Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe flew to Washington recently, where he met with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the long-awaited elections in the Caribbean country and the prolonged delay. During the meeting Kerry stated the need for a speedy conclusion to the gridlock caused by the Haitian Senate being unable to vote on the election bill, and Lamothe made assurances that one would be sought. If the country does not have an election by January 12, 2015, the Parliament would be thrown into chaos.
A survey conducted recently found the Creole language has been gaining ground in the United States. The result indicated that the use of Creole language has increased by 73 percent since 2000. This is a figure that seems to shock many Americans, but not Haitians. The Creole language is now the 10th most common language spoken at Home in United States, other than English.
The Haitian presence in the US has been felt in so many ways, although it has been hard to come up with an accurate figure due to their legal status in the country. This group of immigrant has been very active in the American politic. The hold many elected positions in their city, district or state.
Most of the Creole speaking immigrants are found in in Little Haiti, North Miami and in Broward County and Palm Beaches in Florida. There are also many Haitian Creole speaker throughout the country in places such as New York and Boston
Though Haiti and the Dominican Republic share one island Hispaniola, they remain worlds apart with troubled history. When the Dominican Court through a controversial ruling banned the nationality of thousands of Haitian origins living on Dominican soil since 1929, it had a disastrous effect. Thousands of people of Haitian origin became homeless, stateless with no access to basic amenities. It prompted protest from every corner of the world. Haitians along with some international human rights communities demanded isolation of Dominican Republic. On 20th February 2014, amidst the disappointment of Haitian-Americans, "Enterprise Florida" organized a tour of delegation team comprising business leaders, exporters and representatives of the Florida's economic sectors to Dominican Republic for an international export sales mission. Dominican Republic is 9th important trading partner of the Florida State in terms of foreign trade (US$5.34 billion).
Rick Scott, the State Governor of Florida who usually leads "Enterprise Florida's" trade missions, at the last moment, has dropped himself from this insensitive, immoral and inhumane tour without any explanation.
Haitian barber, William Florville, became friends with Lincoln when Florville opened his barbershop in Illinois. His shop became Lincoln's retreat, where they swapped fish stories and told jokes.
The two grew dependent on each other, Lincoln in health matters and Florville in money. Florville cared for Lincoln during an illness, and Lincoln temporarily paid Florville's property taxes. Through Lincoln's patronage, Florville became a prosperous land owner, and Lincoln the author of The Emancipation Proclamation, setting free the slaves of the South.
The MLA Desdunes (riding the Artibonite Department, north of Haiti) is very critical vis-à-vis the U.S. ambassador accredited in Haiti. According to Levaillant Louis-Jeune, Pamela Ann White was elected as the spokesman of the Administration Martelly. "Pamela White serves as a sounding board of the National Palace," insists the parliamentarian.
A number of MPs declared that the former President of the Lower House was organizing to send a letter to President Barack Obama to notify him of the behaviours of its representatives in Haiti. The National Coordinator of INITE said that they give no weight to the recent statements made by the representative of the Republic Starry countries in which electoral competition may take place this year.
Recall that Pamela White had indicated in stride, that his country has a budget of ten million dollars for the organization of partial municipal and local Senate. These statements were held to mark the first anniversary of his taking office at the U.S. Embassy to a group of journalists.
United States citizens wishing to travel to the Caribbean country of Haiti have been warned by the U.S. State Department to travel with more than just their sunscreen. In a recent release from the State Department, the high rate of crimes in Haiti, especially those against Americans, juxtaposed with the lack of reliable medical services such as ambulances and the limited scope of the protection offered by security forces, make the need for personable measures safeguarding individual safety necessary.
Benoit Batraville was a Haitian army commander who was thought a puppet military leader the U.S. Marines could control. Because of his intellect and former ties to murdered insurgent leader Charlemagne Peralte, Congress appointed him commander thinking he would help them extend their territory during the U.S. Occupation.
But Batraville was secretly an insurgent leader and foiled the Marines attempt to occupy more of Haiti. They finally located Batraville on the Central Plateau and assassinated him in 1920.
This song that is still popular today in Haiti, Anjeliko, Anjeliko, ale kay manman ou, became famous during US Occupation of Haiti of 1915.
Haitians Resentment of 19-Year U.S. Occupation
Although Haiti won independence in 1804, by 1908 the island had collapsed under dire economic and political influences. Out of control military factions battled for power.
In 1915, the U.S. Occupation brought stability to Haiti. Initially Haitians accepted it, but grew resentful of America's absolute control in time.
When America's Great Depression hit, they could no longer afford the Occupation and left in 1934. A few American diplomats remained to protect U.S. investments
The government of Jean-Pierre Boyer implemented a policy called the Society for Promoting the Emigration of Free Persons of Color to Haiti.
During the government of Jean-Pierre Boyer, The Haitian government made an appeal to the Black American to come and settle in Haiti. The government offered incentive such as free trips and 10 pounds of coffee per family upon their arrival in Haiti. Additionally, the new immigrants would receive three acres of land and money.
Frederick Douglass, born into slavery in 1818, became a writer, speaker, and public servant.
Little known about Frederick Douglass was his appointment as General Consul (GC) to the Republic of Haiti. As GC, he learned of the slave revolt led by Toussaint Louverture, Haiti's liberator. At 1893 Chicago World's Fair at Haitian Pavilion, he acknowledged Haiti's slave revolt as influencing the abolitionist movement in America.
Frederick Douglass advocated for all kinds of causes, from women's suffrage, to Native American and immigrant rights.