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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

IMF Approves New Aid Programme for Haiti

As per a report dated May 20, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-year SDR 49.14 million (about US$69.7 million, 60 percent of quota) arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Haiti on Monday, May 18, 2015. The approval will enable an immediate disbursement facility of an amount equivalent to SDR 7.02 million (about US$10 million). The remaining approved amount will be phased over the duration of the arrangement, subject to semi-annual program reviews.

The ECF support program by the IMF has been designed to introduce sustainable growth potential, bringing macroeconomic stability and reducing the country's vulnerability to shocks and other disasters. It will help to improve the competitiveness to encourage comprehensive growth, and maintain buffers, through streamlined policies that have full country ownership. The SDR (Special Drawing Right) is an international reserve asset, created by the IMF in 1969 to supplement its member countries' official reserves. The value of the SDR is determined by a basket of four key international currencies, which can be exchanged for freely usable currencies.

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Haitian Embassy evicted in South Africa, possessions confiscated

Haitian Embassy evicted in Pretoria for Rent Non-Payment

Breaking News - The latest embarrassment for the Haitian government. According to website in Pretoria in South Africa, (iol.co.za) a judge in Pretoria ordered all furniture at the Haitian Embassy be kept in a storage until the embassy is able to settle its debt. The embassy has not paid it rent obligation for over 10 months for a total of R550 500.

Personnel at the Haitian embassy did not let their possessions confiscated without a fight. The website reported that upon the arrival of the truck to evacuate the property, personnel at the embassy called police to report robbery. The Police was met by the sheriff as they were ordered to take possession.

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USAID funded political movement backing Martelly in 2010

USAID Helping Haiti

It seems like the U.S. Agency for International Development was not just an observer in the 2010 Haiti election but rather a major player. According to Al Jazeera, the agency gave close to $100,000 to a Haitian political movement Tét Kale (MTK) which has close ties to President Michel Martelly during the 2010 elections.

Al Jazeera reported that documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act reveal that the U.S. government provided close to $100,000 as support to MTK, through USAID. US law allows USAID to provide support to political groups without discrimination. This funding can not be used to influence election outcomes.

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Haitian Water and Sanitation dependent on Foreign Aid

Haiti has an underfunded and inadequate water and sanitation system. As a result cholera cases continue to multiply. Here is some information on the state of Haiti's water system.

Fewer than 50% of Haitians in rural areas can obtain water. Though there exists piped water systems, a majority of them don't function due to underfunding. The solution has been delivered by the World Bank South Region by hiring professional operators to run the systems. Also a U.S. $50 million dollar water initiative will help to prevent cholera by increasing local agencies' capacity to provide more access to water and sanitation.

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Dominicans, not Haitians, expelled from their land to Haiti

Dominican Haitians waiting for regularization to avoid deportation

Is Haiti practicing the words of the Bible literally in the ongoing crisis with the Dominican Republic? "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest". Haiti continues to remain true to itself by welcoming anyone who has problem in their own country. However, when do you say enough is enough?

Long ago, thousands of Haitians nationals crossed the border to seek work; many of them at the request of the Dominican Republic to go work in Batey. Like in any other countries, immigrants who usually come for work tend to stay by making the new land their own and also contribute much more to the society. The least that new country could offer them is a path to normalization and citizenship.

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Thomas Shannon and Diosdado Cabello met in Haiti

Venezuela Diosdado Cabello and Thomas Shannon met in Haiti

Haitian President Michel Martelly is credited for arranging a high level meeting between the United States and Venezuela. Mr. Diosdado Cabello who is considered as the second most powerful person in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro met on Saturday with U.S. State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon based on an arrangement orchestrated by Haitian President Michel Martelly.

The objective of the meeting was to work on U.S. Venezuela relations amid high tension between the two countries. The two met for an hour and half on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Diosdado Cabello was accompanied by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez. It is likely that the two countries would move toward the restoration of their relationship as Venezuela demands respect to international law, sovereignty and their self-determination.

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UN Peacekeepers sexual abuse Haitian women and Minors

Minustah Enjoying Themselves In Haiti

There is a famous quote by Christopher Marlowe that goes like that: " Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position". In the case of the UN Peacekeepers in Haiti, money can in fact buy love. A report just released found that several members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti have been engaged in "transactional sex" with more than 225 Haitian women for just basic needs.

These U.N. peacekeepers have exchanged food, care items, medication, household items for a moment of good time. The have been able to convince some urban as well as rural Haitian women on their offers. Urban women have been rewarded with tings such as money, cell phones, laptop and perfume; while rural women receive food, medication, and items for the house.

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Shooting Death of Chilean Peacekeeper in Haiti

On Monday, April 13, 2015, a Chilean peacekeeper, Sergeant Rodrigo Sanhueza, who was part of the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti, was shot dead during a violent protest in Ouanaminthe, a commune located in the North East Department of Haiti. Second Sergeant Rodrigo Andres Sanhueza Soto came to Haiti on UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and was providing security near the Dominican border, Ouanaminthe, before his military vehicle was fired upon by violent protesters demanding electricity. He succumbed to fatal injury from a gunshot by protesters. He was hit and rushed to the UN force's Uruguay Battalion for medical care, but died of his wounds.

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Haiti keeps fingers crossed as Repatriation moves forward in the Dominican Republic

Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Pierre Brutus of Haiti, and Andres Navarro of the Dominican Republic (DR), held a meeting in Santo Domingo on several issues, among them the migration problem. The National Plan for Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE) has sought to resolve the problem of Haitian descendants of immigrants born in the DR to achieve legal status after the High Court in a controversial decision voted to deport over 250,000 Haitians.

After protest from the international community the DR developed PNRE to regularize the threatened population. In the 18 months PNRE has been in effect, in excess of 175,000 applications for repatriations have been filed. By the June 17th expiration date it is expected applications will top 200,000. But Deputy Minister of Immigration and Naturalization, Luis Fernandez, says it ". . . does not mean that all applicants will be legalized . . ."

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UN Peacekeepers Exploited Haitian Women for Food & Medication

A report from the Associated Press says that some of the members of U.N. Peacekeeping Mission were engaged in "transactional sex" with more than 225 Haitian women who said they were obliged to do so to obtain essential things like food and medication. The report indicates that how sexual exploitation has remained underreported in such missions. It is undoubtedly one of the persistent problems with the number of 125,000 U.N Peacekeeping forces stationed in some of the world's most troubled areas like the Congo, Liberia and South Sudan. As per U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's latest annual report, last year the total number of similar allegation was 51, down from 66 the year before.

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