Here is a picture of French President Francois Hollande during a visit in Haiti on May, 12, 2015. He actually fall in a stairway as he was going up to speak
France won't pay Haiti Reparations: Martelly says it's Time to Move On
President Francois Hollande arrived in Port-au-Prince with a commitment to invest $145 million into Haiti's economy. Although government and business sectors welcome Hollande's largesse, protestors with long memories about France's extorting $20 billion from Haiti as payment for its independence, are fuming.
One protestor shared how many feel about France's wresting $20 billion in reparations for plantation owners' losses: "We Haitians know . . . a big reason why we are suffering today is because we were forced to pay France for our freedom . . ." An event coercing Haiti to pay ". . . ten times the country's annual revenues . . ." was a world-wide embargo led by the French in 1825. French warships threatened to bomb Port-au-Prince harbor if Haiti didn't pay up.
Here is a picture of the Haitian Canadian writer Dany Laferriére as he was wearing his Academician suit while holding his Academician sword. He made his official entry as a member of the Académie Française on May 28, 2015.
Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferriere was selected to be one of the "immortals" in the Academie Francaise in 2013.
Laferriere has produced a large of body of work, 20 novels over 30 years. The subject matter of many of his books is the experience of being an exile.
He was introduced to the Academie in a formal ceremony on May 28th 2015 He says he is ". . . proud of being a writer."
Here is a picture of a supporter of Jean Claude Duvalier during his funeral on Saturday, October 11, 2014. many of the supporters of the regime were really affected by the death of their leader.
Hundreds attended the funeral of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier on Saturday at Saint-Louis de Gonzague school in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince
. Some people from the elite class as well as former associates of Duvalier's regime arrived in luxury SUVs to pay respect to their leader.
President Michel Martelly did not attend the funeral, however som high officials from his government did. We did see the presence of Former President Boniface Alexandre.
Di anyone see Prosper Avril at the funeral?
Mezanmi, gade coman yon sipote Divalye ap rele. Anpil moun te afekte par lanmo sa.
Here is a Haitian caught by the police during a protest against the election results.
Most Haitians and opposition parties are of opinion that the presidential election of October 25th and its published result are a sure mark of treachery committed by the outgoing President Martelly and his men. Regular protest against this "electoral coup d'état" on the streets has become a regular affair. On one of such similar demonstrations of protest on November 20th, a gang of about 20 hooded men in a white pickup (license plate number 1-00692) armed with machetes, hammers, pipes and guns, attacked the marchers of several opposition parties in the Delmas 95 district. The police present on the spot turned a blind eye. A young man was shot dead and one marcher was wounded in the head by a machete. The Haitian police have arrested a demonstrator with machetes at the end of a march in Port-au-Prince.
In an interview given to Marie Lucie bonhomme on February 23, PM Evans Paul has declared war on President Jocelerme Privert.
PM Evans Paul Declares War on President Jocelerme Privert
A cold war is underway between the Prime Minister Evans Paul and the Provisional President Jocelerme Privert. The PM Evans Paul believes that the accord signed between Jocelerme Privert and former President Michel Martelly specifically mentions the responsibility of the new provisional president (Jocelerme Privert) to complete the remaining election process and that translates in to the arrangement of the final run off between Jovenel Moise and Jude Celestin within the scheduled date on April 24, 2016 and install a new President on May 14, 2016. As per Evans Paul, since Privert was the principal architect of the agreement with his erstwhile capacity as the Senate Chief, he must strictly respect that agreement.
Here are the FIFA officials involved stealing $750,000 meant for Haiti earthquake. Jack Warner, Jeffrey Webb, Alfredo Hawit and Juan Angel Napout.
Jack Warner, a former FIFA Executive Committee member, and President of CONCACAF until his suspension and eventual resignation in 2011, and his successor Jeffrey Webb from Cayman Islands, have been accused of misappropriating money amounting around £500,000 ($750,000) intended to help the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims. Jack Warner is a Trinidad and Tobago politician and businessman. Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb have committed many and various acts of misconduct repeatedly and have pleaded guilty to seven charges. As per US attorney general Loretta Lynch, their extent of betrayal is truly outrageous. Jeffrey Webb was arrested in last May, but he is out on bail. On May 27th, Jack Warner also surrendered himself to police in his native Trinidad, but after spending a night in custody, was later released on bail. Two more FIFA officials, Alfredo Hawit (Honduras) and Juan Angel Napout (Paraguay), were arrested on December 3, 2015, in a widening bribery case during a pre-dawn raid at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on suspicion "of accepting bribes of millions of dollars". This was the second raid in this downtown Zurich hotel after May 27, 2015, that sparked the FIFA corruption crisis.
As per news sources, the US Justice Department has filed charges on bribes and kickbacks against 16 FIFA officials amounting £130 million ($200 million) following an investigation by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI). Danny Jordaan, the Mayor of Port Elizabeth, as well as president of the South African Football Association, once admitted of paying $10 million to a football body led by Jack Warner in 2008 for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA has officially confirmed the allegation that Warner, who is presently fighting extradition from Trinidad to the USA, has diverted a fund of $750,000 provided by FIFA and the Korean Football Association intended for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
It has been reported that President Michel Martelly pay an unannounced visit at the private residence of Prime Minister Gary Conille who was conducting a meeting with members of the Senate and insulted many of them. The meeting was with the Senators G-16 and other Senators at his private residence. The allegation was that the Senators were plotting a Coup D'Etat against President Michel Martelly.
Senator Steven Benoit accused president martelly for threatening his life and stated to that if anything happens to him, the population knows who to point the ginger to, in referring to President Martelly.
Haitian Bishop, Chibly Langlois, joined the College of Cardinals at the Consistory ceremony inside St. Peter's Basilica in February.
He was installed as a Cardinal along with 18 others. After Pope Francis's sermon, he handed out the cardinals' rings, a parchment certificate, and blessed and embraced each cardinal before and after the ring presentation.
The Haiti Embassy held a reception for Langlois after the Consistory. In attendance were President Martelly and First Lady, Sophia.
These two leaders do not see eye to eye at all in Haitian politic. Since the time President Michel Martelly came into office, one person who has been in total opposition to his government is Senator Moise Jean Charles.
Senator Jean-Charles Moise (Nord/Inite) recently stated that he wants the resignation of the Head of State.