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The Trial is Done: BAI’s Mario Joseph on Ricardo Seitenfus’ Latest Book on Cholera in Haiti

Preface to the book by Ricardo Seitenfus, Les Nations unies et le choléra en Haïti : coupables mais non responsables ? Published on 2018-12-03 | Le Nouvelliste   National –   The collapse of the Haitian state, following the kidnapping and/or the coup d’état on February 29, 2004, led the world’s guardian nations to consider, in the framework of the United Nations (UN), a so-called mission of peace, commonly known as the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The experience is disastrous for the poorest country in the Americas whose entry into the concert of nations is still a case of forceps. In addition to the fact that the stabilization is ultimately a sham, it has sowed in the soil of Haiti a degrading disease caused by the bacterium “Vibrio cholerae.”   The importation of this disease into Haiti […]

Le Procès est Fait: BAI’s Mario Joseph on Ricardo Seitenfus’ Latest Book on Cholera in Haiti

Original article written in Le Nouvelliste on December 3, 2018. English Version here. BAI’s managing attorney, Mario Joseph, is the author of the preface to the latest book by Ricardo Seitenfus, Les Nations unies et le choléra en Haïti : coupables mais non responsables (The UN & Cholera in Haiti: Guilty, but Not Responsible?).  L’effondrement de l’État haïtien, suite au kidnapping et/ou du coup d’État du 29 février 2004, a amené les nations tutrices du monde à envisager dans le cadre de l’Organisation des Nations unies (ONU) une mission dite de paix, communément appelée Mission des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH). L’expérience est désastreuse pour le pays le plus pauvre des Amériques dont l’entrée au concert des nations demeure toujours un cas de forceps. Outre le fait que la stabilisation est au final un trompe-l’œil, elle a […]

Trump Administration Does Not Intend to Contribute to the U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti

Even though the United States has donated approximately $4.2 billion since the 2010 earthquake, The Trump administration has shown no interest in contributing to the U.N Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti now, nor in the future. The administration argued that they are not responsible for the epidemic and blamed it on U.N. incompetence and the Nepalese peacekeepers. Ban Ki-Moon, former U.N Secretary General has established a trust fund to prevent the further spread of cholera, but has never acknowledged any U.N. legal obligation to compensate Haiti’s victims. It’s now up to the Trump Administration to decide whether to provide aid. Trump Won’t Pay a Penny For U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti   Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy  June 1, 2017 The Trump administration will rebuff a recent U.N. appeal to contribute millions of dollars to a cash-short trust fund established last year to provide relief […]

Haitians Protest Against Trump’s Vile about Haiti and African Countries

Haitian protestors chanted and waved signs in response to Trump’s disparaging comments about Haiti and all the 43 African countries in front of the U.S embassy in Port-Au-Prince. In addition to his comments, Trump Administration has said that as of July 2019, Haitians who have been allowed to stay and work in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are expected to leave the country. So fight back today! Call your Senators and Representatives (or the Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 and say where you live). When you reach your Senator or Representatives’ office, relay this simple message: I am deeply concerned about President Trump’s remarks about Haiti and other countries. But I am more concerned about the termination of Temporary Protected Status that threatens 50,000 Haitians and their families. I urge you to stand up for my values by publicly […]

Deporting Tens of Thousands of Haitians to Haiti Could Impede Progress

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has until May 22 to decide about TPS extension for Haitians, which would allow more than 50,000 Haitian nationals to remain legal residents in the U.S. As the date approaches, more leaders are coming forth to acknowledge the importance of allowing those Haitian nationals to stay; not only is it humane, given the current situation in Haiti, but it is also practical for the U.S. Over 4,300 TPS beneficiaries are currently living in Massachusetts and parts of New Hampshire. The Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Paul G. Altidor, has also expressed concerns about the implications of  deporting tens of thousands of Haitians to a country that cannot support them, including the increase of illegal and risky immigration back to the U.S. Things are improving in Haiti, he says, but slowly; an influx of 50,000 would destabilize Haiti and threaten […]

Republican Gov. Rick Scott Presses DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida urged Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for Haitians in a meeting on Thursday. DHS spokesman David Lapan noted that the secretary still hasn’t made a decision regarding extending TPS, which will allow over 50,000 Haitians to continue to live legally in the United States. Lapan said Sec. Kelly and Gov. Scott “did have a conversation about the program and the secretary listened to the Governor’s points about his desire for DHS to extend TPS.” The governor joins the growing bipartisan support for TPS extension, including Rep. Dan Donovan (R, NY), members of both Massachusetts‘ and New York’s congressional delegations, and 16 Senate Democrats.  Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Rick Scott asks […]

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