Presidential

Haiti: President visits Aquaculture project in town of Lully

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic accompanied the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and the Secretary of State for Animal Production on Friday to the village of Lully where he observed an aquaculture project established by that village as a source of sustainable food production.

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Haiti: President wants to modify the electoral law of overdue elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic of Haiti, on Thursday, 1 year, 7 months, and 30 days since elections were due to be held, said he wanted to modify the draft electoral law as proposed by the electoral council.

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Haiti: President Martelly denies involvement in death of judge

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic denied any involvement in the death of a judge that was investigating corruption charges against his wife and son. The Head of State minimized the accusations as part of a series of accusations he has endured since his campaign.

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City of Orlando declares Haiti President Michel Martelly Day

ORLANDO, USA (defend.ht) - The City of Orlando declared Sunday, July 14, 2013, President Michel Martelly in honor of the visit of the Haitian Head of State to “The City Beautiful”.

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Haiti: President leaves for NAACP Convention

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic left Haiti on Friday to participate in the human rights organization, NAACP, convention in Orlando, Florida, United States.

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Haiti aims to lead Caribbean on disabled, special needs causes

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic is proposing to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) that a high-level conference on creating public policy towards including persons with disabilities and special needs into general society be held at year's end in Haiti.

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Haiti: President Martelly to Caricom Summit with Venezuela and D.R. Presidents

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic left the territory on Wednesday for Trinidad and Tobago, to attend the 34th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Port of Spain.

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Haiti: National Palace confirms reception of Draft Electoral Law

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The National Palace announced received on Tuesday the reception of the Electoral Law. A major step toward holding elections overdue in Haiti since November of 2011.

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Haiti: President says "no protection" for associates committing crimes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "I am not protecting anyone," said the President of the Republic in the start of his 3rd year of the presidency and so Tuesday brought the arrest and imprisonment of five more long-time friends of the former musician.

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In Managua, Haiti-DR discussions shift towards trade disparity

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (defend.ht) - The economics of trade disparity between Haiti and the Dominican Republic has risen to the forefront of the first of a series of discussions between the President of the Republic of Haiti and his Dominican counterpart.

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Haiti President: Elections needed annually until 2020

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (defend.ht) - The President of Haiti said on Friday that he supports steps to finally hold Haiti's overdue elections, but also said the need to restore balance in the political system can only be satisfied by holding elections annually in Haiti from 2013 to 2020.

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Haiti: President hopes improved cooperation with USAID

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (defend.ht) - Amid reports of epic failures in USAID's Haiti reconstruction projects, the Haitian President commended the U.S. leadership and agency for putting forth a "great effort to spend billions in Haiti."

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Haiti-Venezuela Upholding Brotherhood, Martelly receives Maduro

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Two presidents trying to establish their own legacies from those of their predecessors met in Haiti on Tuesday. A brotherhood which began with Alexandre Petion and Simon Bolivar, that grew under Rene Preval and Hugo Chavez, now faces its next evolution with Michel Martelly and Nicolas Maduro.

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Haiti: President says he's been pushing for elections for a year

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic on Monday rejected rumors that he does not want elections and intends to destroy the Parliament. In a presser, the Head of State said he was blocked last year when he attempted to establish a permanent electoral council to organize elections overdue by more than a year and a half.

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President visits Welcome Center for Haiti's Street Children

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic was satisfied with the renovation of the Delmas 3 Welcome and Transition Center which will receive 400 children from the street and house them in 24-bed dormitories each with kitchens, restrooms dining halls, classrooms, medical quarters and playgrounds.

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"Forward": Haiti, U.S. announce $87 million agricultural project

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - An agricultural program called "Avanse" or "Forward" hoping to rehabilitate roads and construct 120 km of rural roads, double the production of farmers of corn, rice, cocoa, plantains, bananas and beans within five years was launched in Cap-Haitien on Thursday.

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Bilateral talks begin between Haiti National Palace and U.S. White House

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Republic received the Vice-President of the United States on Wednesday by telephone where discussion were held on the strengthening of Haitian-American relations and future bilateral discussions between the two countries.

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Haiti: President and son attend San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat Finals Game 2

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President's judgment was questioned on Monday when images of himself and his son attending game 2 of the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, NBA Finals game appeared on television and the web.

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Haiti: Northeast Department Delegation Building opens in Fort Liberté

FORT LIBERTE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A new Departmental Delegation Building was inaugurated in Fort-Liberté on Wednesday by the President of the Republic and the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH). For his part, the Head of State said he believes his administration has made progress in terms of strengthening state institutions.

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Haiti - D.R.: Two countries, an Island in Environmental Protection

OUANAMINTHE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "Two countries, an Island in Environmental Protection", the campaign to reforest the border region of Haiti and the Dominican Republic was launched on Wednesday in the town of Dosmond in Ouanaminthe by President Michel Martelly who accompanied Dominican President Danilo Medina.

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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