Here is the map of Miami showing Little Haiti among some of the most distressed neighborhoods in Miami in 2015.
In last May, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners requested Florida International University's Metropolitan Center to prepare a community-based prosperity strategy for Miami-Dade County. The study must involve a comprehensive analysis of the economy to get into the root cause. As per the plan, the intended strategy would include a feasibility analysis of five pilot programs designed to build wealth in the distressed neighborhoods other than providing an immediate external robust look. The five initiatives proposed and analyzed in the report, which could possibly have the greatest impact in terms of wealth building, were, (a) Social Enterprise Incubators & Accelerators; (b) Community Land Trusts; (c) Community Benefits Agreements; (d) Children's Savings Accounts; and (e) Employee-owned Business Cooperatives. The glooming economy of the Haitians residents in Little Haiti is evident from a simple economic indicator: the average annual household income of Little Haiti residents is only $13,381 compared to the area mean income of $43,100!
Here is a picture of Commissioner Frantz Lerebours, the spokesman of the National Police of Haiti (PNH).
Recently, the Commissioner Frantz Lerebours, spokesman of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) has reported a drop in the crime rate in the metropolitan area during the period between March to May, 2016. The figure for some sensitive crime rates between these periods were: (a) Rape: 64 in March, 43 in April and 34 in May; (b) Kidnapping: 10 in March, 3 during April and 1 in May; and (c) Homicide: 107 in March, 80 in April and 52 in May. While acknowledging his satisfaction in the drop in crimes, he has admitted that there were some more responsible factors other than policing which have contributed such drop. Following the publication of October 25 election results, Commissioner Frantz Lerebours arrested at least twelve people who defied all code of conduct for peaceful demonstrations, but later he was involved in an argument about the arrest of the former Head of the Port-au-Prince Prosecutor's Office, former District Attorney, Claudy Gassant and the former Communication Member of the Rene Preval National Palace and the General Secretary of the Haitian party Pitit Dessalines Assad Volcy. They did not allow the police to search their vehicles without the presence of a justice of the peace.
Here is a picture of singer, actor and producer Jean-Claude Guillaume as he is fighting a major illness.
On June 15, 2016 at 5 am, the star Haitian singer and actor Jean Claude Guillaume died at New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Boston, Massachusetts after suffering for many months of colon cancer. He was diagnosed with this lethal disease back in February 2013. His health started to improve after a surgery, but the disease again came back in late 2015. His friends were surprised by his courage when the disease hit him hard. In last December, when his health soon deteriorated in a Boston hospital, there was a rumor of his death. However, that was nullified by Katie, his girlfriend, who took care of him in Boston. Guillaume turned to crowdfunding in June last year to support his treatment in Boston. Guillaume immigrated to the United States (Orlando) in June 1984 and started performing as a professional singer since 1991. He never lost hope in his suffering. His last song called "Temwanyaj, was produced to testify to the greatness of God.
Here is a picture of Michel Stéphane Bruno who was assassinated in his car at Puits Blain 17.
Michel Stéphane Bruno (born May 8, 1974; assassinated June 15, 2016) was a Haitian consultant in Information Systems. He was passionate about technology and the knowledge economy-- a system of consumption and production that is based on intellectual capital. Over a decade, Bruno, a humble and modest genius had worked in the field of technology at national, regional and global level. With a diverse background, he had worked on applying ICT solutions (information and communications technology) to business, e-Governance, mobile technologies, e-business and m-commerce. His ultimate goal was to establish a vibrant, solutions-oriented IT environment which would create jobs and opportunities and help the emergence of a new class of entrepreneurs rooted in innovation. On Wednesday, between 8:00 and 8:30 am, he was shot dead by two motorcycle borne assailants at Puits Blain 17. When the bandits fired, he tried to flee with his Jeep Land Cruiser but received a single bullet and lost the control of his vehicle that collided with a wall. With him, Haiti has lost a visionary and creative genius, an amazing human being.
Here is a picture of Haitian president Michel Martelly as he is riding a Polaris.
As per the news dated June 15, 2016, Senator Youri Latortue while investigating the use of PetroCaribe fund, has referred to the existence of a contract. The contract valuing $4.5 million out of the PetroCaribe fund to buy Polaris vehicles for the Haiti National Police (PNH) to facilitate their movement. The deal was signed by Jean-Max Bellerive, then Minister of Planning during Martelly regime in October 2011. As per Youri Latortue's investigation, the disbursements were made, but as per police chief, Michel Ange Gedeon, no such vehicle has yet been received by the police other than 20 such vehicles received as gifts from the Government of Canada since 2010. However, Harry Robert Tippenhauer ,the general manager of RHT Plaza, responsible to supply the vehicles said, they had not received any money out of that account as the said contract was cancelled by Laurent Lamothe then Minister of Planning and External Cooperation and head of government. Recently, a picture released shows former president Martelly is driving a Polaris car!
According to a report released by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, American Red Cross pocketed close to $125 million of Haiti earthquake fund.
Based on a yearlong investigation by the Iowa Republican and his staff, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has reported that the esteemed charity organization Red Cross received an outpouring of donations after the 2010 quake, nearly $500 million, more than any other nonprofit organization received. But sadly, its all ambitious plans to build housing for the earthquake victims completely failed on the ground in Haiti. The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 earthquake victims. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti is just six. As per the charity organization's report, they spent $70 million on "program expenses" which include funds spent to oversee and evaluate its Haiti programs. In its earlier reports, Red Cross's had repeatedly told that, of the total funds it receives on humanitarian programs, it spends up to 9% (in recent case, it should be $45 million) on internal expenses. However, Grassley's office found that 25% of the total donations ($500 million) sent to Haiti or about $125 million were spent as fundraising and management expenses.
Here is a picture of three of the 6 Haitian teenagers accused of raping a 16 year old girl in a vacant home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
As per the news report dated June 17, 2016, five teens were arrested of raping a 16-year-old girl at a vacant Fort Lauderdale home. Police are searching for three more accomplices. According to a Fort Lauderdale police report, the girl met her boyfriend, James Dorelus, around noon May 4 at the abandoned house. A little later, the girl got suspicious and tried to leave the house when several of her boyfriend's friends arrived at the house. However, the boys grabbed her and molested in a bathroom; she was held against her will and forced to engage in sexual acts with the eight suspects. A portion of the act was video recorded. When the boys left, they took the girl's cell phone, $20 cash, a $10 Wal-Mart gift card, her pants and underwear. Police arrested Dorelus, as well as Stervenson Isma, 16, Amazan Robensky, 17, Woolvens Bazile, 18, and Olbry Pierre.
In the 1930s, US invaded Haiti and introduced a racist policies carried out by U.S. Marines. An overall preferential but still racist treatment of Haiti's Mulato elite. During and after the American occupation in Haiti, a movement started that turning the intellectual class toward a greater appreciation of blackness, African culture. Francois Duvalier campaigned on this political ideology Noirism or Negritude Movement
"Noirisme Ideology" was defined by Matthew J. Smith (2004) as an ideology "which advocated total control of the state apparatus by black representatives of the popular classes." It is a form of political and cultural ideology that grew out of indigenism (ideologies associated with indigenous peoples), which in turn was a reaction to the American occupation of 1915 to 1934, and until the 1940's when Haiti gained back the control of its national bank. Although "color politics" were an integral part of Haiti's political scenery long before the arrival of the Marines, their presence served to strengthen the problem. During this period of U.S occupation, Haiti put an end to the Franco-German control of the Haitian economy and permanently shifted towards the U.S. However, Smith himself considered this as incomplete definition unless Occupation and post-Occupation scenarios in Haiti are considered and factors like radical, psychological, cultural, ethnological and political ideologies are taken into account.
After the slave revolution, the Haitian Elite or upper class was comprised of Haiti Military class, Haiti's Mulato class and free Blacks. This picture is the lovely wife of Emperor Faustin Soulouque, Adelina who is a member of the Haitian elite class.
Wealthy families could only married into wealthy families. Poor women could only be mistress
The Haitian Elite or upper class is always comprised of Military class, Haiti's Mulato class and free Blacks. An estimate suggests that about 1% of the total population, constitute the Haitian bourgeoisie--an elite group that the world rarely focuses on. They are often related through years of intermarriage and business dealings. They are educated, worldly, multilingual and rich, sometimes exceedingly so (about 300 are millionaires). A few of them are black, some are white, and most of them are mixed who have separated themselves from ordinary black Haitians in every respect. Pétionville's discothèques, casino, and health spas are packed on the weekends with affluent Haitians-- it is where you can witness the disparity of Haiti's wealth. The society is trapped in cycles of poverty, corruption and exploitation. Some of them have prospered mainly in the import-export or textile businesses. One percent of Haitians control 50 percent of the country's economy, and its top 500 taxpayers generate 80% of its tax revenues. In 2013, Haiti had a GDP of $8.199 billion, and 95% of that was roughly in the hands of about 10 families (eleven or twelve extended families in Haiti, many of them linked through marriage over many generations).
The Haitian society is known to be highly superstitious. Name anything that happens there and you will be surprised to hear a reason why it took place.
"Superstition" may be defined as, a belief or practice, not based on reason or scientific knowledge, but resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. Like in every country, Haiti has its share of superstitions and false beliefs. The earthquake of 2010 not only resulted tens of thousands of deaths and inflicted untold misery on the Haitians, but that gave birth of five big superstitions which might inflict more pain and misery on the Haitians in the future. Superstitions dominate human minds from the basic understanding that, "whatever happens, happens for a reason". They are mentioned here in brief: (1) God's revenge: This nonsense superstition spewed from the mouth of Reverend Pat Robertson, host of the 700 Club TV show. He said, the earthquake was God's vengeance on Haitians, because the Haitians made a pact with the devil to win freedom several hundred years ago; (2) Gaia's Revenge: This was started by actor and leftist activist Danny Glover. He said this was nature's revenge against the environmentalist climate summit agendas!; 3) Voodoo Worldview: Voodoo contains some sets of silly rituals and the practice believes that one's life, health, and overall fate are always influenced by various deities which have the ultimate power over them; 4) Statist System: It is no wonder that Haiti is the poorest, the most handicapped and suppressed country in the Western hemisphere. It was the prime responsibility of the state to protect the country from natural disasters and take care of the economic and social policy of the state, but it failed; and 5) Blame and Rely on America: Behind everything there is some role of the U.S and thus it is their responsibility to help in cases of disaster, whether it is natural such as earthquakes, or man-made, such as poverty.