August 30, 2011

Once again, American meddling leaves the Haitian train on the rush to a wreck. Gary Cannille is a nice, young, inexperienced guy who has spent so much time outside of the country that he is not tuned in to Haitian reality.

Most importantly, he does not meet the residency requirements, stipulated by the 1987 Constitution, for Prime Minister.

This fiasco seems to be the outcome of a recent meeting between American Ambassador Merten and some problematic Haitian Senators, including Lambert, Bastien, Beauplan and others. The ambassador mention their American dossiers, that include such misdemeanors as murder, kidnap, theft and cocaine trafficking. They mentioned their desire to have positions in Martelly’s cabinet when their senate term expires in November.

No one mentioned the fact that the Americans could do everyone a big favor by demanding the extradition of these people to the United States for trial.

When Big Brother wants something everyone ignores the rules, rules that apply to those who might not march to the Big Brother’s drumbeat.


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    Anyone born in Haiti considers himself a Haitian and a Haitian remains a Haitian all of his/her life.

    Long ago when it became evident that in order to stay alive some Haitians had to move away from the country, it was not a move that was welcomed, but it was a move that was necessary. As you know, we started leaving Haiti because of the political pressure and economic hardship brought to bear under Francois Duvalier and continued up to and including when Haiti was under the leadership of Aristide.

    We, the members of the Haitian Diaspora (the ones who left our native land), still have deep feelings towards our country, regardless of where we make a living. For all Haitians, it IS time to unite in an effort to help our homeland. Here is a proposal I believe will resonate with most Haitians conscious of the current circumstances:

    We need a revision of our constitution. In order to allow the Haitian Diaspora to maintain a legal connection with the country, to protect the interest of Haitians as a people regardless of location on the planet, we need to revise aspects of our antiquated constitution. The benefits are:
    a. The potential for the creation of political party or parties either within the country or in North / South America, or Europe (wherever Haitians live) that can provide a voice and support to advance the country.
    b. Given the exposure received from living in foreign land, many of us have lived first hand progressive government practices and can land a voice and consultative support in fighting political corruption. Further many can provide either paid or pro bono counsel on developing systems that sustain long term progress.
    c. In partnership with those who live in the country we can co-create new perspectives and programs with the support of foreign governments keeping our own interest as Haitians first.
    d. The financial contribution of the Haitian Diaspora would not be so undervalued. Being so fragmented and underrepresented due to fear, the financial outpour of many Haitians living outside of the country could mirror that of the Jews who came together from all over the world to rebuild Israel. Hollywood Jews like Steven Spielberg or Barbara Streisand join hands with others less known in Germany, Canada, etc. to develop projects on irrigation, neighborhood revitalization, etc. Why couldn’t we do it too? Many of us give to the Red Cross, United Way, Children’s fund, etc… We could mobilized in a civilized way to provide en masse financial contribution if recognized and valued as a true legal entity.

    As for my Haitian family members, friends, and any Haitian professionals – Haiti needs you, each and every one of us. Please do not let Haiti perish for the lack of knowledge and talent that you have to offer. You who are the physicians, lawyers, architects, project managers, mathematicians, business proprietors, engineers, teachers and the list goes on. What a tremendous difference you could make for the country that you hold so deeply in your hearts!

    Let’s unite under the common purpose of helping change Haiti through a change in its constitution.

    I am not sure how to go about it, politically, but I figure that as Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has “ may be applicable here.

    Please feel free to write back to share your thoughts and ideas and circulate as widely as you deem appropriate. Together we can change history.

    Jean W Philippe
    Email : jwphilippe@yahoo.com.

  2. mm pitom pa di trop.men sa latrotue sot fe nou an,se toketla chay la deye si yo ta pran nom saa vre

  3. If we are begging for foreign aids, we have to accept foreign countries to help us where we miss to manage and fail to take important decisions for the people.


    En 1961, la grève de l’Union nationale des Étudiants haïtiens, UNEH,provoquait l’une des premières grandes secousses de l’État totalitaire duvaliérien. Les meneurs du mouvement, parmi lesquels Renan Pétion, exigeaient, entre autres, la libération sans condition de Joseph Rodney et de tous les autres camarades universitaires, kidnappés et torturés dans les prisons secrètes du médecin charlatan dictateur. C’est à cette époque que Roger Lafontant, lui-même étudiant en médecine, a enfilé le manteau de goujat, de bourreau et de traître qu’il a traîné jusqu’à sa mort. Sa trahison vile et assassine a asséné un coup terrible au mouvement des jeunes grévistes terminé dans la fuite et dans la débandade. En échange des faveurs politiques, des avantages économiques et sociaux, Roger Lafontant, pourtant issu de la paysannerie lointaine, acceptait volontairement de remettre aux tortionnaires de François la liste de tous les étudiants contestataires, impliqués comme lui dans l’organisation et la direction de la grève. Rony Gilot, Serge Conille (les médecins resquilleurs) Robert Germain, Serge Chaumette, pour ne citer que ceux-là, faisaient partie eux aussi de la bande des mouchards.

  5. I suppose that the fact he was/is Clinton’s Chief of Staff has nothing to do with it??

    Another disaster in the making!!

    Cannot we find someone with the paper qualifications?? The Constitution may be bad, but it is still the law.

  6. Constitution never existed in Haiti until 1987, WRITTEN BY A GROUP OF CONSTUANTS most of them resided in foreign countries at that time and could not envision our problem.
    Constitution, from the begining used to be a horse for the presidents to get reelected or extend their mandate.

  7. Constitution d’Haiti 1801-1859

    18o1- Toussaint Louverture’s constitution laying the framework of his venture as director of the colony while still acknowledging its relationship to France. He announced himself Governor-General for life with the right to name his successor, thereby becoming the forerunner of the strong-man principle in politics. The most important part of this constitution was its detailed organization of the force labor system.
    1805-Dessalines constitution establishing the empire. In many respect it did not differ from Toussaint’s previous document, for the same military organization was preserved and the same system of forced labor; otherwise there was little structure of government… ONE ARTICLE WAS INCLUDED WHICH WAS TO APPEAR IN EVERY OTHER CONSTITUTION OF HAITI UP TO 1918: ” NO WHITE MAN SHALL SET FOOT ON THIS TERRITORY AS MASTER OR LANDOWNER.
    1806-Petion’s first constitution drawn up with his fellow mulatoes. Taking his model from the United States constitution, he establish a republic with a president and a legislature, although the president of Haiti had greater relative powers than the president of the United states. he might be reelected,but was not to be a dictator.
    1807- Christophe reply to the mulatoes, establishing the state of Haiti which should (he hoped) overwhelm the republic of Haiti. His political and social systems were in few respects different from those ot Toussaint and Dessalines
    1811- Christophe’s second constitution, establishing his kingdom and creating a nobility, but otherwise maintaining the forced-labor system.
    1816- Petion’s second constitution, the longest-lived in Haitian history. having been several times reelected president and adopted the principle of a life presidency.
    1843- The completely unrealistic constitution of the young revolutionairies who succeeded in Boyer.
    1846- Riche’s return ( in most respect ) to the constitution of 1816. The president should be elected, not appointed.
    1849- Soulouque’s constitution, founding his personal and gaudy Second Empire.
    1859- Geffrard return to the Petion Constitution of 1816 with a few details added to meet change in social conditions in the last decade.

  8. Constitution #2

    Constitution d’Haiti a travers l’histoire. Haiti Constitution.

    by Willy W Philippe on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 12:00pm
    1867- Salnave’s modifications of the constitution of 1859. The parliementarians were in control once more and inserted the requirement that two thirds of the members of either Chamber must be present before a law could be voted – a stipulation making it possible for any clique to hold up legislation by absenting itself.
    1874- The constitution of Domingue who having defeated the liberals, promulgated a constitution “profoundly modifying” the language of the 1867 document. It legally concentrated power in the hand of the president.
    1879- Salomon’s first constitution,which professed to be a reexamination of haitian institutions, but was actually not different in essentials from the document of 1846.
    1886- Salomon’s second constitution, a mild revision of his first.
    1889- Hyppolite, the new president, felt it necessary to have a new constitution, although like the constitution of 1806, this was little more than a revision of that of 1879. Under the 1889 document Haiti continued to function, more and more haltingly, up to the time of the American Occupation.
    1918- The constitution drawn up in Washington and forced through in Haiti by a farcial plebiscite. Its most debated provision was the elimination of the prohibition against ownership of land by foreign whites, thus ending the one common point in all previous constitution since 1805. For the rest, it changed little of the actual structure of Haitian government,but provided a great number of unaccustomed democratic rights : freedom of assembly, trial by jury in political cases, direct election of senators, submission of amendment to popular vote, freedom of the press.
    1927- Although this is considered merely a revision of the 1918 constitution, its changes were actually more noteworthy than many expected by the so-called new constitutions. thirteen amendments were carried by popular vote, again so overwhelming as to be ridiculous, restricting many of the democratic liberties granted in 1918 which had proved embarrassing both to President Borno and to the Americans who ruled Haiti through his office.
    1932- Vincent’s constitution, professing to be quite different from the two in effect during the occupation, but actually closely ressembling the 1927 revision which its concentration of power in executive hands. In 1935 an important amendment was added, making it possible for the president to be reelected.

  9. They should go back to the Duvalier Constitution that was replaced by the 1987 fiasco. Just leave out the President for Life.clause

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