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“The time is now for transformation. It is a new era and we are poised with the opportunity to bring in a new consciousness, and co-create a new reality. Why? Because the light within each of us has been turned on, and it's our job to turn that light on brighter and brighter until all false thought forms dissolve in the light of our Truth.”—Dr. Michelle L. Casto
Haiti - Cuba : Cuba Finance Haitian Student's Medicine Degrees, to Build Haitian Health Service
During the final day of his official visit to Cuba, this Thursday, the President Michel Martelly accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, of Health and Education, visited the province of Santiago to inquire about the conditions under which evolve the young Haitian medical students.
The 300 Haitian students, who study medicine in Cuba, very honored by the visit of the delegation, expressed their joy and gratitude to the Haitian officials. They took the opportunity to address their requests to the President Martelly emphasizing in particular on the delays in the delivery of the monthly allowance granted by the Haitian state. In addition to a revision of this allocation on the rise, they expressed their disappointment regarding the negative images of Haiti that are showed in the Cuban television.
In his speech the Head of State congratulated the future physicians. While encouraging them, the President promised them that steps will be taken for their integration into the Haitian health system after their graduation. Concerning the increase of their allocation, without making a promise, the President assured them that the file will be followed. On the morning of that day, the delegation had met another group of Haitian students in Havana. With these young people, the discussions revolved around the same concerns.
On his return to Haiti Thursday, the President Martelly declared in a press briefing “…I also wanted to announce that we have agreed to start working on the development and the word of the airports of Hinche, Port de Paix and Jémémie, funds are available…”
For his part, Laurent Lamothe, the Foreign Minister informed that during the first day of their official visit to Cuba “we met with the Ambassador of India accredited to Haiti, the Ambassador has promised that e will give us 500 housing, so 500 homes for people, that we will call ‘Village Gandi’, the amount of envelope will be 5 million”
The politics of violence
The proliferation of drug trafficking and organized crime, combined with government inaction, has led to endemic violence that has propelled three Latin American countries into the UN’s ranking of the five most violent nations in the world. (Getty Images)
The world’s most violent nations are not located, as one might think, in deeply troubled zones of the Arab world, or lawless regions of Asia, but instead in the heart of Latin America, a violence closely linked to the region’s expanding role in drug trafficking.
The most recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, confirms a trend that is will not be a cause for pride for Westerners: four of the five countries with the most homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in the planet, are in the Western Hemisphere, with the final one located in Africa.
According to the UN report, Honduras and El Salvador are vying for first place among the nations with the most violent murders. After the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire, which stands in third place, comes Jamaica in fourth place. Not surprisingly, the so-called paradise of the Socialismo del Siglo XXI, Venezuela, comes in at 5th place, with an average homicide rate of almost 50 percent, two and half times higher than Mexico’s, a nation plagued by drug-related brutal deaths.