The Assassination of a President #128

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Deepnews Digest #128

The Assassination of a President

Editor: Christopher Brennan
This week the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was killed at his residence in Port-au-Prince. Though media around the world carried the basic details, I decided to use our algorithm to highlight stories that are adding something to the conversation. While filtering on quality and substantiveness does a good job of retrieving information from reputable sources to keep you up to date, it also provides information from outlets you haven’t heard of, such as English-language papers in neighboring countries, that provide important perspectives and depth.

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Miami Herald

A look at two South Florida Haitian Americans arrested in connection with Moïse assassination

Two men with South Florida ties are accused of taking part in the assassination of Haiti’s president. Like much about this week’s shocking murder in the troubled country, mystery shrouds the few details about them.

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Editor’s Note:

When an event happens in a country that normally lacks mainstream coverage, it helps to have reporters who are experts. Here our algorithm highlighted a piece from the Herald, one of the few papers in the U.S. to have a reporter dedicated not just to the Caribbean but to Haiti. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Vice

Who Murdered Haiti’s President?

Police say four suspected foreign mercenaries are dead and two are in custody following the brazen assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. But Haitians want to know which of the late president’s many enemies hired them.

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Crikey

Bloodless coups, bloody assassinations and headless chooks: Haiti is a real-life novel of calamitous proportions

February 7, 1986, and the world’s press has descended on Haiti to witness the collapse of the murderous 28-year Duvalier dictatorship. Trouble was, some of us nearly missed the historic moment because we were watching a man bite the head off a live chook. I had arrived in the tiny troubled Caribbean nation days earlier with the rest of the international media throng to witness the death throes of the notorious regime made infamous by Graham Greene in his novel The Comedians.

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Caribbean Life News

Haitian pols saddened, denounce assassination of President Moïse

While expressing shock and sadness, Haitian American legislators in New York on Wednesday strongly denounced the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, who was killed in an attack on his private residence on the suburbs of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

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Bloomberg

Gunmen Shot in Haiti Manhunt While Politicians Vie for Power

Haitian police said they gunned down four alleged presidential assassins and arrested six others while rival politicians jockeyed to fill the power vacuum left by the death of Jovenel Moise.

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Human Rights Watch

Haiti: Investigate President’s Killing

Haitian authorities should request international assistance to conduct prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations into the murder of President Jovenel Moïse and other recent, serious acts of violence, Human Rights Watch said today. Others recently killed include two journalists who were also activists in Port-au-Prince.

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CNN

Haitian Americans say they are soul-searching after the assassination of Haiti’s president

The assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise has many Haitian-American community leaders fearing what may come next.

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Stabroek News

Assassination in Haiti

The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on Wednesday and the wounding of First Lady Martine Moïse during an invasion of their home just outside of the capital Port-au-Prince must be deplored in the strongest possible terms. This reprehensible attack immediately poses a challenge for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in terms of defending the shared values of its members, constitutional governance and the rule of law.

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Editor’s Note:

The assassination is one that affects not just Haiti but the whole Caribbean region. Here the algorithm highlighted a piece from a newspaper in Guyana that looks at the role of the Caribbean Community in dealing with the turmoil. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Miami Herald

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in middle-of-the-night attack at his home

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated and his wife wounded during an armed attack in the early hours Wednesday at their private residence above the hills of Port-au-Prince, plunging the Caribbean nation, already in the throes of a political crisis, into fresh uncertainty about its leadership.

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Jamaica Gleaner

Curtis Ward | Haiti in crisis: When democracy fails, bad things happen

It pains me to repeat this premise, supported by historic precedents, that in countries lacking democratic ideals and practices, where there are no viable democratic institutions, where autocratic leaders govern with impunity, it is only a matter of time before such countries implode. But violence is never the answer. Violence only begets more violence. It is the hard truth. History repeats itself, and the suffering of the people continues.

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Tribune 242

Border Alert After Haiti President Killed

The Bahamas has closed its embassy in Haiti and will beef up border security at home as precautionary measures after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his home yesterday.

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NY Times

Haiti’s political turmoil may hamper efforts to contain the virus, the W.H.O. says.

The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti on Wednesday could complicate efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in the Caribbean nation, which has yet to begin vaccinating its citizens, officials from the World Health Organization warned.

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Voice of America

Key Events in Haiti Before Killing of Haitian President Moise

The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise occurred amid political and other crises in the Caribbean country, further roiling the world’s first Black-led republic that won its freedom from France during a 19th century slave revolution.

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WSJ ($)

Haiti Assassination Adds to Woes Facing Biden in Latin America

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination injects further instability in the region, where political and economic crises are expanding the ranks of asylum seekers and compounding difficulties facing the Biden administration at the border, officials and experts said.

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The Conversation

Haiti’s president assassinated: 5 essential reads to give you key history and insight

The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse risks destabilizing the Caribbean country, which was already in crisis over alarmingly high violence and Moïse’s increasingly undemocratic behavior.

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Washington Examiner

Haiti’s ambassador to US calls for military assistance after president Jovenel Moise’s assassination

Haiti’s military needs foreign assistance in light of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, according to the island nation’s top diplomat to the United States.

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The Nassau Guardian

The assassination of Jovenel Moïse and the rise of political hatred between FNMs and PLPs

After reading about the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in the early hours of July 7 by alleged foreign mercenaries, I don’t think any Bahamian can take for granted the political stability this country has enjoyed since independence and majority rule.

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The Observers – France 24

Neighbours of assassinated Haitian president ‘heard gunshots for two hours’

Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated the night of July 6 in his home in the Pèlerin 5 neighbourhood in Pétionville. A video posted online the morning of July 7 shows several armed men near his home. A neighbour living just 300 metres from the president’s home said that the gunfire began shortly after midnight and continued until 2 a.m.

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Editor’s Note:

Beyond the political and societal uncertainty, the aftermath of the assassination has also seen reporting on what actually happened the night of the killing. Here The Observers spoke with a neighbor of the residence. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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NY Post

US must act before Haiti devolves into a disaster

The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse has amplified the political knife’s edge on which Haiti has long perched. The United States and others in the international community will have to act quickly to keep the situation from spinning further out of control.

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Christian Science Monitor

Beneath Haiti chaos, a deep need for trust

The violence and repeated failure of civil society to gain a stable foothold in Haiti is a symptom of a lack of trust – trust across color and class lines, across international borders, and between weak, dysfunctional legislative, executive, and judicial institutions. Most of all, it is a lack of faith between individuals who take the grab-and-go mentality to the extreme. Haiti needs support from within and without to build a solid infrastructure, but more importantly, it needs the one-on-one trust that is the foundation of civil society.

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