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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

Pierre-Richard Casimir in Visit to Moscow, Russia

In a move to raise its profile on the world stage by strengthening foreign-policy relations with other nations, Haitian Foreign Affairs Minister, Casimir, met with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Lavrov, in May. The meeting covered trade agreements, visa policies, and drug-trafficking terrorist connections.

Haiti is a member of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CLACS) that comprises 33 nations, a populace of 600 million, and a yearly domestic output of $7 trillion. The organization was started in 2010 to offset the U.S.'s dominance of South- region interests.

Russia is seeking to restore its weakened influence in Latin American and Caribbean countries since the collapse of the Berlin Wall and Communism. It is advocating for a new world axis to include not only CLAS, but parts of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Eurasian Union. These regions contain big and healthy economies, gaining in political and economic clout, and affecting the world economy and foreign relations.

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Sandra Honore from Trinidad to Lead UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

Sandra Honore, a diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago will be spearheading the United Nations' Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti. This announcement was made by Secretary General of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. This announcement from the Secretary General of United Nations came on the first weekend of June.

Sandra Honore is the successor of Mariano Fernandez, the previous head of United Nations' Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti. Since the departure of Mariano Fernandez, the position of Acting Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti has been served by Nigel Fisher.

Sandra Honore has a respectable diplomatic career since 1979 and has severed in various diplomatic posts including positions in Costa Rica, Brazil and United States of America. Along with the announcement of the new head of MINUSTAH, United Nations' Secretary General Ban Ki-moon once again thanked previous head of United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Mariano Fernandez for leadership and sheer determination during the critical days of Haiti. He also praised Mariano's role in smooth government transition in Haiti and the role he played for dealing with the challenging situations of national security of the Republic of Haiti.

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China penalizes Haiti for maintaining relations with Taiwan

In a dramatic political move, China kept Haiti out of the USD $3 billion support funds. China announced this support fund in form of concessional loans to those Caribbean Community countries (CARICOM countries) that support the One China Policy of the People's Republic of China.

The countries that will benefit from this funding include Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Montserrat, Suriname, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. These countries support the One China Policy. One China Policy of People's Republic of China refuses to recognize a separate entity by the name Republic of China. Taiwan is administered by this separate entity.

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Pierre Esperance elected Secretary General of International Federation for Human Rights

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the world's oldest organization advocating human rights on an international scale has elected its first Haitian Secretary General. Established in 1922 and comprised of well over a hundred nations, the FIDH, at their recent meeting in Istanbul, Turkey endeavored to select a fresh International Bureau.

From their efforts, Pierre Esperance was inducted onto the new board along with other secretary generals, Paul Nsapu, who represents the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dan Van Raemdonck, who represents Belgium, Moroccon representive, Amina Bouyach and Debbie Stothard, representing Burma. Esperence also acts as the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights' (RNDDH) head in his home country.

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Haitian workers repatriated from Central Barahona Sugar Consortium plantations

In a blatant disregard of human rights, several hundred repatriated Haitian seasonal workers were abandoned at the Haitian Customs Office in the Dominican Republic in May. Human rights agency Siské Jano Border Network (SJBN) investigated and discovered not one of the workers employed as sugarcane cutters for Barahona Sugar Mill Consortium (BSMC) possessed a visa, required to work in the Dominican Republic (DR) where BSMC is located.

The Haitian Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) is responsible for issuing visas, but apparently made concessions to BSMC, so BSMC could avoid the cost of providing workers' documentation. And it seems DGI didn't want to absorb the cost either. The Haitian Customs Office could not process the repatriates without a record of their immigration status. But they are also at fault for not alerting the DGM, according to that office.

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Cuba dedicates an entire week to celebrate Haitian culture

In the last week of May during a week-long celebration from Sunday through Saturday the Cubans showed how fascinated they are about the Haitian culture by devoting the whole week to the Haitian Culture. The news agency Presna Latina submitted a report on more than a century of Haitian presence on Cuban soil which infused the Creole language of Haiti into at least half a million Cubans and paved the path for sharing culture and art between the two countries.

Haitian Ambassador to Havana, Jean Victor Geneuse said that taking account of the migration of Haitians to Cuba since the birth of the first black republic of the world, the process of cultural copulation is natural. The migration started from the days of Revolution when the Haitians moved to Cuba to flee the bloodbath of the Revolution but later there were temporary waves of farm workers seeking work in coffee and cane harvest.

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Haitian Diaspora doubled remittances less than 10 years - Transfe Lajan Double

In a report recently released that monitors the amount of Remittances received by the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the report noticed that an important source of income for these countries came from their Diaspora sending money transfers to millions of families and friends to cover basic needs like food, education, health and housing.

Nan yon rapò ki fèk lage monitè kantite lajan Ayiti. Rapò a remake ke yon sous enpòtan nan revni pou peyi sa yo te soti nan Dyaspora yo ki voye transfere lajan.

According to the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), remittances represent more than 10% of the gross domestic product in countries such as Haiti, Guyana, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Jamaica and Guatemala.

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Fatal Assistance - Assistance Mortelle by Hatian filmmaker Raoul Peck

Here is the documentary that you have heard so much about. Assistance Mortelle or Fatal Assistance in English was realized by Hatian filmmaker Raoul Peck. It is an exposé that provides a look at the response of the international community following the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This film that made its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, has a duration of 1:45 minutes.

Se dokimantè ou te tande anpil pale sou li. "Asistans Mortelle" te reyalize pa Hatian sineast Raoul Peck. Se yon ekspoze ki bay yon gade sou tranbleman tè 12 janvye 2010 an Ayiti.

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The History of Haitian Migration in the US and elsewhere

History of Haitian migration is pretty old. While millions cross the borders to become permanent residents of other countries, there are millions others who ride the same ferry but only to return after some time. Millions of Haitian people migrate and settle in Bahamas, Montreal in Canada, Cancun and Mexico City in Mexico, Cuba, United States and Dominican Republic. Other countries like French Guiana, French Antilles, France, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Chile, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos and Jamaica also have vast numbers of Haitian diaspora.

As of date, it is estimated that around 1.2 million Haitian people live in U.S. with proper documents while there are many others that have entered U.S. borders illegally. Canada is reported to have 200,000 Haitians while Dominican Republic is estimated to have 2 million Haitians. Bahamas accounts for 80,000 Haitians while the reported figure for France is 90,000.

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International Organization for Migration (IOM) to receive fund for Haitian Deported

Since its start in 2009, the program, established to dissuade migrants from the Northwestern coast of Haiti, who seek escape to neighboring countries like the United States, Cuba, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas, has helped in giving aid to some 22,000 returning people intercepted at sea who are often worse for wear during the taxing journeys.

Having given assistance to thousands of people since its inception with help from local businesses, fund and awareness raising efforts, the program has garnered the attention of the US State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) who work assiduously to keep the rise of irregular migration into US shores under control. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has thus received a donation of $100,000 to be used to improve the program and give 300 assistance packages to detained migrants.

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