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Cuba devotes a week to celebrate Haitian culture

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HAVANA, Cuba (defend.ht) - This week from Sunday until Saturday Cubans expressed their longstanding fascination with Haiti and celebrated the Haitian culture with a whole week devoted to the culture of the country.

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Bahamian Activist: Haitian Flag Day is not a threat

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NASSAU, Bahamas (defend.ht) - Rodney Moncur a Bahamian activist tried to quell the fears of his fellow countrymen who feel threatened by Haitian Flag Day and persons hoisting Haiti's flag in the Bahamas.

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With A Dream On Hold, Bombing Victim Remains Optimistic

Written by Delores Handy for WBUR .

BOSTON, USA (defend.ht/WBUR) — Mery Daniel’s dream of becoming a doctor in the U.S. is on hold. The young mother from Haiti was one of the last Boston Marathon bombing victims to be released from the hospital. Her life now is all about mastering the basics, such as learning to walk again.

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Haiti: Aristide's Lavalas demonstrates despite police ban

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Thousands of people with tree branches and signs in hand won the streets of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday May 8 chanting slogans despite a ban on demonstrations announced by the police a day earlier.

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JILAP Haiti Report: At least 230 deaths by gunfire between January, March 2013

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Justice and Peace Commission (JILAP) reported 296 violent deaths in Port-au-Prince from the months of January to March 2013. 230 of these deaths were by gun violence the commission reported in its 46th report on violence in the metropolitan area.

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Rumor sets Gonaïves on fire

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GONAIVES, Haiti (defend.ht) - The town of Gonaïves was hot this week in violent protest because of a rumor that had gotten out of hand. Gonaiviens heard that a taxi driver had been killed at the hands of a police officer for not having insurance or a current tag for his vehicle. The City of Independence did not stand for that but would later learn that the information had not been accurate.

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Haiti: National Pensions Director physically assaulted in Parliament

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - After months of accusations of corruption and mismanagement the Director of the National Office of Pensions arrived in the Parliament to answer questions of Senators where he was physically assaulted, hit and shoved, by former employees that invaded the grounds of the legislature.

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Haiti's Pierre Esperance elected Secretary General of Int'l Fed of Human Rights

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INSTANBUL, Turkey (defend.ht) - Haitian Pierre Esperance was elected Monday in Turkey to be the Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights; founded in 1922, the FIDH is the oldest international human rights organization in the world spanning over 100 nations.

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Hotel Montana gas leak explosion injures at least 4

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - An explosion caused by a leak in the gas line at the Hotel Montana has left behind at least 4 victims according to reports.

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Opposition groups place radio ad for Martelly anniversary protest

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A radio commercial being broadcast throughout Haiti is calling for citizens to protest by banging cooking pots and silverware in the streets beginning at noon, May 14 during the 2nd anniversary ceremony organized by the Martelly administration.

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Haiti: Restoration of the Palace of 365 Doors to begin

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PETITE-RIVIERE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Restoration of Palace of 365 Doors in Petite-Riviere, Artibonite is to begin on Tuesday with the disbursement of funds from Petrocaribe. This palace was built but unfinished by King Henri Christophe in 1820 and served as the offices of the National Security Volunteers (VSN), Tonton Macoutes, in the 1960s.

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Violent clashes in Grand Goave after attack on interim Mayor

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GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, heavily armed men attacked the private residence of the interim Mayor of Grand Goave, who replaced the previous interim-mayor who was killed by the machetes of unidentified individuals. Since this attack, the city has been a war zone with road blockades of burning tires and gun shots from local militias.

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FOPARK: Lavalas mobilization to accompany Aristide to court

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The Patriotic Force for Respect of the Constitution (FOPARK) announced a mobilization to accompany former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the Port-au-Prince courthouse on Wednesday May 8 that will "demonstrate the power that Lavalas has in the territory." This mobilization, according to FOPARK officials will be the start of the Lavalas campaign in the upcoming elections.

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Tracing back your Haitian roots: Advice from Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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BOSTON, USA (defend.ht) - Henry Louis Gates Jr. sometimes provides advice to people of African descent through his online news agency The Root. This week, he gave advice on tracing back Haitian roots using the example of Jean Michel Basquiat and an artist named Axel Basquiat.

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Haiti: Fmr PM Garry Conille dispels return to politics

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BOSTON, USA (defend.ht) - Former Prime Minister Dr. Garry Conille in Creole, French and English, wants it to be clear that he has no intention of entering into the Haitian political arena.

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Haiti: Network for Women Candidates to Win proposes 4 new electoral laws

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Network for Women Candidates to Win proposed four electoral laws for the upcoming contests aimed at guaranteeing the Constitutional requirement of 30% participation of women in public life. Coordinator Yolette Mengual presented the bill to the provisional electoral council.

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North Miami Library dedicates wing to Desiline Victor

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NORTH MIAMI (FL), USA (defend.ht) - Already inducted into the North Miami Hall of Fame, sitting in the First Lady balcony during U.S. President Obama's State of the Union and being the main subject in new legislation for voting law, now the North Miami Public Library has dedicated a wing of its building in honor of the 102-year old Haitian-American, Desiline Victor, who waited for hours to cast her ballot last year for president of the United States.

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567 Haitians deported from D.R. in April

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OUANAMINTHE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Border Network of Jeannot Success (RFJS) reported that 567 Haitians were deported from the Dominican Republic in the month of April. 498 men, 67 women and 2 children who may not have been afforded due process. These people were left at the border by Dominican authorities, added the network defending human rights.

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Haitian Heritage Museum: Show Your Pride Contest

Written by The Haitian Heritage Museum .

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - The Haitian Heritage Museum, the first museum of Haiti outside of the country, is looking for 2013's Mr. or Ms. May 18th. For a chance to win, you have to show your pride like last year's winner, Diana Pierre-Louis.

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HPN Poll: Haitians in North America lukewarm towards Martelly, Lamothe

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A poll of Haitians living in the United States and Canada found that 52% preferred President Michel Martelly as president to 40% for Rene Preval. A pretty tempered result considering the individuals sampled did not live in Haiti and Martelly was a famous musician named "Sweet Micky" who traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada, while Rene Preval was a rarely outspoken president barely seen in the public eye.

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Haitian Professionals of Philly set date for Haitian Flag Day

Written by The Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia .

PHILADELPHIA, USA (defend.ht/HPP) – The Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia (HPP) will host their annual Haitian Flag Day charity gala on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:30pm, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on 7th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.