The Caribbean – devoted to the good life

The Caribbean – devoted to the good life

If occasional crises – hurricanes, revolutions and most recently, Haiti’s devastating earthquake – have crumpled this picture postcard view, the Caribbean remains a region largely devoted to the good life. First, some geography. The islands are divided into three broad groups. To the west are the Greater Antilles: mainly independent countries including Cuba, Jamaica and […]

Haiti on verge of famine, starvation looms

Haiti on verge of famine, starvation looms

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Food Program warns Haiti is approaching famine like conditions, with more than 1 in 3 people in the country of 11 million in need of urgent assistance. A food assessment in October finds 1 million of the nearly 3.7 million people suffering severe food shortages in Haiti are facing an […]

Canada issues travel advisory for Haiti

Canada issues travel advisory for Haiti

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada has warned nationals to avoid travelling to Haiti as violent protests and widespread civil unrest have been taking place across the nation for several weeks. According to security officials, the situation in the French-speaking Caribbean country could deteriorate quickly and large demonstrations are scheduled to take place from November […]

Haitian Canadian tells Canada to get out of Haiti

Haitian Canadian tells Canada to get out of Haiti

By Lincoln DePradine Canada has been accused of being complicit in propping up the Haitian government that is facing ongoing massive street demonstrations, with protestors calling for the resignation of the country’s President Jovenel Moïse. “Our country (Canada) is not as progressive as it pretends to be,’’ activist Jean Saint-Vil Jafrikayiti said Tuesday evening at […]

Haitians now need visas to enter Dominica and Barbados

Haitians now need visas to enter Dominica and Barbados

At least two members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have re-introduced visa requirements for Haitian nationals. According to reports from various Caribbean News Sites, the Barbadian and Dominican Governments have re-introduced visa requirements for Haitian nationals entering their country. While the restriction applies to holders of ordinary passports they do not apply to those Haitian […]

Haitians continue to call for Moïse’s removal

Haitians continue to call for Moïse’s removal

PORT AU PRINCE – Thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets here last Friday demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse and the lack of a response from the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, António Guterres, to their calls that the international community withdraw political support for the embattled head of state. Violent clashes […]

Haitian senator shoots two people, including journalist, outside parliament

Haitian senator shoots two people, including journalist, outside parliament

A Haitian senator reportedly shot two men, including a photojournalist, outside the country’s parliament last Monday amid unrest in the nation. Sen. Jean Marie Ralph Féthière opened fire while facing a throng of unruly protesters on the second day of failed attempts by the government to confirm the nomination of Fritz William Michel as the […]

Bahamas government denies ill-treatment of Haitians

Bahamas government denies ill-treatment of Haitians

NASSAU – The Bahamas government has refuted allegations that non-nationals are being mistreated in the wake of Hurricane Dorian and appealed to the international community “to seek trusted and credible sources of information” on the country. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Hubert Minnis administration had become a victim “of […]

Barbados reverses visa-free access for Haitians

Barbados reverses visa-free access for Haitians

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A year after scrapping visa requirements for Haitians, the Barbados government has reversed its decision. Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Comissiong last Friday that the government was forced to do so because of the “large influx” of people of Haitian nationality coming from Panama and Chile who were not […]

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