S. Senator

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) — If true, it would mark the first time that a time frame for elections has been stated by the Administration, when a U.S. senator visiting Haiti said Tuesday that the President of the Republic told him that legislative and local elections, 1 year, 8 months and 17 days past due, would be held before year's end.

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Haiti: U.S. "optimistic" overdue elections can be held in 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The United States is optimistic of Haiti's capacity to hold elections, overdue since November 2011, before the end of 2013.

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Canada opens investigation in death of Haitian Judge

MONTREAL, Canada (defend.ht) - In Canada, the Quebec Coroner's office performed an autopsy on the body of Judge Jean Serge Joseph and subsequently opened an investigation into the death of the magistrate, a Haitian-born Canadian citizen who died under "unclear circumstance" on July 13.

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Caribbean Community aims at Europe for Slavery Reparation

KINGSTOWN, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (defend.ht) - Caricom, which had its leadership passed from Haiti to Trinidad on July 7, 2013 is now seeking reparations from European countries for slavery in the Caribbean.

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Woman placed at head of UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Well worn of its welcome in Haiti, the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) on Monday, placed its first woman, Sandra Honoré, from Trinidad and Tobago, at the head of the peacekeeping institution in Haiti since 2004.

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Dominicans rejecting trade proposals by Haitian officials

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The Dominicans rejected a trade proposal from Haitian authorities that included the reduction of the days of the binational border market from twice per week to once per week. Rather, Dominicans wish to increase trade liberally, expressing a desire to enter into a free trade contract, without restrictions, with Haiti.

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United Nations Haiti Cholera Aloral to U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - The United Nations Secretary-General told members of the U.S. Congress Friday that the United Nations is committed to helping Haiti overcome a cholera epidemic, even though the world organization has denied responsibility for the outbreak, is refusing to pay compensation to victims, and has not allocated any funds to a $2 billion [US] cholera-eradication program it developed two years ago.

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UN Peacekeeper critically shot in southern Haiti

ACUL, Haiti (defend.ht) - A United Nations peacekeeper was critically wounded in protests in the town of Acul, near the increasingly volatile town of Petit-Goave.


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ACUL, Haiti (defend.ht) - A United Nations peacekeeper was critically wounded in protests in the town of Acul, near the increasingly volatile town of Petit-Goave.

The member of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), was wounded onFriday in the community of Acul, near the town of Petit-Goave.

It said that as protesters were demanding electricity service for their area they clashed with the UN troops. Sophie Bouteau of the United Nations denies intervention by UN troops.

According to the Haiti Press Network , local authorities said the peacekeeper, who was critically injured, was either shot in the arm or in the abdomen and that he belonged to the UN Police (Unpol) force. The nationality of the foreign security official was not none.

In the same clash, People Daily reports that the executive director of Haiti's Employment Injury, Sickness and Maternity Insurance Office (OFATMA), Max Rudolph Saint-Albin, was attacked by protesters, as were members of his security detail.

Saint-Albin was returning from an official trip to the area, when shots fired from the direction of the protests hit his vehicle, according to the People Daily.

During the protests, National Highway 2, linking the capital with the south of the country, was blocked for several hours and many drivers trapped at the site were also injured, media reports said, citing local officials.

Local police officers were deployed to quell the protests.

Minustah was established on June 1, 2004 by the UN Security Council to restore order in Haiti following the coup d'etat of President Jean Bertrand Aristide.

The UN troops have become the subject of growing criticism for their unneeded presence and ineffectiveness.

Venezuela's Maduro: "An economy is social support"

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (defend.ht) - The PetroCaribe Economic Zone will "encourage greater flow of food and services among nations" in PetroCaribe said Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, upon his arrival to Managua, Nicaragua, the site of the Eighth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member countries of Petrocaribe.

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President Obama Nominates Patrick Gaspard For South Africa Ambassador

DAKAR, Senegal (defend.ht) - President Obama on Thursday confirmed his long-expected plan to nominate Democratic National Committee's Executive Director, Haitian American Patrick Gaspard, for South Africa Ambassador.

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Dominican Meats seek deal in Petrocaribe Economic Zone

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - Sources in the Dominican National Palace are suggesting that the nation's president has already taken flight for Managua, Nicaragua for the Petrocaribe Economic Zone and VIII Heads of States and Governments summit beginning on Friday.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to arrive in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will visit Haiti on Tuesday marking the first time, that a Venezuelan Head of State has visited the country since the late Commander Hugo Chavez in 2007.

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IDB makes US$35.5 million grant to Haiti for water in Port-au-Prince

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht/IDB) - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of a US$35.5 million grant for a program to expand and improve drinking water services in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

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2013 Failed State Index: No. 8 Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - Although Haiti improved its ranking by one spot in the past year, it was still ranked in the top 10 of failed states in the world by the Washington, D.C.-based Foreign Policy Magazine and Washington, D.C.-based think tank, The Fund for Peace.

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Dominicans say one-day strike a "success"

DAJABON, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The Local Retailers Association of Dajabon, the Dominican Republic's biggest and most active border town market, lifted the strike in effect for only one day allowing traffic to again cross over the border. New information received by The Sentinel would suggest that the D.R. would have made a political miscalculation, "scandalous permitting" which has fueled the egg production crisis in eastern Quisqueya.

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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