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Fr. Jean-Juste Honored in North Miami

Posted on Sun, Feb. 11, 2007 NORTH MIAMI Haiti’s local roots recognized A South Florida priest turned Haitian political figure was touched to see the gratitude of people he had helped in North Miami, as the city honored him and other Haitian-American pioneers. BY TIM HENDERSON thenderson@MiamiHerald.comWhen they arrived, few in South Florida knew anything about their homeland. Post office clerks sometimes asked if they had misspelled ”Tahiti” on their letters home.Today they’re considered pioneers of what’s now Little Haiti, and many now have roots in North Miami as well. The city honored many of them in recent weeks, including a suspended priest named Gerard Jean-Juste, once considered a leading candidate for president of the island nation. Like many of Little Haiti’s pioneers from the mid-1960s, Jean-Juste helped the thousands who fled later, helping them adjust and demanding social justice […]

Civilians killed by UN sponsored “peace keeping” forces in Haiti

by Wadner Pierre, Global Research February 10, 2007 Sisters killed by MINUSTAH in Haiti On Thursday February 1, 2006 MINUSTAH soldiers launched a two day assault on the Boston district of Cite Soleil. A Boston resident, father of two children killed by MINUSTAH during the assault, was asked why he thought MINUSTAH had come into his neighborhood. “I do not know why. I am Mercius Lubin. My wife is called Marie Danielle Remy and my young girls killed by the Soldiers of the MINUTAH are called Alexandra Lubin and St�phanie Lubin. It is the noise of MINUSTAH’s fire that awoke us. I saw that I was wounded in one of my arms. My wife in one of her feet and my two young girls were bathed in their own blood. We do not know anything. We have no business with […]

Author of study on Haiti cleared of bias by journal

By Marina Jimenez, Friday’s Globe and Mail  Feb 9, 2007 The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, has cleared the author of a study on Haiti of systemic bias, and reaffirmed the findings of her report. Athena Kolbe’s report concluded that widespread human-rights violations in Haiti have occurred, despite the presence of a Canadian-led United Nations police force and Brazilian-led peacekeeping mission. The Lancet investigation was launched after a British-based Haiti Support Group complained she wasn’t objective. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, noted that Ms. Kolbe had an “undeclared conflict of interest” for failing to disclose to its readers that she had worked as a volunteer in 1995 at an orphanage founded by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and as a journalist under the name of Lyn Duff. However, Mr. Horton said there was no evidence of bias in the […]

International Day of Solidarity: Protest in Haiti

Associated Press February 8, 2007  Hundreds of supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide protested outside the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Port au Prince on Wednesday. They were demanding the exiled leader’s return and blaming blue-helmeted troops of killing civilians. Protesters shouted “down with the UN” as they gathered at the headquarter. “If you look at what is happening in Cite de Soleil, it is a disaster. We did not imagine the United Nations would be causing the violence in Cite Soleil,” protester Walqing Desire said. “We are calling upon the government to stop the violence in Cite Soleil. We are calling upon the government for the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and to tell the UN to stop killing the people in Cite Soleil,” he added. Aristide, a former priest turned president, fled the Caribbean nation in February 2004 […]

Former Haitian Strongman Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Department of Law 120 Broadway New York, NY 10271 Department of Law The State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 � For More Information: 212-416-8060 For Immediate Release February 08, 2007 � FORMER HAITIAN STRONGMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MASSIVE MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME Emmanuel Constant, a participant in mortgage fraud scheme, had previously run a Haitian paramilitary organization in 1990s linked to torture, extrajudicial killings, and crimes against humanity NEW YORK, NY (February 8, 2007) � Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Emmanuel Constant, 49, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree in Kings County Supreme Court for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 16, 2007. This is the latest result of a continuing investigation by the Attorney General�s Organized Crime Task Force (�OCTF�) into mortgage fraud conspiracies that have distorted residential […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Join The Biggest Haiti Solidarity Event Yet!

February 6, 2007 Update: Some sad news- political prisoner Wantales Lormejuste died Saturday on the way from the prison to the hospital in St. Marc. Mr. Lormejuste’s family reported that he had not appeared ill. One cause of his death was injustice: Mr. Lormejuste had spent 593 days in prison on the La Scierie case, even through the appeals prosecutor concluded last June that there was not enough evidence to go to trial. The appeals court has refused to decide his case, sixteen months after he filed his appeal, or even to rule on his request for pre-trial release. Two other defendants in the La Scierie case, Ronald Dauphin and former Parliamentarian Amanus Mayette, are ill. The British Medical Journal The Lancet has finally confirmed the findings of the study it published August 31, 2006, Human Rights and Other Criminal […]

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