Haiti will become a full member of the African Union in June 2016.
Haiti may not have any geographic ties to Africa, but as an impoverished Caribbean state with its political and cultural legacy, it is definitely attached to the continent and the union could be of mutual benefit to the two. With its admittance in the next African Union summit in June 2016 in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, Haiti will be the only first member nation with no geographical connection to join the continent. In 2012, Haiti indicated its interest to move from its observer status to member status. Haiti always had a special relationship with Africa. Between 1307 and 1312, Haiti was the first Caribbean country to engage in pre-Columbian trade with Africa, where Africans cultivated the banana crop and established settlements in Haiti. In a speech in 2009, the deposed late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, then chairman of the African Union said, one day there will be a United States of Africa and it will include "Caribbean islands with African populations" such as Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.
These pictures show Jean Bertrand Aristide arriving at Bangui M'Poko International Airport which is an international airport located northwest of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, following his second exile from Haiti.
The second set shows Jean Bertrand Aristis, his wife Mildred Aristide and their two children Christine and Michaelle Aristide arriving in South Africa where he would be allowed to live in exile until he can safely return to Haiti.
For the second coup D'Etat given to Jean Bertrand Aristide, not so much as individuals but rather countries are accused. On February 29, 2004, the US, France and Canada are accused to be the masters behind the overthrew of Jean Bertrand Aristide government.
Following several weeks of conflicts, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in a 2004 Haitian coup d'état in which one of his former soldiers (Guy Philippe) took the leading role. However, Aristide accused the U.S as one of the accomplices for orchestrating the coup d'état against him with support from Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson and countries like France, Canada and some others. On 25 February, 2004, Guy Philippe and rebel forces surrounded Port-au-Prince and announced plans to arrest Aristide. On 29 February, 2004, Aristide resigned as President and left Haiti with his wife on board a U.S. military plane to the Central African Republic. In an interview on CNN, on March 2, 2004, he said he was told to resign to avoid bloodshed. He later claimed that, his departure was a kidnapping, accusing the U.S. for orchestrating a coup d'état against him.
Here is a picture of Jean Bertrand Aristide, Mildred, Christine and Michaelle Aristide arriving in South Africa.
When Haiti's beleaguered President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned following a coup d'état, and fled into exile for a second time on Sunday, 29 February 2004, he left the impoverished nation in a chaos. The former Catholic priest was once hailed by the masses as their savior. Aristide later accused the U.S as one of the accomplices for orchestrating the coup d'état against him with support from Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson and countries like France, Canada and some others.
Aristide's enforced departure created a vacuum. Hundreds of gunmen, most of whom were his supporters, and other rebel leaders, outlaws, poured on to the streets of the capital. About 100 U.S. Marines arrived on the night of departure and Canada, France and several Caribbean nations also agreed to send troops to restore law and order in the country. The outstation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004 left a large number of 9 mm weapons, 38's, American-style machine guns, M-14's and hand grenades in the hands of his supporters and other hooligans. As a consequence of this, regular exchange of ammunition among the gangs and with the UN peacekeeping force was a routine matter.
Here is a picture of Francois Duvalier and Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia.
Haile Selassie I (23 July 1892-- 27 August 1975), a member of the Solomonic dynasty was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He was also known as the King of Kings. He served as the Chairperson of the Organisation of African Unity. His internationalist view helped Ethiopia to become a charter member of the United Nations. He helped to promote multilateralism and collective security and in 1936, at the League of Nation, he condemned the use of chemical weapons by Italy against Ethiopia. His millions of supporters of Rastafari movement (an Abrahamic belief) used to worship him as the returned messiah of the Bible. This King of Kings met the President for Life, when he visited Haiti in April 1966. He was the only foreign Head of State to visit Haiti during the rule of Francois Duvalier (Papa Doc). Like Haile Selassie, President Duvalier was also a patron of the Black Nationalist platform, and a supporter of the Pan-African model of excellence.
Here is a picture that was originally posted on the website theeventchronicle.com. According to information obtained there, some public advocacy group are conducting a campaign to inform the public that here are nothing real about ebola.
They want to make sure that people in the west understands that the Ebola virus does not exist and spread as the media wants us to believe. It is a man made disease brought to Africa by the Red Cross. They also stated they remarked that only the people who have been injected by some substance from the Red Cross.
The article went on to say that some of thos countries include: Liberians and Nigerians
Pawol Pale, Pawil Kompran
Roy, tande yon koze!
Mezanmi gade yon group moun ki pran pou yo denonce La Croix Rouj. Moun sa yo di ke se La Croix Rouj ki pote maladi sa kape touye moun nan payi Afrikin yo tankou Nigerya et Ghana et Liberya.
Min moun sa yo di yo remake depi Moun La Croix Rouj sa yo fini injekte yon bagay nan kor mou yo yo tombe malad
In a recent statement dated October 2, 2014, by the Ministers of Health, Interior and Defense, the Haitian government has forbidden any agency or organization to recruit Haitian volunteers on any mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). The announcement came in the wake of a news release on social networks that the United Nations was recruiting volunteers to respond to the Ebola outbreak. Haiti is a frequent victim of outbreaks and contagious diseases. A cholera epidemic hit the country four years ago and killed over 8,500 people and infected more than 700,000 people. 'Cholera' was non-existent in Haiti for last 100 years; it was brought to Haiti by some U.N peace keepers from Nepal, stationed near a major river. Even this year, there was over tens of thousands of suspected cases of an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus known as 'Chikungunya'. 'Ebola' is a severe haemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate around 50%. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads through human-to-human transmission. It is a grave issue of health risk and that definitely calls for a serious preventive measure.
Cooperation Agreements Signed between Haitian and African Governments
President Martelly and Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara met while in New York for the UN 69th General Assembly. They agreed to work more closely as nations across many sectors.
Last year the Ouattara government signed cooperation agreements with Haiti when Prime Minister Lamothe visited and are intending to help with the island's reconstruction.
Martelly is gratified that ". . . our African brothers will come to Haiti to take part in its reconstruction"
The Ark of Return is a design piece of sculpture that will be installed in the UN plaza in 2014.
The project is a representation of a slave ship and lone slave beside it, which symbolizes the journey of the transatlantic slave trade from bondage to freedom.
A memory piece, it invites viewers to reflect on what forces created the slave trade and were ultimately defeated by democracy.
The design will be hewn in shining white marble, emblematic of spirituality.