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HAITI POLITICS: Jovenel Moise Heralds Haitian Army Return After Two Decades

HAITI POLITICS: Jovenel Moise Heralds Haitian Army Return After Two Decades

Haitian President Jovenel Moise said: “The army is our mother,” he said. “When your mother is sick and wears dirty clothes, you do not kill her. You take her to the hospital. So let us join forces to provide needed care to our mother.”

After Haiti’s independence, the military mounted dozens of coups and its forces were accused of rampant human rights abuses. Moise acknowledged that history, but vowed that the new military would be different.

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BAHAMAS POLITICS: Police Warn Irresponsible Use of Social Media

BAHAMAS POLITICS: Police Warn Irresponsible Use of Social Media

Earlier this month, the law enforcement authorities urged the public to be more responsible while online.

“More recently, social media sites such as Facebook and the popular WhatsApp messenger platform were being bombarded with various stories of multiple murders and armed robberies which were unfounded.”

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CUBA POLITICS: Donald Trump to Defend Cuba Embargo at UN

CUBA POLITICS: Donald Trump to Defend Cuba Embargo at UN

A “no” vote Wednesday from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley will return the United States to a place of extreme isolation within the global community over its policy toward Cuba, potentially undermining the Trump administration’s broader goals for engagement with Latin America. The U.S. embargo on Cuba is almost universally opposed throughout the world.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Peter Phillips Responsible for 2015 Poverty Rise in Jamaica: Matthew Samuda Says

JAMAICA POLITICS: Peter Phillips Responsible for 2015 Poverty Rise in Jamaica: Matthew Samuda Says

Responding to the STATIN disclosure, Government Senator Matthew Samuda said “while we were across the aisle, we had consistently warned Phillips that his slavish devotion to austerity without taking steps to alleviate the burden on the poor was devastating the people and regrettably we have been proven correct by the latest survey”.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Lisa Rene Hanna Biography

JAMAICA POLITICS: Lisa Rene Hanna Biography

Lisa Rene Hanna was born on 27 August 1975, 8 o’clock news was on at the University Hospital of the West Indies

“The community influenced me a great deal. I grew up to love the animals, to appreciate the sense of belonging to the earth and being very comfortable around Jamaicaness and the Jamaican people; of eating off of a fire. I was stimulated by the simplicity,” she recalls. “We did not have a lot. People think the name Hanna meant I came from wealth. We were a typical middle class family.”

At the age of 18 Lisa was crowned beauty queen in 1993 when she became the third Jamaican to proudly wear the title Miss World . Along with the crown, she walked away with five of the eight sectional prizes that year. She was the overwhelming crowd favorite who dazzled the crowd with her breathtaking beauty, brilliant intelligence, and winning smile.

“The Miss Jamaica World stage was at times a harrowing experience. It was then that I understood that Jamaican people like you or they don’t like you. And they will tell you whether or not you are fit to be in a situation,” – Hon Lisa Hanna.

“As a politician, there will always be opinions about performance as the Opposition’s job is to nit-pick. I actually thrive on criticism and am driven by it.” – Hon Lisa Hanna.

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CUBA POLITICS: Miguel Diaz-Canel Likely Successor to Raul Castro Rejects US Demands for Change

CUBA POLITICS: Miguel Diaz-Canel Likely Successor to Raul Castro Rejects US Demands for Change

“Cuba will not make concessions to its sovereignty and independence, nor negotiate its principles or accept the imposition of conditions,” Miguel Diaz-Canel said, apparently responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent statement at the United Nations that sanctions would not be lifted until the Caribbean island restores democracy and capitalism.

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CUBA POLITICS: US Preparing Plan to Draw Down Embassy Staff in Havana: Sources

CUBA POLITICS: US Preparing Plan to Draw Down Embassy Staff in Havana: Sources

U.S. officials say 21 U.S. diplomats and family members have been afflicted by health problems of unknown origin, including hearing loss, dizziness and nausea. Several Canadians have also been affected in Cuba, a Canadian official has said.

The Cuban government has denied any role and is conducting an investigation. But it has so far said it has been unable to determine the cause.

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CUBA POLITICS: Cuba to US: Avoid Hasty Decisions on Bilateral Relations: Bruno Rodriguez

CUBA POLITICS: Cuba to US: Avoid Hasty Decisions on Bilateral Relations: Bruno Rodriguez

“The Foreign Minister reaffirmed that the investigation to resolve this matter is still in progress,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The statement said the “effective cooperation” of US officials was essential to determine what caused the symptoms.

“It would be regrettable that a matter of this nature is politicized and that hasty decisions not supported by conclusive evidence and investigation results are taken,” the statement read.

Former President Barack Obama re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015 and loosened some restrictions on doing business in the country. The two states had been long-time Cold War adversaries.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Lynch-Stewart Hails House Fellows for Development and Growth

JAMAICA POLITICS: Lynch-Stewart Hails House Fellows for Development and Growth

“We are delighted at the enthusiasm they have displayed over the past six or so months when they all came on board in terms of attacking the problems which naturally face us, and coming to the table with new, fresh ideas. We think that this augurs well for subsequent iteration from the programme,” Chief technical director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart said.

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GUYANA: David Arthur Granger Biography And Profile

GUYANA: David Arthur Granger Biography And Profile

David Granger was born in Guyana on 15th July 1945. He is a former Commander of Guyana Defence Force and National Security Adviser to the President. David A. Granger is the holder of three national awards—the Efficiency Medal (1976), the Military Service Medal (1981), and the Military Service Star (1985) for distinguished military service.

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CUBA POLITICS: 5-Month Transition Begins that’ll Likely End Raul Castro Departure

CUBA POLITICS: 5-Month Transition Begins that’ll Likely End Raul Castro Departure

At one session Monday evening, about 400 people gathered to choose their neighborhood’s candidate, meeting in front of a house adorned with photos of the late Fidel Castro and Cuban flags. Choosing between their current delegate and a young challenger, they re-nominated physician Orlando Gutierrez. Both men were praised as “revolutionary” and “honest.”

“We have to be here to defend our revolution and the social gains we have won,” said one voter, Ivis Garcia, who works for a state-owned real estate enterprise.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Emancipation Day History

JAMAICA POLITICS: Emancipation Day History

Emancipation Day History: Whatever its origins, Bruckins had a place in the celebration of Emancipation. The cleansing of Emancipation Day of more than superficial association with the history of slavery was facilitated by distance, and by ideological sanitisation based in turn on “the psychological need for selective amnesia, a facet of the terrified consciousness of the white West Indian.”

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JAMAICA POLITICS: 2017 Emancipation Day: Here’s Jamaican Political Leaders Messages

JAMAICA POLITICS: 2017 Emancipation Day: Here’s Jamaican Political Leaders Messages

Hon. Andrew Holness message: This Emancipation Day calls for sober reflections on our history and the responsibilities it imposes on us. On this day, I ask that we recommit to this prayer which is our National Anthem “Teach us true respect for all Stir response to duty’s call Strengthen us the weak to cherish Give us vision, lest we perish”.

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CUBA POLITICS: Trump Will Not Weaken the ‘Revolution’: Raul Castro

CUBA POLITICS: Trump Will Not Weaken the ‘Revolution’: Raul Castro

“The Cuban government denounces the new measures hardening the blockade that are destined to fail … and that will not achieve their aim of weakening the revolution,” Havana said.

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PUERTO RICO POLITICS: Puerto Rico Becomes 51st State of United States

PUERTO RICO POLITICS: Puerto Rico Becomes 51st State of United States

“From today going forward, the Federal government will no longer be able to ignore the voice of the majority of the American citizens in Puerto Rico,” Rossello said in a statement.

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PUERTO RICO POLITICS: National Puerto Rican Day Parade Takes Center Stage in New York

PUERTO RICO POLITICS: National Puerto Rican Day Parade Takes Center Stage in New York

Lopez Rivera, who was sentenced to 55 years in prison, plus 15 additional years for a foiled escape plot, was freed in January during President Barack Obama’s final days in office.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Andrew Holness Signs Visa Waiver Agreement With Dominican Republic

JAMAICA POLITICS: Andrew Holness Signs Visa Waiver Agreement With Dominican Republic

Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed communiqué with Dominican Republic president Danilo Medina, which sets out a raft of agreements between both countries.

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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO POLITICS: Darcus Howe Biography

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO POLITICS: Darcus Howe Biography

Darcus Howe: ‘My life in Trinidad was miserable. There was growing problem with street gangs.” At 17 he arrived in Southampton. Read Darcus Howe Biography.

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HAITI POLITICS: Haitian Revolution

HAITI POLITICS: Haitian Revolution

Slaves initiated 1791 rebellion. By 1803 they succeeded in ending not just slavery but French control over the colony. Haitian Revolution was more complex.

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HAITI POLITICS: Toussaint Louverture Biography & Memoir

HAITI POLITICS: Toussaint Louverture Biography & Memoir

Toussaint L’Ouverture, military leader c. 1743–1803 of Haitian independence movement during the French Revolution. Read Toussaint Louverture Biography.

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