A Week In Color 12

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Violent protest ensued through out Haiti this past week.

The protests began on February 7th, with civilians & government officials alike demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Some Haitians believe he is responsible for what they consider worsening & deplorable socioeconomic conditions.
Everything is more expensive now, the country is on lockdown, you can’t go uptown or downtown to buy anything,” Frederique Gamaniel, a market vendor, told Al Jazeera.
“There’s nothing more for Jovenel to do in the country except for resigning to avoid a blood bath,” lawyer Nathanael Lerine told VOA Creole.
There is no place for Jovenel in the country anymore. All he does is lie. We need electricity 24/7. We need food on our tables instead of a leader who is lining his own pockets with cash. Inflation is rising— we’ve reached 100 Haitian Gourdes to the American dollar. Jovel has to go!”

The “Lock Down” protests is the latest uprising against President Moïse’s government. It is due to the people’s discontent with the corrupt government & anxieties over the state of the economy. Also, high inflation rates, leading to higher prices & people struggling to afford bare necessities.
On Thursday; February 14th, the U.S Embassy in Port-au-Prince released a security alert expressing the Department of State had ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S personnel & their family members.

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"Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince (February 14, 2019): There are currently widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti. Due to these demonstrations, on February 14, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent. Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and deter criminal attacks during these transports. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens due to reduced staffing and security concerns. The Embassy discourages its personnel from walking in most neighborhoods. The Embassy prohibits its personnel from: Visiting establishments after dark without secure, on-site parking; Using any kind of public transportation or taxis; Visiting banks and using ATMs; Driving outside of Port-au-Prince at night; Traveling anywhere between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.; and Visiting certain parts of the city at any time without prior approval and special security measures in place"

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However, considering all the commotion, President Jovenel Moïse didn’t seem too perturbed by any of this.
On the same day; February 14th, he finally saw it fit to address the dissatisfied –to say the least– people of Haiti for the 1st time in 7 days of uproar & protest.
His tone was far from placating.

“I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,” he said.
The demonstrators are asking for transparency in particular pertaining to the whereabouts of funds from the PetroCaribe agreement.

  • The PetroCaribe agreement is an alliance between Caribbean countries & Venezuela.
  • There is an estimated $3.8bn missing from the provided funds.
  • According to the World Bank; this agreement’s preferential terms for energy purchases were meant to help free up funds to aid development in Haiti, a country hammered by natural disasters.
  • The demonstrators gathered under the slogan: “Kot kob PetroKaribe a?“, direct meaning “where is the Petrocaribe money“.

Some presume the Haitian President’s confidence stems from his support of the U.S on the issue in Venezuela. This would guarantee U.S support from opposition groups.
John Bolton, U.S National Security Advisor tweets below;

President Moïse may also be trying to strong-arm his people.
On saturday; February 16th, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant announced that government officials may lose their perks due to the continued protests.
Futhermore, civilians accused the wealthy & elite of conspiring with the U.S Embassy in administering a collective punishment for the protests, by feigning a “Humanitarian crisis” through withholding the sale of essential goods to the people.

Haitians in diaspora hit the streets of Miami in solidarity with their kinsfolk.

A wave of normalcy seems to have hit Port-au-Prince; the capital, as of yesterday with public transportation back up & running.

However, protestors promised to return to the streets to continue to pressure President Moïse for his letter of resignation. There were reports that a protester set fire to a U.S. flag on Friday, in an expression of anger toward American policies seen as propping up the president & keeping him from resigning.

  • The “Operation Lock Down” protest lasted 10 days.
  • A lot of property was destroyed with a recorded death toll of 7 people.

Meanwhile;

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8 people have been recused from the initial 24 feared dead from 2 water flooded idle shafts in a mining town just 145km south-west of the capital, Harare this past Thursday.
District administrator Fortunate Muzulu was quoted saying the chances of rescuing any survivors are very slim“.
The illegal miners entered the shafts at night to evade the owners,” Muzulu said.
The mine shaft was flooded by water from a dam with bursted walls due to heavy rain fall.
Dozens of miners still remain missing or feared dead. On saturday, recuse workers retrieved 24 more bodies out from the shafts.
The government released a statement on Friday saying about 60 to 70 artisanal miners were stuck in the flooded shafts.


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They are at it again. Recent headlines on bigger news platforms have been crediting wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas as the 1st person to capture a black leopard on camera, in Africa, in 100 years.This is in fact a lie.
Letoluai Ambose a young Samburu warrior & research assistant with Sandiego Zoo Global, previously captured images of the black leopard as far back as January 2018.
Will Burrard captured quality images but the media should not state that he found the leopard. He was only here for three days,” Letoluai mused.
A curious case of Mungo Park syndrome?
It’s a good thing 24-year-old Letoluai doesn’t sweat the small stuff; he didn’t seem as keen as Will Burrard was to get all the recognition.
Were it not for that elder, the local rangers, the landowner and the involvement of scientists from Sandiego Zoo Global, we would not have made this discovery. Everyone had a role and no one person can claim credit,” said Letoluai.


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Nigeria postpones her elections a night before it was scheduled to take place.
As mentioned in Color 11 Nigeria was set to carry out elections on Saturday; February 16th.
Some Nigerians already expressed their concerns with the current adminstration & their lack of capability to honestly conduct a free & fair election.

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The Presidential & parliamentary elections were postponed by a week, 5 hours before the scheduled time.

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INEC Postpones General Elections

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  • The election is now set for February 23 due to “logistical” problems, according to the electoral commission.
  • The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has had 4 years to plan & set up this election.
  • Nigerian youth corpers previously appointed to work on election day, -prior to the postponement- spent the previous night outside in extremely unfavorable & inhumane conditions.

Nigerians are outraged with some demanding the resignation of Mahmoud Yakubu; the INEC chairman.
Many feel taken advantage of, fearing this postponement would lead to a lower turnout for the next scheduled date then in turn favoring the President’s party; APC.

They could have a point.
Considering Okezie Victor Ikpeazu; the current Governor of Abia State’s aid was seen with already filled in Presidential election results sheets.
Here’s the underlining issue; the Presidential elections were postponed. It is yet to take place.

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Breaking: Governor Ikpeazu’s Aid Caught With Already Prepared Presidential and National Assembly Election Result In favour of PDP… A man who identified himself as Gaius was on Friday caught with INEC sensitive documents and result sheets that gave PDP victory ahead of Saturdays presidential and national assembly polls. Mr. Gaius who was apprehended in Umuahia by the police, during interrogation identified his boss as Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu Special Assistant to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on youth and the focal person on N-Power in Abia state. The middle aged man who was caught with various INEC sensitive materials including already prepared result sheets and Governor Ikpeazu’s letter heads admitted that the documents belongs to his boss Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu and that he is only on an errand for his boss and the PDP, he further admitted that the governor was in the know of his mission, asked if he knew the implication of what he has done, he affirmed, but said if he does not carry out the assignment of delivering the documents especially the result sheets to the INEC that his boss will be mad at him and will stop him from further enjoying the federal government N-Power grants that he has been getting, he is at the moment being interrogated at the DSS office Umuahia where he is helping the DSS with more information on those behind the move to manipulate and rig Saturdays election in Abia state. Follow Link To Watch Video: https://web.facebook.com/abiafactsnews/videos/547704665714493/

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Governor Ikpeazu is a member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


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A Week In Color

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flag_of_haiti.svgHaiti 

Happy belated independence  –birthday– day to the first free black colony; Haiti !!!

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In Haitian diaspora news;on Monday, January 7th, at the Eastern District  New York Federal Courthouse located in downtown Brooklyn, a demonstration is to be held at 9:00 am, followed by a lawsuit at 9:30 am to protecting Haitian immigrants in the United States. 

  • This rally is being held to prevent the deportation of  ~50,000 immigrants from the Caribbean Islands.
  • The demonstration is fighting for the rights of Haitian immigrant protection under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • TPS is a legal designation that allows the people from war-torn countries or countries riddled with natural disasters to seek refugee in the “great” United States.
  • Amidst the American President’s sentiments towards people of color from “shithole countries” the termination of Temporary Protected Status is about to ensue. 
  • The Saget et al v. Trump case is the first trial to challenge the government’s unlawful termination of TPS.

It’s no secret that mother nature has been less than kind to Haiti. With a record-breaking number of earthquakes, hurricanes & a cholera outbreak.

The U.S invests so much money into advertising the “American Dream” however, are only a certain group –hue– of people allowed this day-dream? 

What’s even more interesting; is the push back towards immigration for a country where the majority of their population is in fact constituted of mostly immigrants; although caucausian.  

So is race in play?

honestly,

when was it ever not? In the US.


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On Wednesday, South African activists marched to the Union Buildings located in Pretoria, Johannesburg. to protest the incarceration of their fellow #FeeMustFall activists & urging their immediate release.

  • the #FeeMustFall movement/protest sprung in 2017. When a group of tired students had had enough.
  • #FeeMustFall not only addresses the unaffordable tuition but also a plethora of issues that affect the South African youth like unemployment.
  • The march led by Bonginkosi Khanyile was in solidarity for the release of Kanye Cekeshe ; a fellow activist, who is currently serving time for his protests in Wits University. 
  • Bonginkosi himself is also facing jail time on bogus charges; like public violence & failing to comply with the police.

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mwangagwa signs the Presidential Clean-up Day declaration bill in the country’s capital.

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The Federal Attorney General of Ethiopia –who seems to be staying purposefully anonymousissues arrest warrants for about 28 individuals suspected to be behind the deadly incident rocking Burayu town that targeted ethnic minorities.

  • On September 2018; 23 civilians lost their lives due to the violent riot & the deadly attacks. 
  • Thousands of people fled the scene, taking refugee in schools & other public government facilities in Addias Ababa; the country’s capital. 
  • The attacks increased tensions & clashes between members of the two predominant ethnic groups in Southern Ethiopia; the Sidamas & the Wolaita.

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Despite harsh weather conditions from torrential rains in the DR’s capital. Congolese people brave the rain & chaos to cast their ballots at a polling stationOn December 30, 2018 the –3 year delayed– Presidential election was finally allowed to ensue & mother nature wasn’t the only manipulationing factor.

  • The polls intially set to be open at 5am was delayed until 10 due to claims of “broken voting machines“. Some people had to travel at distance of 25 km just to cast their votes because their name had been transferred to another polling station without any previous warning.
  • Meanwhile, a government issued internet shutdown is still on going as the President-dictator & ruling Congolese party insists it for the people’s own benefit to “prevent disorder“.

The Congolese electoral commission have announced that the election results “may be delayed” as ballots tickle in & tensions tighten over the vote count.

 

 


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The US congress makes history with a couple “firsts” & a diverse number of women finally taking position in  office. Here’s to diversifying our government & making sure it is representative of the people in the real world.

Ilhan Omar wins Minnesota’s Democratic US House primary.

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Some other “firsts” include Ayanna Pressley & Jahanna Hayes.

Jahanna Hayes is the first elected black congresswoman in Connecticut.

& Ayanna Pressley is the first black woman to hold a seat in congress for the state of Massachusetts.

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  • The new U.S legistrators were sworn in on Thursday. With a record-breaking number of 102 women occupying seats in office.
  • Deb Haaland & Sharice Davids were the first Native American women ever to be elected to congress.

In America???

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Please,

help us,

make it,

make sense.

Representation matters.

 

On this season (week) on politricks & clownery:

President Donald Trump seems to be doubling down on his pursuit of the wall

A meeting held on Friday between the American Republican president & some newly empowered Democrats shows that there seems to be a disconnect between the Republicans & the Democrats about what really transpired in the meetings minutes.

(Again we ask; why does America only have a two-party system? there is nooo way that is nearly enough representation but. Okay back to it) :

Chuck Schumer; a Democratic Senator, says the meeting was contentious & President Trump stated “The shutdown could go on for months or years”

President Donald Trump in a press statement is on the record saying

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“We had a very, very productive meeting and I think we’ve come a long way”

he went even further to include

“We’re all on the same path in terms of wanting to get government open.” 

When asked by reporters if Senator Chuck Schumers conflicting statement describing the series of events at the meeting were in fact true? The American President is quoted saying:

“Absolutely I said that,”

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As for the Federal employees whose paycheck will be affected by the government shutdown?

President Donald Trump is encouraging their landlords “to be nice and easy


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Protests ensue throughout the nation as an opposing party demands the resignation of President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir.

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  • The violent street protests; initially sparked by price spikes in goods & services, plus fuel scarcity, is said to have been on going for 2 weeks. The exact death toll remains unknown.
  • Authorities have placed a cap on daily bank withdrawals, Atm lines are excruciatingly long & Sudanese people are frankly fed up.
  • The Sudanese President tried to appease the people by offering an increase in wages hoping to quell the ongoing demonstrations.
  • It hasn’t seemed to work. As of Thursday 4 different opposition groups released a joint statement, calling for a nationwide protest on Friday.
  • A march is also to be taken place on Sunday at President-Dicatator Omar al-Bashir’s Nile-side palace.

The Sudanese President blames Sudan’s conditions on wars & international economic sanctions.

  • President” Omar al-Bashir has been in seat since October 16, 1993 when he started his “Presidential” term.

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Ghana is fast becoming the new end of the year diaspora meet up location. & we have to say, we are not in the least mad at it.

  • Ghana’s new government is focused on establishing relationships with the diaspora community. This is in line with the Year of Return 2019 programme launched by the government welcoming African Americans & the black diaspora back to their home land.

Aye!

We love it when the blacks link up.

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On Monday; December 31, 2018 collaborative efforts between Nigerian & Nigerien ensued as troops risked their lives to protect the people of West Africa.

  • It’s no secret that the Nigerian army is under-equipped. On Monday Nigerian troops launched an offensive attack trying to claim back a strategic town in Borno –located in the North eastern part of Nigeria– that had been overpowered by Boko Haram a known terrorist group.
  • The Nigerian military claims to have overthrown the terrorist group out of Baga, however eye witnesses & the scrambling residents refute this.
  • The unrest has spilled to neighboring countries like Chad, Niger & Cameroon.

After 4 separate attempts to arraign Senator Dino Melaye, he finally turns himself into the custody of police.

  • Senator Dino Melaye has been charged with numerous crimes. From perjury, culpable homicide to criminal conspiracy.

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  • Senator Dino Melaye alleges that Ibrahim Idris;the Inspector General of Police is conspiring to inject him with a poisonous substance.
  • Senator Dino Melaye is still currently in the custody of the police.

…For now.

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Despite the gloomy political environment & harsh –to say the least– economic realities in Nigeria, the vibrant people remain upbeat with an almost unrealistic optimistic out look on life.

Below is an insight in culture;

Nigeria’s annual Calabar Carnival is a  huge tourist attraction. It brings the nation together as Nigerians from various ethnic groups & walks of life congregate together celebrating life.


Jean-Jacques Dessalines

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& He’s the First Ruler of the Haitian Revolution

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If you didn’t know Haiti is the first ever black colony to kick the French THE HELL OUT their porch!
Born to Congolese parents the world wasn’t ready for the strategic military leader that was Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
Nicknamed “the Tiger” for his fury in battle. The passion Dessalines had for his people ran deep.
You see,
after hearing rumblings of reinstating slavery in Saint Dominique, Governor General Desallines knew he had to act quick.

He alongside Henry Christophe lead a black boss army against the French when they least expected it & had gotten comfortable. Staking his claim to then Saint Dominique & then restoring it to what the Island aboriginals originally called;
HAITI
He was later renamed & dubbed Emperor Jacques I of Haiti
I.C.O.N.I.C
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Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable

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& No, it’s not André 3000

You Can Thank Him when you visit Chi-Town –as the locals call it

…because Jean Baptiste Point discovered it.

This Haitian trader accumulated most of his wealth after settling in & setting up shop in what’s know as modern day Peoria, Illinois.

But more importantly though,

Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable was described as a kind man with good character.

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