Haitians and the “Citadel Syndrome”

Posted on Thursday 15 December 2005

By Ericq Pierre
Submitted to AlterPresse on September 13, 2005
It is rare these days to hear anyone say something positive about Haiti or about Haitians. The terms that were once applied to our people - courageous, honest, hard-working - seem to no longer come to mind. This negative perception started with the mistreatment that our people, of whatever class, have suffered in their own country for more than half a century, and that has driven many of them to seek refuge abroad. While they may be better-off there, their success is mixed with frustration.
That perception continued with (...)

Trinidad Police Association head welcomes Alum’s call: “We’ve nothing to hide”

Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2005

Port of Spain, 14 Dec. 05 [AlterPresse] --- President of the Police Association, Cedric Neptune, has welcomed the call by Desmond Allum, SC, for an independent police complaints commission.
“We welcome it as an organisation. From where we sit we have nothing to hide,” Neptune said yesterday.
At a forum on ethics hosted by UNC political leader Winston Dookeran at the Centre of Excellence on Sunday, Allum made the call for the independent commission, free from the practice of policemen probing their counterparts accused of wrongdoing.
Allum said there could be no public confidence in the (...)

Trinidad : Boy who faked own kidnapping to know fate Monday

Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2005

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, 14 Dec. 05 [AlterPresse] --- Outraged and incensed at the absurdity of the act, a magistrate Reynold Waldropt yesterday deferred the sentencing of 14-year-old Lyndon Gooding, who faked his own kidnapping last week.
“If you were a big man you would have already been in prison,” Waldropt told him. Gooding had pleaded guilty to the charge of the wasteful employment of police time on Monday.
Waldropt condemned the act, as it had traumatised Gooding’s mother as well the nation. Waldropt ordered a probation officer’s report, as well as a medical history of the (...)

New report provides details on Caribbean immigrants in the United States

Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2005

By Charles Arthur
A new study published by the Washington-based Centre for Immigration Studies (CIS) has revealed that 6% of the 7.9 million immigrants who have moved to the United States in the last five years are from the Caribbean. Between 2000 and 2005, 467,000 Caribbean immigrants went to the United States.
Cuba accounted for the most immigrants with a total of 128,000. The Dominican Republic followed closely with 121,000, while Haiti and Jamaica followed with 91,000 and 62,000 respectively.
The report estimates that between 3.6 and 3.8 million, or almost half, of the 7.9 million (...)

Haiti : 2006 and us

Posted on Tuesday 13 December 2005

By Ericq Pierre
Submitted to AlterPresse on December 8, 2005
2006 will begin with the organization of elections at all levels. That is good news. But, because these elections have already been postponed several times, no one can predict the quality of the outcome. That news is not quite as good. Of course, like a meal whose preparation has been interrupted several times, the final product runs the risk of being insipid or even unappetizing. But, where there is hunger (and I think we are all famished), one cannot be too picky. We should therefore get ready to eat what we will be served. (...)

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