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Haïti’s Women: Economic and Political involvement

Posted on Thursday 20 April 2006

By Marie Carmel Paul-Austin
Dedicated to Delicia Jean, Peasant feminist leader who died in Port-au-Prince on April 9, 2006
Relayed by AlterPresse on April 20, 2006
The national context
In the heart of the multidimensional crisis facing Haïti, lies the mere application of the Constitution of 1987. In fact, 19 years later, one can assert that none of the institutions described and foreseen in it has been erected. That is why, for all political and legal experts, it is difficult, let us say impossible to have a State of Law in such conditions, in other words how to establish the (...)

Haiti in the 2005 World Press Freedom Review

Posted on Thursday 30 March 2006

The Haiti chapter in the 2005 World Press Freedom Review from International Press Institute
By Charles Arthur
Published by AlterPresse on March 30, 2006
The repercussions of the armed revolt and collapse of the Lavalas Family party government in early 2004 continued to be felt, as armed groups, many of them with political affiliations, challenged the authority of the interim government and frequently clashed with the national police force and troops of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Throughout the year, the sprawling slum areas of the capital city, (...)

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 (...)

Haiti : "Preval prevailed because he offers the best hope to pull Haiti out of the abyss"

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2006

By JR Larrieux
In reaction to the Marie-Frantz Joachim article’s : “Vive l’utopie d’une Haiti nouvelleâ€
Submitted to AlterPresse on February 19, 2006
To the Editorial board of AlterPresse and Marie Frantz Joachim
I appreciate very much that the debate about Rene Preval and the other two candidates to have achieved a minimum of success in the elections, continues in the Haitian Media. I would like to suggest that the author has only reluctantly accepted Preval’s victory. She failed to demonstrate even the appearance of objectivity and fairness in her writing. Preval is demonized because (...)

Haiti Support Group hopes that fears of election-day violence will prove to be unfounded

Posted on Monday 6 February 2006

Haiti Support Group press release
Transmitted to AlterPresse on 6 February 2006
In common with many others concerned with the elections to be held in Haiti on Tuesday, 7th February 2006, the British solidarity organisation, the Haiti Support Group hopes that fears of election-day violence will prove to be unfounded.
We note the words of Helen Spraos, Christian Aid’s country representative, who said: "All it will take is for a few people to start shooting into the air in certain places, and people will not risk coming out to vote."
Yolette Etienne, Oxfam’s Country Programme Manager for (...)

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