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Haiti is a country that relies heavily on help from other countries. We need to maintain a good relationship with the international world. Haiti and the Dominican Republic are two countries that shares the island. Conflicts usually arise almost daily between Haitians and Dominicans. many people believe that the conflict between the two nations has its root from the occupation of the Dominican Republic by Haiti

Haiti Hosts Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

The present Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid his first official visit to Haiti on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The meeting between Nicolas Maduro and the Haitian President, Michel Martelly took place on the grounds where once the National Palace stood before it collapsed during the earthquake of 2010. For several hours the meeting was held privately and was aimed towards starting the negotiations so that the flow of special funds could be renewed. Special funds refer to the oil money used primarily for infrastructure projects.

It must be noted that Venezuela is the biggest contributor or donor that has been helping Haiti to get back on its feet after the country was hit by the 2010 earthquake. A huge support came from the PetroCaribe fund of Venezuela. Millions of dollars from the PetroCaribe pact has been used by Haiti for renovating power station, rebuilding international airport runway and also for paying for fuel. The international airport in the second largest city of Haiti has been named after the former Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.

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Joe Biden Urges Michel Martelly to Hold Elections

Haitian President Michel Martelly and American Vice President Joe Biden have begun a dialog between the U.S. and Haiti. They met in May when Biden made a visit to Trinidad on state business and spoke by phone for approximately an hour on 6/19/2013. The agenda included post-2010 reconstruction projects, making the government of Haiti (GOH) more efficient and responsive, and initiatives to tackle anti-corruption practices within the GOH.

Most imperative, Biden stressed, is Haiti hold free, fair, and transparent elections before years' end. The international community agrees. Haiti's electoral system is bicameral, composed of the Temporary Electoral Council (TEC) and the Permanent Electoral Council (PEC). Before an election can be held, the PEC must be seated. Until this happens, the TEC acts as proxy, with no powers to oversee the ballot casting and counting process. Martelly has been embroiled with the opposition party over his PEC pick, a corrupt politician. He is insistent his guy remain on the PEC, rather than the opposition appointee.

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Michel Martelly invited to attend NAACP National convention in Florida

The Haitian President, Michel Martelly was invited to participate in U.S. oldest civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP) national convention in Florida. The convention will run from Saturday July 13, 2013 and continues Wednesday of that same week

The NAACP will mark this year to major events in the history of movement: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and also the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers.

More picture and information about Haiti and its relationship with Black Americans

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. Its objective is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

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Did Haitian Government lie over chicken and eggs from Dominican Republic?

Dominican Media reported that the Haitian President Michel Martelly admitted that he lied over poultry products from the Dominican Republic.

According to Dominicantoday.com, Dominican President President Danilo Medina, during a meeting held on Sunday(6/30/13) with Michell Martelly and Haiti Foreign minister Pierre-Richard Casimir, the Haitian leader admitted that poultry products from the Dominican Republic are of good quality and that the Haitian ban was strictly economic.

The meeting was held during the summit of the Petrocaribe member nations in Nicaragua where the Haitian Government said that his country loses around $300 million in unpaid tax revenue due to chicken and eggs import from the Dominican Republic

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Parliament Charges Diaspora Minister Bernice Fidelia is an American Citizen

The latest scandal in the Haitian Parliament concerns the citizenship status of now-resigned Minister of the Diaspora (MOD), Bernice Fidélia. Ms. Fidélia recently submitted her resignation letter to Prime Minister Lamothe, and he has been reluctant to make public that document. His office gave a terse statement to the press that omitted the reasons she resigned.

Senate member John Joel Joseph claimed at a meeting of Parliament and the Prime Minister on June 4th that Ms. Fidélia is an American citizen. Within days of that meeting, she tendered her resignation in a letter to Lamothe. Since then, more senators believe Joseph's claims, or else why her sudden leave-taking?

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British Embassy Now Open for Business in Haiti

Britain has not been a diplomatic presence in Haiti since 1966. That year the British shuttered their embassy due to intensified conflicts with Dictator François Duvalier. Over four decades later, Britain has resumed a diplomatic relationship with the government of Haiti, under President Michel Martelly.

The British Embassy, now open for business, is seeking to expand its business and diplomatic interests in the South Region. Brit Steven Fisher will work at the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Ambassador Fisher already resides in the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo as the British Envoy.

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Haiti, the only country occupied by US that doesn't play Baseball

Baseball is the most popular game in United States and it has been picked up in many countries where US has managed to put its military weight for some reason or the other. History says that United States has used its military force in several of its neighboring southern countries that include the names like Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama and Nicaragua. Why exactly America used it military forces in these countries is sometimes controversial but the truth is that they did.

Haiti is the only country occupied by US that does not play baseball.

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North Miami Election on Haitian Radio, can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

The Haitian Radio landscape of North Miami during an election period is a veritable game of thrones. With a whole third of the North Miami population being of Haitian descent, hopefuls for the city council and the position of mayor take to the ever important airwaves to sway the votes of this influential number.

The importance of Creole radio in North Miami is unquestionable. Even non-Creole speaking candidates and other interested parties keep themselves abreast of what is being broadcast because, quite often, the elections all but play out over the radio waves. The relationship to the Haitian residents of North Miami and their radio stations is not always a healthy one. They hang so trustingly upon the words of the broadcasters that the truth and lies are often accepted unquestioningly. Therefore, any candidate serious for election must keep on top of what is being said about them on radio. They must not only police what others are saying, but be a source of information by having a decisive presence on the most popular stations and talk-shows.

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Haiti ban on Dominican products threat of Bird flu

The Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and Industry recently announced a ban on all poultry related items from Haiti's neighboring country the Dominican Republic after government officials in Santo Domingo confirmed the reports of an outbreak of Bird Flu in the country.

The threat of the deadly avian flu has caused a ban on all animal, meat and egg products from the Dominican Republic. The government, in an official statement, has also informed importers, resellers and consumers of the products which are potential carriers of the flu that the ban was of immediate effect and would remain in effect until further notice.

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Haiti and Dominican Republic Partner for Reforestation Campaign

The governments of Haiti (GOH) and Dominican Republic (DR) have partnered for the "Re-greening DR-Haiti" reforestation movement. The campaign kicked off at World Environment Day in North East Department, Ouanaminthe. Presidents Martelly of GOH and Danilo Medina of DR planted seeds to demonstrate their intent to reach a tree canopy of 27% by 2020. Currently, green coverage amounts to only 2% of Hispaniola Island. The GOH and DR want to increase it to 4% by 2017.

Martelly noted "the last national afforestation campaign dates back to 1980 . . ." He said in over three decades no attempt has been made to reforest Hispaniola. But he reported 400,000-plus seed plantings have occurred in several departments throughout Haiti in the last six weeks. Danilo Medina also reported 6 million-plus seed plantings have occurred in DR.

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