Haiti

WYCLEF JEAN RELEASES NEW TRACK IN PROTEST AGAINST HIS REJECTION TO RUN AS PRESIDENT OF HAITI

It seems that musician and wannabe politician Wyclef Jean is having a hard time accepting his rejection as a presidential candidate for Haiti’s November election. To cut a long story short Wyclef’s bid was rejected because the Haitian constitution requires candidates to have lived in the country for five years prior to an election. The former Fugees star hasn’t lived in the country for years and is therefore ineligible to run. Wyclef, however, isn’t taking the news lying down and according to Punchbowl Blog is blaming outgoing President Rene Preval of []

WYCLEF JEAN ANNOUNCES HE’S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF HAITI

Actor Sean Penn questions Wyclef’s motives and accused the star of being a “non-presence” during relief efforts, adding “I want to see someone who is really, really willing to sacrifice for their country and not just someone who I personally saw with a vulgar entourage of vehicles that demonstrated a wealth in Haiti that – in context, I felt a very obscene demonstration,” In response Wyclef said,  “I just want Sean Penn to fully understand I am a Haitian, born in Haiti []

WYCLEF JEAN TO STAND AS HAITI’S NEXT PRESIDENT

Former Fugees star Wyclef Jean is expected to announce that he will stand as president of Haiti on Thursday (tomorrow). ……………………………………………. I know that Wyclef is desperate to help his homeland but what does he know about politics?

A-LIST JAMAICAN ARTISTS JOIN HAITI BENEFIT EFFORT – SPECIAL SIMULCAST SET FOR TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23RD

LISTEN 2 THE CALL is a project produced by Handel Tucker which involves over 30 of Jamaica’s top artistes and musicians in an unprecedented collaboration as a show of solidarity with the people of Haiti and around the world who are in need. Link to the YouTube promo here Among the artistes who have given their bond to work on this Hear The Calling project are Toots Hibbert, Jimmy Cliff, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser, Harry T, Damian []

SINGER ALEXANDRA BURKE ‘HEARTBROKEN’ AFTER HAITI VISIT

I originally posted news of Alexandra’s impending trip to Haiti on February 8th. That was a quick visit…. Via Digital Spy Alexandra Burke has said that she is ‘heartbroken’ after visiting Haiti to see the devastation caused by the country’s recent earthquake disaster. The X Factor winner flew out to Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince earlier this week in a bid to raise further awareness of the struggles faced by the country. During her visit, Burke met ‘miracle boy’ Kiki Joachin, 7, who was []

HAITIAN JUDGE RECOMMENDS THE RELEASE OF 10 AMERICAN MISSIONARIES

The Associated Press reports that a Haitian judge has recommended that 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti be released. The missionaries were arrested after attempting to cross the border with 33 children without the appropriate documentation. ……………………………………………………………………………….  A US Government official to the Haitian judge – ” Release our citizens now or say good bye to future aid!”

UK NEWS: ALEXANDRA BURKE SAYS SHE BEGGED FOR HAITI VISIT

I hope this isn’t just a ‘PR move’ because Alex’s music career seems to have stalled of late… I wonder if she’s fronting a documentary….. Do you know what? I need to stop being so cynical!  Via Digital Spy The singer is to visit the troubled country this week after recently taking part in Simon Cowell’s Haiti charity single. Speaking to the News of the World, Burke explained: “For me, singing two lines on a single doesn’t mean I have really helped. I wanted to []

TEN AMERICAN CHRISTIANS ARRESTED TRYING TO TAKE 33 CHILDREN OUT OF HAITI

Via The Mail Online A group of 10 American Baptists were being held in the Haitian capital today after trying take 33 children out of the country. The church group, most of them from Idaho, allegedly lacked the proper documents when they were arrested on Friday night in a bus along with children from 2 months to 12 years old who had survived the catastrophic earthquake. The group say they were setting up an orphanage across the border in the Dominican Republic. []