Protestors In Haiti Are Demanding The President Step Down (HBO)

To the uninitiated, drivers passing under a bridge on one busy road in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, would presume that it was simply under construction.

But to millions of Haitians the concrete slab, that has no ramp to get on or off it, has become the most glaring symbol of an injustice that holds the impoverished Caribbean nation hostage among the most corrupt countries in the world.

Now, anger over endemic corruption has brought tens of thousands onto the streets and threatens to bring down the president, Jovenel Moïse. Demonstrations, which began last year but have intensified since February 7th have left at least 7 people dead.

Funds to build the bridge came from a loan that Venezuela gave to Haiti for reconstruction projects following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Since then, politicians racked up nearly $2bn in debt to the so-called Petrocaribe scheme. Most of the projects the money was intended for – including housing and government buildings – remain either incomplete or nonexistent.

A Senate report into how the funds were used came to a definitive conclusion, stating ‘the Petrocaribe fund has been the object of embezzlement, embezzlement, embezzlement.’ The report also named Moïse himself, claiming that before he was president his private company received funds to build a road that never materialized.

Since the release of the report, Haitians have been demanding the answer to one simple question.

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Tijuana Residents Don’t Want The Migrant Caravan In Tijuana (HBO)

The desperate and seemingly unstoppable journey of about three thousand migrants from Central America heading towards the United States has finally reached Tijuana, the final stop before the U.S. border. But the goodwill that migrants encountered on their long journey north from people offering rides and meals is now greeted with a chillier reception.

Instead, those arriving in the border city earlier this week were greeted by hundreds of Tijuana residents protesting their presence with angry chants of “Mexico First!”

Protest organizers echoed language used by U.S. President Donald Trump. “Mexico has always opened its doors to Central Americans to legal and organized migration but not to the illegal invasion that’s currently taking place,” said organizer Jesus Eduardo Burgos Gomez.

At one point during the protest, a group of residents tried to rush one of the shelters housing migrants but Mexican police in riot gear held them back.

“There’s too many people,” said protester Josefina Arangure. “We won’t be able to control it. A lot of people are going to stay and get jobs, others are just going to commit crimes.”

Protesters say they’re worried that this new wave of asylum seekers will overwhelm a city that has already dealt with its share of refugees from previous migrant caravans and from Haitians fleeing the devastation of the 2016 earthquake.

While the vast majority of those in the caravan say their ultimate goal is to get to the United States, U.S. border inspectors under the Trump Administration have only been processing about 100 claims a day at the Tijuana crossing. In the meantime, another thousand Central American migrants are expected to arrive in the next few days.

“They’re coming here with an American dream that doesn’t exist,” said Aranguer. “So unfortunately these people are going to stay here.”

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Haitians honour souls of the dead in fading tradition

In a cemetery in Port-au-Prince, people honour the souls of the dead by dressing as voodoo spirits of death — a Haitian tradition that has faded over the years, under pressure from some Protestant groups and eclipsed by the increasing popularity of Halloween.

Trump Pushes Back on Vulgar Comments About Haiti

President Donald Trump denied Friday via Twitter that he said anything “derogatory about Haitians” during an immigration meeting at the White House the day before, as the world continued to express outrage over his reported comments. (Jan. 12)

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Flat Earthers Unite & Trump Deports Haitians: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is November 21, 2017 FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Hundreds of people gathered for the first ever International Flat Earth Conference. Sold out for months, the conference allowed attendees who previously only interacted online to swap conspiracy theories in person and meet heroes of the movement.

The streets of Harare erupted in euphoria this evening with the announcement that the 37-year reign of President Robert Mugabe is officially over.

Hurricane Harvey brought the court system in Harris County, TX – one of the busiest in the nation – to a screeching halt. Hundreds of people are now waiting in jail for indefinitely suspended hearings and trials.

Following last week’s UN climate conference where 23 countries and states signed a $50 million initiative to phase out coal by 2030, VICE News explores how the coal industry is being dumped by insurers.

Plus, VICE News examines Trump’s decision not to renew deportation protection for Haitians in the U.S. and Thundercat reviews new music on Music Corner.

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Thousands May Be Deported After Trump’s DHS Let This Program Expire (HBO)

Monday night, the Department of Homeland Security revoked Temporary Protected Status for close to five thousand Nicaraguans who have been living in the U.S. since 1998, meaning they’ll be eligible for deportation in just over a year.

More than 80,000 Hondurans protected under the same law find their own legal status in limbo, as DHS did not come to a decision on whether to end their designation. Instead, their protection from deportation was automatically extended for six months while Acting Secretary Elaine Duke deliberates over their fate.

Temporary Protected Status, or T.P.S., is supposed to prevent foreign nationals in the U.S. from being deported when a crisis like a natural disaster or civil war has broken out in their home countries. In some cases, it’s allowed people to stay in the U.S. long after the crisis has ended. Hondurans and Nicaraguans, for example, have benefited from the status since 1998, when Hurricane Mitch tore through Central America. That means they’ve been living here for at least 20 years.

TPS was meant to be a humanitarian response to crisis, but has evolved into a semi-permanent legal limbo for over 400,000 people. Decisions are approaching for over Haitians and Salvadorans also protected under the program. After Monday’s decision, many fear these protections won’t last much longer.

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