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Witnesses: Men in police garb massacred civilians in Haiti


When a police truck carrying men in uniform pulled into an impoverished neighborhood in the Haitian capital, residents thought it was an official operation.

Maybe police were finally trying to head off a war between the gangs that run protection rackets in the market next to the sprawling collection of cinderblock shacks and low-rise public housing.

Then the men opened fire. Joined by local gang members clad in black, they went house to house with long guns and machetes, pulling unarmed people into the narrow alleys and killing them with single shots or machete blows, witnesses told The Associated Press.

“When I saw them I thought they were providing security but then I realized they were shooting at the population,” said 55-year-old resident Marie-Lourdes Corestan….

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Commentary: Purdue University and Haiti


Jean H Charles LLB, MSW, JD, is a regular contributor to the opinion section of Caribbean News Now. He can be reached at jeanhcharles@aol.com

By Jean H Charles

If it is January 1, it is Independence Day in Haiti; it is also the time of the year when students from Purdue University descend on Haiti, not to escape the rigor of winter coming from the great lakes of Michigan into Lafayette, Indiana, where Purdue University is located; they came to bring technology transfer to students of Haiti and also learn from them, particularly those enrolled in the field of agronomy.

The whole process started with an idea. Dr Mark A Russell, a world renowned expert in agricultural sciences, a professor and a leading scholar in applied problem solving all over the world, developed a kinship…

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Caribbean-American legislators call for more international aid for Haiti


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Lodanise Joseph sits with her 9-month-old granddaughter outside their home damaged in the 5.9 quake that hit Port-de-Paix, Haiti on Oct. 8, 2018. (Photo: AP)

(CMC) – Caribbean-American legislators in the US have called for international support for Haiti, as the country observes the ninth anniversary of the devastating earthquake.

New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation on Saturday that 2.5 million people in Haiti are still in dire need of aid.

“Haiti still needs our help,” said Bichotte, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, stating that the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010 claimed…

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Sean Penn’s charity gala raises $3.5 million for Haiti and other communities


From onstage at Saturday’s Community Organized Relief Effort gala at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, host Sean Penn cited two cardinal rules of fundraising, starting with, “Don’t bum out the crowd.”

After ticking off the world’s challenges, including Russia’s hyper-sonic nuclear weapons, leaders who politicize the global economy, a rapidly changing climate, plus lies, greed, rage, sexism, racism and a drug epidemic, he admitted, “I know I’ve broken rule No. 1.”

The two-time Oscar-winning actor, however, delivered on his second rule, that of creating “an encouragement of optimism and solutions — that we in this theater may participate in a shift to better days.”

Haiti and Beyond raised $3.5 million, while honoring CNN’s Anderson Cooper, San Juan Puerto…

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Canada joins Haiti Independence Day celebration


Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press via Associated Press

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau meets with Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean-Henry Ceant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on New Year’s Day joined members of the Haitian community in Canada and around the world in celebrating Haiti’s Independence Day.

“Canada and Haiti share a strong relationship, rooted in our shared language and close connections between people in our two countries,” said Trudeau in a statement, stating that more than 165,000 Canadians of Haitian origin call Canada home.

He noted that the two countries work together in several international organizations, including the…

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Gunmen burn buildings, demand release of suspected gang members in Haiti


Police have restored order to Savane Pistache, the second district in the capital, Port-au-Prince, after heavily armed gunmen set fire to several buildings and demanded the release of at least 17 people detained during an earlier exercise by law enforcement officials.

The police had detained the suspects as they continue their investigations into the attempted assassination of Éric Jean Baptiste, Secretary General of the Rassemblement des Démocrates National Progressive (RDNP) on December 21.

Eyewitnesses said that members of the powerful and dangerous gang, “Tije”, descended on the area on Christmas Day demanding the release of those detained.

They set fire to the police sub-station and also to the homes of several police officers.

Residents of the area remained in…

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