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Wyclef’s Tough Presidential Quest

By Ryan Tracy, Newsweek Hip-hop singer’s campaign to lead Haiti dogged by questions, hurdles. When Wyclef Jean announced that he would run for president of Haiti, his candidacy had a whiff of inevitability, if not triumphalism. Many, perhaps even the hip-hop star himself, seemed to assume he would seize frontrunner status and then be elected by acclamation. Two weeks later, Jean may still be the frontrunner. But his fledgling candidacy is uncertain, its fate in the hands of a nine-member provisional electoral council weighing whether the U.S.-reared musician is eligible for the race. Jean awaits the ruling—now expected Friday—in an undisclosed location, chased into hiding, he told the Associated Press, by death threats. The hideaway shields Jean from a harsh spotlight trained on the financial dealings of his charity, Yéle Haiti, and on upheaval in his campaign after the PR firm […]

Demonstration to Demand Release of Investigation on December 1, 2004 Prison Massacre, AHP, November 30, 2006

A sit-in is planned outside the National Penitentiary to demand publication of the results of the investigation into the slaughter that took place on December 1, 2004� Port-au-Prince, November 30, 2006 (AHP)- Ronald St-Jean, general coordinator of the Group for the Defense of the Rights of Political Prisoners, announced that a sit-in will be held on November 30 in front of the National Penitentiary to compel the authorities, he said, to publish the report of the events of December 1, 2004. � Several dozen people were shot dead at the National Penitentiary during incidents whose circumstances are still murky today. � “The results of this investigation that was announced by the former head of MINUSTAH, Juan Gabriel Vald�s, should be published to enable the families of the victims of this slaughter to obtain justice”, declared Mr. Saint-Jean. One of the […]

Kevin Pina/ Marian Peleski

Kevin Pina/ Marian Peleski PEJ News November 11, 2006 Documentary filmmaker and independent journalist Kevin Pina was recently interviewed by Marian Peleski about his work and current events unfolding in Haiti. Peleski is a frequent host of� “Progressive Voices” which is heard every Monday evening on WVUD, 91.3 FM from the University of Delaware in Newark. MP:� You produced the documentary film “Haiti: The Untold Story” to tell the story of human rights abuse in Haiti.� How did you get involved with Haiti? KP: I have been a documentary filmmaker for more than twenty-five years now. My first film was called “El Salvador: In the Name of Democracy,” and was basically a film to combat the Reagan administration’s propaganda. While they were releasing so-called White Papers purporting that the FMLN were puppets of the Soviet Union and godless communists deserving […]

U.S. Politician Urges Haiti to Free Former Premier

by Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) – Former Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, who started a hunger strike 16 days ago to protest his imprisonment, should be released immediately, a U.S. politician said on Monday. Neptune, who served under ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has said he is a political prisoner. He was arrested in June and has been detained without a trial. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, met with Neptune at the national penitentiary in Port-au-Prince and said his health is deteriorating. “Yvon Neptune is very bad,” Waters told reporters. “As I finished my discussion with him, he was weakened to the point where he needed to lie down.” Neptune went into hiding after Aristide left Haiti on Feb. 29, 2004, in the face of a monthlong armed revolt and under U.S. and French pressure to quit. […]

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