Jonas Coffy accused Former P. M. Evans Paul as being behind recent increase in insecurity in Haiti. "Was it not the weakness of the Haitian justice, a citizen like Evans Paul would have been behind bars a long time ago", said the Director of the Ministry Social Affairs Jonas Coffy reacting about PM's coded statement
"konpoze or dekonpoze"
On Sunday, July 26, 2016, Jonas Coffy, the spokesman of Jocelerme Privert and the Director of the Ministry Social Affairs, on a program on "public interest" in Radio Kiskeya has accused former Prime Minister Evans Paul for his role behind the rising insecurity in the country and destabilizing the government. He has also accused the former Prime Minister for misappropriating public funds during his tenure as the Prime Minister. As per Coffy, it is a shame that our judicial system is so weak that it cannot keep people like Evans Paul behind the bars. Mr. Coffy was reacting to recent comments made by Evans Paul specifically his statement: "konpoze or dekonpoze" or "composed or decomposed" which many people believe to be a coded messages for promoting public violence. Evans Paul has described Coffy's accusation as, ridiculous and fanciful. He is considering filing a defamation suit against Coffy.
Here is a picture of Haitian artist King Kino with American President Barack Obama
Lord Kinomorsa Divers (King Kino) is an exiled humanitarian, disciplined man and civil rights activist and a well known star musician, singer, songwriter; he is one kind of royalty in a class by himself. He was born to be a leader. Kino started singing career at a very early age with the singing of Gospel Music in church. He is a disciplined man, never forgot the teachings and disciplines he received in the church. He is respected by his peers and his fans include from the kid with no name sitting in the corner streets of Petion Ville to Barack Obama. On September 12, 2012, King Kino was an invited guest at a special meeting with the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama. He seized the opportunity to address the key issues that are of paramount importance to the Haitian community living in the U.S and to his beloved country Haiti.
Here is a picture of Former prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive cited for the mishandeling of post hurricane contracts. The President of Commission of Anti-Coruption, Senator Youri Latortue, cited Former Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive for receiving close to seven million of American dollars in bribery or kick back from Dominican companies
Jean Max Bellerive Cited For Receiving Seven Million in Bribery
On July 27, 2016, the President of the Commission on Anti-Corruption, Senator Youri Latortue cited the name of former Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive (in office 11 November 2009 - 18 October 2011) for possibly receiving close to US$ 7 million kickback for awarding multi-million dollar contracts to some Dominican companies immediately following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. During the time of issuing these contracts he was the Prime Minister under President Rene Preval. Bellerive was born in Port-au-Prince in 1958. His father was a prominent doctor of the World Health Organization (WHO). Bellerive left Haiti at a very young age to study in Switzerland, France, and Belgium. He is a graduate in Political Science and International Relations; he decided to return to Haiti in 1986, shortly before the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier. He has worked with many public institutions such as the Secretariat of Tourism, the National Port Authority (APN), the Haitian People's Bank (BPH), the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) and the Ministry of Haitians Living abroad. In last March, the interim president Jocelerme Privert included him in his executive team as the Chief of Staff.
Here is President Jocelerme Privert with Dominican President Danilo Medina.
During the last 7th ACS (Association of Caribbean States) Summit in Havana on June 4, 2016, when Danilo Medina, the Dominican president met President Jocelerme Privert, Medina greeted Privert with a direct question: "When will be elections in Haiti?" Privert replied very quickly, "According to all available information, it has been scheduled for October 9, 2016." Then Privert conveyed his warmest congratulations to the Dominican President Medina for his second time victory under banner of "Partido de la Liberación Dominicana" with 61.61% votes against his main rival Luis Abinader, of the "Partido Revolucionario Moderno" (PRM) party who obtained 35.22% of the votes. Election in Haiti is equally important to the Dominican Republic, because the two countries have many outstanding issues to settle. Privert, as an interim president representing an interim government with little political support, has very limited ability to solve these issues. He was appointed for a very short tenure (120 days) and not to remain in power. In October 2015 during Martelly regime, Haiti unilaterally banned import of 23 Dominican products which choked 88.72% of US$ 467.9 million annual trade between the two countries. As per the decision taken, the banned items cannot cross the land border, but they can enter by boat or plane on payment of taxes to the capital of Port-au-Prince or in the northern coastal town of Cap Haitien. The upcoming October 9 election will start from a scratch. There will be many new candidates, new agreements, new alliances, and different coalitions. Two former allies might become two opponents-- former Presidents Rene Preval and Jean-Bertrand Aristide. However, for us, one thing is important. Privert is thinking for the handover of power.
Here is a picture of one of the greatest men we know Muhammad Ali with former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. This picture was provided thanks to the son of Mr. Duvalier. Nicolas Duvalier.
Nicolas Duvalier, the son of Jean-Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc), has shared a rare, never before seen, photo of the late heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, and his father Baby Doc. However, authenticity and context of the photo could not be verified. As per Nicolas Duvalier's twit, this photo was in his personal collection and the child with Ali is Ali's son. In a book of named "Paradise Lost: Haiti's Tumultuous Journey from Pearl of the Caribbean to Third World Hot Spot" by Philippe Girard, the writer had mentioned that, "By the late 1970's, seventy thousand U.S Tourists visited Haiti every year, including such African American celebrities as Cassius Clay (a.k.a. Muhammad Ali) and Arthur Ashe."... The photograph might have been taken during one of such visit.
Here is a picture of Guichard DORE, the advisor to President Michel Martelly.
Guichard Doré is a former presidential adviser, specialist in education and governance, economist and sociologist. Following the installation of Jocelerme Privert as the Interim President, Guichard Dore, advisor to President Michel Martelly had said, his party PHTK has already made compromises by accepting to leave the presidential office as per February 5th accord, and therefore expects other parties to behave accordingly. In the last month, on May 4, 2016, he said, Privert's charge was to complete the electoral process begun in 2015. The agreement that had installed him to the power, made no mention of a verification commission. So President Privert's decision to launch this verification commission is in violation of the February 5, 2016 agreement and it must be widely denounced as illegal and unconstitutional. Privert must leave the task of completing the election to Prime Minister Enex Jean Charles. However, he wants to annul the elections, put the parliament out of business after May 9, and remain in the power in a transitional regime for 2 years.
Here is a picture of Gwen Margolis, Member of the Florida Senate from the 35th district.
Gwen Margolis (born October 4, 1934), a Jewish by religion, is a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, representing the District 35, (1980-1992; 2002-2008; 2010-present). She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. In 1990, Margolis became the first woman to lead the chamber as the Senate president. She served in that role until 1992 and won an award for her leadership in the Senate. Earlier to that, she had served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980. Before joining politics, she was a real estate broker and an investor. On June 2, 2016, her 40 years in politics came to an abrupt end with the announcement of her plans to retire from the Florida Senate-- she has dropped her re-election bid. Margolis, at the age of 81 is the longest-serving senator currently in the Florida Legislature.
A new political structure was formed with only one objective: to remove Privert from office. According to the group headed by Evans Paul, June 14, Jocelerme Privert must go,
The 120-day mandate of Jocelerme Privert's appointment as the interim president as per February 5th accord has ended on June 14, 2016 and has left Haiti in an uncertain power vacuum. His installation as the interim president came as per an agreement with the proposition that the interim President will hold his office for 120 days (since February 14, 2016) and remain responsible to organize the overdue presidential election before April 24, 2016 and install a new President on May 14, 2016. However, the unfinished election could not be completed following the audit of an Independent verification Commission which said the election of October 25, 2015, was marred by massive frauds. Neither the lawmakers could meet in a National Assembly to resolve the matter by deciding whether to elect a successor or extend Privert's term. On the last day of Privert's term as the president, the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK) of former President Martelly and its allies formed a "general mobilization" force [called Entente Democratic (ED), or Democratic Agreement] with a single object of overthrowing Provisional President Jocelerme Privert from power. The former prime minister, Evans Paul, as the head of the platform has announced, continuation of Privert as the Interim President without any title or quality is against the law of the country and is a matter of a criminal offence. The three branches of government, such as, Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, should meet immediately to bring back the country onto the rail of the constitution.
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.