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Dominican Republic: Will Danilo Medina Get Out Under Leonel Fernandez’s Shadow?

ECONOMIC storms have battered the Caribbean of late, blowing away the tourists and remittances on which most islands depend. Most of the region has barely seen any growth since 2009. Several governments have been washed away by the slump: in the past six months unhappy voters have kicked out the ruling parties in Jamaica and the Bahamas. But the sun still shines in the Dominican Republic, where growth has continued at over 5% a year. On May 20th Dominicans duly rewarded the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). But only just: Danilo Medina, its presidential candidate, won 51% of the vote, amid allegations of fraud.

Mr Medina faced a weak opponent in Hipólito Mejía of the Dominican Revolution Party, who campaigned under the enigmatic slogan “Here’s Daddy”. Mr Mejía mishandled a banking crisis when he was president between 2000 and 2004. He cried fraud this week. Observers from the Organisation of American States certified the election result but confirmed reports of vote-buying. Participación Ciudadana, a local NGO, says that both main parties offered between 500 and 2,500 pesos ($13 to $65) to buy people’s voting cards. No one knows the scale of the fraud, but the electoral authorities received 400,000 applications for duplicate cards in the weeks before the poll. The government’s vote-buying appeared greatly to exceed that of the opposition, claims Francisco Álvarez of Participación Ciudadana.

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Julia Alvarez Recounts Her Adventures At “A Wedding in Haiti”

“A Wedding in Haiti” (Algonquin Books), by Julia Alvarez: Wedding invitations are meant to be joyous proclamations, but Julia Alvarez received one in 2009 that she had hoped would never come. A casual promise to attend a young employee’s wedding was suddenly, firmly, expected to be fulfilled, but doing so required a trip to Haiti, a place the Dominican-American writer never intended to explore.

“A Wedding in Haiti” is Alvarez’s account of how she reluctantly visited the other side of her parents’ homeland and found family connections in spite of language and circumstance.

The Dominican Republic shares the Caribbean island of Hispanola with Haiti, but Alvarez, known for exploring her heritage in her writing, including her novel “How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents,” never crossed the border until Piti’s wedding.

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‘I AM HAITI’

VIDEO CONTEST

 

 I AM HAITI’

(SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO)

Our readers have taken an interest on our exciting weblog project, ‘I AM HAITI’. We had originally produced web clips of Jaffa Films staffers who are currently working on the feature documentary, ‘Blessed are the Meek’ and suggested they tell us about their love, and pride of their homeland, Haiti. However, we’d like to turn the lens on you, our supporters and share a select numbers of these videos in the feature documentary project, ‘Blessed are the Meek’. The winner of the ‘I AM HAITI’ video contest will be flown to Haiti in 2012 to record their personalized video.

The ‘I AM HAITI’ video contest hopes to present Haitians from all over the Diaspora who embody the love and humanity of Haiti. We’re excited to hear from you on topics as far reaching as childhood memories, family, community, Haitian culture and history, and Pre-Quake and Post Quake life. The Blessed team appreciates your participation in sharing, personal and honest accounts of being Haitian. Furthermore, we’ve also been inspired by the accounts from readers who told us that the disaster of 2010 presented a committed challenge for Haitians to rebuild their beloved country, by rebuilding their own lives.    For many, it’s about reconnecting to one’s past and turning a terrible tragedy into personal triumph.

It’s really easy to contribute! You can create your video using YouTube or Vimeo and send the link/URL of the video to Iamhaiti@jaffafilms.org If you create your video using your laptop or mobile phone and have a video file, please attach the file in an email to Iamhaiti@jaffafilms.org.

Your video submission will be judged by a selection of Haitian scholars, artists, writers, and filmmakers. Selected video submissions will be featured on the film’s upcoming multi-media website and weblog. Please make sure to include your full name with your video submission. Each video should be 60-90 seconds long, and should feature only you, speaking right into the camera telling your story. Please start your story with the words “I Am Haiti…” We can’t wait to hear from you! And if you have any questions, please email blessed@jaffafilms.org

Submission of ALL videos, ends Friday June 8th.

Merci.

The Blessed Team.

‘Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou’ – Haitian Proverb

(Many hands lighten the load)



BLESSED CONTEST TUESDAYS

US TROOPS OCCUPIED THE REPUBLIC OF HAITI BETWEEN WHICH YEARS?

ANSWER CORRECTLY AND RECEIVE A LIMITED EDITION, ‘BLESSED T-SHIRT’

GOOD LUCK!

THE BLESSED TEAM..

 

BLESSED CONTEST TUESDAY

NAME THE MAN WHO WAS CALLED “WOULO KONPRESE’AKA THE STEAMROLLER.

HE BECAME HAITI’S PRESIDENT FOR ONLY 19 DAYS.

ANSWER CORRECTLY AND RECEIVE AN AMAZING LIMITED EDITION, ‘BLESSED T-SHIRT’

GOOD LUCK!

THE BLESSED TEAM..


Edwidge Danticat’s Essay in Commemoration of the Two Year Anniversary of Earthquake in Haiti

Anniversaries hurt. They brutalize the body. They pummel the spirit. Especially the anniversary of a catastrophe, where we are remembering the death not just of one or two people, but hundreds of thousands: 300,000 to be precise. Just when we thought our pain had subsided, it emerges again, it expands from a daily ache, which we hoped would one day disappear, to the throbbing agony we experienced at the moment that it seemed the world ended.

Two years ago in Haiti, the Earth opened, buildings collapsed, and people died. Armies descended, displaying military might worthy of a war zone. A flock of nongovernmental agencies came, too, growing from an estimated 10,000 to 16,000, making Haiti host to more nongovernmental organizations per capita than almost any other country in the world. Money was pledged by the world’s powers, great and small, $9.9 billion worth of promises, with less than half of that actually delivered.

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Blessed Project Supporter: Visual Artist Hertz “Naz” Nazaire


BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

The first two responders to answer these two contest questions correctly on our weblog.

https://theblessedproject.wordpress.com/

will win a pair of  general admission tickets valued at $90 to the Blessed benefit and
screening party, along with an event goodie bag.

CONTEST QUESTIONS

1) The indigenous people of Hispaniola called the island:

2) National Motto of Haiti:

 

FOLLOW US ON OUR WEBLOG..

https://theblessedproject.wordpress.com/

‘Like Us’ on FaceBook..

http://www.facebook.com/blessedarethemeek#!/blessedarethemeek?sk=wall

Good luck!

Jaffascribe


BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

The first two responders to answer these two contest questions correctly on our weblog.

https://theblessedproject.wordpress.com/

will win a pair of  general admission tickets valued at $90 to the Blessed benefit and
screening party, along with an event goodie bag.

CONTEST QUESTIONS:

1) Haiti occupies the wester third of this island:

2) What other country shares this island?

FOLLOW US ON OUR WEBLOG..

https://theblessedproject.wordpress.com/

‘Like Us’ on FaceBook..

http://www.facebook.com/blessedarethemeek#!/blessedarethemeek?sk=wall

Good luck!

Jaffascribe


‘Black Friday’ Ticket Sales: The Blessed Benefit & Screening Party

Jaffa Films presents ‘Black Friday’ ticket sales….join us Wednesday. December 14th for an evening of music, food, film clips of the upcoming feature length film, ‘Blessed are the Meek’. http://theblessedbenefit.eventbrite.com . Celebrate the rich culture & history of Haiti.

Buy your tickets now!

Jaffa Scribe