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

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder joins CARICOM Meeting in Haiti

Haiti, with its president Michel Martelly, continues its role as the head of Caricom by hosting the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, at a conference for the region's leaders. It's been a year of firsts for Haiti where the Caribbean Community is concerned; first with Martelly assuming the mantle of its chair and now with the country hosting its first Caricom event. It was, therefore, a considerable boon for the attorney general to attend this milestone.

In his address, aimed at discussing the issue of crime and briefing the region about the impending deportation of criminals born in the Caricom member states who are currently imprisoned in the U.S., Eric Holder touched on the region's need to subdue drug and weapons trafficking. He also spoke on the need to increase the capacity of security and law enforcement in member countries to better enable them to handle their deported citizens, as well as the need for the U.S. to give as much notice as possible to a country with impending deportees.

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CARICOM Tripartite Agreement for Cultural Exchange Programs

The governing body of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held their 24th Intersessional Meeting of the Summit of Heads of State and Government in Port-au-Prince on December 18, 2012. At a meeting with news media, apart from summit agenda, the governments of Haiti, Antigua, and Barbuda announced a tripartite agreement. The agreement signed is a commitment to jointly pursue the development of a series of cultural exchange programs.

Antiguayen Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, spokesman for the alliance, expressed certainty about the effectiveness of the planned programs for social inclusion of the underclass in each of the nations. He especially noted the eagerness of Haiti to move quickly on the review and implementation of the proposed programs. He added the contract between the nations would create a cross-cultural exchange of mutually beneficial resources for social development of the youth of each participating nation.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco visits to Haiti February, 2013

In his scheduled visit of February 15, 2013 Prince Albert II of Monaco will spent a full day in Haiti. This Friday when he visits he will discuss with President Michel Martelly on the fight against HIV/AIDS and later the prince will inaugurate Prince Albert II de Monaco kindergarten and elementary school.

Prince Albert II de Monaco School since opening its doors in October 2012 now has a population of 160 children. The institution is funded by a collective humanitarian of Monaco "Monaco Collectif Haiti" and the body will continue to support the school until 2015. The school is hosting children who in one way or another are disadvantaged.

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Consul General of Haiti in New York, Charles Antoine Forbin

Charles Antoine Forbin, the Consul General of Republic of Haiti, will be chairing Consular Corps of New York's deliberations from 27th March, 2013 to 30th June, 2013 while Michel Martelly, President of Haiti, will ensure that CARICOM's (Community and Common Market) presidency keeps rotating. President Martelly has been ensuring this rotation since January 1, 2013 and will continue to do so until July 31, 2013. The deliberations of Consular Corps of New York, to be chaired by Charles Antonie Forbin, comprises of members of 12 participating countries.

The Consular Corps of New York will meet at Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in New York's premises and will allow Haiti to get back into the position of a negotiator. In this forum provided by the CARICOM allows questions to be raised and issues to be discussed on Caribbean region's social, political and economic interests and Haiti will be in a position to air its voice. It will be a great opportunity for Haiti to speak about her problems and she can also provide suggestions for the betterment of the overall Caribbean region.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died, A great loss for Haiti

A good friend and a supporter of the people of Haiti has died. Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on public television in Venezuela that President Hugo Chavez died in Caracas of the consequences of cancer "after two years fighting against the disease.

The haitian government hs already reacted to the death of President Hogo Chavez. Haitian President Michel Martelly has sent his condolences on his Facebook page stating: "I extend, on behalf of the people of Haiti, my sincere condolences to the Venezuelan people following the death of President Hugo Chavez."

Following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the government of Michel Martelly took a decreed for three (3) days of mourning observed as a sign of respect for what was Hugo Chavez. It is to start on Wednesday March 6. During these three days, the Haitian flag will be flown at half mast, radio stations are invited to broadcast music appropriate in the circumstances.

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The United Nations will not give a Dime to Cholera victims in Haiti - "Pa Yon Goud Lescot"

The United Nations has formally declared that that they will not compensate any victim of the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The UN has invoked its legal immunity to rebuff claims from attorneys for over 8,000 people killed by the Cholera outbreak, under section 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UN.

Not even" "Yon Goud Lescot"

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon contacted the Haitian President Michel Martelly to inform him that the UN was not willing to compensate any of the claimants. He issued a diplomatic statement where he did not either accept or deny liability for the Cholera epidemic. However, he was direct in rejecting any possible compensation to any of the victims or families of the victims.

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The 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM in Haiti

This is a picture of the dignitaries from all over the Caribbean as well as the US who were present in Haiti at the Intersessional Meeting of the 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM.

For the first time in the hisatory of the CARICOM, a President of Haiti is Chairman. Also for the first time, the country of Haiti was hosting the Meeting of the Heads of Government.

The agenda of the 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM was focused on 16 point including Strengthening the Regional Crime and Security Architecture and Agenda, Reform In CARICOM; Report on Financial Stability of the region; the British American Insurance Company, Update on the Resolution of the Obligations resulting from the financial Collapse, transportation within the Caribbean countries, Matters related to sport, specifically Cricket and Possibilities and Introduction of interpretation and Translation Services for CARICOM.

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The Dominican Republic and Haitian Sugarcane Workers

In the Dominican Republic the communities inside the sugarcane plantations are called batey. Many Haitians and Dominicans who have migrated from Haiti, work in the sugarcane plantations. Many people from Haiti have been fleeing Haiti to work as seasonal laborers in the sugarcane industry in Dominican Republic.

Poor Working Conditions

Access to healthcare and working and living conditions in the Dominican Republic are very often poor. There is lack of electricity, sanitary facilities and running water. After Christopher Columbus's colonization, the sugarcane plant was introduced.

However it was in the 1900s that the sugarcane industry started in the Dominican Republic with United States acting as a catalyst for developing it. In 1905 the DR was controlled by the United States under the Big Stick policy of Roosevelt. In 1915, Haiti was invaded by troops from America. Political stability was established in the island after the occupation of United States.

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Antihaitianismo, a racial prejudice manifested In Dominican Culture

The Hispaniola Island is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti for around 150 years. But both countries do not share an amicable relationship. Antihaitianismo is a set of anti prejudices that have been created by antagonism in the Dominican Republic.

Evolution Of Racial Prejudice

Antihaitianismo is the evolution of racial prejudices manifested for a long time, misinterpretation of selective historical facts and creation of false consciousness in the Dominican Republic. The elite groups, who were powerful and having strong interests to defend, orchestrated the long term revolution.

Inhabitants from Spain colonized Santo Domingo and it was then that racial prejudices started leading to antihaitianismo. Racial prejudice, slavery besides sugar was brought to the island due to Spanish colonization. Administration was controlled by elite white Spanish who ruled over the slaves and creoles.

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Haiti And Dominican Republic, Geographical And Historical Differences

While Haiti suffers, Dominican Republic is well off and occupies Caribbean Island of Hispaniola up to around 30,000 sq m. It is filled with resorts, is prosperous and healthy while Haiti continues to be poverty stricken. The Dominican Republic is ranked 90th on the human development index out of the 182 countries while Haiti comes 149th.

In Haiti the life expectancy is 61 years while in the Dominican Republic it is 74 years. In case a person lives on 2/3rds of eastern Hispaniola then he is more likely to write and read and live on less than 1.25 dollars a day.

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