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This is the corner for all the people with names are listed. Some would call them celebrities in their respective field. However, if the person is popular, the name will be included here

Haitians protest against Happy Hearts Fund of Petra Nemcova

The ceremony that was conducted to award the Haitian President, Michel Martelly, was accompanied by demonstrations by Haitians and North Americans. The ceremony that was entitled "Happy Hearts Fund" featured super model Petra Nemcova awarding the president for his "leadership in education", and was taken by the dissenters to be very unfair to the people of Haiti. Over 100 Haitian and North American activists mobilized outside the Cipriani restaurant with only 48 hours' notice, seeking attention for their grievances to be taken seriously.

The issue that was being addressed by the protesters was the question brought to former U.S. President Bill Clinton "Where is the money for reconstruction?" The answer they got was "In whose pocket?" Clinton had the responsibility of giving out the money that was pledged to reconstruct houses and other structures in Haiti after the earthquake that happened four years ago. The only reported action taking was the clearing the rubble from the streets. After the disaster, still over 200,000 people are living in tents despite the pledge to construct houses for them. In fact, only a few people have benefited from the pledge. However, some of the houses are poorly designed and located in unsavory places while others are incomplete.

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Arnel Belizaire rushed to hospital of Canape vert

In his twenty first day of hunger strike, Deputy Arnel Belizaire are unable to continue without the intervention of some professionals in the medical field. This Sunday, he was rushed to the hospital of Canapé vert as his his health was deteriorating to a dangerous point

Last Thursday, an infusion of saline intravenously was administered to him to prevent the hunger strike from endangering his life.

Do you think that Deputy Arnel Belizaire should continue with the hunger strike upon release from the hospital?

Pawol Pale, Pawol Komprann....

Monchè sanble yo paka ouè bout to bonnom sa yo bay pou Arnel Belizaire sa non!

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Arnel Belizaire weighs possibility to continue fight with arms in hand

Last Thursday, Deputy Arnel Belizaire revealed some of his plans for the future. He has no intention of giving up on his fight against the government of Michel Martelly. The Deputy of Delma and Tabarre did not hesitate to mention the possibility to continue his fight in the future with arms in hand.

According to an article in HaitiLibre.com, Arnel Belizaire said: "I am violent. I always took part in all the armed struggles in recent years. If necessary after the end of my term, I will do the armed struggle. This is where I'm most comfortable." . He stated that President Michel Martelly is also a violent man.

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Wyclef Jean to Perform "We Will Find a Way" at 2014 FIFA World Cup

Haitian-American Hip-Hop artist, Wyclef Jean, has been chosen by Sony Music to perform the official anthem at the closing ceremonies of the Brazil FIFA World Cup of 2014. He came to prominence as part of the Fugees during the 1980s, with their second release, The Score, which sold 6,000,000 copies.

Jean spent his early years in Haiti, but his family moved to New Jersey while he was still in grade school. He attended college fitfully, before he finally completed his education at Berklee College of Music.

By the late 1990s, he broke with the Fugees to start his solo career. He made music history playing alongside Shakira in her video, Hips Don't Lie, which was the biggest monster hit of the new millennium. He also composed the sound track for the documentary, The Agronomist.

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Marie Barbancourt Shows Dark Side of Modern Haiti

Haitian-American Marie Barbancourt, resident of Montreal and television broadcaster, has made "Pour que plus jamais", a film about underground atrocities committed against middle-class citizens in Haiti, under the Martelly-Lamothe government. Although the film's narrative is fictional, it is based on happenings Barbancourt and her family suffered through that echo the reign of Francois Duvalier, who was a blood thirsty dictator.

Barbancourt, who wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film, plays Mia, also an ex-pat in Montreal. When she receives word her mother has been mysteriously executed back in Haiti, following the puzzling death of her father sometime before, she returns to get justice. The reason for both deaths is her parents' ownership of a home and some acreage, object of a land grab by a family with ties to corrupt politicians. She goes to court to resolve the issue, but the judge refuses to adjudicate her case. Instead she is thrown in jail on false charges, where she is tormented, so she will relinquish her claim.

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Human rights activist in Haiti, Pierre Esperance, threatened

Amnesty International reported on Tuesday that Pierre Esperance, Executive Director of the National Human Rights Defense Network, received a threatening letter along with a bullet. The letter accused Esperance of publishing untrue reports aimed at weakening President Michel Martelly's Government, and also referred to a previous attack when he had survived shots to the shoulder and knee while in his car.

Esperance and his team have publishing reports on a range of subjects including alleged links of the Government to the drug trade, and also about human rights and embezzlement charges connected with former dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvallier.

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Activist Juliana Deguis Pierre Barred from Dominican Flight to US

On March 23, 2014, Dominican immigration officers barred Juliana Deguis Pierre through a Dominican constitutional court ruling of last year to fly to U.S from Santo Domingo's airport with her lawyers to meet the officials of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington. Pierre is a woman of Haitian origin who is fighting for Dominican citizenship. As per her statement, she was carrying necessary travel documents provided by the U.S. State Department for her visit. But the Dominican immigration officers decided they were not sufficient to allow her to travel to the scheduled meeting with the human rights body on Monday in Washington and she needs a passport.

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Mario Joseph with Salem Award for Human Rights & Social Justice

On March 23, 2014, Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon, the two Haitian lawyers who have led unfortunate poor Haitians without any discrimination for last two decades, from military strongmen to the console of the United Nations, were honored "22nd Annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice". In the award giving ceremony, Dr. Paul Farmer, one of the founding members of Partners in Health, a leading health organization working in Haiti, has termed them as the most effective, courageous and persistent human rights activists he saw in his last 30 working years in Haiti. The mission of Salem Award is to honor the heroic works of those who speak and act to alleviate discrimination and social injustice, repair damage with truth, inspire and achieve justice for the victims of social injustice.

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Woman of Courage Haiti 2014 awarded to Colette Lespinasse

Haiti's Woman of Courage for 2014 is Ms. Colette Lespinasse. In her role as the Support Group for Returnees and Refugees' (GARR) coordinator, Ms. Lespinasse advocates the rights of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic who have been suffering from various injustices including the recent ruling that stripped many of their citizenship. Lespinasse officially received the honor at a ceremony held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the United States Embassy in Port-au-Prince.

She received the award this year as the successor to 2013's recipient Marie Jossie Étienne. Étienne received the award for her contributions to the role of women in policy in the country as well as her work for decentralization. Lespinasse's honor deals more with the aspect of Haitian migration, certainly a hot topic with the current atmosphere. Both women, and other recipients of the award, are acknowledged not only for the work they do in the present, but for the impact it will have on the future. With GARR, Lespinasse is laying down the groundwork that will form the political and social life of women in the country going forward.

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Haiti loses former ambassador Guy Alexandre

Unfortunately Guy Alexandre, Haitian diplomat and professor, died at the age of sixty-eight from a heart attack in Port-au-Prince on 28th February 2014.

Mr. Alexandre was born in St. Marc, in 1945. At the age of forty-six, he became Haiti's diplomat to the Dominican Republic. He then became an important person, who could help people have a better understanding of the tense diplomatic relations between the two countries. Alexandre would lose this diplomatic post in 2003.

In 2004, he started working as a senior advisor to the Haitian Government for international relations. He left the post in 2006. After this he started working as a senior advisor and program manager in the International Organization for Migration in Haiti. A short time ago he published a book that was about how to improve the relationship of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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