Breaking News: Guy Philippe pleads not guilty in US Federal court

January 13, 2017
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Haitian Senator-elect Guy Philippe, whom last week was arrested and extradited to the United States on a number of drug trafficking and money laundering charges, pleaded not guilty this morning in a Miami Federal Court House.

Many people showed up at the brief hearing, in support of the man charged with three counts of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the US as well as money laundering.

His supporters say that the arrest of the former rebel, who successfully overthrew the democratically elected president Jean Bertrand Aristide in 2004, is politically motivated and illegal, considering that Guy Philippe enjoyed immunity as an elected senator.

Philippe, 48, was flown to the U.S. to face the charges after his arrest last week in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince during a live radio show. Philippe had been elected to the Haitian Senate in the November 20th election and was only three days away from being sworn in when he was taken captive.


Many supporters wore T-shirts with Philippe's picture and the slogan, "A Senator for the People." Outside the downtown Miami courthouse, some people carried "Free Guy Philippe" signs and waved the Haitian flag. Philippe's wife, Natalie, attended the hearing and met with demonstrators but declined to speak to reporters.


In Haiti, there have been several disturbances in the southwestern Grand' Anse Department where Philippe had his stronghold and whose senate seat he won.
A police station, the municipal house as well the homes of several american citizens have been attacked. The homes of the three american missionaries were set on fire. 

The US embassy in Port-au-Prince have since released a security message warning american citizens of disturbances in the area and to leave if possible.


Yesterday, Haiti's Ministry of Education has announced that classes in the Grande Anse Department were cancelled until further notice, due to concerns for violent protests.

Guy Philippe's arrest has also caused many great reactions within the Haitian parliament, with many lawmakers calling for an amendment to the Haiti-US extradition treaty. An amendment which is very likely to pass considering that Guy Philippe's  party enjoys the majority in both houses of the Haitian parliament, and the soon to be new president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise is of the same party; although he has not made any public comments regarding the arrest.

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7 years after catastrophic earthquake, Haiti remembers

January 13, 2017
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Yesterday, in a somber atmosphere, as the country is still reeling from hurricane Matthew last October, Haiti marked the 7th anniversary of the devastating January 2010 earthquake, that had destroyed much of the capital city Port-au-Prince, killed over 200.000 thousands, rendered an equal number of injured and made homeless some 1.5 millions. 



January 12th has since been declared a "national day of reflection and awareness on the vulnerability of Haiti to risks and disasters."

Haiti's interim P...

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Wilson Laleau, former Minister of Finance with connection to Panama Papers may be picked as Haiti's next Prime minister

January 12, 2017
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Today, the President elect of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, has met with the country's interim president Jocelerme Privert, and Prime Minister Enex Jean Charles, to essentially launch the transition process leading up to the installation of the businessman as the legitimate president of the country on February, 7, 2017.

The soon to be President introduced Jocelerme Privert and Prime minister Enex to his transition team, which has Wilson Laleau, former Minister of finance during the Michel Martelly adm...

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India will assume costs of vaccinating its troops in Haiti against cholera

January 11, 2017
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Peacekeeping personnel from India sent to Haiti without cholera vaccinations, a serious lapse on India as well as the United Nations, will soon receive this essential medication that they were required to take prior their deployment to the Caribbean nation. 

New Delhi would foot the bill, as they were required to vaccine all peacekeepers sent to Haiti.

"The peacekeeping personnel who had not received vaccination prior to deployment would be vaccinated and the costs of inoculating them in the fi...

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US Coat Guard rescued 7 Haitian abroad boat in distress at sea[video]

January 11, 2017




A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted seven boaters from a disabled sailing vessel Monday approximately 14 miles west of Anse-Rouge, Haiti.

Watchstanders with the Coast Guard 7th District command center received a request for assistance from the Haitian Coast Guard at 3 p.m. Monday for the sailing vessel Journey which was disabled and adrift with seven people aboard. The watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Great Inagu...

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New Haitian parliament sworn in amid unprecedented scandal in the Senate

January 10, 2017
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Today a new Parliament was sworn in in Haiti, recently elected deputies and senators officially took up their seats, as the scandal over the arrest and deportation of Senator-elect Guy Philippe to the United States, on drug and money laundering charges, continues to make waves and causing unrests in many parts of the country.

The arrest and delivery of Guy Philippe was a very ugly affair for the country." Said Sorel Jacinte one of a coalition of nine senators who have made the reviewing of the...

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UN is investigating Indian peacekeepers arrived in Haiti without mandatory cholera vaccination

January 9, 2017
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The United Nations has ordered an investigation on Indian peacekeepers in Haiti for arriving in the Caribbean country without the mandatory cholera vaccination.

According to a recent report, more than 100 men of Assam Rifles, India’s oldest paramilitary force, landed in Haiti in July-August 2016 after they were certified by the home ministry as having taken the vaccine. 

The United Nations has sought an official clarification from the Indian government as to why it confirmed that these troops...

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20 dead in Haiti after passenger bus and truck collided

January 9, 2017
At least 20 people were killed Sunday in Haiti when a crowded bus collided with a truck.

The horrible accident occurred in the remote north-west department near the town of Port-de-Paix.  Eleven people died on the spot while the other nine died from their injuries shortly after being transported to nearby hospitals in Gros Morne and Gonaives. .

Videos of the accident circulating on Haitian social media shows numerous lifeless bodies laying on the dirt road, as lucky passengers who survived the ...

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Haitian Parliament to amend extradition treaty with the US following deportation of Senator-elect

January 9, 2017
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Haitian lawmakers do not rule out the possibility of amending the extradition agreement of October 7, 1997 with the United States. The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Cholzer Chancy, argued that the two branches of Parliament must, by a majority of their members, approve the amendment to be effective.

The file will be debated in the sitting in of both chambers, Chancy predicts, explaining that public opinion will be informed of the position of the legislators on this extradition agreemen...

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Haiti faces constitutional crisis over arrest and extradition to the US of criminal Senator-Elect Guy Philipe

January 8, 2017
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The recent arrest and extradition to the United States of the Senator-elect Guy Phillipe over numerous charges of drug trafficking and money laundering has left Haiti in a constitutional crisis.

The arrest and deportation of the man who was due to take office in three days has reveal a dangerous loophole in Haitian laws that needs to be remediated as soon as possible, either by the parliament or the Haitian Supreme Court. A loophole if left unchanged could have catastrophic impact on future go...

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