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Former Haiti Ambassador Paul Altidor to Teach MIT Course on Leveraging Diaspora Power Abroad – The Haitian Times

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Editor’s note: In a Nov. 28 edition of the the daily news roundup, it inaccurately stated that Paul Altidor would be teaching a course on immigration at MIT. Altidor will instead be teaching a course on planning and policy initiatives aimed at leveraging the power of Diaspora groups.

Former Haiti Ambassador Paul Altidor is working to change the narrative around Diaspora groups in the United States through his new position at MIT. During the Spring 2020 semester, Altidor will be teaching a course titled, “Engineering Planning and Diaspora Groups.” The course will focus on how Diaspora groups and their U.S.-born children can act as “catalysts for sustainable growth and economic prosperity in communities both in the United States and within the developing world.”

“I intend to expose the students to some of the current thinking in leveraging the power of diaspora groups as catalysts of growth in communities both in the U.S. and the developing world,” Altidor said in an interview with MIT. “Whether as a diplomat, as a development practitioner or as an advisor to governments, I have been exposed to this topic from many different perspectives. Given the continuous movement of people across borders, this topic will continue to be of significant importance to the planning and policy making community. “

In May 2012, Altidor assumed the position of Ambassador Plenipotentiary & Extraordinary of Haiti to the White House. Prior to his role as ambassador, Altidor, also an MIT alumnus, worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the World Bank Group and also served as vice-president of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. 

“I came to the United States as an immigrant. The narrative of the immigrant experience and immigration process are deeply personal to my own identity,” he said. “Despite, or maybe due to, evidence that migration will continue to increase in the near future, the current narrative permeating the public dialogue around immigration in the US is largely negative. Through my class this coming term, I will endeavor to recruit allies at MIT to document the benefits, both to their new home and to their country of origin, of immigrants – allowing us to provide context for a new, positive narrative around immigration.

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The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.

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Haitian opposition rejects new U.S. call for dialogue

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9 de diciembre de 2019, 13:43Port-au-Prince, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The opposition Consensual Alternative for the Refoundation of Haiti rejected on Monday the request for dialogue of the government of the United States, to solve the socio-political and economic crisis that afflicts the country.

After the visit of David Hale, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti again advocated dialogue among political actors, without preconditions or delays, which would allow the establishment of a legitimate government.

However, Andre Michel, spokesman for the Consensual Alternative, and one of the most hostile figures to the head of State Jovenel Moïse, insisted on his social networks that they will not cohabit with a president he describes as corrupt.

The U.S. embassy must respect the Haitian people, the lawyer posted on Twitter, and reiterated that the solution to the current crisis lies in the resignation of the president.

Hale arrived in Haiti last Friday, on his second visit in less than a year, and met with Moïse and representatives of the economic sector.

According to statements by the government, the meeting reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue with all sectors so that peace can return to the country, and announced that initiatives to solve the crisis are multiplying.

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Flights and Cruise Calls to Dominica Resume Following Elections

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The MV Marella Celebration docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth today.

ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday
December 9, 2019
– Tourism officials in Dominica declared that the island was
open for business following the general elections, as cruise ships resumed
calls to the country and an airline that had cancelled flights restarted
service.

Leading up to last Friday’s elections in which the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) won a resounding 18-3 victory, there were pockets of unrest, primarily in the villages of Marigot in the northeast and Salisbury in the west of the island.

The disturbances resulted in some road blockages, which
caused delays and inconveniences for people travelling to the airport, although
it remained opened for flights and operated as usual.

Apart from cruise calls being cancelled just ahead of the
polls and then over the weekend, Seaboard Airlines had cancelled two flights
and rescheduled others.

But in a statement issued today, the Discover Dominica
Authority said that now that the elections are over, things are settling down
for normal business to resume.

“Dominica reaffirms that it is open to conduct business and
we welcome all our visitors to enjoy all that the nature island has to offer,”
it said.

The normal cruise schedule recommenced starting today, with
the MV Marella Celebration docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth.

Seaborne Airlines also recommenced their normal schedule today.

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Haïti – Sécurité : L’État annonce de nouvelles mesures pour améliorer la sécurité au pays

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Haïti – Sécurité : L’État annonce de nouvelles mesures pour améliorer la sécurité au pays
10/12/2019 09:44:29

Haïti - Sécurité : L’État annonce de nouvelles mesures pour améliorer la sécurité au pays

Lundi en conférence de presse les Secrétaires d’État Ronsard St-Cyr (Sécurité publique) et Eddy Jackson Alexis (Communication) ont annoncé, que de nouvelles mesures sécuritaires avaient été adoptées par l’Exécutif afin d’accompagner la population haïtienne avant, pendant et après les fêtes de fin d’année « Le Ministère de la Justice, celui de l’Intérieur, le Secrétariat de la Sécurité publique et tout l’appareil étatique sont à pied d’œuvre pour assurer la sécurité de la population […] » a précisé Ronsard St-Cyr.

À cet effet, il a indiqué que la présence policière dans la zone métropolitaine et dans plusieurs régions du pays, notamment dans des zones stratégiques et a proximité des écoles avaient été considérablement augmenté.

Il a informé que deux unités spécialisées de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) : le Corps d’Intervention et de Maintien d’Ordre (CIMO) et de l’Unité Départementale de Maintien de l’Ordre (UDMO) sont positionnés de façon permanente sur la Route Nationale #2 entre Chalon et Petit-Goâve, la Route Nationale #1 entre Cabaret et Arcahaie afin de prévenir les actes de banditisme.

Il a également fait savoir que des mesures de renforcement avait été prise au niveau des zones frontalières pour lutter contre la contrebande d’armes et de munitions sur le territoire…

Concernant les activités des gangs, Ronsard St Cyr a indiqué que les autorités concernées détenaient des informations sur des groupes d’individus armés afin de procéder à leur arrestation au moment opportun…

Quant à l’insécurité croissante au bicentenaire et ses environs, il s’est limité à dire que les autorités policières continuaient de définir des stratégies pour rétablir l’ordre public en évitant des pertes collatérales.

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