Haiti: Mobilisation against militarism

Posted on Tuesday 21 March 2006

Originally by Djems Olivier, 20 March 2006 AlterPresse - www.alterpresse.org
Translated from French by Charles Arthur www.haitisupport.gn.apc.org
P-au-P., 20 March 06 [AlterPresse] --- The international weekend of mobilisation against war had echoes in Port-au-Prince, where a meeting was convened on 18 March by the Haitian Platform for Alternative Development (PAPDA), in order to ask for the departure of the UN troops deployed in Haiti.
At the Faculty of Human Sciences (FASCH), dozens of Haitians reflected on and discussed various topics, such as the militarisation of Haiti, the (...)

Trinidad : “Not so nice to visit”

Posted on Saturday 4 March 2006

By Exilus Deceyon Port of Spain, 04 Mar. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Eleven British nationals, here for the Carnival season, were left traumatised last weekend, after bandits stormed a private Maracas Bay home they were renting and made off with more than TT$100,000 worth of cash, clothing, jewelry and household items on Carnival Tuesday night.
Gerald Mejias, owner of the house, said six of the visitors were at home when five bandits stormed the house and held the group at gunpoint around 9.30 pm on Carnival Tuesday.
Among the victims was John Hughes, a former English chief inspector of (...)

Haiti : What are the challenges that Préval must face?

Posted on Friday 3 March 2006

By Gotson Pierre, 23 February 2006 AlterPresse - www.alterpresse.org
Translated from French by Charles Arthur www.haitisupport.gn.apc.org
A week after the proclamation of his victory in the 7 February elections, René Préval is taking stock of the expectations awaiting him in the context of a current situation marked by a problematic political transition and recurring social and economic problems.
At his first press conference on 22 February, the new head of state admitted, "I am frightened to see the passions aroused by the presidential campaign, the election of a president, and the (...)

Trinidad : “Carnival this year was as clean as one expected”, said Police Commissioner

Posted on Thursday 2 March 2006

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, 02 Mar. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Winston Cooper said yesterday that although there were two killings in Chaguanas and a few skirmishes, there were no major incidents during the two-day revelry.
Cooper said, “Carnival this year was as clean as one expected. There were some minor incidents but with the large number of officers who were on duty we (the police) dealt with the situations.
He said a total of 145 people were arrested and charged with varying offences between J’Ouvert morning and Carnival Tuesday.
These arrests (...)

Who Benefits from Aristide’s Return to Haiti?

Posted on Friday 24 February 2006

By Daniel Simidor
Submitted to AlterPresse on February 23, 2006
Aristide’s decision to return to play the Nelson Mandela of Haitian politics, even before Preval’s inauguration, is very destabilizing. Even in a country with such strong and stable institutions, Mr. Mandela’s status as paramount chief of South African politics places him above Mbeki - sort of the relationship between the CEO (Mbeki) and the Chairman of the Board (Mandela) in many corporations. Fortunately for South Africa, the real Mandela has retired for good and gone back to private life.
Aristide on the other hand is (...)

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