Presidential

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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Haiti: President will participate in reforest ceremony with Dominican counterpart

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The National Palace informed the public that the President of the Republic would indeed participate in the World Environment Day ceremony with Dominican President Danilo Medina in Ouanaminte, Haiti on Wednesday.

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Haiti: President registers at Office of Copyright for the first time

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The musician and President Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly on Friday registered his music of a career of more than 25 years at the Haitian Office of Copyright (BHDA), an institution established in 2005 to protect the rights of artists and authors.

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Haiti: President decorates four individuals with National Honors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President on Friday decorated four individuals with national honors and merits for their contributions in music and community development.

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Caricom and U.S. sign framework for trade and investment

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly, chaired a meeting on Tuesday for the signing of an agreement between the U.S. and Caricom to provide a framework for trade and investment. The meeting ended with a press conference with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and President Michel Martelly.

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Inauguration of Adminstrative and SocioCultural Complex in the North

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly inaugurated the SocioCultural Administrative Complex of the North primarily funded by the Inter-American Development Bank on Monday in Cap-Haitien. This structure is expected to include all departments and agencies of the State for the service of the people of the North.

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Martelly visits construction sites in Delmas

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Monday, President Michel Martelly continued his visits to various projects of construction around Haiti ahead of his 2nd anniversary. On this day, accompanying the Mayor of Delmas, Wilson Jeudy, to Delmas 83 in Peguy Ville where projects were ongoing.

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Preval says UN tried to remove him while President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - “I got a phone call from Mr. (Edmond) Mulet, who was head of MINUSTAH, saying: ‘Mr. President, this is a political problem. We need to get you on a plane and evacuate you,’” Préval says in the documentary, Fatal Assistance. “I said: ‘Bring your plane, collect me from the palace, handcuff me, everyone will see that it’s a kidnapping.’”

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Haiti: Government removes security of former President Aristide

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Martelly administration took the decision to remove the security of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide 48 hours after his appearance in court on Wednesday May 8 despite laws providing former Heads of State security.

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Martelly distances from Aristide

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Pushed into the ropes by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide because of worsening hunger these days in Haiti, President Michel Joseph Martelly, without jargon, defended his record and marked difference with Lavalas.

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Haiti: Aristide speaks, thanks people and calls for unity

TABARRE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide invited the press to his home in Tabarre on Thursday morning following his appearance at the Palace of Justice the day before. In this press conference which did not include a question and answer session, the former Head of State thanked the Haitian people for the appreciation shown and called for unity, saying the Martelly administration cannot solve the problem of hunger by itself.

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Haiti: President Martelly visits construction sites in the Nippes

ASILE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly continued to visit construction projects, financed by the international community, as part of the lead up to his 2nd anniversary since becoming President of Haiti.

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Jean-Bertrand Aristide appeared in court with Lavalas

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide arrived at 9 am and was heard for two hours at the Palace of Justice in Port-au-Prince by Judge Ivikel Dabrezil.

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Haiti: President Martelly objects to Law on Political Parties

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly announce his objections to the Law on Political Parties within the 8 days allotted to him since receiving the document. Some parliamentarians say the law will be returned to the Head of State as originally passed and he will be obligated to enact it.

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Haiti: Martelly appears at construction sites in South ahead of 2nd Anniversary

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - To approach the 2nd anniversary since becoming president, Michel Martelly will be appearing at local construction projects, most of which financed by the international community; this was the case Monday in the South Department.

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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