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VOICI LES NOUVELLES

SUPLLEMENT D'ENQUETE DANS AL'AFFAIRE DUVALIER.
La cour d'appel de Port-au-Prince a rendu son verdict ce jeudi, cassant l'ordonnance du juge Caves Jean
qui avait envoyé Duvalier au tribunal correctionnel pour crime financier. Les crimes commis sous la dictature
des Duvalier sont désormais qualifiés de crimes contre l'humanité, et sont par leur caractère imprescriptibles,
 reconnaissent les juges de la cour d'appel, soulignant que « de sérieux indices relatifs à la participation indirecte
et à la responsabilité pénale de l'inculpé Jean Claude Duvalier sont évidents.» Cette décision de la cour d'appel
de reconnaitre la nécessitée de juger Duvalier pour crime contre l'humanité est une bonne nouvelle pour des
organisations nationales et internationales qui, dans une lettre ouverte au Président français François Hollande -
en référence notamment au procès de Duvalier qui n'a toujours pas eu lieu - lui demande d'inscrire la protection
des droits humains dans son agenda de discutions avec son homologue Michel Martelly en tournée en Europe.
« C'est une victoire historique. Si Jean-Claude Duvalier venait à être jugé pour crimes contre l'humanité, ce serait
le procès le plus important de l'histoire d'Haïti », déclare le conseiller juridique auprès de Human Rights Watch,
Reed Brody. Danielle Magloire du Collectif contre l'impunité croit que «ce verdict va aider à réformer le système
judiciaire». Les chefs d'accusation retenus contre Duvalier sont : violations des droits humains, assassinat politiques,
corruption, crimes économiques et crimes contre l'humanité. Les Juges siégés à cette audience sont entre autres
Jean Joseph Lebrun, président de la troisième circonscription de Port-au-Prince de la cour d'appel de Port-au-Prince,
Durin Duret et Marie Josline Casimir, juges en audience ordinaire, en présence Florence Mathieu, représentante du
ministère public. Le juge Duret, ancien président de l'association nationale des magistrats haïtiens (ANAMAH) sera
chargé de la conduite de l'instruction. Me. Fritzo Canton, avocat de Jean Claude Duvalier, annonce qu'il portera
l'affaire devant

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La MINUSTAH souhaite l'aboutissement de l'enquête sur l'assassinat Daniel Dorsinvil et de son épouse
La Section des droits de l'homme de la MINUSTAH, annonce dans un communiqué qu'elle , suit avec intérêt l'enquête
menée par les autorités haïtiennes sur le décès brutal le samedi 8 février, du défenseur des droits de l'homme Daniel
Dorsinvil et de son épouse, GirldyLarèche, infirmière de profession. Les autorités haïtiennes assisteront à la création
du cardinal Chibly Langlois Le président du Senat, Desras Simon Dieuseul, affirme que la création du premier cardinal
haïtien est un événement historique. Le 22 février 2014 restera une date importante dans l'histoire de l'église catholique
 et dans l'histoire nationale en général, a précisé M. Desras qui présidera la délégation de parlementaires haïtiens à la
cérémonie officielle de création de Mgr. Chibly Langlois en tant que cardinal. Le président du Sénat sera accompagné
de 4 autres sénateurs dont certains sont concernés sur le plan institutionnel ou personnel par l'évènement. Le sénateur
Anick François Joseph, est un ancien prêtre de l'église catholique dans l'Artibonite, le sénateur Wenceslass Lambert est
originaire de la Vallée de Jacmel, ville natale du cardinal désigné; le sénateur Carlos Lebon est élu dans le sud et
le sénateur Jocelerme Privert effectueront le déplacement à Rome. Les sénateurs haïtiens ne font pas partie de la
délégation du chef de l'Etat Michel Martelly. Tous les chemins mènent à Rome, les sénateurs haïtiens utiliseront
un itinéraire différent pour se rendre au Vatican. La délégation du chef de l'état comprendra la Première dame,
le ministre des affaires étrangères et des cultes, Pierre Richard Casimir et le ministre des finances, Wilson Laleau.
Chibly Langlois est le seul évêque qui sera créé cardinal ce 22 février 2014. Parmi les 16 cardinaux désignés 10
sont des archevêques et les autres des hauts responsables de l'église. Liste des cardinaux désignés:

1 – Mgr Pietro Parolin, Secrétaire d'État

2– Mgr Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secrétaire général du synode des évêques

3 - Mgr Gerhard Ludwig Müller, préfet de la Congrégation pour la doctrine de la foi

4 – Mgr Beniamino Stella, préfet de la Congrégation pour le clergé

5 – Mgr Vincent Nichols, archevêque de Westminster (Grande-Bretagne)

6 – Mgr Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, archevêque de Managua (Nicaragua)

7 – Mgr Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, archevêque de Québec (Canada)

8 – Mgr Jean-Pierre Kutwa, archevêque d'Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire )

9 – Mgr Orani João Tempesta, archevêque de Rio de Janeiro (Brésil)

10 – Mgr Gualtiero Bassetti, archevêque de Perugia-Città della Pieve (Italie)

11 – Mgr Mario Aurelio Poli, archevêque de Buenos Aires (Argentine)

12 – Mgr Andrew Yeom Soo jung, archevêque de Séoul (Corée)

13 – Mgr Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, archevêque de Santiago du Chili (Chili)

14 – Mgr Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo, archevêque de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

5 – Mgr Orlando B. Quevedo, archevêque de Cotabato (Philippines)

16 – Mgr Chibly Langlois, évêque de Les Cayes (Haïti)

PRESIDENT MARTELLY ET LE RENFORCEMENT DE LA COOPERATION AVEC LE PANAMA.
Le président haïtien Michel Martelly a eu une rencontre en tête a tête avec son homologue panaméen, Ricardo Martinelli,
hier au Palais National. La rencontre a permis de finaliser deux accords préparés depuis plusieurs mois par les
gouvernements des deux pays dans les domaines de l'immigration et du commerce.  Martelly veut améliorer les
relations commerciales existantes entre les deux pays. Plusieurs centaines de marchandes haïtiennes
s'approvisionnant sur le marché panaméen ont, au cours de ces derniers mois, dénoncé une hausse vertigineuse
des frais d'obtention de visa. Le président Martelly annonce que l'accord officialisera une entente déjà
conclu entre les gouvernements et qui ramenait le visa 50 dollars américains. Dans le cadre de cet accord
les demandeurs de visas panaméens pourront remplir toutes les formalités à Port-au-Prince. Le visa sera
désormais délivré en Haïti et dans un délai très court, a promis le chef de l'état. Dans le même temps le
gouvernement haïtien sollicite l'expertise du Panama dans la création des zones franches Au cours des
derniers mois la coopération entre Haïti et le Panama s'était concrétisée à travers l'aide des instances
gouvernementales panaméenne à la Banque de la république d'Haïti et la Police Nationale. Afin de
renforcer les relations économiques avec Haïti, le président Martinelli est accompagné d'une importante
délégation d'hommes d'affaires panaméens. Ces potentiels investisseurs ont eu des séances de travail
avec des hommes d'affaires haïtiens et les responsables du Centre de Facilitation des Investissements
(CFI). Ils veulent s'informer des opportunités d'affaires en Haïti, a assuré M. Martelly.

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NEWS IN ENGLISH

 

 

FEBRUARY 2014

 

FEBRUARY 12, 2014

 

IN HISTORY

 

On Feb. 12, 1999, the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton on two articles of impeachment, falling short of a majority vote on either of the charges against him: perjury and obstruction of justice. Go to article »

On Feb. 12, 1809, Charles Darwin, who originated the theory of evolution by natural selection, was born. He died  on April 19, 1882

On This Date In

1554 Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, was beheaded after being charged with treason.

1733 English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga.

1809 Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.

1870 Women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.

1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in New York.

1912 Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.

1915 The cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.

1924 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York City.

1999 The Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

2000 Charles M. Schulz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, died at age 77.

2002 The war crimes trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic began in The Hague.

2004 Defying a California law, San Francisco officials began performing weddings for same-sex couples.

2009 A commuter plane crashed into a suburban Buffalo, N.Y., home, killing all 49 aboard and a person in the house.

NEW YORK IN HISTORY

On this date In

1924...Composer George Gershwin debuts his classic "Rhapsody In Blue" at a concert in Manhattan.
 

1983...Composer and pianist Eubie Blake dies at his home in Brooklyn just five days after celebrating his 100th birthday.

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

NEW YORK. ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED.
The city is suspending alternate side parking Tuesday as crews will continue snow removal efforts. It will also be suspended
on Wednesday for Lincoln's Birthday.You will still have to feed the parking meter on both days.

 

NEW YORK, M14 BUS STRIKES BUILDING. ONE KILLED 4 INJURED.
One Killed, Four Injured As M14 Bus Strikes Building in Manhattan One person is dead after an M14 bus and a truck collided
in Manhattan this morning, sending both vehicles into a building. The accident occurred at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue
shortly before 5:30 a.m. Four people were also injured, two of them critically, as the force of the collision send the vehicles
into the scaffolding of a nearby building. Passengers were on the bus at the time. Following the accident, authorities closed
the southbound lane of Seventh Avenue between 13th and 15th streets. The westbound lane of 14th Street was also closed
between Sixth and Eighth avenues.

CITY HALL. PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014

MANHATTAN
1:15 PM – Presents Fiscal Year 2015 Executive Budget Blue Room City Hall New York, NY 10007
Media wishing to attend must have NYPD media credentials. The budget presentation will be pooled by NYC TV and NY1.
 

8:30 PM – Delivers Remarks at the Rainbow Push Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 17th Annual Wall Street Project Gala
The Alhambra Ballroom of New York 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard New York, NY 10027

INTERNATIONAL

HOLLANDE  FIRST FRENCH PRESIDENT TO BE HONOURED WITH A STATE DINNER SINCE JACQUES CHIRAC,
With a glass of white wine in his hand, Mr Obama opened by quoting French writer Alexis de Tocqueville's impressions of 19th Century
America, recalling to humorous effect his bafflement with American cuisine and his underwhelming impression of the White House.
"We Americans have grown to love all things French - the films, the food, the wine," Mr Obama continued. "But most of all, we love
our French friends because we have stood together for our freedom for more than 200 years. "Vive la France, God bless America, and
long live the alliance between our great nations."
Speaking first in English, Mr Hollande acknowledged the sacrifice of the US soldiers who fought in France during World War Two and
said that France felt America's pain at the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Continuing in French, he praised French-US diplomatic
and military co-operation in the Middle East and Africa, and said the two countries would work jointly for economic growth and to combat
climate change.

'We love Americans' Mr Hollande said relations between the two countries had reached "an exceptional level of closeness and confidence
" because they shared the "universal values" of freedom, democracy and respect for the law.

At Tuesday's state dinner, the first at the White House since 2011, guests were served: First course: American Osetra Caviar, Fingerling Potato
Veloute, Quail Eggs, Crisped Chive Potatoes Second course: White House's Winter Garden Salad Main course: Rib Eye Beef, Blue Cheese,
Charred Shallots, Oyster Mushrooms, Braised Chard

Dessert: Hawaiian Chocolate-Malted Ganache, Vanilla Ice Cream and Tangerines "We love Americans, although we don't always say so,"
the French president said, "and you love the French, but you are sometimes too shy to say so."

At a news conference after bilateral talks earlier on Tuesday, Mr Hollande said he and Mr Obama had resolved their issues over digital
eavesdropping by the US National Security Agency. "Mutual trust has been restored," said Mr Hollande.

Mr Obama also announced he had accepted Mr Hollande's invitation to go to France in June to commemorate
the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy during World War Two. On Wednesday, Mr Hollande
will travel to San Francisco and meet chiefs of Silicon Valley

 

UNITED NATIONS

South Sudan faces ‘long, complex process’ on path to peace, says UN peacekeeping chief

11 February 2014 – The top United Nations peacekeeping official today warned of difficult challenges in solving
the conflict between the Government and opposition in South Sudan, as humanitarian officials reported that they
have only been able to aid about a third of the nearly 900,000 people displaced by the fighting. “It is going to be a
|very long, complex process to address all the deep roots of this very big crisis,” Under-Secretary-General for
Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told reporters after briefing the Security Council on the crisis, including
efforts by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional East African body that is mediating
peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in which the two sides signed a ceasefire accord last month. “But of course,
it is important that the entire international community express total support for IGAD because it is the only diplomatic
initiative.”

He said the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), whose authorized strength the Council doubled to nearly 14,000
uniformed personnel when the crisis erupted in December, was focused on four tasks: protection of civilians; safeguarding
human rights; support to humanitarian actors; and support for the IGAD mediation process. Thousands of people are
believed to have been killed and some 870,000 others have fled their homes, 145,000 of them to neighboring countries
and 75,000 to UN bases within the country, since fighting broke out on 15 December between the forces of President
Salva Kiir and deputy president Riek Machar.

The ceasefire has led to a relative lull, but the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned
today that even before the crisis, the humanitarian situation in was critical, with more than 3 million people, more than
a quarter of the total population, facing food insecurity, while most families have lost any means of providing for
themselves because of displacement, looting and the destruction of their property. Most of those displaced have not yet
received help due to continued insecurity, although humanitarian partners have assisted 300,000 people. It is essential
that conditions are created to allow for the safe return of internally displaced people, OCHA stressed.

In another troubling development, a UN Mine Action Service team working with UNMISS last week found unexploded
cluster bomblets along the road from Juba, the capital, to Bor. These weapons are unreliable and indiscriminate,
potentially posing long-term danger to civilians and vehicles, and in line with the Convention on Cluster Munitions,
the UN is firmly committed to ending their use, stockpiling, production and transfer.

 

 
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FEBRUARY 11, 2014

 

IN HISTORY

On Feb. 11, 1945, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin
signed the Yalta Agreement during World War II. 

On Feb. 11, 1847, Thomas Alva Edison, the prolific inventor whose more than 1,000 patents included the light bulb
and the gramophone, was born. He died on Oct. 18, 1931

On This Date In
1847 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio.

1858 A French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes.

1929 Italy recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.

1937 A sit-down strike against General Motors ended with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile
Workers Union.

1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin wrapped
up a conference at Yalta in the Crimea by signing a series of agreements on the governance of post-World War II Europe.

1963 American author and poet Sylvia Plath was found dead in London, a suicide; she was 30.

1975 Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of
opposition Conservative Party.

1979 Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned
to his home country following 15 years of exile.

1990 South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

2008 The Defense Department charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks.

2009 Democrat John Dingell of Michigan became the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 53 years of service.

2009 President Robert Mugabe swore in longtime rival Morgan Tsvangirai as Zimbabwe's prime minister.

2012 Singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 48. Her death was later ruled an accidental
drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.

 

NEW YORK IN HISTORY

On this date in...

1946...Mayor William O'Dwyer orders all businesses and schools to close because of a prolonged tugboat strike. The strike
prevents many items from entering the harbor, especially heating fuel. A settlement is reached two days later.

1993...A gunman hijacks a Luftansa jet and orders it to land at Kennedy Airport, where he quickly surrenders. No one is hurt.

CITY HALL. PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014

BROOKLYN.

9:10 AM – Delivers Remarks at Clergy Breakfast in Support of UPKNYC Bethany Baptist Church 460 Marcus Garvey
Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11216

6:00 PM – Appears on Univision, Channel 41

 

 

 

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FEBRUARY 10, 2014

 

IN HISTORY

On Feb. 10, 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for
Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States. 
On Feb. 10, 1890, Boris Pasternak, the Russian Nobel Prize-winning novelist and poet, was born.
He died on May 30, 1960.

On This Date In

1763 France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.

1840 Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.

1846 Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons began an exodus west
from Illinois.

1962 The Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for a Soviet spy held
by the United States.

1964 Bob Dylan's album "The Times They Are A-Changin"' was released.

1967 The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went
into effect.

1989 Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-
American to head a major U.S. political party.

2003 Iraq agreed to allow U-2 surveillance flights over its territory, meeting a key demand by U.N.
inspectors searching for banned weapons; President George W. Bush brushed aside Iraqi concessions as
too little, too late.

2004 Rapper-producer Kanye West's debut CD, "The College Dropout," was released.

2005 North Korea boasted publicly for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons.

2007 Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., kicked off his presidential campaign with a speech at the state house
in Springfield, Ill. 2007 Gen. David Petraeus took charge of U.S. forces in Iraq.

2011 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed
his powers to his vice president.

 

NEW YORK IN HISTORY

On this date in...

1863...Showman P.T. Barnum stages the wedding of Tom Thumb and Mercy Lavinia Warren at Grace
Church on Broadway. The tiny newlyweds stand on a grand piano to greet their guests.

1897...The slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" appears for the first time in the New York Times.

1897...Socialite Mrs. Bradley Martin throws a lavish masquerade ball at the Waldorf to promote business
at the height of the Depression. But the glittering gala is slammed by the press as being too extravagant.

1992...Mike Tyson, the boxing champ from Brooklyn, is convicted of raping a black Miss America
contestant in Indianapolis and sentenced to three years in prison.

LOCAL NEWS

HARLEM. APPOLO THEATER CELOEBRATES ITS 80TH ANNIVERSARY.
Over the years the Apollo Theater has played host to some of the hottest tickets in town, but this weekend,
no tickets were required. “It is our gift every year, we open the doors to the theater and we invite the people
in and provide them with a day's worth of fantastic entertainment,” said Apollo Programming Director
Jamilla Deria.
The fifth annual Open House included workshops, educational events and concerts, a thorough introduction for those
who've never visited the legendary venue.

But the open house isn't just about entertaining. It's a chance to let history take center stage, 80 years worth of history
that spans from jazz to hip hop and beyond.Ella Fitzgerald was discovered here at 15. Sarah Vaughn was discovered here,”
 said Deria.“James Brown or Michael Jackson or Gladys Knight. These are legends who people did not know their
names until they were discovered here on the amateur night stage,” said Community Programs Manager Adé Williams.
With a track record like that, it's no wonder Amateur night still sells out week after week and tourists flock to take
photos of the walk of fame. The theater isn't just important to the music community, but the local community as well
with those who live in the neighborhood calling it a cornerstone. “It's sort of living history, it’s a physical history of
black entertainers in the United States and that's really important,” said one New Yorker.“Just the historical aspect of
it is very important because this is like a landmark,” said another. “Just all the history behind the Apollo really makes
you want to come, and you feel it when you're in the building, it’s great,” said a third. Now a non-profit performing arts
venue, the lineup has changed to incorporate all types of performance like dance and theater, but music remains at
the core. Arrive at 125th street with a lot of talent and a little luck and there's no telling where life will take you.
“This is a theater that has shown if you give people a fair chance and you let them shine, they will just blow your socks off,”
said Williams.

 

 

 

 

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On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American
victory over Japanese forces. 

On Feb. 9, 1910, Jacques Monod, the French Nobel Prize-winning biologist, was born. He died on May 31, 1976
 

On This Date In

1773 William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.

1825 The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority
of electoral votes.

1861 The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and
Alexander H. Stephens vice president.

1942 Daylight-saving "war time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.

1943 The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over
Japanese forces.

1964 The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1971 Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.

1984 Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev.

2002 Britain's Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71.

2009 New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003.

NEW YORK IN HISTORY

On this date in...

1864...Authorities in New York approve the formation of a company of black soldiers to fight the Confederates
 in the Civil War. This marks the first time that black soldiers are allowed to enlist in the Union army.

1942...Fire sweeps through the French luxury liner "Normandie," which is docked at West 48th Street.
The blaze breaks out when workers converting the ship to a wartime vessel accidentally set fire to a large stack
of life preservers. The mighty ship capsizes and, after attempts to restore her prove fruitless, the ship is
ultimately sold for scrap in 1946.

HAITI IN HISTORY

 

HAITI IN HISTORY.
September 1957--7 February  1986:
Thousands of Political prisoners were executed by order of Duvalier at the barrack of Fort Dimanche and
the Dessalines barracks by :  LUC DESYR, CLEMENT BARBOT, CHARLOTIN ST. FORT, ZACHARIE
DELVA , ALBERT PIERRE TI BOULÉ, Col. GRACIA JACQUES, ELOIS MAITRE,.ROSALIEIE
ADOLPHE  AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES.
 "We don't forgive them, because they knew what they were doing"

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

 

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FEBRUARY 7, 2014

 

On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived in the United States for the first time, giving rise to Beatlemania.
 

On Feb. 7, 1817, Frederick Douglass, the American abolitionist leader, was born. He died on Feb. 20, 1895

On This Date In

1812 Author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England.

1944 Germany launched a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy, during World War II.

1962 President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba..

1974 The island nation of Grenada won independence from Britain.

1984 Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk.

1986 Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country, ending 28 years of family rule.

1990 The Soviet Union's Communist Party gave up its monopoly on power by agreeing to let other political parties compete for control of the country.

1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president.

1992 European Community members signed the Maastricht Treaty, which led to creation of the euro.

1995 Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan.

1999 Jordan's King Hussein died at age 63. 2011 AOL Inc. announced the $315 million purchase of The Huffington Post website.

2012 A federal appeals court ruled California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

 

NEW YORK IN HISTORY

On this date in...

1784...Wealthy attorney James Duane is appointed mayor. Now known more as the name of a street – as well as a New York City drugstore chain – Duane also is the first mayor to serve New York following the American Revolution.

1964...Beatlemania sweeps the city as thousands of screaming fans turn out at Kennedy Airport to greet the new British band as they arrive for their first U.S. tour.

 

HAITI IN HISTORY

 

HAITI IN HISTORY.
September 1957--7 February  1986:
Des Milliers
de Prisonniers Politiques ont été exécutés sur l'ordre des bourreaux du régime Duvalier  au Fort Dimanche et aux Casernes Thousands of Haitian Political prisoners were executed on the order of the Duvalier regime in the barrack of Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines barrack by :  LUC DESYR, CLEMENT BARBOT, CHARLOTIN ST. FORT, ZACHARIE DELVA , ALBERT PIERRE TI BOULÉ, Col. GRACIA JACQUES, ELOIS MAITRE,.ROSALIEIE ADOLPHE  AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES.
 "We don't forgive them, because they knew what they were doing"

 

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

WASHINGTON. MICHEL MARTELLY MET PRESIDENT OBAMA AS PUBLISHED BY MIAMI HERALD
 Haiti President Michel Martelly, who has been pilloried at home, received rave reviews in his first major visit to Washington
this week after signaling a willingness to compromise on long-delayed elections. Some hope he was not “blowing smoke.”

Haitians back on the island say the real test of whether their often-combative president has indeed changed politically
will come over the next few days. On Tuesday, opposition leaders are to begin phase two of negotiations with Martelly
to hammer out the changes necessary to make the balloting possible. “The support of the U.S. is so fundamental for the
president,” said Sauveur Pierre Etienne, leader of the opposition Organization of People in Struggle (OPL), one of 53
political parties that ended 10 days of negotiations Wednesday with the government over elections and governance.
Both sides agreed on holding one election this year. “Did he go and say one thing, and when he returns, he will do
something else?” Etienne said. “Washington will quickly expose him . . . because we’re in a process of dialogue where
today we’ve found a compromise.”

In December, Martelly took an important step in allowing elections by agreeing to publish a new electoral law, backing
down from a plan to dismiss some senators early. The law’s publication averted a deeper political crisis, and quieted the
street protests calling for his resignation.

President Barack Obama said he was pleased with Martelly’s efforts on elections, which would “help resolve some of the
political roadblocks that stalled some progress.”The scheduling of the long-overdue elections was a top agenda item during
Martelly’s visit. U.S. lawmakers and others had criticized his appointment of 140 mayors without voting. Municipal elections
 have been delayed for almost three years and senatorial balloting by almost two.

The long-awaited Oval Office meeting was the first between Obama and Martelly, who has faced increased domestic and
international pressure to schedule the delayed elections.Obama noted progress since the country’s Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
He cited improvements in Haiti’s economy, security and schools, but said it has been “a very slow and difficult process.”

While the United States provides Haiti with about $400 million in aid annually, some have questioned the Obama
administration’s commitment. South Florida immigration activists, 100 members of Congress and newspaper editorial
boards have called on Obama to approve a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. The Department of Homeland
Security has approved family-based visa petitions for 110,000 Haitians, who have yet to be reunited with family members
|in the United States.

Also, the Global Haitian Diaspora Foundation called on the Obama administration to, among other things, deploy the
remaining funds for earthquake recovery; support Haiti’s efforts to obtain loans from the World Bank and other institutions;
and help organize an international donors’ conference to effectively deploy the funds world leaders pledged after the disaster.

Obama did not address the criticisms, but said the United States remains committed to helping the country.

“I think we are all recognizing that we have a lot more work to do,” Obama said. “We want to make sure that all the children
 of Haiti are able to lead lives of opportunity, prosperity and security.”

Martelly thanked the U.S. “for always standing by the Haitian people,” and said he looked forward to discussing security,
 his country’s fight against narcotics trafficking and his “engagement in building a strong democratic state.”

Still, Haiti faces challenges, criticism that Martelly did not back away from during a meeting Wednesday with U.S. lawmakers
. Like the White House, members of Congress voiced concerns about human rights abuses, judiciary reform and corruption.
Martelly “took careful notes on everything we discussed and addressed every question,” said U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
R-Miami, noting that Martelly told lawmakers his government is beefing up security and tackling corruption. Ros-Lehtinen is
a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and organized a breakfast with Martelly, who also met with Secretary of
State John Kerry and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Ros-Lehtinen said there is a “great deal” of support for Haiti in Congress, but there are concerns that the aid be spent wisely.
“Maybe he is blowing smoke, but he is taking our questions and our concerns seriously,” she said. “He’s addressing them.
For every point that we had, he said, ‘We’re aware of it, we have this program, this plan.’ But she said lawmakers want
“proof with action,” and that she plans to lead a South Florida delegation to Haiti next month.
Martelly has been criticized in Haiti for a reluctance to compromise, forcing the United States and others in the international
community to spend much of past year trying to avert a deeper crisis in the country. Whether the election actually takes
place will depend on Martelly’s willingness to compromise further. As he met with Obama, about 40 people protested outside
 the White House against the visit with coffins and signs. Pierre Esperance, a leading human-rights advocate in Haiti, said
the slew of anti-government protests, demands for Martelly’s resignation and discontent among the international community
had isolated Martelly and might have influenced his new posture. He’s no longer “beating his chest” and refusing to back
down, Esperance said. “The president has become wiser. He is less arrogant now,” Esperance said. “But is there change?
We have yet to see big change. We’ve seen little timid  steps.” Yet, Martelly’s appearance in Washington suggests that
 “the U.S. is fully on board,” said Robert Fatton, a Haiti expert  at the  University of Virginia. Kerry told Martelly he had
“great respect for the road” he’s put Haiti on. “Secretary Kerry’s comments and the official visit with President Obama
signal a new honeymoon with President Martelly,” Fatton said. “The question is whether it will be long-lasting.”
In the past two weeks, different parts of Haiti have been plagued by protests, some of them violent. Several opposition groups
 announced a protest for Friday — the day 28 years ago that Haiti began its difficult transition to democracy with the departure
of dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier into exile. At the same time, Martelly wraps up his four-day Washington visit
with a stop at the Organization of American States.
Later this month, Martelly will visit France and then travel to Rome, where the first Haitian Cardinal, Chibly Langlois,
chief mediator during the political negotiations, will receive his gold ring and red beret from Pope Francis. Etienne said
Martelly has perhaps become more “conscious of what’s at stake” — his legacy and the country’s stability — three years after
he was elected to a five-year term.“If the president is bluffing, then the Congress or the Obama administration won’t even
need two weeks to call his bluff,” Etienne said.

METS ANNOUNCER RALPH KINER DIED THURSDAY AT 91
Ralph Kiner was respected as a player throughout baseball and then beloved as a broadcaster in New York. He actually started his professional career playing for the minor league Albany Senators in 1941 and 1942. After serving in World War II, Kiner debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1946 and became one of the most feared home run hitters in the game. During a 10-year career shortened by injury, Kiner hit 369 home runs, leading the National League in that category in his first seven seasons. However, he is best known in the city for his more than four decades as a Mets broadcaster, starting in the team's first season, 1962. Along with Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy, Kiner became part of the sound of Shea Stadium and summer for Mets fans. And long before 24-hour sports talk radio and ESPN and coverage and highlights on the Internet, there was Kiner's Korner. Nothing fancy - hardly - but a beloved postgame staple for Mets fans, with thousands of interviews of the Mets and their opponents. Eventually, the number of games he broadcast was reduced, but certainly not his place in the hearts of Mets fans. In a statement, Mets owner Fred Wilpon said, "Ralph became a treasured broadcasting icon for more than half a century. His knowledge of the game, wit, and charm entertained generations of Mets fans. Like his stories, he was one of a kind." Kiner was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975, largely on the basis of all of those home runs. But there is no statistic to describe how much Kiner meant to the Mets and their fans, to baseball, and to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him and experiencing his kindness.

CITY HALL, NEW YORK. MAYOR DE BLASIO NAMED FIRST LADY CHIRLANE AS CHAIR OF THE MAYOR'S FUND TO ADVANCE NEW YORK CITY

Mayor: I’d first like to say it is such a special privilege for all of us to be here at the Osborne Association. They’ve been wonderful hosts today, very, very welcoming. It’s an extraordinary place, the history is very powerful. In 1912, Thomas Mott Osborne serving as the Mayor of Auburn, New York, inspired by a book he read, spent a week in an Auburn prison under the alias “Tom Brown.” And the cruelty he saw in that prison moved him to act. He returned to free society committed to transforming America’s prisons from “human scrap heaps into human repair shops.” And went on to become the warden at Sing Sing, where he helped transform the brutal and inhumane facility into a modern prison that acknowledged a life for its inmates behind its walls. The Osborne Association was established in 1933 building on his legacy. And one of the many resources Osborne provides here in the Bronx is a program called Arches. It’s a program associated with the Young Men’s Initiative that receives support from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. It’s really an exemplary program. Chirlane and I just spent time with some of the individuals who are part of this program, and it’s really wonderful to see the work that’s being done here, the great people that work at Osborne, and also the people that are serving, helping them to move their lives forward, helping them to build skills that will allow them to have a productive and consistent role in society going forward. Arches is administered by New York City’s Department of Probation, and it’s a group mentoring program that helps young probation clients transform their attitudes and behaviors—works on everything from job training to substance abuse counseling. This is the kind of partnership—the kind of holistic work—that changes people’s lives.

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, by its very definition, brings together innovative community partners like Osborne with city agencies and the broader philanthropic world to powerful effect. It’s a model I’ve seen before firsthand, it’s a model that we had a variation on in the Office of the Public Advocate. Ours was called the Fund for Public Advocacy, and it created a scholarship for the DREAMers, the young people who are not being treated fairly under our immigration laws, that helped create a program to make sure that young people attain a GED, are given that opportunity and we partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the micro-lending organization “Actione” to do a ground breaking report on the state of immigrant owned businesses in New York City and the needs they had in terms of city policy going forward so they could thrive and create jobs. So the Fund for Public Advocacy was able to do a number of important projects connected directly to the goals we had in the Office of the Public Advocate. Well, the Mayor’s Fund will be approached in exactly the same manner. The Mayor’s Fund is empowered to build partnerships among government agencies and forward-thinking, community-based organizations as well as civic-minded individuals, companies and foundations. And the Mayor’s Fund truly has an impressive track record changing innovated multi agency efforts like the Young Men’s Initiative through to fruition.

We will be putting our own stamp on the Mayor’s Fund of course, focusing on our progressive values and our emphasis on outer-borough and immigrant communities, and our emphasis on the needs of children and families. That will all be part of what we prioritize, going forward with the Mayor’s Fund. And for us, in many ways, it is a response to the tight fiscal times we know loom ahead – it will be a time in which we have to make every tax dollar stretch further and have bigger impact so we can reach more families in need, and we know the Mayor’s Fund will be an important part of that work. While the Mayor’s Fund is going to be central to what we do, it’s going to allow us to get a lot more done, it’s going to allow us to further our core goals in a very powerful and innovative manner, and that therefore requires dynamic leadership. Let’s go over the characteristics of the individual I am looking for, someone with a familiarity not just with New York City government—she would have to have that—but also with the activists the civic groups and the people of our city. And also someone committed to lifting up all New Yorkers and creating a city where we all rise together.

Having considered that job description and the need for dynamic leadership, I am proud to say that our First Lady, Chirlane McCray, has agreed to take up the responsibility of Chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Now, I’ve told the story many times, Chirlane and I met in City Hall. We met serving in Mayor Dinkins’ administration. And she learned in that and many other experiences firsthand how government can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of everyday New Yorkers. She also has experience in the non-profit sector. She spent time working in the medical field at the Maimonides Medical Center. She’s been an activist for good and important causes, and she has another powerful perspective. For the last 14 years, she’s been a New York City public school parent, so she understands so much of the lives of the people in the city, and so much of the efforts that we make every day to try to improve people’s lives. And she understands what it takes to drive change, her entire life has been committed to progressive change, and she knows so well how to move forward a strategy of change. She certainly changed a lot of my bad habits into good habits too, I’d like to say. In my own household.

When it came to crafting our agenda and our vision over this past year, Chirlane’s voice and experience profoundly shaped our work. She knows our mission and our values better than anyone, because she has been one of the chief architects of our approach. This is, I want to emphasize, an unpaid, voluntary position. Chirlane is taking it up because she believes deeply in this work and this mission. It is my deep honor to introduce my best friend in the world, my closest confidante, my No.1 advisor, and my wife of almost 20 years, Chirlane McCray.

First Lady: The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City gives us the opportunity to continue working closely with the people we love, especially the people who could use an extra hand. If there is one thing I know from all our years together, it is that you and I are happiest when we are united behind a common cause. That’s our marriage, and that’s our partnership, and I thank you. I am excited about this appointment, because I know there’s so much that government working with the private sector can do to help our underserved communities and our families. And this belief is rooted in my own personal experience. I am a granddaughter of immigrants from Barbados and immigrants from the South. Neither one of my parents had a college degree. They were smart and hardworking – more than anything they wanted their children to have a better education and more opportunities than they had. They were remarkable people, but they couldn’t raise me on my own. When the school day or the week was over, I went to the Dunbar Community Center, the Girl’s Club, or the library. At the Springfield YMCA, I was a member of the swim team and the leaders corps. In fact, my first summer job was working there as a swim instructor and a lifeguard when I was 14. Those government-supported programs and the people who staff them helped to make me who I am today. And I have to say the same is true for our children. Bill and I have surrounded Chiara and Dante with love, but so many people and programs deserve credit for the wonderful young adults they have become.

First Lady: And so, an important part of our mission is to help other families get the support they need. I want them to have access to the kind of resources my family depended on because families – all kinds of families – need more support than ever. We will build on the fund’s strong foundation and work with board members and donors to create programs that reflect the progressive ideals of the de Blasio administration. Because for every seemingly intractable problem facing our city, there are innovative solutions, and New Yorkers are devoted to solving them. I am a passionate advocate of any effort that helps people get on the right track and stay there, like universal pre-kindergarten for our young children and conflict resolution for our teens. But I also refuse to give up on those who have fallen down and need help getting back on their feet. How many of us would want to be forever defined by our worst mistake?

Mayor: I just want to finish by saying – I wanted to give you a clearer sense our approach and our values here. You know, I want to thank, first of all, every individual, every company, every foundation that has previously supported the work of the Fund And we’re committed to broadening the Fund’s reach, both in terms of projects and supporters. So we want to build on a very strong foundation and go further. We believe in the power of this city’s non-profit community and civic organizations. And we obviously believe fundamentally in collaboration with the grassroots. To everyone who shares that vision for New York, the vision of one New York rising together, consider this as your formal invitation to join us. And you can learn more at nyc.gov/fund.

PHILADELPHIA. VP JOE BIDEN HAD SOME HARSH WORDS FOR LA GUARDIA AIRPORT.
The VPiden was speaking in Philadelphia where he stressed the need for infrastructure improvement. He said that the U.S. has fallen 20 spots in the quality of infrastructure, and that Hong Kong's Airport has the type of modern facilities that travelers would expect to see in the United States. "If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2 o'clock in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said, 'Where do you think you are?', they'd say, 'This must be America. It's a modern airport,'" Biden said. "If I took you and blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, 'I must be in some Third World country.' I'm not joking." Many passengers waiting on luggage at LaGuardia said that the conditions are a joke and that Biden conveyed their feelings perfectly. "You just feel like you're in the grungy subway of New York," said one person. To be fair, there are signs abound, and there are some modern amenities. Some fly in satisfied. "Well, I just came from a Third World country, and I don't know that that's necessarily true, Joe," said one person.

In response to the vice president, the Port Authority released a statement that read, "We are fast-tracking efforts that have lagged for more than a decade and investing $3.6 billion through an innovative public-private partnership to build a new Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport that will provide passengers with a world-class terminal." Just last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who, along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, oversees the Port Authority, said that he wants to assume responsibility for construction. "LaGuardia Airport is ranked as the worst airport in America, believe it or not," Cuomo said. "That is a disgrace, my friends." LaGuardia Airport is a gateway to New York that 25 million people passed through in 2012. A nonprofit that advocates for airport improvements in the metro area said that LaGuardia is one of the most delayed airports in the country, but the problem is bigger than that. "The entire system in New York needs next generation, which is the air traffic control system, a satellite-based air traffic control system, to replace the 40-year-old radar system," said Steve Sigmund, executive director of the Global Gateway Alliance. Sigmund said that the federal government needs to contribute to that, because the next generation system is a $40 billion expense, so the ball goes back to Biden.


			
WASHINGTON.PRESIDENT MARTELLY OF HAITI TO BE AT AOS AFTER MEETING YESTERDAY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE US.
 The Secretary of the Permanent Council presents his compliments to the permanent representatives and has the honor of advising them that the Chair has convened a protocolary meeting to receive the President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency 
Michel Joseph Martelly.The protocolary meeting will be held in the Hall of the Americas on Friday, February 7, 2014, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

RUSSIA OPENING TOMORROW OF OLYMPICS.
Olympics: Opening ceremony Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium, SochiDate: Friday 7 February Coverage: Live on BBC Two, BBC Sport website, Connected TVs, mobiles and the BBC Sport app The costliest Olympic Games in history officially open in Russia on Friday, with 98 medals to be won over 16 days. Sochi, on Russia's Black Sea coast, will welcome about 2,900 athletes in 15 disciplines as the opening ceremony begins at 20:14 local time (16:14 GMT).

The build-up has been overshadowed by security fears, human rights concerns and delays to preparations. But, at £30bn, the cost of these Games is more than the combined total of all other Olympic Winter Games to date.

Canada, Norway and the United States are considered the likeliest candidates to top the Sochi medal table, while Team GB have been set a target of at least three medals in Sochi. Sochi 2014: Key dates for GB •11 Feb: Katie Summerhayes, ski slopestyle •13 Feb: James Woods, ski slopestyle •14 Feb: Shelley Rudman and Lizzy Yarnold, skeleton •20 Feb: Curling, women's final •21 Feb: Curling, men's final; Elise Christie, short track 1,000m GB team 'strongest for decades' If Britain reach their target, it would mark the team's best performance in terms of medals won since 1936, while hope is high that Britain could win more than one gold medal at a Winter Olympics for the first time. The British women's curling team and skeleton slider Shelley Rudman are both defending world champions, while team-mate Lizzy Yarnold leads the current skeleton rankings. "I'm a canny Scot so I will err on the side of caution but we have a number of athletes competing at a top-class level in winter sports," said British chef de mission Mike Hay.

"Without putting any additional pressure on, across more disciplines and more sports than ever before, we're a strong team. We are confident we will do well and there is a great spirit in the camp." Hosting an Olympics for the first time since the boycotted Moscow Games of 1980, Russian athletes are under pressure to improve on the embarrassment of 11th place at the last Winter Games in Vancouver.The nation has devoted £600m to elite winter sport since winning the bid to host these Games seven years ago. Russian attention will be focused on the men's ice hockey team, who have yet to win Olympic gold since the break-up of the Soviet Union (although a Unified Team featuring Russian players won gold in 1992), and popular figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, who has overcome injury to feature in the Games but faces a tough task to win a medal.

Norway will look to biathlon and cross-country skiing for the bulk of their medals, while Canada's medals will come from short track speed skating, in particular Charles Hamelin, who has the potential to be one of the faces of the Games, as well as freestyle skiing and snowboard. The United States will expect big things from Alpine skiing and bobsleigh. In the absence of injured skier Lindsey Vonn, the leading American lights are slalom specialist Mikaela Shiffrin and snowboarder Shaun White - despite his withdrawal from the slopestyle contest on Wednesday, citing concerns over the safety of the course. Security in Sochi has been prominent as the world's athletes and media arrive for the Games. Threats in recent months have included repeated calls to disrupt the Olympics from the Imarat Kavkaz group in the North Caucasus, suicide bombings in the nearby city of Volgograd, and a recent US warning about the potential for 'toothpaste' bombs on flights.

Journalists arriving in the region have found hotel rooms and other facilities unfinished amid a last-minute rush by organizers to complete building work, although the Olympic venues themselves have largely met with praise from athletes. Sochi 2014 by numbers •30 - the cost in billions of staging Sochi 2014, more than all the previous 21 Winter Olympics combined. •40,000 - the distance in miles covered in the longest torch relay in Olympic history. •531 - the weight in grams of the gold medals, which are made up of 525 grams of silver and six grams of gold. •98 - the number of gold medals on offer across 15 disciplines. •2,900 - the number of athletes, from 85 countries, competing in Sochi •56 - the number of athletes in Great Britain's squad, the most since the 1988 Games in Calgary. Russian opposition politicians and analysts have attributed Olympic project delays to corruption, which they say accounts for much of the Sochi Games' substantial cost - more than three times the London 2012 budget. Liliya Shevtsova, a senior associate at a Moscow public policy research centre, believes the Games are "an embodiment of corruption, inefficiency, irrationality, extreme vanity and megalomania". Sochi's organisers do not recognise the £30bn figure (they claim it includes the costs of infrastructure which may have been built anyway) and insist their outlay has been closer to £4.3bn. Alexander Zhukov, president of Russia's Olympic Committee, said the authorities had "uncovered no cases of corruption".
On Thursday, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon addressed another issue facing the Games: recent Russian legislation outlawing "gay propaganda" towards children, widely perceived as reinforcing the oppression of Russia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. "Many professional athletes, gay and straight, are speaking out against prejudice," said Ban, addressing an International Olympic Committee (IOC) assembly in Sochi. "We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they face." IOC president Thomas Bach has said athletes who oppose Russia's 'anti-gay' legislation are free to express their views in interviews with the media, but must not do so on the podium or during their events. Bach added that he expects Russian president Vladimir Putin to adhere to the Olympic charter and not use the opening ceremony as a platform for political purposes. "The Olympic Charter is very clear. The president of the country can exactly say one sentence," said Bach. "And he [Putin] will say this one sentence as did all the other heads of state before, with the exception of one, who violated the Olympic Charter in Salt Lake City in 2002."

 

UNITED NATIONS

Ahead eve of Sochi Olympic Games, Ban praises power of sport to unite all people Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) visits the Olympic village in Sochi, Russian Federation, and meets with athletes and officials of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

6 February 2014 – In Sochi, Russia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the power of sport to promote human rights and unite people regardless of their age, race, class, religious, ability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity in a first of its kind address to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people,” Mr. Ban said as the first UN chief to address an IOC session. “We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they face.” Mr. Ban cited Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter which enshrines the IOC’s opposition to any form of discrimination. He added that the UN stands “strongly” behind its own ‘Free & Equal’ campaign and looks forward “to working with the IOC, Governments and other partners around the world to build societies of equality and tolerance.”

“Hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century,” the top UN official stressed, noting also the need to combat “ugly and hurtful racist displays at sporting matches.” Speaking later to the press in Sochi alongside Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, Mr. Ban said that “the Olympics give us an opportunity to celebrate everyone’s right to compete on equal terms – no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.” Earlier the two men had taken part in the Olympic torch relay, with Mr. Ban receiving the flame from Mr. Bach on a bridge over the Sochi River. The flame will be nested tomorrow after its 65,000-kilometer (39,000-mile) route at the opening ceremony, attended by Mr. Ban.

In his remarks, the Secretary-General praised the increasingly strong and productive partnership between the UN and the IOC, with shared values of universality, solidarity and non-discrimination that make a “dynamic global duo.” He noted the many UN agencies – including the office of his special advisor on sport and development, Wilfred Lemke – working directly with the IOC to advance the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 deadline, including efforts to combat AIDS and drug abuse, protect the environment and promote education. In his speech to the IOC today, one day before the opening of the Games, Mr. Ban reiterated the UN’s call for the observance of the Olympic Truce, especially in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. “Athletes send a unified message that people and nations can put aside their differences,” he said. “If they can do that in Sochi’s sporting arenas, leaders of fighters should do the same in the world’s combat areas.” The symbolic Truce, which started one week before the XXII Olympic Winter Games, will run until a week after the closing of the XI Paralympic Winter Games, to be held 7 to 16 March.

Mr. Ban stressed the essential nature of the Paralympic Games to the Sochi Winter Games and highlighted how the Olympic Movement promotes human rights which include the rights of people with disabilities. “I am one of millions of people inspired by those athletes,” he said. “The Olympics have served to break down negative stereotypes and build positive attitudes,” he added. “I am pleased that the United Nations counts many Olympic athletes as champions of our causes – peace, development and human rights.” In his remarks today, Mr. Ban said he appreciated President Vladimir Putin’s assurances that “there will be no discrimination whatsoever,” and that people with different sexual orientation are welcome to compete and enjoy the Olympic Games.

 

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FEBRUARY 5, 2014

 

On this date In

Feb. 5, 1937, President Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices; critics charged Roosevelt was attempting to "pack" the court.

Feb. 5, 1900, Adlai Ewing Stevenson, the American politician and diplomat, was born. He died on July 14, 1965,

On This Date In

1881 Phoenix, Ariz., was incorporated.

1917 Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, a law severely curtailing the immigration of Asians.

1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices. Critics charged that he was attempting to "pack" the court.

1958 Gamel Abdel Nasser was nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic, a short-lived union of Syria and Egypt.

1988 The Arizona House of Representatives impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, who was later convicted in the state Senate and removed from office. 1988 Panamanian military leader Gen. Manuel Noriega was indicted on bribery and drug trafficking charges in Florida.

1994 White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. He was sentenced to life in prison.

1997 Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter.

2001 Four disciples of Osama bin Laden went on trial in New York in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

2002 A federal grand jury indicted John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," alleging that he was trained by Osama bin Laden's network and that he conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans.

NEW YORK IN HISTORY

On this date in...

1776...American general Charles Lee takes control of New York City. His army makes camp in City Hall Park and begins barricading the town against an expected British attack.

1849...City College opens on East 23rd Street. It offers a free college education to graduates of New York City's public schools.

Today's New Yorker birthdays include former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, born in 1926.

HAITI IN HISTORY.
September 1957--7 February  1986:
Des Milliers
de Prisonniers Politiques ont été exécutés sur l'ordre des bourreaux du régime Duvalier  au Fort Dimanche et aux Casernes Thousands of Haitian Political prisoners were executed on the order of the Duvalier regime in the barrack of Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines barrack by :  LUC DESYR, CLEMENT BARBOT, CHARLOTIN ST. FORT, ZACHARIE DELVA , ALBERT PIERRE TI BOULÉ, Col. GRACIA JACQUES, ELOIS MAITRE,.ROSALIEIE ADOLPHE  AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES.
 "We don't forgive them, because they knew what they were doing"


LOCAL NEWS

NEW YORK. SECOND SNOWSTORM IN THE CITY.
The city says it's ready for whatever snow gets dropped on New York City on this Wednesday. On Tuesday evening, seating with our friends reporters at 211 East 43rd street in Manhattan, our reporters Zeyad Falah, Ally and Adouane of Mr. Visa Company we had the information before hand of the expected disaster to take place in Manhattan, Their prediction was ahead of the news networks of the City. From Rosedale, Jimmy Limages, another reporter was ready for the storm before its announcement and got ready for the cleaning up around his residence according to his prediction.
As a matter of their predictions,  plows and salters, which barely got a rest after Monday's storm, are at the ready once again.Precipitation was expected to start after midnight, with snow turning into ice or rain by the Wednesday morning commute. Alternate side of the street parking is suspended Wednesday but drivers still have to feed the meters. The Sanitation Department says there will be delays in garbage and recycling pickup because of ongoing snow removal. The city's Office of Emergency Management has issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory. As far as getting around, signal problems are affecting some subway lines, though it's not clear if they are weather-related. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says there is good service on Metro-North and most Long Island Rail Road lines, though buses are experiencing delays because of the snow. Area airports are getting back to normal after hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed because of the storm. Delays at LaGuardia were up to three hours during the heaviest snow. Almost six inches fell near the airport Monday Meantime, some Staten Island residents are still upset with the city's latest attempts at snow removal and are worried about what lies ahead. The Sanitation Department says it has 61 salt spreaders and 54 plows on Staten Island today but was a different scene Monday afternoon as spreaders struggled to get up Bard Avenue, a busy street with a hospital on it.
During a press conference Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio noted the challenges of an especially snowy winter, but also promised a better response. "Sixty-three hundred miles we have to cover of road. Huge and complicated endeavor and we to do it obviously very quickly each and every time in the middle of other circumstances," de Blasio said. "That case in Staten Island was obviously unacceptable. It was not handled properly and we're gonna fix it."

NEW YORK. ST. PAT PARADE. MAYOR DE BLASIO WILL NOT MARCH
I'm not planning on marching in the parade, I haven't in the past,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio says that's because the parade leaders have long denied marching privileges to gay organizations. He didn't march as Public Advocate. Depending who you asked, his refusal as mayor set of cheers of pride... I applaud the mayor on his decision,” said Public Advocate Letitia James. "Certain things should not be political and this is one of them,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich of Queens. The parade sponsors didn't comment yet about the Mayor's decision. All previous City Mayors marched the parade before

But Mayor David Dinkins didn't march in his final two years as mayor. "I will not be able to lead the long green line up Fifth Avenue,” Dinkins said then. Next month, you can still expect lines of city workers. Some say until the gay groups are permitted, they shouldn't be allowed to wear their uniforms. "I think it should be revisited. I do think that a parade that discriminates against LBGT people, that that should be looked at again,” said Councilman Corey Johnson of Manhattan.

Opponents of the march point out that in some places at least, gay rights seems to be increasing, with greater legalization of same sex marriage and even the pope saying of gay people, who am I to judge? "Times have changed, but the Hibernian Order is still living in the past, and my hope is that they'll on their own decide that this is not the way to treat New Yorkers,” said Johnson.

INTERNATIONAL

RUSSIA. SOCHI 2014 GAY RIGHTS PROTESTS TARGET RUSSIA GAMES.
No gay people in Sochi, says mayor Putin cautions gay visitors to Sochi Navratilova unhappy at IOC gay stance Gay rights activists across the world are holding a day of protests against the Russian government, just two days before the Winter Olympics begin in the southern resort of Sochi. The protests seek to persuade sponsors of the event to speak out over Russia's controversial laws on homosexuality. The gay rights protests are expected in 19 cities around the globe.

The Olympic torch will arrive in Sochi on Wednesday, having visited 135 cities in the 122 days since leaving Moscow. It will spend three days in and around Sochi before arriving in the Olympic stadium to light the Olympic cauldron during Friday's opening ceremony.

Activists joining protests planned in cities including Melbourne, London, New York, Paris and St Petersburg want Olympic sponsors such as McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Samsung and Visa to speak against Russia's new laws on homosexuality. Last year, Russia banned the promotion of "non-traditional" sexuality - widely seen as an attack on gay rights. The law makes providing information on homosexuality to under-18s a crime, punishable by a fine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been visiting athletes settling into the Olympic Village

But many of the international journalists arriving in Sochi ahead of the Games are reporting unfinished Olympic facilities and hotel rooms The Olympic torch is due to arrive in Sochi on Wednesday - two days before Friday's opening ceremony Critics say its loose interpretation effectively stops gay rights protests in Russia. Marie Campbell, a director at the equality campaign group All Out, say that the new Russian laws went against the spirit of the Olympics. "All our members, as well as everyone else around the world, want to celebrate the Olympic values of personal strength and endurance and integrity," she said.

"All we are saying is that we can't just ignore the fact that this is happening in Russia where these anti-gay laws are preventing the Olympic values being lived and enjoyed by millions of people." In a corporate blog post,
AT&T condemned Russia's stance, saying it stood "against Russia's anti-LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law".The telecommunications giant is not an IOC sponsor but it does sponsor the US Olympic Committee.

Last month, President Vladimir Putin said homosexuals would be welcome in Sochi for the Olympics but added: "Just leave the children in peace." "We don't have a ban on non-traditional sexual relations," he said. "We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia."

Meanwhile, President Putin has arrived in Sochi amid growing disquiet about whether preparations will be complete by Friday. Hundreds of visitors arriving this week found that their hotels were unfinished. The estimated cost of the Games has soared from $12bn  to over $50bn. The ratings agency Moody's released a report on Wednesday suggesting Russia was unlikely to receive an overall macroeconomic boost from the event - something which, correspondents say, President Putin had banked on. It said Sochi and the surrounding area would struggle to maintain Olympic facilities after the event, and it was unclear whether they would receive the hoped-for boost in tourism revenues. Addressing journalists in Sochi on Tuesday, Mr Putin insisted that the enormous construction effort to prepare the city for the games had greatly improved the environment. However, environmentalists have accused the Russian authorities of damaging the area during construction for the games.

HAITI NEWS

Martelly predicted a closer cooperation with the United States
The Head of State of Haiti , Michel Martelly, begins on Wednesday an official visit to Washington (United States). Accompanied among other foreign ministers , Pierre Richard Casimir , and Finance Laleau Wilson , President Martelly will have working sessions with members of Congress and the House of Representatives before meeting face to face with the President Obama. Mr. Martelly believes that this is an important visit that will address urgent issues including reconstruction , energy, strengthening institutions and the role of MINUSTAH .

Recalling that the United States has provided millions of dollars in aid to Haiti in recent years, Mr. Martelly promised to ask the U.S. government a larger part of the aid channeled through the government. The lack of resources contributes to weaken the state, he said , promising to seek U.S. assistance for the implementation of development projects. NGOs will continue to work but need to strengthen institutions , insists he arguing that significant budgetary support will be a double benefit , strengthening infrastructure and constitutional institutions. President Martelly believes that the U.S. government has noted the progress on the security front . He cites as evidence the recent mitigation restrictions for travelers to Haiti . At the same time he appreciates the support carrying the United States in strengthening the security climate that enabled the arrival of many foreign investors. It is in the interest of the great powers to allow Haiti to benefit from the positive results obtained in terms of security , he added . The meeting with President Obama is seen as an opportunity to consider strengthening the Haitian -American cooperation .

 

UNITED NATIONS

South Sudan: UN, partners appeal for $1.27 billion as humanitarian crisis deepens
4 February 2014 – United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners in South Sudan launched a revised appeal today, calling for $1.27 billion to help more than 3 million people who continue to suffer the consequences of the conflict in the strife-torn country. “The priority is to save lives now, and ensure that we have food, medicine and other lifesaving supplies prepositioned in the field, in easy reach of aid agencies before the rains hit and the roads become impassable,”said Toby Lanzer, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), relief agencies are scaling up the response to assist 3.2 million people through June, based on rigorous prioritization. This includes relief for displaced people and host communities, refugees, and others whose lives and livelihoods are at immediate risk. Aid organizations also plan to provide emergency relief, uphold people's rights and strengthen livelihoods. Mr. Lanzer said the Crisis Response Plan was revised to reflect the deterioration of the humanitarian situation. Nearly 60 per cent of the funding will go towards pre-positioning of vital aid supplies before the rainy season starts in June. OCHA underscored that the conflict, which erupted on 15 December 2013, has shattered the lives of millions of people, leading to devastating humanitarian consequences: almost 900,000 have been driven from their homes and thousands more have been hurt or wounded as a direct result of hostilities. Livelihoods have been lost and people's ability to move livestock to pasture, to fish or to hunt, has been severely compromised.

“I ask the international donor community to stand with the people of South Sudan and the aid agencies working here to help them before the situation gets even worse,” said Mr. Lanzer. Meanwhile, a team from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is in Sudan's West Kordofan state to assess the needs of civilians fleeing the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. The agency has provided one month of emergency rations to 7,489 South Sudanese who have fled to South Kordofan and White Nile states, spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told journalists in Geneva, adding that WFP is appealing for $58 million for its operations in South Sudan, which are only 30 per cent funded.

An estimated 10,000 people have also crossed into Sudan's South and West Kordofan states, which are themselves facing armed violence, according to figures reported last month by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Wrapping up his two-day visit to the country yesterday, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous stressed that there could be no other solution to the crisis than a political solution. The fighting broke out when simmering tensions boiled over in the wake of a political dispute between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir's forces and those of former deputy president Riek Machar in mid-December. Both sides signed a ceasefire agreement mediated by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa last month, and Mr. Ladsous reiterated the importance of adhering to that accord. He added that seeing thousands of people alive at the UN peacekeeping mission's base in Tomping was a clear indicator that UNMISS, as the Mission in South Sudan is known, had made the right decision in opening its gates to civilians, even though living conditions were difficult. Over 80,000 civilians are currently protected by UNMISS at eight of its compounds throughout the country, according to figures provided today by the Mission, including 43,000 civilians in Juba alone.

 

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FEBRUARY 4, 2014

On Feb. 4, 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

 On Feb. 4, 1902, Charles A. Lindbergh, the American aviator who became the first man to fly the Atlantic solo nonstop from the United States to Europe, was born. He died on Aug. 26, 1974

On This Date In

1783 Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.

1789 Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

1861 Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.

1913 Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala.

1938 The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway.

1941 The United Service Organizations (USO) was formed.

1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.

1948 The island nation of Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.

1974 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1977 The album "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac was released. 1983 Singer Karen Carpenter died at age 32.

2000 A coalition government that included Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party came to power in Austria, triggering European Union sanctions.

2003 Yugoslavia was dissolved and replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.

2004 The Massachusetts high court declared that gays were entitled to marry.

2004 The social networking website Facebook was launched.

NEW YORK IN HISTORY

On this date in...

1952...Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to become an executive with a U.S. television network when NBC names him Director of Community Activities for Channel 4.

1968...Liz Taylor and Richard Burton hold court at The Plaza Hotel, discussing their on-again/off-again romance.

1999...West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is killed in a hail of police bullets in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building. Four NYPD officers searching for a serial rapist mistakenly believe Diallo has a gun and fire 41 shots at the 23-year-old, hitting him 19 times. His death sparks a series of demonstrations against racial profiling by police. The four officers involved are eventually acquitted of criminal charges, and in January of 2004 the Diallo family reaches a $3 million settlement in a civil lawsuit against the city.

CITY HALL, NY. PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO FOR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014

NEW YORK

9:00 AM – Hosts Press Conference to Make Announcement Blue Room City Hall New York, NY 10007

Press conference will be aired live on NYC TV, live-streamed on NYC.gov, and a live feed will be available on Encompass Port CTY-4205.

10:25 AM – Participates in Roundtable Discussion hosted by Univision and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation’s Too Small to Fail “Pequeños y Valiosos” Launch East Harlem Council for Human Services Head Start Program 440 East 116th Street New York, NY 10029

Roundtable’s opening remarks will be open press. Footage will be provided by NYC TV and will be available following the event on Encompass Port CTY-4205.

Press must RSVP to Rosemary Mercedes, rmercedes@univision.net or (212) 455-5335. Press must check in between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM.

STATEN ISLAND. STATEN ISLAND RESIDENTS AND THEIR SNOW REMOVAL PROBLEMS.
After what some called a subpar cleanup last time the snow fell, Mayor Bill de Blasio is under pressure to do it right in this storm. Staten Island's Bard Avenue is once again a mess, a dangerous mess. Big problems along a critical thoroughfare is apparently news to Mayor Bill de Blasio. This even though he visited the Sanitation Department command center earlier in the day and over the weekend, heard complaints from Staten Islanders that their streets got the short end of the snowplow last storm. On Monday, Mayor De Blasio and his Sanitation commissioner apparently found out at a news conference that Bard Avenue was once again a problem. "I would assume Bard Avenue is done. I don’t know exactly what’s going on over there,” said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty. "We will definitely look immediately at the concerns you’re raising about Staten Island," the mayor said. Intent on avoiding a repeat of last month's slow snow cleanup, the Sanitation Commissioner talked on the phone asking about Bard Avenue while the Mayor spoke to reporters at the podium. Thirteen miles away, the plows rumbled past vehicles whipped by the white stuff and then back down again. The steep hill complicated the cleanup. A school bus was one casualty. "This is a mess out here, it really is,” said the bus driver. Some locals say the plows should have been out earlier. De Blasio says after last month's snafu, the city shook up snow removal plans, under direction from a top deputy. MTA buses now have chains and tow trucks are scattered in strategic spots. The mayor says that New Yorkers can quicken the pace of snow cleanup by not driving. No doubt after the wreck on Bard Avenue this week, there will be more lessons to learn and still plenty of time for everyone to perfect their snow removal game. Snow fall is forecast two more times before next week.

BROOKLYN. STATE SENATOR JOHN SAMPSON AND HIS LEGAL PROBLEMS.
State Sen. John Sampson’s legal woes grew Monday when a superseding indictment in Brooklyn federal court accused him of lying to the FBI about efforts to get a tax break for a liquor store in which he held a secret interest. Sampson, 47, a Democrat representing Canarsie, has been facing charges in Brooklyn federal court since last May of embezzling $440,000 from foreclosure-sale escrow funds, obstruction of justice and lying to agents. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charge this Tuesday.

INTERNATIONAL

ROME, ITALY. MAFIA BOSS MARIO RICCIO ARRESTED.
Italy may use army in waste war Ninety arrests in anti-mafia raids Rome police decipher Mafia code text Police in Naples have detained Camorra clan boss Mariano Riccio, aged 23 and described as one of the 100 most wanted men in Italy. He is facing a 16-year jail sentence for drug trafficking and is seen by investigators as a key figure in a war for control of the mafia drug trade. Riccio was seized outside the city and police said he did not resist arrest. Separately, 29 suspected Camorra members have been arrested in Rome in connection with fraud and extortion. They have been linked to the Zaza clan in the western Fuorigrotta area of Naples. The Camorra is a formidable mafia network based in the Naples area, which is believed to have extended its influence to Rome and as far north as Florence.
Mario Riccio, believed by police to head another clan called the Amato-Pagato, has been on the run since 2011. He was reportedly arrested at a house north of Naples, where he was staying with his wife and baby daughter. He is wanted for his alleged role in a drug feud in the Scampia area of northern Naples. Beyond its role in the drugs trade, the Camorra has been active in illegal waste dumping around the city and the government said last month it would consider sending in the army to tackle the problem.

PARIS, FRANCE.
RWANDA EX SPY CHIEF ON TRIAL ON GENOCIDE CHARGES.
Pascal Simbikangwa lost his legs in a car accident in 1986  Haunted Nation Burundi's lessons for Rwanda Slow pace of justice Kagame: Visionary or tyrant? Paul Kagame's hold on Rwandans A French court has begun hearing the landmark trial of the former Rwandan intelligence chief charged with complicity in the 1994 genocide. Pascal Simbikangwa, who is paraplegic, was arrested in 2008 when he was living under an alias on France's Indian Ocean island of Mayotte. He denies all of the charges. France has been accused of being too slow to prosecute those allegedly linked to killing hundreds of thousands of Rwandans over 100 days in 1994. After the genocide, many Rwandans fled to France as they share a common language and used to enjoy close diplomatic relations. 
Simbikangwa, 54, stands accused of helping to arm ethnic Hutu militia who manned roadblocks in the capital, and instructing them about their part in the slaughter. He has acknowledged being close to the government of President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu whose assassination in 1994 led to the outbreak of violence that killed some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda.
More than 50 journalists, historians, farmers, security guards, and former intelligence officials are expected to be called as witnesses in the trial. lthough Pascal Simbikangwa only had the rank of captain, as head of the country's secret service he is accused of being one of the most significant people in organizing the genocide. He is accused of drawing up lists of high-profile Tutsis and Hutus opposed to the government to be killed in the capital, Kigali. He then allegedly instructed the soldiers and militia on how they should carry out the slaughter. He denies all the charges. He lost his legs in a car accident in 1986 and has used a wheelchair ever since. As he could no longer fight in the army, he joined the secret service. He is accused of personally torturing people from his wheelchair.

Rwanda's government has long accused France of having supported the genocidal regime. Paris denies this but the two countries have fallen out. This trial has been well received in Kigali and may lead to a diplomatic rapprochement. Many of the victims' families have been eagerly awaiting the trial. Dafroza Gauthier, who lost more than 80 members of her family in the genocide, has been working for the past 12 years with her husband, Alain, to build the case against Pascal Simbikangwa. She told reporters the trial was "an important moment for the victims who have been waiting for this trial for 20 years - for them, for their families, but also for French people who were certainly misinformed at the time of the events during the genocide".Rwandan Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the start of the trial was a "good sign". A lawyer working with the prosecution, Clemence Bectarte, said that many of the suspects of the Rwandan genocide "have lived in total impunity" after seeking refuge in France in the late 1990s. "Of course it is late, but it's never too late," she said.
The trial is expected to last seven weeks. France has been accused of not doing enough to stop the genocide in Rwanda, and of delaying the extradition of genocide suspects. It denies the accusations but Rwanda severed relations with France in 2006, although ties were restored three years later.

HAITI NEWS

The anti-corruption mechanism OAS will visit Haiti
A commission of corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS ) will conduct the April 8 to 10 in situ visit to Haiti , with the consent of that State, in the context of the analysis process provided by this mechanism in different countries in the region . according to a statement from the OAS, the Commission shall be composed of representatives of Ecuador and Panama with the mechanism for monitoring the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption ( MESICIC) who, with the support of the Department legal Cooperation of the OAS acting as technical Secretariat of the MESICIC meet with officials of the main bodies responsible for preventing, detecting and punishing acts of corruption in order to analyze the way in which Inter laConvention against corruption is being implement and have first hand information and complete objectives for consideration and adoption of the report MESICIC ratifying, in relation to that State , in September 2014.

In addition, it is expected that the Commission hold meetings with organizations of Haitian civil society to address issues that are currently being analyzed within the MESICIC in its fourth cycle analysis and topics discussed during the first cycle analysis MESICIC given Haiti was not related to the MESICIC when this cycle. These issues include conflicts of interest , the declaration of assets , access to information and mechanisms to encourage the participation of civil society initiatives for the prevention of corruption. Under the fourth cycle analysis system, it is expected that the anti-corruption mechanism OAS also conducts visits in April in Belize , Grenada , Jamaica , St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname. MESICIC is a mechanism for cooperation between the States which was established in the framework of the OAS with broad participation of civil society and within which analyzes the legal and institutional frameworks of each state, its suitability for the Inter-American Convention against corruption , and the goals that have been achieved in the field results. The fact that these site visits are provided as a stage and an integral part of the analysis process is an innovative milestone in the context of the OAS and further strengthens this peer review mechanism .Haiti joined the MESICIC December 10, 2010 during the Third Meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the MESICIC , held in Brasilia (Brazil).

 

UNITED NATIONS

3 February 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Russia later this week to take part in the opening of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, his spokesperson announced today.

Mr. Ban will depart New York tomorrow for the Games, which will be held from 7 to 23 February in Sochi, situated along Russia’s Black Sea coast. The Games are the first to be hosted by the Russian Federation. While in Sochi, the Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with world leaders also attending the Games, his spokesperson said. He is expected to return to New York on Saturday.

Ahead of the Sochi Games, Mr. Ban called for the observance of the Olympic Truce, calling on everyone engaged in armed hostilities to lay down their weapons and cease hostilities during the period of the competitions. The symbolic Truce starts one week before the Sochi Winter Games and will run until a week after the closing of the XI Paralympic Winter Games, to be held 7 to 16 March. The ancient Greek tradition of the ekecheiria, or Olympic Truce, was born in the eighth century BC “to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage, access and participation for athletes and relevant persons at the Games, thereby mobilizing the youth of the world to the cause of peace.” This will be the second time that Mr. Ban is participating in the opening of the Olympic Games. In July 2012, he donned a white tracksuit and took part in the traditional torch run ahead of the Summer Olympic Games in London as well as in the opening ceremony.

 

 

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FEBRUARY 3 IN HISTORY

On Feb. 3, 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

On Feb. 3, 1874, Gertrude Stein, American author and literary stylist, was born. She died on July 27, 1946.

On This Date In 

1809 The territory of Illinois was created.

1913 The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.

1917 The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

1924 Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, died in Washington, D.C., at age 67.

1959 Rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1971 Apollo 14 astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell landed on the lunar surface during the third successful manned mission to the moon.

1988 The U.S. House of Representatives rejected President Ronald Reagan's request for more than $36 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.

1994 The space shuttle Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time.

1998 Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker for the pickax killings of two people in 1983.

2006 An Egyptian passenger ferry sank in the Red Sea during bad weather, killing more than 1,000 passengers.

 2011 Tens of thousands of protesters staged unprecedented demonstrations against Yemen's autocratic president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key U.S. ally in battling Islamic militants.

2012 Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong, ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates had participated in a doping program.

NEW YORK IN HISTORY

On this date in...

1869...Famed actor Edwin Booth opens a theater on 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. It's an overnight hit, but Booth goes bankrupt in the panic of 1873.

1913...Democracy strikes the pocketbook when a Constitutional amendment creating the Federal Income Tax is ratified. The law requires everyone – from Fifth Avenue millionaires to tenement dwellers – to shell out to Uncle Sam.

NEW JERSEY SUPER BOWL. SEATTLE WON TE SUPER BOWL BEATING THE BRONCOS 43 TO 8
Seattle dominated from start to finish, winning the game by a 43-8 score. On the first play from scrimmage, the Seahawks scored a safety on a bad snap by the Broncos, and Denver and their star quarterback, Peyton Manning, never recovered. The NFL's MVP threw two interceptions, including one by Malcolm Smith that was returned 69 yards for a touchdown to give Seattle a 22-0 lead at halftime. Smith was named Super Bowl MVP.

Seattle increased the lead to 29-0 when Percy Harvin returned the opening kick of the second half 87 yards for another touchdown. It's the first Super Bowl win in franchise history for the Seahawks and the first title of any kind for the city of Seattle since the Sonics won the NBA title in 1979. The first outdoor Super Bowl in the north does not even break the record for the coldest Super Bowl ever. The temperature at kickoff was 49 degrees, making it only the third coldest Super Bowl in history. Security, as expected, was tight at MetLife Stadium. Fans were checked closely as they entered. They had been told to arrive early, and it appears that most spectators took that advice, as the stadium filled up well before game time.Nobody seemed to mind the extra security, as they said that they were just excited to be there. The NFL banned tailgating in the parking lot for security reasons, but there were still plenty of fun activities set up to keep fans occupied before kickoff. Mayor Bill de Blasio took in the Super Bowl with some of New York's Bravest. He sat and watched Super Bowl XLVIII with members of Engine 220 in Park Slope. The mayor chewed down on wings, sliders and giant hero sandwiches as he watched the game. De Blasio had previously said that he planned to watch the game at home with his son instead of going to the Meadowlands.

This year's big event was nicknamed the first "Mass Transit Super Bowl," and before the game, many fans were cheering the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit. The MTA advised fans to take public transit to get to and from the big game, and thousands took that advice. New Jersey Transit added extra trains to shuttle fans across. Some fans complained about the crowded stations as they underwent extra security screening, but the fans NY1 spoke to, most of whom flew in from out of town, said that they've been impressed by just how easy it was to get to MetLife Stadium. Fans were also shuttled from three points in Manhattan directly to MetLife Stadium.

NEW YORK. NEW YORK MOURNS THE DEATH OF ACTOR PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN"
Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday, according to the New York City Police Department. Hoffman's body was discovered Sunday at his home in the West Village. Sources say two friends found Hoffman in the bathroom with a needle in his arm. In a statement, Hoffman's family said, "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers." Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted a statement as well. As authorities investigated Hoffman's death, they had to keep a growing crowd of onlookers back. New Yorkers assembled outside the 46-year-old's West Village apartment as the news spread through the city streets. Some were visibly upset, and all felt the loss as they remembered their private, unassuming neighbor. Hoffman gained recognition as a character actor, appearing in such films as "The Big Lebowski," "Almost Famous," "Magnolia" and "Twister." The medical examiner's office removed Hoffman's body Sunday evening as a memorial grew outside his apartment and in nearby restaurants. In the past, Hoffman spoke candidly about his struggles with addiction. A native of Fairport, N.Y., Hoffman, 46, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 film "Capote." He was nominated three more times, most recently for director P.T. Anderson's 2013 film "The Master," where Hoffman played a charismatic cult leader. The two other Oscar nominations were for his work alongside Tom Hanks in "Charlie Wilson's War," and in 2009, where he played a Catholic school priest accused of sexual abuse in the movie "Doubt." On stage, critics and audiences raved about his portrayal of Willie Loman in the 2012 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," a role that earned him his third Tony nomination. In 2010, he tried his hand at directing with the film "Jack Goes Boating." Hoffman appeared last summer in the blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." He was currently filming the next installments of the popular film series. He leaves behind three kids he had with longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell.

INTERNATIONAL

SOUTH AFRICA. NELSON MANDELA LEFT ESTATE VALUED AT $ 4 MILLIONS
South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela left an estate valued at more than 4 Millions Dollars, according to the executors of his will. The Mandela family trust will receive $130,000, plus royalties. Others to benefit include the governing ANC, personal staff and several schools. Mr Mandela's third wife, Graca Machel, may waive her claims to the estate, the executors said, although she is entitled to half of it. Mr Mandela died in December, aged 95. The former president left behind an estate that includes an upmarket house in Johannesburg, a modest dwelling in his rural Eastern Cape home province and royalties from book sales, including his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Mr Mandela left some of his money to close personal staff and schools he attended. The high school in Mr Mandela's home village of Qunu, will get 100,000 rand. Executor Justice Dikgang Moseneke said he was "not aware of any contest" to the 40-page will. Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, Mr Moseneke said some of the estate would be split between three trusts set up by Mr Mandela, including a family trust designed to provide for his more than 30 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Schools the former president attended are due to receive 100,000 rand each, as are Wits and Fort Hare Universities, for bursaries and scholarships. The family trust will receive 1.5m rand, plus royalties. The ANC will also receive some royalties, to be used at the discretion of the party's executive committee, to spread information about the principles and policies of the ANC, particularly about reconciliation. Mr Mandela's children each received $300,000 in loans during his lifetime and will have that debt scrapped if it has not been repaid. Close personal staff, including long-time personal aide Zelda la Grange, each get 50,000 rand. The home in Houghton, Johannesburg where Mandela died on 5 December will be used by the family of his deceased son Makgatho. "It is my wish that it should also serve as a place of gathering of the Mandela family in order to maintain its unity long after my death," the former statesman wrote. The mood of the Mandela family when the will was read was "charged with emotions but it went well," said the executor, who added that the Mandela family were "well pleased" by his will. Despite this, there are fears the will could set off another round of squabbling among members of his large and factious family. Justice Moseneke, who is also deputy head of South Africa's Constitutional Court, said there was a 90-day period in which the will can be contested. The will was first written in 2004 and last amended in 2008.

HAITI NEWS   PDT MARTELLY TO MEET PDT OBAMA ON FEBRUARY 6.
Haitian President Michel Martelly will for the first time a working meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. Mr. Martelly had only telephone interviews with Vice President Joe Biden, will address several important issues with the head of the White House on February 6 . Three months before starting the third year of his term Mr. Martelly prepares to hold elections for the renewal of the Chamber of Deputies and two-thirds of the Senate. The issue of elections should be addressed by Obama and Martelly during the meeting at the White House . Other topics prioritized by the Martelly administration , including political stability , institutional strengthening , economic growth should also be addressed . Before the first official work session, Mr. Obama and Martelly had met briefly on two occasions.

The first meeting was held in New York September 21, 2011 , as part of an organized by the General Assembly of the United Nations reception. Obama and Martelly had also had brief exchanges during the official funeral of Nelson Mandela. This will be the second meeting between President Obama and Haitian head of state. March 10 , 2010 Mr. Obama had a working meeting with President René Préval Oval Office of the White House. At a joint at the Rose Garden press briefing , Mr. Obama praised the courage of President Préval and the heroic efforts of Americans who rescued victims of the earthquake of 12 January 2010.

 

UNITED NATIONS

THE SECURITY COUNCIL STRONGLY CONDEMNED TERRORIST ATTACK IN LEBANON
February 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have strongly condemned the “heinous” terrorist attack that took place today in Hermel, Lebanon, a town near the country's northern border, which killed at least four people and wounded dozens of others. “The members of the Security Council underline the need to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the 15-member body said in a press statement issued in New York shortly after the incident, which, according to news reports, was a suicide bomb attack carried out a gas station in the town, which is near Lebanon's northern border with Syria. In the statement, the Council extended its condolences to the families of the victims and expressed sympathy to all those injured in the heinous act and to the people and Government of Lebanon. Reaffirming that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, Council members also reaffirmed the need to combat the scourge in all its forms and manifestations “by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law.

Recalling its Presidential Statement of July 10, 2013, the members of the Council appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country's stability and stressed “the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon's policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis, consistent with their commitment in the Baabda Declaration.” A statement issued by Mr. Ban's spokesperson in New York echoed the Council's condemnation as well as the 15-member body's call for the “perpetrators of this crime and all other acts of terrorism” to be brought to justice. “The recent escalation in acts of terrorism and violence in Lebanon is of grave concern,” said the statement, adding that Mr. Ban reiterates his call on all Lebanese to rally behind their State institutions, including the army and security forces, as the best means to confront such unacceptable and indiscriminate actions and to safeguard their country's security and stability. Today's incident was the latest in renewed spate of deadly attacks in Lebanon, the most recent being an explosion in a southern Beirut suburb that killed four people and wounded a number of others on 21 January. That attack was condemned by the Security Council, the Secretary-General and the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Derek Plumbly. The car bombing, which was the second to strike the suburb of Haret Hreik in January, was “a further deeply disturbing act of indiscriminate terror,” the Secretary-General said in a statement on that incident issued by his spokesman.

 

 

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JANVIER 2014

 

HAITI Septembre 1957--7 Février 1986:
Des Milliers
de Prisonniers Politiques ont été exécutés sur l'ordre des bourreaux du régime Duvalier  au Fort Dimanche et aux Casernes Dessalines :  LUC DESYR, CLEMENT BARBOT, CHARLOTIN ST. FORT, ZACHARIE DELVA , ALBERT PIERRE TI BOULÉ, Col. GRACIA JACQUES, ELOIS MAITRE,.ROSALIEIE ADOLPHE  ET LEURS COMPLICES:

 "Nous ne les pardonnons parce qu'ils savaient ce qu'ils faisaient    

 

 PRESIDENT OBAMA ENTEND FERMER LA PRISON DE GUANTANAMO.ETAT DE L'UNION.
Il l'a redit ce mardi soir, lors de son discours sur l'état de l'Union : « Avec la fin de la guerre en Afghanistan, cette année doit être celle où le Congrès lève les restrictions qui demeurent sur le transfert des prisonniers, et nous devons fermer la prison de Guantanamo ». Le président renoue ainsi avec une vieille promesse, qui date de 2008, alors qu'il était encore candidat à la présidentielle. Ils sont encore 155 prisonniers sur la base américaine à Cuba. La moitié d'entre eux pourrait être libérée ou transférée dans un autre pays. Mais le Congrès, qui doit statuer sur le sort de chaque détenu, refuse que les prisonniers soient incarcérés sur le sol des Etats-Unis. Ce qui pose un problème pour une quarantaine de prisonniers jugés trop dangereux pour être remis en liberté. Que faut-il penser de la promesse du président ? Promesse formulée pour la première fois en 2008 en tant que candidat et réitérée depuis à plusieurs reprises. Les organisations de défense des droits de l'homme, comme Amnesty international, en tout cas, restent sceptiques. « On l'a déjà entendu, mais à présent il est temps d'agir », explique par exemple la section d'Amnesty aux Etats-Unis.

Selon certains juristes, Barack Obama pourrait contourner le Congrès sur ce dossier et pousser à la fermeture de la prison. La National Defense Association Act, une loi datant de 2012, lui permet de signer les décrets afin de libérer les détenus qui peuvent l'être.

P-AU-P. LYCEES TOUJOURS PARALYSES A P-AU-P ET EN PROVINCE.
Les Lycées toujours paralysés à Port-au-Prince et en province, malgré un protocole d'entente entre une plateforme d'enseignants et le Ministère de l'éducation: des blessés au cours d'affrontements entre lycéens et collégiens AHP
 La paralysie persiste dans les lycées de la capitale et de plusieurs villes de province, en raison d'une grève d'enseignants qui s'est encore poursuivie lundi pour réclamer entre autres de meilleures conditions de travail. Malgré la décision des responsables d'une plateforme de syndicats d’enseignants de lever le mot d’ordre de grève après un accord trouvé avec le Ministère de l'Education, les enseignants des lycées qui étaient déjà absents pendant une semaine, n'ont pas repris les cours ce lundi, preuve de leur insatisfaction. C’est donc le statut quo au niveau des lycées. Comme conséquence: les élèves qui ont fait le déplacement n'ont pas été pris en charge ce lundi.

Des centaines d’entre eux ont donc gagné de nouveau les rues pour exiger le retour des professeurs dans leurs salles de classes et appeler les responsables du MENFP (Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Formations Professionnelle) à satisfaire les revendications des enseignants. Les manifestants ont également perturbé le fonctionnement de plusieurs écoles privées à Port-au-Prince et en province.

Dans le quartier de Turgeau à Port-au-Prince, des élèves de plusieurs établisements publics dont les lycées Daniel Fignolé, Pétion, Fritz Pierre-Louis, Toussaint, Fiermin, et des Jeunes filles ont entrepris une opération visant à forcer les collégiens à adhérer à leur mouvement. C'est ainsi qu'ils se sont attaqués aux collèges Phoenix et le Normalien Des jets de pierres ont particulièrement été échangés entre les lycéens et les éleves de Phoenix

Une dizaine de blessés ont eté recensés: lycéens et collégiens. Des pare-brise de plusieurs vehicules ont également eté cassés dans le quartier de Turgeau, non loin de l'Eglise du sacre-Coeur. La police est intervenue à coups de gaz lacrymogènes pour retablir la paix. Ce qui a provoqué une vive tenson dans toute la zone. A Carrefour, les élèves des lycées Henry Christophe et Louis Joseph Janvier ont egalement manifesté contre ce qu'ils appellent une augmentation à l'oral et au rabais qui peinent à atterrir, en depit, on-ils dit une vague de propagande.

Au cours de la manifstaton qui a abouti au centre-centre-ville s'en sont pris particulièrement au président michel Martelly qu'ils ont accusé de gaspiller de l'argent dans des carnavals à répétition sans retombées éxconmiques pour le pays, alors les professseurs sont sous-payés ou ne le sont pas du tout, et que les élèves des ecoles publiques en particulier, reçoivent le pain de l'instruction dans des conditions extrêmement difficiles. Des heurts ont également été enregistrés ce lundi à Lalue entre des lycéens et des élèves du collège Blaise Pascal: bilan 3 blessés.

A Petit-Goave, 4 élèves ont été blessés lors d’une manifestation d’écoliers pour réclamer la reprise des cours dans les lycées. Les troubles ont commencé là également quand les élèves des lycées Faustin Soulouque et Borno Lamarre, mécontents de l’absence des enseignants, se sont attaqués à des établissements privés. C'était également le même scénario aux Gonaïves où les lycéeens ont pressé les autorités de satisfaire les revendications des enseignants qui exigent de meilleurs traitements. La secrétaire générale de la confédération nationale des éducateurs haïtiens (CNEH), Lourdes Edith Joseph, membre de la plateforme des enseignants, qui avait appelé à la reprise ds cours, a indiqué qu'à Port-au-Prince, la manifestation des élèves du lycée Daniel Fignolé a été organisée en raison du fait que des individus non identifiés avaient badigeonné aux matières fécales, les murs de l’établissement.

Néanmoins, ce ne sont pas uniquement les élèves du lycée Daniel Fignolé qui ont gagné les rues, et leurs revendications n’ont pas changé à Port-au-Prince et en province. Nous voulons le retour des enseignants dans les salles de classes, ont-ils unanimement exigé. Lourdes Edith Joseph a dénoncé un secteur qui, selon elle, ne serait pas favorable à ce que la situation s’améliore. Mais alors que la grève des professeurs des écoles publiques continue de paralyser le fonctionnement des lycées dans plusieurs régions du pays, l’association des instituteurs d’écoles municipales de Port-au-Prince annonce un arrêt de travail illimité en vue de forcer le ministère de l’Education nationale à se pencher sur leurs revendications. Ces professeurs affirment que bien que déjà sous-rémunérés, la Mairie de Port-au-Prince leur doit plus de 8 mois d’arriérés de salaire.

Ils demandent entre autres que les écoles municipales soient placées sous la direction du MENFP et qu’ils puissent participer aux négociations en cours entre le ministère et les syndicats d’enseignants des lycées. L’Union Nationale des Normaliens Haïtiens dénonce le protocole d’entente signé le week-end dernier par des membres d’une plateforme de syndicats d’enseignants aux termes de négociations avec le ministère de l’éducation nationale. Des augmentations de salaires de l'ordre de 32% à 57% ont éte arrêtées dans le cadre de ce protocole. Le coordonnateur général de l’UNNOH, Josué Mérilien affirme que ce protocole n’est rien d'autre que l’arrêt de mort des enseignants. Nous n’avons pas demandé un relèvement salarial mais une fixation d’un salaire de base à 50 000 gourdes, a-t-il dit. Il demande aux enseignants de rester mobilisés. De son côté, le professeur Ernest Bolivar, membre du bureau exécutif de l’UNNOH, déplore que rien n’ait été dit, dans ce protocole, pour les écoliers.

NATIONS UNIES

Centrafrique : le Conseil de sécurité autorise une opération de l'Union européenne Une foule attend la distribution alimentaire à Wantiguera, en République centrafricaine.

28 janvier 2014 – Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies a adopté mardi à l'unanimité une résolution autorisant notamment le déploiement d'une opération de l'Union européenne en République centrafricaine en soutien aux forces africaines et françaises déjà dans le pays.

Dans cette résolution, le Conseil de sécurité « autorise l'opération de l'Union européenne à prendre toutes les mesures nécessaires, dans la limite de ses capacités et dans ses zones de déploiement, dès son déploiement initial et pendant une période de six mois à compter de la date à laquelle elle aura été déclarée pleinement opérationnelle. » Les membres du Conseil ont également décidé d'adopter un régime de sanctions contre des personnes ayant commis des violations des droits de l’homme et du droit humanitaire international et des individus ayant violé l’embargo du Conseil de sécurité sur les armes. Les sanctions incluent un gel des avoirs et une interdiction de voyager. La résolution du Conseil décide aussi de proroger le mandat du Bureau intégré des Nations Unies en République centrafricaine (BINUCA) jusqu'au 31 janvier 2015 et de renforcer ce mandat.

Le Conseil prie le Secrétaire général d'accroître considérablement les ressources et le savoir-faire dont est doté le BINUCA. Il rappelle que les autorités de transition doivent rétablir l'autorité de l'Etat sur l'ensemble du territoire centrafricain et souligne dans ce contexte que le BINUCA doit élargir sa présence dans les provinces. Le Conseil se félicite du déploiement le 1er janvier 2014 d'un premier contingent de gardes en provenance du Maroc. S'agissant du processus politique en République centrafricaine, la résolution souligne combien il importe que les autorités de transition organisent des élections libres et régulières « dès que possible et au plus tard en février 2015 et, si possible, dans le courant du deuxième semestre de 2014. »

De son côté, le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) s'est félicité mardi de la coopération qui a permis à un premier convoi transportant de l'assistance d'atteindre la capitale Bangui lundi 27 janvier. Dix camions transportant de la nourriture – 250 tonnes de riz et de maïs – sont arrivés à Bangui, après un voyage de 600 kilomètres depuis la frontière camerounaise. Les camions faisaient partie d'un convoi de 60 véhicules escortés par les troupes de la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique sous conduite africaine (MISCA). Le PAM a fait des distributions à l'aéroport de Bangui une priorité et a commencé de nouvelles distributions aux 40.000 personnes dans et autour de la ville de Bossangoa. L'agence onusienne a toutefois souligné que les livraisons ne peuvent continuer à d'autres endroits tant que les camions ne pourront pas circuler dans le pays en toute sécurité.

Ban Ki-moon en visite à Cuba pour un sommet régional Le Secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon (au centre) à son arrivée à l'aéroport de La Havane, à Cuba.

28 janvier 2014 – Au deuxième jour de sa visite à Cuba, le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, devait prononcer mardi un discours à l'ouverture du deuxième sommet de la Communauté des États d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes (CELAC) sur les questions de paix et de sécurité, de développement durable et de droits de l'homme. Lundi, à son arrivée dans la capitale La Havane, M. Ban a visité le Centre national d'éducation sexuelle de Cuba (CENESEX), où il a participé à un évènement dans le cadre de sa campagne de lutte contre les violences sexuelles et sexistes intitulée UNite.

« La violence contre les femmes est la violation des droits humains la plus répandue dans le monde », a rappelé le Secrétaire général. « Notre message est clair, les femmes et les enfants ont le droit de se sentir en sécurité et de vivre dignement, en tous lieux et à tous moments, en temps de paix comme de guerre, dans la prospérité comme la pauvreté, dans leurs foyers et à l'extérieur, à l'école ou au travail ». M. Ban a souligné que Cuba est un leader mondial dans de nombreux domaines de développement, dont l'offre d'opportunités pour les filles et les femmes. Cependant à Cuba comme dans l'ensemble des pays du monde, la violence contre les femmes reste un problème. « Afin de régler un problème, il faut d'abord reconnaître son existence, et ne pas tenter de le cacher ou de le minimiser », a déclaré M. Ban en exhortant les jeunes hommes à ne pas lever la main pour frapper mais plutôt de faire entendre leurs voix pour mettre fin au problème.

Le Secrétaire général a salué le travail du CENESEX et s'est dit « touché et inspiré » par les témoignages qu'il y a entendu. Parmi les participants à l'évènement il y avait la Directrice du CENESEX, Mariela Castro, militante des droits des lesbiennes, gays, bisexuels et transgenres (LGBT) et fille du Président Raul Castro. M. Ban a également rencontré le Président Castro pour une discussion sur le rôle de Cuba en tant que Président de la CELAC et des réalisations de Cuba pour atteindre les Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD), y compris dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques, et dans ses efforts pour établir des objectifs pour le développement durable. Mardi après-midi, le Secrétaire général a rencontré l'ancien Président cubain, Fidel Castro, a indiqué son porte-parole.

 

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Les Nations Unies acclament l’Académicien Dany Laferrière le 24 Janvier 2014
Avant de serendre aux Nations Unies, ce Vendredi soir, Dany Laferrière a été l'hôte de l'Ambassador Régis au siège de la Mission d'Haiti. De nombreux amis étaient présents pour l'accueilliren compagnie des employés de la Mission et du Consulat d'Haiti. Un cocktail au champagne a été offert aux invités présents malgré la baisse de la température.

 Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies Ban Ki-moon, pris à Davos, s’est fait remplacer par son adjoint M. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal. Avant la cérémonie d’hommage, M. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal a reçu en tête en tête l’Académicien originaire d’Haïti Dany Laferrière. Une foule a bravé le froid polaire de ce 24 janvier pour applaudir ce qu’ils considèrent comme «l’écrivain qui vient, par son entrée à l’Académie française, de se placer dans la lignée des Voltaire, Racine, Montesquieu et Dumas dont il occupe d’ailleurs le fameux fauteuil numéro 2.» Ce fut un moment historique.. Pas mal de longs discours ont été entendus. L'ambassadeur Régis ainsi que le Représentant du Serétaire Général avaient animé la foule à la Salle de l'ECOSOC.

 

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POLITIQUE. STEVENSON TIMOLEON ACCEDE A LA PRESIDENCE DE LA CHAMBRE DES DEPUTES.
 
Stevenson Jacques Timoléon, a pris les commandes de la chambre des députés grâce à l'appui des membres du bloc majoritaire Parlementaires pour la Stabilité et le Progrès (PSP). En raison du désistement des deux autres candidats en lice, Tholbert Alexis et Pierre Martin Tatoute, M. Timoléon a été plébiscité par les députés de la majorité présidentielle. Connu pour être un proche du chef de l'état, le député Timoléon avait pris des positions critiques à l'égard du président Tholbert Alexis. Le député de Petit Goave, qui avait remporté les primaires au sein du PSP, bénéficiait également de l'appui du chef de l'état.

Cependant après son élection M. Timoléon a promis de collaborer avec le président du Sénat, Desras Simon Dieuseul, souvent critique à l'égard du chef de l'état. Il veut être " un interlocuteur attentif et assidu et un partenaire vigilant dans l'accomplissement des attributions complémentaires qui forment le substrat compact de l'indépendance du pouvoir législatif".

Le nouveau président de la chambre basse promet d'œuvrer afin d'écarter les "désaccords futiles et farfelus et de repousser les obstacles artificiels en vue de sauver la dernière année de la 49 eme législature. Dans le même temps il exhorte les députés à consacrer leur dévouement patriotique et leur temps à renflouer le patrimoine législatif et contrôler l'action gouvernementale.

Les autres membres du bureau de la chambre des députés; Ronald Victor, président aux séances, Romuald Smith, vice président aux affaires administratives; Abel Descolines, premier secrétaire; Ogline Pierre, deuxième secrétaire; Renaud Jean Baptiste, questeur; Nzounaya Bellange Jean Baptiste, vice questeur.

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NOMINATION PAR LE PAPE DU CARDINAL LANGLOIS D'HAITI
La nomination de Mgr Chibly Langlois non seulement donnera plus de visibilité à Haiti sur la scène mondiale, mais limitera, par la même occasion les fonctions et pouvoirs du cardinal dominicain Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez. Pour le chroniqueur du blog dominicain Hora Cero, Lopez Rodriguez fut désigné cardinal de toute l'ile le 28 juillet 1991 en remplacement du cardinal Octavio Antonio Beras Rojas, décédé en 1990. Pour plusieurs analystes, la nomination de l'évêque Chibly Langlois à la fonction de Cardinal est un appui public du Vatican au peuple haïtien à un moment où la sentence 168-13 du Tribunal constitutionnel dominicain agit comme facteur de détérioration des relations avec la République dominicaine. Le Venezuela, Cuba, les États Unis ainsi que les pays de la Caricom ont publiquement manifesté leur appui à Haiti dans ce conflit. Le cardinal Lopez Rodriguez est l'un des plus ardents défenseurs de l'Arrêt 168-13. Récemment, interrogé sur la reprise des pourparlers entre Haïti et la République dominicaine, le prélat dominicain avait mis le président Medina en garde contre toute initiative pouvant remettre en question l'arrêt 168-13 de la Cour constitutionnelle. Cette prise de position avait soulevé l'indignation de l'écrivain péruvien Mario Vargas Llosa, qui avait alors demandé au pape François de le démettre de ses fonctions. "L'archevêque de Santo-Domingo soutient, aussi incroyable que cela puisse paraitre, des lois racistes qui privent de la nationalité dominicaine près de 200.000 Dominicains dont le seul crime est d'être les enfants ou les descendants haïtiens". avait dénoncé le prix Nobel de Littérature.

Arrêt 168-13 : la détérioration des relations bilatérales n'affecteront pas les projets conjoints
La crise provoquée par l'arrêt 168-13 n'affectera pas le financement des projets de développement communs au deux pays, a affirmé Antonio Vargas Hernandez, ordonnateur national du fonds européen de développement de la République Dominicaine et directeur général de la coopération multilatérale. Sur les 48,7 millions d'euros alloués par l'Union Européenne, 28,5 millions seront affectés à la la construction d'une partie du marché dominicain et 20,2 millions d'euros pour le marché haïtien à élargir à Ouanaminthe, a précisé Vargas Hernandez. 22,7 millions d'euros additionnels vont financer des programmes d'éducation et de gouvernance pour l'administration publique, tandis qu'un fonds de 18,5 millions d'euros financera des interventions relatives à l'environnement, à la formation et aux échanges commerciaux. Le programme binational d'appui au commerce est financé par l'Union Européenne à hauteur de 7,2 millions d'euros (± 9.3 millions de dollars), sur les trois ans (2012 à 2015). Il s'agit de renforcer les capacités des institutions publiques concernées de chaque coté de la frontière, dans les domaines du commerce, de la promotion de l'investissement et des douanes, et de soutenir les initiatives des secteurs privés. Ce programme s'inscrit dans le cadre de la coopération binationale signée en mars 2012, entre l'Union européenne et le Gouvernement haïtien, pour un montant global de 18.7 millions d'euros (± 24 millions de dollars) et sera mis en œuvre par la « Caribbean Export Development Agency » (CEDA), organisation régionale spécialisée dans la promotion du commerce, des exportations et de l'investissement.

Port-au-Prince, le 13 janvier 2014  La première session ordinaire de la dernière année législative s’est ouverte ce lundi. AHP

Une séance en assemblée nationale a été réalisée à l'occasion, permettant au président et au premier ministre de présenter respectivement l’Etat de la nation et le bilan du gouvernement pour 2013. Dans son discours de circonstance, le président de l’Assemblée nationale, Dieuseul Simon Desras, a eu un mot spécial pour l’écrivain Dany Laferrière élu fin 2013 à l’académie française et pour Mrg Chibly Langlois nommé dimanche, cardinal par le pape François. Il a aussi salué la décision du Pentagone d’enlever Haïti, à partir du 1er juin, de la liste des pays dangereux. M. Desras a toutefois déploré qu’en 2013, la vie parlementaire ait été perturbée par les tractations du pouvoir, incapable, a-t-il dit, de gouverner dans le respect des lois. Il s'est quand même déclaré satisfait que ses collègues aient réussi à voter plusieurs instruments juridiques dont la loi sur le blanchiment des capitaux et le financement du terrorisme, la loi portant sur la prévention et la répression de la corruption et celle portant sur l’académie du créole haïtien. Dieuseul Simon Desras a par ailleurs rappelé que 2014 est une année électorale. Des élections doivent avoir lieu pour cremplacer un 1/3 du sénat et au niveau des collectivités territoriales privé d'élus depuis 4 ans. Il a plaidé en faveur du respect des règles électorales, estimant que le pays ne peut pas continuer à faire les frais de l’irresponsabilité de ses dirigeants. Le parlementaire a plaidé aussi en faveur de l’attachement aux grands principes et à la volonté de rester unis et disponibles pour ce qu’il appelle, le vrai dialogue de manière à conduire le pays vers le progrès et la stabilité.

De son côté, le premier ministre Lamothe a d’entrée de jeu, indiqué le l’Etat de la nation est meilleure aujourd’hui que lorsque le président Michel Martelly avait pris les rênes du pays en mai 2011 pour succeder à René Préval. Et cela, a-t-il dit, grâce au travail de l’Exécutif et des parlementaires. Il a demandé à ces derniers davantage de collaboration afin que plus de progrès puisse être réalisé cette année. Durant ces 6 derniers mois, a dit Laurent Lamothe, le gouvernement s’est attelé à reconstruire les bâtiments publics détruits lors du tremblement de terre de janvier 2010, à aider les universitaires et éduquer les enfants pour donner plus d’opportunités d’emplois à la population. Le pays est résolument tourné vers la voie du progrès, a dit fièrement le chef du gouvernement. Même si pour beaucoup de secteurs, la reconstruction véritable n'a pas encore comencé, 4 ans après le séisme De toute façon, Laurent Lamothe note avec satisfaction qu’au cours du dernier semestre, des centaines de projets visibles et durables ont été réalisés, citant entre autres, la construction d’infrastructures sportives, de routes, d’hôpitaux et d’écoles publiques, et des politiques publiques efficaces proposés pour réduire les disparités et faciliter l’émergence d’une nouvelle Haïti. Laurent Lamothe promet d’accélérer cette année l’exécution du nouveau cade de coopération pour obtenir de meilleurs résultats avec les ressources de l’assistance externe. Il s'est réjoui que la relance de l’économie amorcée en 2011 soit, selon lui aujourd’hui, une réalité faisant état d’une croissance économique de 4.3% par rapport à 2012, grâce entre autres à la performance des secteurs agricoles, du bâtiment et aux exportations.

Le président Michel Martelly a de son côté assuré que le pays est résolument tourné vers le progrès. "Plusieurs projets ont été réalisés en vue d’améliorer les conditions de vie de la population", a indiqué le chef de l'Etat, estimant qu'Haïti se porte mieux, mais que la bataille doit continuer avec beaucoup plus d’ardeur. Pour apporter les réponses nécessaires, le chef de l’État prône l’unité. Les réalisations du gouvernement correspondent aux objectifs que le chef de l’État affirme qu’il s’était fixés. Les efforts du gouvernement et de la banque centrale pour renforcer et conserver la stabilité économique a porté ses fruits, a ajouté M. Martelly, faisant état de la bonne performance de plusieurs secteurs dont l’agriculture, la construction et le secteur touristique. Le président Michel Martelly s’est par ailleurs et pour la première fois exprimé publiquement sur le conflit diplomatique avec la république dominicaine mais le chef de l’Etat a fait savoir que des informations seront disponibles au moment opportun. Il assure que le dialogue se poursuit dans la discrétion et sans impatience en raison notamment de la forte interconnexion des deux pays. Haïti s’est toujours rangée du côté des opprimés et à plus forte raison qu’elle le fasse aujourd’hui d'autant qu’il s’agit de citoyens d’origine haïtienne.

Des milliers de dominicaines et dominicains d'origine haïtienne ont été dépouillés de leur naionalité en septembre dernier par la cour constitutionelle dominicaine. Ce qui a soulevé un vaste mouvement de protestations et d'indignation contre la République dominicaine qui cherche à se tirer du pétrin et qui commence à souffler grâce au dialogue que lui a offert Haïti.
Le président Michel Martelly a dit travailler à permettre au pays d’assurer l’intégrité de son territoire. Il fait état de la poursuite du processus du renforcement et de la professionnalisation de la police nationale d'haïti (PNH) ainsi que de la création d’une nouvelle force nationale devant assurer la protection du territoire, ajoutant qu’il va consulter toutes les forces vives du pays dans la perspective de l’établissement définitif de la force dite de défense nationale, bien que la constitution ne reconnaisse qu'une force: la police.

Le président Michel Martelly assure que les élections auront lieu cette année, affirmant que le renouvellement du personnel politique des collectivités territoriales, de la chambre des députés et de 2/3 du parlement, a-t-il dit, demeure une priorité. Le chef de l’Etat a fait savoir que le dialogue lancé avec la médiation de la conférence épiscopale d'haïti (CEH) participe de sa volonté de dégager avec les partis politiques un consensus sur les conditions d’organisation d’élections transparentes libres et crédibles. Le bloc des parlementaires pour le renforcement institutionnel (PRI) a présenté un contre-bilan de l’action du gouvernement depuis l’arrivée de Michel Martelly au pouvoir estimant que l’équipe Martelly/Lamothe n'a fait qu’enfoncer le pays dans l’abime du chômage, de la faim, des inégalités, de la violence et de l’instabilité.

Des manifestants réclament le depart de l'equipe au pouvoir et la libération de "prisonniers politiques" mais ont été empêchés d'atteindre l'aire du parlement

 Port-au-Prince, le 13 janvier 2014 – (AHP) – Comme annoncé des centaines de militants de l’opposition ont manifesté lundi à Port-au-Prince pour exiger la libération des prisonniers politiques, dénoncer la gestion du gouvernement et réclamer sa démission. La manifestation a été organisée à l’initiative des organisations populaires de l’opposition dont la FOPARK, le MOPOSS et le Mouvement Grand Bèlè. Les protestataires n’ont pas réussi, comme ils l’espéraient à se rendre devant le parlement. Ils ont été bloqués par la police. Déplorant le comportement des agents de la PNH, ils les ont accusé de participer aux dérives totalitaires de l’équipe au pouvoir. Le porte-parole de l’organisation Force patriotique pour le respect de la constitution, FOPARK’ Rony Timothée estime que le comportement des agents de la police nationale est une des conséquences des déclarations du président Martelly considérant la PNH comme le bras armé du gouvernement. Il continue de réclamer la démission du chef de l'Etat et la libération des frères Enol et Josué Florestal ainsi que Jean-Robert Vincent, considérés comme des prisonniers politiques. Pour sa part, le porte-parole du mouvement Grand Bèlè, Frandin Jeudy annonce deux nouvelles manifestation antigouvernementales les 26 janvier et 7 février.

Installation d’un directeur exécutif au conseil électoral: le president du conseil rappelle au nouveau fonctionnaire responsabilité morale et historique AHP
Port-au-Prince, le 13 Janvier 2014  Installation ce lundi d’un directeur exécutif au conseil électoral. Il s’agit de Me Mosler Georges, fonctionnaire de l’institution depuis 2005. Le président du "Collège Transitoire du conseil électoral permanent (CTCEP), Me Emmanuel Ménard qui a procédé à son installation lui a rappelé qu’il a une double responsabilité morale et historique, sachant qu’il est le premier à occuper ce poste nouvellement créé par la loi électorale en vigueur depuis décembre 2013. Cette loi supprime le poste de directeur général au sein du collège électoral, le remplaçant par un directeur exécutif. Me Georges était le numéro 2 de la défunte direction générale de l’institution électorale. Emmanuel Ménard a demandé au directeur exécutif de l’institution électorale de s’acquitter de sa tâche, en ayant comme boussole la loi électorale et les règlements de l’institution, tout en comptant sur la collaboration de tous les conseillers électoraux. Le président du collège Transitoire du conseil électoral permanent a pris lundi au nom de ses pairs, l’engagement solennel d’organiser cette année les élections pour renouveler un tiers du Sénat ainsi que les municipales et locales. Le numéro un du conseil a affirmé que pour l’instant, le calendrier électoral ainsi que le budget nécessaire à l’organisation du scrutin ne sont pas disponibles car des ajustements doivent être faits, conformément à la nouvelle loi électorale. Mais il a assuré que le conseil met actuellement les bouchées doubles afin de mettre en branle la machine électorale pour que de bonnes élections soient organisées cette année ,demandant à être jugé suivant ses réalisations. Le directeur exécutif du conseil Me Mosler Georges, a promis de mettre à profit ses expériences au sein de l’institution pour bien remplir sa mission. Il s’est engagé à s’en acquitter avec professionnalisme, annonçant que l’information électorale sera l’une de ses priorités de manière, a-t-il dit, à gagner et à conserver la confiance de tous les acteurs. Me Georges a également promis de consolider les structures techniques de l’institution électorale dans la perspective de l’organisation d’élections crédibles, honnêtes et transparentes, appelant à la collaboration de toutes les forces vives du pays.

 

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BID ACCORDE 40.5 MILLIONS DE DOLLARS POUR CARACOL DANS LE NORD,
La Banque interaméricaine de développement (BID) a annoncé hier l'approbation d'une subvention 40,5 millions de dollars pour développer le parc industriel de Caracol, Ces fonds constituent un appui aux efforts du gouvernement pour attirer plus d'investissements générateurs d'emplois dans le Nord, une région économiquement défavorisée mais potentiellement productive.

D'après la BID la nouvelle subvention financera la construction de nouveaux espaces pour les usines, de cantines, de bâtiments administratifs et d'autres installations de service, de routes et réseaux de services publics. La BID a déjà accordé 105 millions pour les deux premières phases du projet, lancé en 2011, alors que le gouvernement américain a fait don de la centrale de production d' électricité qui alimente les usines et les communautés avoisinantes. depuis l'ouverture du Parc industriel de Caracol, plus de 3000 emplois ont été créés dans une région où il y avait peu de possibilités d'emploi formelles. La nouvelle subvention comprend des ressources pour les petits projets d'infrastructure dans les communautés à proximité du parc industriel, tels que l'amélioration des routes ou la construction de pistes cyclables et des arrêts d'autobus, précise le communiqué de la BID. . Des études supplémentaires seront effectuées pour suivre et évaluer l'impact économique, social et environnemental du parc industriel.

En tant que premier donateur multilatéral d'Haïti, la BID finance actuellement des projets totalisant environ 1,4 milliards de dollars dans les secteurs de l'agriculture, l'éducation, l'énergie, les transports, l'eau et l'assainissement, et le développement du secteur privé.

NOUVEAU MAIRE DEMOCRATE BILL DE BLASIO PROMET BEAUCOUP AUX HAITIENS.
"Notre marche vers une municipalité plus juste, plus progressiste commence aujourd'hui", a déclaré le démocrate de 52 ans résolument à gauche. "L'engagement de Bill de Blasio a été public et constant sur de nombreuses questions importantes pour la communauté haïtienne parce qu'il sait et comprend que les communautés immigrées constituent l'épine dorsale de notre ville", avait déclaré, Josué Pierre, responsable politique de la Haitian American Association for Political Action (HAAPA) en juin 2013. "À ce titre, nous sommes fiers de l'appuyer aujourd'hui".

Un engagement réitéré par De Blasio au moment où il prêtait formellement serment comme 109e maire de New York sur les marches de l'hôtel de ville, devant l'ancien président Bill Clinton et plus de 1 000 invités, dont des représentants de la HAAPA.

"[De Blasio} avait formulé un plan audacieux pour l'éducation périscolaire et avait pris l'engagement d'améliorer et accroître la participation des minorités dans les contrats de ville dans le cadre d'un programme de restauration de 200,000 unités de logement dans le Big Apple. "Il a toujours défendu les intérêts de la petite enfance, qui correspondent aux rêves les plus chers des communautés d'immigrants", a rappelé Josué Pierre.

«Ma mission, à la tête de notre ville, est de veiller à ce que tous les New-Yorkais - quelle que soit leur origine ou leur revenu - puissent avoir accès à une éducation de qualité dans de bonnes écoles , à un logement abordable et de bons emplois dans leurs quartiers. " Le soutien inébranlable de la HAAPA au nouveau maire de New York est par ailleurs motivé par la volonté de De Blasio de réformer le "Stop and Frisk", une "politique injuste qui a systématiquement pris pour cible et sapé la dignité des jeunes hommes de couleur dans de nombreux parties de New York City". S'affirmant « progressiste et fier de l'être », De Blasio a en effet régulièrement dénoncé la politique de fouilles impromptues de la police new-yorkaise qui ciblent surtout les jeunes Noirs et les Latinos. Le nouveau maire de New York est conscient de l'appui de la communauté haitienne de New York et le reconnait :

"La HAAPA est l'une des organisations haïtiano-américaines les plus fortes et les plus actives de notre ville, et je suis honoré de recevoir leur soutien cette année". La HAAPA - Association haïtiano-américaine pour l'action politique - est une organisation axée sur la défense des intérêts des américains d'origine haïtienne et la recherche de solutions répondant à leurs préoccupations à travers la participation dans le processus politique des États-Unis.

Président Martelly : Construire un État fort et respecter les règles du jeu
"Je souhaite ardemment que ce 210e anniversaire amène un nouvel état d'esprit par-delà les idéologies. Nous sommes fils de cette terre et nous devons penser à lui assurer un destin conforme aux idéaux, qui avaient généré notre État-Nation". Le Président de la République, Michel Martelly, accompagné de son épouse Sophia Martelly et du Premier Ministre, Laurent Lamothe, a invité la population à "prendre la route de la Paix, du dialogue, de la stabilité politique, de bonnes élections, de la démocratie, de la sécurité, la route qui va donner du travail dans le pays". Plusieurs personnalités, notamment les présidents des deux Chambres, les membres du Gouvernement, des élus locaux, des représentants du corps diplomatique étaient présents aux Gonaïves ce 1er janvier pour marquer le 210e anniversaire de l'indépendance d'Haïti.

Seulement deux des cinq anciens chefs d'État haïtiens invités par le Président Martelly avaient cependant répondu à l'appel du Chef de l'État. "Certains ont répondu présent, Jean-Claude Duvalier et Prosper Avril], d'autres n'ont pas pu être là avec nous aujourd'hui, mais les places sont là, elles les attendent", avait cru devoir souligner le président Martelly. "Comme nos ancêtres l'on fait, marchons ensemble pour faire de bonnes élections, pour respecter les règles du jeu et le droit de tous". "Nous voulons montrer, que même si nous avons des différences, nous pouvons nous réunir pour répondre à notre devoir lorsque c'est l'intérêt du pays qui est menacé, lorsque c'est l'intérêt du peuple d'Haïti qui est menacé".

Le président Martelly en a profité pour annoncer l'allocation d'une enveloppe de 5 millions de dollars pour l'organisation du carnaval national 2014 aux Gonaïves les 2, 3 et 4 mars 2014.

AHP ET LES DECLARATIONS DU PRESIDENT MARTELLY.
 Les déclarations du président Michel Martelly selon lesquelles la police est le bras armé du gouvernement suscitent des réactions au sein de la classe politique. La police est censée être une institution indépendante et apolitique. Le chef de l’État a fait ces delarations vendredi lors de son allocution à la cérémonie de graduation de la 24e promotion de la PNH (Police Nationale d’Haïti), alors que la conférence épiscopale devrait bienôt servir de médiateur entre l'Executif , le législatif et les partis politiques, pour tenter de trouver une issue à la crise politique.

Pour le député de Cité Soleil, Almétis Junior Saint-Fleur, ce sont des déclarations malvenues, dangereuses et irréfléchies. Le parlementaire appelle le président Michel Martelly à les rectifier, estimant qu’il est tout à fait anormal qu’il tienne de tels propos et qu’il a dû s’en rendre compte par la suite. Le porte-parole du mouvement patriotique de l’opposition démocratique (MOPOD), Serge Jean-Louis s’est montré plus virulent dans ses critiques.

La police est une institution d’Etat et le président devrait le savoir, a déclaré M. Jean-Louis, appelant les démocrates à ne pas prendre à la légère de telles déclarations. Pour lui, le président Michel Martelly est un véritable obstacle à la démocratie et à la réconciliation nationale. Le chef de la police, Godson Aurélus, n'a pas encore réagi aux déclarations du chef de l'Etat

Après les organisations populaires, le Mouvement Patriotique de l’Opposition démocratique a annoncé relance de la mobilisation pour forcer le président Michel Martelly et son équipe à quitter le pouvoir. Le coordonnateur du Mopod, Jean André Victor a informé de la tenue d’une importante réunion le mois prochain pour entre autres discuter de la meilleure stratégie à adopter pour obtenir la démission du président Martelly et l’organisation d’élections générales dans le pays en 2014. L’agronome Victor a souligné que la position du Mopod n’a pas changé. Nous avons exigé la réalisation d’élections en 2013 ou la démission du président Michel Martelly et comme les élections n’auront finalement pas lieu cette année, nous demandons le départ de l’équipe Martelly/Lamothe, a résumé Jean André Victor.

Baisse considérable du nombre de cas de choléra constatés et de personnes décédées, selon la coordination de lutte contre la maladie, mais les victimes ne sont toujours pas dédommagées AHP  
La coordination nationale de lutte contre le choléra se déclare satisfaite du travail accompli pour réduire la progression de la maladie en Haïti mais reconnait qu’il reste encore beaucoup à faire pour parvenir à son éradication.

Lundi, lors de la présentation des derniers chiffres sur l’évolution de la situation en Haïti plus de 3 ans après l’apparition du choléra, le coordonnateur national de lutte contre la maladie, le Dr Donald François Joseph affirme qu’il y a eu une baisse considérable du nombre de cas constatés et de personnes qui sont mortes de choléra, cette année dans le pays. Si au cours des 3 derniers mois de l’année 2010, période correspondant aux débuts de l’épidémie dans le pays, le choléra avait fait plus de 4100 morts, pour l’année 2013 le nombre de décès se situe autour de 580, a-t-il rapporté. La plupart des victimes étaient arrivées bien trop tard dans les centres de traitement, fait-il remarquer.

Donald François Joseph reconnait qu’il reste encore beaucoup à faire, notamment au niveau des 5 départements dits chauds à savoir l’Ouest, le Nord, l’Artibonite, le Centre et la Grande-Anse, mais il se félicite du travail accompli en vue de parvenir à l’élimination de la maladie. De son côté, la responsable de la direction de santé et de la protection de l’environnement au MSPP, le Dr Jocelyne Pierre-Louis s’est félicité des dispositions adoptées par les instances concernées par la lutte contre le choléra. Elle s’est également montrée confiante que les autorités sanitaires remporteront la bataille contre le choléra.

9 centres de maladies infectieuses devraient être construits à travers le pays d’ici à 2015, 20 structures sanitaires endommagées seront réparées au cours de cette période, a promis le Dr Pierre-Louis, ajoutant que la vaccination va continuer dans les zones à risque et difficiles d’accès. Le Dr Pierre-Louis se réjouit du travail accompli par le MSPP pour avoir entre autres élaboré les normes et les principes de lutte contre le choléra, de manière à uniformiser les prises en charge à l’échelle nationale, tout en organisant la formation et le recyclage de plus d’un millier de prestataires.

Selon des etudes réalisées par des experts notamment américains et français, le choléra a été introduit dans le pays par des casques bleus népalais qui avaient déversé leurs matières fécales dans une rivière du département du centre (Meil) en octobre 2010. Mais l'ONU et la misssion onusienne en Haïti refusent jusqu'ici d'assumer pleinement leurs responsablités en dédommageant ls victimes. Plusieurs personnalités dont des parlementaires estiment que les autorités haïtiennes n'ont pas fait assez pour défendre les victimes de la maladie face à l'ONU.

INTERNATIONAL

Madagascar: Hery Rajaonarimampianina remporte l’élection présidentielle
 L'ancien ministre malgache des Finances, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, a remporté le second tour de l’élection présidentielle. Il était soutenu par le président sortant Andry Rajoelina. Il devance Robinson Jean-Louis, soutenu par l’ancien chef d’Etat en exil Marc Ravalomanana et obtient plus de 53% des voix au second tour, selon des résultats encore provisoires qui seront soumis au verdict de la Cour électorale spéciale (CES). C’est un Hery Rajaonarimampianina, heureux qui a accueilli les premiers résultats complets : « On prend les résultats avec beaucoup de philosophie. Je crois qu’il y a lieu d’être très positif. Je suis certain que les uns et les autres aujourd’hui, au niveau du peuple malgache, aspirent maintenant à un développement du pays, à une vie pleine de sagesse et pleine d’espoir et d’espérance aussi pour ce pays ».

Hery Rajaonarimamapianina, selon les chiffres de la Commission électorale malgache (Cénit), remporte donc l’élection avec 53,50 % des voix face à Robinson Jean-Louis qui obtient 46,50 % des suffrages. Des résultats que la Cénit a annoncé ce vendredi et dans son discours, sa présidente, Béatrice Jeanine Atallah a affirmé que le peuple souverain s’est exprimé dans le secret de l’isoloir. Il s’agit encore de résultats provisoires, car les résultats définitifs ne seront proclamés que d’ici deux semaines par une autre institution électorale, la Cour électorale spéciale (CES), composée de 18 juges. La CES a désormais quinze jours, c'est à dire jusqu'au 17 janvier, pour étudier plusieurs centaines de requêtes et pour proclamer les résultats définitifs. Après, il n’y aura alors plus de recours, l’investiture devrait avoir lieu mi-février.

Robinson Jean Louis va déposer trois requêtes pour fraudes Une absence remarquée lors de la cérémonie ce vendredi matin : celle de Robinson Jean-Louis, soutenu par l’ex-président Marc Ravalomanana qui vit en exil. Le candidat malheureux à la présidentielle conteste ces résultats, qu’il considère truqués. Il affirme qu'il y a eu des fraudes massives. Il a donc engagé une bataille juridique auprès de la Cour électorale spéciale pour demander la révision des bulletins, la disqualification de son concurrent et l’annulation d’une partie des résultats. Il a déposé des centaines de requêtes à la CES et il espère inverser ce résultat.

La Cour a, en effet, le pouvoir d’annuler certains résultats, si elle constate des anomalies, voire de disqualifier un candidat. Au premier tour, elle avait annulé plusieurs milliers de voix, mais cela n’avait pas affecté grandement le score. En tous les cas du côté du vainqueur, on rejette toutes les accusations de fraudes : « Le résultat a été publié par une institution digne de ce nom, les observateurs internationaux étaient là, beaucoup d’observateurs étaient là. Moi je crois que nous avons été dans le cadre d’un processus électoral digne de ce nom, crédible et transparent. Et je pense que le peuple malgache mérite vraiment un résultat pareil et je pense que c’est à l’honneur de tout un chacun », précise Hery Rajaonarimamapianina.

Attente des résultats des législatives Robinson Jean-Louis, critique aussi le travail de la Cénit. Des accusations balayées par sa présidente : « Ça c’est son affaire. Moi, j’ai travaillé en toute âme et conscience, donc j’ai ma conscience tranquille. On a travaillé en totale transparence. J’ai invité chacun à venir avec leurs procès verbaux. Ils sont venus avec cinq procès verbaux. Donc on peut amener tous les experts internationaux possibles pour vérifier. Je n’ai pas peur de ce que j’ai fait ».

La Cénit n'a d'ailleurs pas terminé son travail puisque le scrutin présidentiel était jumelé avec les législatives. Donc, la Commission électorale poursuit le décompte des voix avec la même procédure que pour la présidentielle. Les résultats provisoires pourraient être publiés d’ici deux semaines. Lors du second tour de la présidentielle malgache le 20 décembre dernier, la participation avait à peine dépassé les 50%.

NATIONS UNIES.

RCA: près d'un million de personnes déplacés par les violences interconfessionnelles Des familles déplacées en République centrafricaine se sont réfugiées dans l'aéroport de Bangui, craignant de nouvelles attaques.

3 janvier 2014 – La situation humanitaire en République centrafricaine (RCA) reste désastreuse alors que l'insécurité entrave l'acheminement de l'aide à plus de 935.000 personnes déplacées par les violences, s'est alarmé vendredi le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR). « Les gens se cachent dans la brousse, craignant de nouvelles attaques », a affirmé en conférence de presse un porte-parole du HCR, Babar Baloch, aux journalistes réunis à Genève.

Les attaques ciblées contre les civils, les pillages et la présence d'éléments armés sur certains sites de personnes déplacées limitent l'accès des organismes humanitaires aux nécessiteux, a-t-il expliqué. Cette détérioration de la situation, combinée à l'éloignement géographique des différents groupes de personnes déplacées en dehors de la capitale Bangui et à des routes en très mauvais état, complique l'acheminement de l'aide aux populations en détresse. M. Baloch fait également état d'un « effondrement complet de l'ordre public » dans le pays. Selon lui, malgré une présence militaire internationale près de l'aéroport de Bangui, la communauté humanitaire n'a pas été en mesure de mettre en place les conditions requises pour permettre aux agences humanitaires de faire leur travail correctement. Des troupes supplémentaires et une coordination opérationnelle plus efficace sont donc nécessaires à l'appui de la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique sous conduite africaine (MISCA), a-t-il dit.

Le Conseil de sécurité a autorisé le déploiement de cette mission le mois dernier pour mettre fin au cycle de violences interconfessionnelles et de violations des droits de l'homme dans lequel a sombré le RCA depuis un mois. La Centrafrique est dans la tourmente depuis que les rebelles de l'ex-Séléka, qui sont musulmans, ont lancé une offensive il y a un an, contraignant le Président François Bozizé à quitter le pouvoir en mars. Un gouvernement de transition a permis dans un premier temps de rétablir un semblant de paix, ouvrant la voie à la tenue de futures élections démocratiques. Mais le mouvement majoritairement chrétien des anti-Balaka a pris les armes et des affrontements interconfessionnels ont éclaté à Bangui début décembre.

Après avoir accru sa présence dans le pays, le HCR a, depuis dimanche, ouvert un pont aérien depuis ses entrepôts régionaux pour faire venir véhicules et articles de première nécessité tels que des tentes, des couvertures et des bâches en plastique. Mais la distribution de matériel d'abri et d'autres articles de secours est plus difficile, a noté M. Baloch, compte-tenu du nombre croissant de familles dans le besoin. « La semaine dernière, le nombre de personnes déplacées arrivant à l'aéroport avait presque doublé et maintenant elles sont 100.000 au total » a-t-il ajouté. Plus de la moitié de la population de Bangui – près de 512.672 personnes – a trouvé refuge dans 67 sites différents de la capitale où vivent dans des familles d' accueil. 60% des personnes déplacées sont des enfants.

Les affrontements se sont aussi poursuivis à Bossangoa, à 300 kilomètres au nord de Bangui, entraînant également une hausse du nombre de familles déplacées. De son côté, l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS ) a lancé aujourd'hui une campagne de vaccination contre la rougeole dans les régions du pays avec le soutien du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) et d'autres partenaires. Au cours des trois à cinq prochains jours, 50.000 vaccins seront dispensés aux enfants âgés de six mois à 15 ans réfugiés dans l'aéroport de Bangui. Jusqu'à présent, l'OMS a confirmé trois cas d'infection virale.

 

 

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DECEMBRE 2013

 

HAITI Septembre 1957--7 Février 1986:
Des Milliers
de Prisonniers Politiques ont été exécutés sur l'ordre des bourreaux du régime Duvalier  au Fort Dimanche et aux Casernes Dessalines :  LUC DESYR, CLEMENT BARBOT, CHARLOTIN ST. FORT, ZACHARIE DELVA , ALBERT PIERRE TI BOULÉ, Col. GRACIA JACQUES, ELOIS MAITRE,.ROSALIEIE ADOLPHE  ET LEURS COMPLICES:
 "Nous ne les pardonnons parce qu'ils savaient ce qu'ils feisaient    

 

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