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Wyclef Jean for president of Haiti? Look beyond the hype

August 2, 2010

by Charlie Hinton, with editing assistance from Kiilu Nyasha

This cartoon, created Aug. 15 by Mykel Archie, was inspired by this very popular story. Check out more of Mykel's artwork at www.perfectmandesigns.com.
To cut to the chase, no election in Haiti, and no candidate in those elections, will be considered legitimate by the majority of Haiti’s population, unless it includes the full and fair participation of the Fanmi Lavalas Party of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Fanmi Lavalas is unquestionably the most popular party in the country, yet the “international community,” led by the United States, France and Canada, has done everything possible to undermine Aristide and Lavalas, overthrowing him twice by military coups in 1991 and 2004 and banishing Aristide, who now lives in South Africa with his family, from the Americas.

A United Nations army, led by Brazil, still occupies Haiti six years after the coup. Their unstated mission, under the name of “peacekeeping,” is to suppress the popular movement and prevent the return to power of Aristide’s Lavalas Party. One must understand a Wyclef Jean candidacy, first of all, in this context.

Every election since a 67 percent majority first brought Aristide to power in 1990 has demonstrated the enormous popularity of the Lavalas movement. When Lavalas could run, they won overwhelmingly. In 2006, when security conditions did not permit them to run candidates, they voted and demonstrated to make sure Rene Preval, a former Lavalas president, was re-elected.

Preval, however, turned against those who voted for him. He scheduled elections for 12 Senate seats in 2009 and supported the Electoral Council’s rejection of all Lavalas candidates. Lavalas called for a boycott, and as few as 3 percent of Haitians voted, with fewer than 1 percent voting in the runoff, once again demonstrating the people’s love and respect for President Aristide.

Fanmi Lavalas has already been banned from the next round of elections, so enter Wyclef Jean. Jean comes from a prominent Haitian family that has virulently opposed Lavalas since the 1990 elections. His uncle is Raymond Joseph – also a rumored presidential candidate – who became Haitian ambassador to the United States under the coup government and remains so today. Kevin Pina writes in “It’s not all about that! Wyclef Jean is fronting in Haiti,” Joseph is “the co-publisher of Haiti Observateur, a right-wing rag that has been an apologist for the killers in the Haitian military going back as far as the brutal coup against Aristide in 1991.

“On Oct. 26 [2004] Haitian police entered the pro-Aristide slum of Fort Nationale and summarily executed 13 young men. Wyclef Jean said nothing. On Oct. 28 the Haitian police executed five young men, babies really, in the pro-Aristide slum of Bel Air. Wyclef said nothing. If Wyclef really wants to be part of Haiti’s political dialogue, he would acknowledge these facts. Unfortunately, Wyclef is fronting.”

When Lavalas candidates were barred from the ballot for the Senate election of April 19, 2009, almost no one voted; even some poll workers refused to vote. That's how loyal Haitians are to the Lavalas Party. – Photo: Alice Smeets
As if to prove it, the Miami Herald website reported on July 28, 2010, “Secret polling by foreign powers in search of a new face to lead Haiti’s reconstruction …” might favor Jean’s candidacy, as someone with sufficient name recognition who could draw enough votes to overcome another Lavalas electoral boycott.

Wyclef Jean supported the 2004 coup. When gun-running former army and death squad members trained by the CIA were overrunning Haiti’s north on Feb. 25, 2004, MTV’s Gideon Yago wrote, “Wyclef Jean voiced his support for Haitian rebels on Wednesday, calling on embattled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to step down and telling his fans in Haiti to ‘keep their head up’ as the country braces itself for possible civil war.”

During the Obama inaugural celebration, Jean famously and perversely serenaded Colin Powell, the Bush administration secretary of state during the U.S. destabilization campaign and eventual coup against Aristide, with Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.”

Jean also produced the movie, “The Ghosts of Cite Soleil,” an anti-Aristide and Lavalas hit piece, which tells us that President Aristide left voluntarily, without mention of his kidnapping by the U.S. military, and presents the main coup leaders in a favorable light. It features interviews with sweatshop owners Andy Apaid and Charles Henry Baker without telling us they hate Aristide because he raised the minimum wage and sought to give all Haitians a seat at the table by democratizing Haiti’s economy, a program opposed by the rich in Haiti.

It uncritically interviews coup leader Louis Jodel Chamblain, without telling us he worked with the Duvalier dictatorship’s brutal militia, the Tonton Macoutes, in the 1980s; that following the coup against Aristide in 1991, he was the “operations guy” for the FRAPH paramilitary death squad, accused of murdering uncounted numbers of Aristide supporters and introducing gang rape into Haiti as a military weapon.

Wyclef Jean’s movie, “The Ghosts of Cite Soleil,” an anti-Aristide and Lavalas hit piece, features interviews with sweatshop owners Andy Apaid and Charles Henry Baker without telling us they hate Aristide because he raised the minimum wage and sought to give all Haitians a seat at the table by democratizing Haiti’s economy, a program opposed by the rich in Haiti.

It uncritically interviews coup leader Guy Phillipe, without telling us he’s a former Haitian police chief who was trained by U.S. Special Forces in Ecuador in the early 1990s or that the U.S. embassy admitted that Phillipe was involved in the transhipment of narcotics, one of the key sources of funds for paramilitary attacks on the poor in Haiti.

Wyclef Jean holds a Haitian flag as he considers running for president of Haiti. Beware! Wyclef is Haitian, but he is no friend of the Haitian people as a whole, who remain loyal to President Aristide. – Photo: Gustavo Caballero, Getty Images
Wyclef runs the Yele Haiti Foundation, which the Washington Post reported on Jan. 16, 2010, is under fiscal scrutiny because “(i)t seems clear that a significant amount of the monies that this charity raises go for costs other than providing benefits to Haitians in need … In 2006, Yele Haiti had about $1 million in revenue, according to tax documents. More than a third of the money went to payments to related parties, said lawyer James Joseph … (T)he charity recorded a payment of $250,000 to Telemax, a TV station and production company in Haiti in which Jean and Jerry Duplessis, both members of Yele Haiti’s board of directors, had a controlling interest. The charity paid about $31,000 in rent to Platinum Sound, a Manhattan recording studio owned by Jean and Duplessis. And it spent an additional $100,000 for Jean’s performance at a benefit concert in Monaco.” A foundation spokesperson “said the group hopes to spend a higher percentage of its budget on services as it gains experience.”

PLEASE SPREAD THE NEWS: “WYCLEF JEAN IS NOT A FRIEND OF THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT OF HAITI.” The floating of his candidacy is just one more effort by the international forces, desperate to put a smiley face on a murderous military occupation, to undermine the will of the Haitian majority by making Wyclef Jean the Ronald Reagan of Haiti.

The floating of his candidacy is just one more effort by the international forces, desperate to put a smiley face on a murderous military occupation, to undermine the will of the Haitian majority by making Wyclef Jean the Ronald Reagan of Haiti.

Let us be clear. Jean and his uncle, the Haitian ambassador to the U.S., are both cozy with the self-appointed czar of Haiti, Bill Clinton, whose plans for the Caribbean nation are to make it a neo-colony for a reconstructed tourist industry and a pool of cheap labor for U.S. factories. Wyclef Jean is the perfect front man. The Haitian elite and its U.S./U.N. sponsors are counting on his appeal to the youth to derail the people’s movement for democracy and their call for the return of President Aristide. Most Haitians will not be hoodwinked by the likes of Wyclef Jean.

Charlie Hinton is a member of the Haiti Action Committee (http://haitiaction.net/ and http://www.haitisolidarity.net/) and works at Inkworks Press, a worker owned and managed printing company in Berkeley. He may be reached at ch_lifewish@yahoo.com.

78 thoughts on “Wyclef Jean for president of Haiti? Look beyond the hype

  1. Peter

    tell me, which gang leader was the source of all this crap that you are writing. Again a typical situation where an outsider thinks its always best to give back the power to lavals because they are the favourite, and thats a democratic thing to do. Pathethic!!!! Where were you when lavalas told the poor to get the money at the rich man's house by killing him? Do you want another Rhodesia happening? I mean Zimbabwe is the perfect example of what will happen with Aristide having power again. Before you write about what you dont know, come live here for a while.

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    1. I said it 111

      Well, I think all of you are off base. Let's ask real questions.
      Is Wycleff Jean qualified to lead a country in such a terrible state of disarray?The man could not keep a group of three successfull singers together remember.Does the man have a HS diploma even? I know the president of the US has a JD from Harvard. Can Jean sit at the same table as the leaders of America, France, and Britain? Can he answer the same philosophical questions that these man have tackled in their lives? I am sure the answer is no.Until Duvalier(fils) all the leaders of Haiti were highly educated man. Unlike what they want you to beleive Haiti had presidents before. Does Jean know the Civic Laws of Haiti? Because if he did He would never run for president.The man does not speak the language of the land. . He cannot speak French at all. He can barely speak creole. He can barely speak english. Although I am sure his ebonics is superbe.There are many educated, well-read, well-bread Haitians that could lead Haiti besides Jean. Let them step up.Dr Aristide is well-educated but I am a firm beleiver in "Never Go Back:" If it did not work the first, and second time, it's not going to work now. Lets bring some new faces.

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  2. Anais

    What a piece of total…"Wyclef Jean comes from a prominent family." This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. The guy comes from a modest family, had a modest upbringing in the projects in Brooklyn NY. Are you kidding me. Have you done your research or are you intentionally inventing. Your article is biased from beginning to end. We can talk about Wyclef's competence or the lack thereof or his Yele missmanagement but to paint him as a thief in this conspiracy theory of yours. This would be funny if it were not so cynical. Besides Haiti's problems and the much needed solutions cannot come from one man Wyclef or Titid.

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    1. sekou

      I was reading and Anais you don't have clue about Haiti its history and the class question there and I get the impression that you're simply into celebrities as leadership, really too bad.
      Sekou

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  3. austine-best

    all of this show that the kingdom of god is close to us, jesus siad that when will are seeing all this thing taking plase will know the is coming, so its part of bible prophesy

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    1. 295

      bad things have been happening all around the world, all the time. Lets not jump to conclusions about the end of times. there is a much more "down to earth" explanation for things

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  4. John

    In the world of journalism, how in the world this article was approved for printing? Not only it is bias and poorly researched. This can only confirm that Lavalas still has their head stuck in the sand, and they lack the leadership to inspire Haiti's citizens to be their best. This article, in a nutshell, is a travesty.

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  5. Jean

    Nice piece. I don't know if Wycleff is anti-Aristide but I know that there is no love lust between R. Joseph and the Lavalas movement. It's ironic that Aristide's old PM gave us R. joseph as ambassador.
    A passive leader Aristide is not. Preval's style of leadership is what most of us wanted and this is what we have. Fanmi Lavalas should participate in the elections for it to be fair.

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  6. Cochilus

    Hi Mr. Charlie Hinton,

    I’ve just read your article and I understand that you are the owner and manager of your own printing company in Bekerly. I was born and raised in Haiti (100%Haitian) I don’t have anything against you (Charlie Hinton), Aristide or Jean Wyclef. But I don’t think that your Printing Industry has board members; if it did, they would not authorize or alow you to release this article ’cause that’s retarded. Yes, you are intelligent, but you don’t seem to have a bit WISDOM or diplomacy. By analysing your article, everyone can tell that you are a HATER and your political lean n’est pas en faveur du peuple Haitien, ni à aider Haiti à s’émerger de la crise economique ou elle se trouve. Jusqu’à présent, Haiti reste une pierre phylosophale à affronter, la vie en Haiti c’est se la galère. Please Mr. Charlie, be a man and answer me this question. Who would like to be the president of Haiti?…Back to Wyclef..You said that Jean comes from a prominent family. Are you CRAZY? you need to stop mumbling about a man that you don’t even know. I don’t know why you choose to demonize Jean Wyclef, associating him with criminals while cherushing your father Jean Bertrand Aristide and sugar-coating your uncle Rene Preval. You said that Jean is not a friend of the Haitian people. ARE YOU FOR REAL? Not long ago, a group of assassins hired by president Préval to kill Jean Wyclef, I believe that you were one of them. Wyclef Jean is projecting to run for president, it is what it is. If you don’t want to see that happen, you should consider thinking about commiting suicide. YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF THE POOR, THE MIDDLE CLASS AND RICH meaning that you don’t have your place in society. Little bit about my political view, I would like to see: Wyclef, Aristide, Duvalier, Preval, Sedras,Michel Francois, Guy Philippe, Aped, Baker get together and do something good for the Haitian people. There must be national reconciliation and we need to start forgiving one another so that Haiti can go forward…THAT THE KIND OF POLITICS THAT HAITI NEEDS…

    Respectfully yours,
    Cochilus

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  7. leroi_renel

    FUCK YOU MR. CHARLIE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR ARTICLE…YOU ARE JUST A HATER AND AIN’T MAKE NO SENSE. YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE TO EXILE WITH YOUR FATHER JEAN BERTRAND ARISTIDE. YES, WYCLEF IS RONALD REAGAN FOR HAITI…WHAT ABOUT YOU, WHAT ARE YOU FOR HAITI?

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  8. JUNIOR

    CHARLIE STOP DOING DIRTY POLITICS. I DON’T THINK YOU CARE ABOUT THE GROWTH OF YOUR BUSINESS BY RELEASING THIS ARTICLE…BECAUSE YOU AN ENEMY OF THE HAITIAN PEOPLE…

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  9. libido

    well qualified or not this is not the point .what the haitian people need in a president / we have seen qualified ,non qualified been up and down at the haitian white house fr more than ,onlyGod's know's fulling their pockets and left the country empty .i will personaly vote fr SWEET MICKY bcause a country without MASSISSI is a country with no futur…look at AMERICA massissi top country ,BRAZIL best massissi latin country ASIA transexual all over, PUERTO RICO and the DOMINICAN REP best massissi country in the caribbean . ZAFE TOUT PAYS MASSISSI YO AP MACHE,, lets fucking try that ROSE et BLANC ,who knows . un observateur

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  10. Pierre

    Mr. Jean is an entertainer and so called philanthropist who spent almost three decades of his life living in the USA and chose not to become a US citizen due to his hidden desire to ascend to the presidency of his country of origin. Having said that why in God's name he did not use some of his times to go to college (continuing education) getting himself a degree in either government and politics, or political science or something that could have qualified him as a serious contender. Not that the other candidates are any better but one should wonders about his judgment. Every time you think that Haiti is about to turn a corner something or someone comes along to hijack the hope of a people, whether it's Mr. Clinton, Mr. Jean or some other charlatans. We still have folks buried under the rubble, people with no homes, refugee camps with criminals running amok but we choose to talk about the next crop of crooks. The last time I check french is the official language of the Republic of Haiti and creole the popular language spoken by all; does Mr. Jean own (not just getting by) any of the two. Haiti is getting screwed again.

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  11. LUCKENSE

    LOL WYCLEF FOR PRESIDENT WHAT THE FUCK IS WIT THIS NATION ,,,JUST LIKE JEAN CLAUDE DUVALIER YOUNG WIT KNOW EXPERIENCE WOW HAITI YOU NEED TO WAKE THE FUCK UP ,,AND BE A STRONG NATION AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. jeanjean

    when the circus is full bring the clown

    jean is a clown and poor haitians know it!!!!

    he is so clownish and ignorant. i remember filming him in 2005 in citei soleil. it was pathetic. running
    shirtless followed by un soldiers and bodyguards and folks in the streets yelling his name like he is some
    kind of jesus figure. i also remember hanging around rebels just after the coup!.

    just pathetic and the only idea that people might actually vote for him is very scary.

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  13. Jean

    These comments about Aristide just show the level of ignorance of the authors or the effectiveness of the propaganda campaign against him. It was never about Aristide but an ongoing political struggle between the movement of the majority of the poor and Haiti's wealthy elite backed by Washington and the so-called "international community." When lacking in facts they usually drag out the same old tired labels such as "gangs" and "rat pa kaka" intended to demonize the poor while exposing their own self-hatred as Haitians. They would rather be called blan than poor and betray the children of Dessaline for the sake of a golden calf named Wyclef Jean.

    Kay koule twompe soley soley men li pa twompe lapil!!

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  14. A Concerned Haitian

    Wyclef is not qualified to be President, he has not studied politics, law or economics. He should put his celebrity and resources behind a young Haitian person who is skilled and understand how the world works and how to address Haiti’s limitations and Haiti’s potential. I love Wyclef but he is not a leader. This should be your argument, not that he is anti Aristide. Aristide could not lead the nation, Preval cannot lead the nation either.

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    1. s-THA-GUEST

      But Wyclef has enough to get started and he's intelligent enough to learn more and get better as a leader. I hear you, but he's a person who has a heart for his country, why not let him get started, and allow him to master his position? Don't hate on him making a bold move to change his personna to better his nation! Who else gonna do a good job???? HUH????? I DON'T think I know anyone who can make things better with a genuine heart to help Haiti recover from years of STRIFE!!!

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  15. pierre

    What a bunch of crap you just wrote Mr. Charlie. It is typical of you haitians blank canvas. I would say this: I am not advocating for Wyclef, but you can sense the smearing camppaign that usually follow when an outsider tries to enter the political arena in Haiti. We were hit six months ago with the worst catastrophic disasrter ever in the history of humanity. Until now, nobody has come up with a development program that would have an impact on the entire country. Everything revolves around the small empty headed group of corrupt officials in Port-au-Prince. I have enough of these ignorants at the helm of our society since our independance.

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  16. Jean

    "Pure Crap." That's exactly the type of intelligent banter I expect from people who cling to self-deception and uncritical thinking. Blinded by self-hatred and loathing because they believe the propaganda that Haitians cannot run their own country. These are the kinds of people who are ashamed of their relatives who are the poor and the ti peyizan. They say, "Not me. If I think like the blan and repeat what they've told me then I must be better than where I came from." Self-hatred and self-loathing that blinds them to the truth.

    Se met ko kiveye ko!!

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    1. A Concerned Haitian

      I guess your posting has been directed at me but just to let you know, I spent 3 weeks volunteering in Haiti after the quake trying to help my country. This article is “pure crap” because Haiti does not need Aristide or Wyclef. There are so many intelligent people in the country with great ideas and great leadership potential and the charisma to lead the country. They are not given the resources nor are they given the opportunity. I am not going to insult you or point the finger at you but wanted to use this as a teaching moment. Hopefully you learned something.

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  17. yole98

    I went to Haiti for two weeks i never been so a shame of the haitian leaders. Talking about Wyclef Jean .He prouve that he loves haiti n will try to do the right thing.We need to stop our bab maners, learn how to be good to our country please we have to stop. If wyclif run for president he will win ,you know wy because he is doing more for haiti he is keeping us alive.Event i was a pig i will not whant to live in martisant my god. my god we are living a nigthmare i hope that we wake up.

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  18. pdaddy

    Charlie, Charlie, Charlie……Get a clue, do some research before you write this shit! Your agenda (what ever it is) clearly not for the people in Haiti. By the way, Wyclef grew up in the projects, his dad a preacher trying to make ends meet. Dumb Ass

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    1. assatamali

      not true.. he did not live in the projects. My aunt lived right across the street from them…. She hung out with his family. They were far from poor.. They all went to private schools and lived well.. You must not know what poor means

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      1. Malaika H Kambon

        Yo! Pdaddy! (aka dumb ass!)

        Yo dumber assed hero, Wyclef Jean now wants to add puppet to his not-so-impressive resume, so he can go shake hands with the equally dumbest assed GWB – someone who can't even stand to shake hands with a Black person without having someone's shirt to wipe them off on…

        Breakfast for Bonzo 2010…

        The true people of Haiti DEFINITELY do not need him – or his uncle in any kind of position of power.

        And since they're both got their lips surgically attached to the equally dumb asses of Euro-Amerikkkan and Canadian power – I'll bet they ALL know and some even instigated the kidnapping of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine.

        NONE of them – from Preval to Clinton to Obama to Uncle Ray – have lifted a finger to try to find him and return him to his people who love him.

        They are all blood clots on the face of the universe.

        But Karma is true…what goes around is definitely going to come back around and bite each and everyone of them on their dumb, dumber, and increasingly dumbest asses…

        Viv Titid! Viv FANMI LAVALAS! Viv Lovinsky Pierre Antoine!

        Forward,
        m

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  19. Jean

    They would rather be called blan than poor and betray the children of Dessaline for the sake of a golden calf named Wyclef Jean.

    Kay koule twompe soley soley men li pa twompe lapil!!

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  20. Jean

    Wyclef is a whack job!! He's a phoney BS artist that has scammed the Haitian people. After every brutal killing by the police and the UN he would come into places like Cite Soleil and Bel Air handing out sacks of rice to cover their crimes. Wyclef is a poser and fake!

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  21. James

    The man couldn't even keep a job at Burger King and now he want sot be president of Haiti…when pigs can fly….

    "Wyclef moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York, before moving again to northern New Jersey. He worked briefly as a Burger King crew employee as a teenager, before he was fired."

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  22. yole98

    Please stop fighting each other with words it's been like that for years n it doesn't work. Jesus is coming sun Haiti will transforme in paradise one day it doesn't matter if it's Wyclef or any other President I am sure of it.

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  23. Jistis

    As a constitutional matter, most of this debate is irrelevant. It is like asking whether Governor Schwarzenegger should run for President of the U.S. People can argue about whether he'd do a good job or a bad one, but the simple fact is that he cannot run because the U.S. Constitution does not allow people born outside the U.S. to be President.

    Article 135 of Haiti's Constitution says "Pour être élu Président de la République d'Haïti, il faut:
    …..e) résider dans le pays depuis cinq (5) années consécutives avant la date des élections;
    "to be elected President of the Republic, it is necessary to have resided in the country for the five consecutive years before the date of the elections;"

    Mr. Jean has not resided in Haiti for 30 years, he is a resident of New Jersey.

    Reasonable people can argue that the residency requirement (and the U.S. constitution's birth requirement) are undesirable, and needlessly reduce the pool of Presidential contenders. But that's an argument to change the law, not ignore it.

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    1. Kansonfe

      He is a Haitian by birth. His parents left the country for a better life while he and his younger brother stayed behind (Laserre Haiti). At the ages of 9 (W) and 8 (brother) (or around that time) his parents brought both brothers to NYC (BK PROJECTS) . He never became a US citizen (at this moment he is still a US resident). Thus, he voted for the 2006 presidential elections in Haiti. Although he spent a long time not coming to Haiti, he owns property there, has been coming to the country regularly since 2004 owns business and additional properties (in Haiti and other places in the world) and was named itinerary ambassador since 07. So I think the constitutional requirements are met. I like to do thorough research before I speak, and its all there on the net. Now the question is is he qualified or not. That is up for debate. The only thing I can say is that I absolutely am TIRED of all those corrupt, incompetent leaders and I am open to hearing his plan and to assess the team of people he has around him. At which point I will make an informed decisions based on facts, not on speculations, prejudice, or gossips.
      Proof of citizenship: http://blogs.reuters.com/global/files/2010/01/wyc
      Proof of Vote and property ownership: http://www.haitielection2005.com/messages.php/262

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      1. Malaika H Kambon

        Jean's citizenship – whatever it is – does not change the fact that the people of Haiti TWICE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED THE PERSON THEY WANTED FOR PRESIDENT and the U.S., France, and Canada disapproved so they TWICE rolled in and snatched him, tried to kill him, replaced him with two monsters, and are now trying to add a monster (uncle ray) and an idiot (Wyclef) to the roster of fools that they keep regime changing into Haiti until they find a set that they can both control and keep alive.

        Additionally, the citizenship argument doesn't change the fact that Jean HASN'T PHYSICALLY LIVED IN HAITI FOR THE LAST 30 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. You keep arguing about his citizenship. His citizenship could be that he's the right hand of God, but if he hasn't physically lived in Haiti for the last 5 consecutive years, then his citizenship doesn't matter.

        Wyclef Jean being puppet president of Haiti in tandem with his vicious uncle Ray is a MUCH bigger problem than the question of citizenship. As a Haitian born person WJ should have better sense than to want to entrench his country even more deeply into the grip of Euro-Amerikka and her Canadian ally.

        But he doesn't. He is dangerous, for he's actively trying to be Ronald Reagan in Black face…

        Wyclef Jean and Uncle Ray = Breakfast for Bonzo 2010, and = a disaster waiting to happen for Haiti.

        War Without Terms,
        m

        Forward,
        m

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    2. wyze

      it funny to see how we remember our constitution to make a point in our favor but ignore it long enough to make a good living..

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  24. VVNY

    Wyclef is a great musician and a great ambassador for Haiti but he is not qualified to be President. Your support for Aristide and the Lavalas party ignores the fact that during the Lavalas reign of power in Haiti there were no improvements made to the lives of the Haitian people. How many bridges were built during Aristide term as president? What did Aristide do to increase Haiti's GDP? How many schools were built during Aristide's term? The answer to all is 0. Arisitide. Make sure that you put that information in your article next time.

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    1. assatamali

      His innefficienty does not excuse his CIA backed removal. That is undemocratic.. Did anywone come and remove bush, nixon, etc… Lets wake up.. Its about self determination..true democracy..

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    2. Malaika H Kambon

      Wyclef Jean is a traitor to Haiti, he and his uncle ray both supported and helped to instigate coups d'etat against Haiti, and both hate President Aristide, and Fanmi Lavalas.

      He is a traitor. He is in violation of the Haitian Constitution. He is in violation of the Haitian people. He is in support of the kidnappers of Human Rights Hero Lovinsky Pierre Antoine.

      He cannot even run his company, Yele Haiti (See: August 18, 2010 – The Candidate and the Charity http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/opinion/19thu2….

      How the hell is he going to run the country – except into the ground – at the behest of his white masters, Billy & Hillary Clinton, and GWB…whom stupid Obama sent to Haiti to run the country, while preventing the true President from even leaving South Africa.

      Who in their right sane mind thinks that the Billy-Hillary-Georgie W Bush triad is going give up any power at all to the Wyclef Jean-Uncle Ray dynamic duo of stupidity???

      Remember Frederick Douglas? [Power concedes nothing without a struggle; It never has and never will...] This is still true.

      The people of Haiti will win their independence once again. The struggle continues. Liberty or Death.

      m

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  25. I said it 111

    Well, I think all of you are off base. Let's ask real questions.
    Is Wycleff Jean qualified to lead a country in such a terrible state of disarray?The man could not keep a group of three successfull singers together remember.Does the man have a HS diploma even? I know the president of the US has a JD from Harvard. Can Jean sit at the same table as the leaders of America, France, and Britain? Can he answer the same philosophical questions that these man have tackled in their lives? I am sure the answer is no.Until Duvalier(fils) all the leaders of Haiti were highly educated man. Unlike what they want you to beleive Haiti had presidents before. Does Jean know the Civic Laws of Haiti? Because if he did He would never run for president.The man does not speak the language of the land. . He cannot speak French at all. He can barely speak creole. He can barely speak english. Although I am sure his ebonics is superbe.There are many educated, well-read, well-bread Haitians that could lead Haiti besides Jean. Let them step up.Dr Aristide is well-educated but I am a firm beleiver in "Never Go Back:" If it did not work the first, and second time, it's not going to work now. Lets bring some new faces.

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    1. Sage

      why does he need to learn french, he's not french he's haitian the official language is creole, 95 percent of haitians do not speak french they speak creole. so i don't get your point in saying he needs to learn french.

      and the talk of sitting at a table with leaders and answering philosophical questions what's that go to do with running a country, you become president not to look smart and genius but to help the people of the country and to better their situation and help them improve. please people running a country is about being a public servant.

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  26. I said it 111

    Also Haitian we need to learn how to argue without assassinating each other's character. You won't have to if you are making a strong point
    2. We need to (Not forget but) let go of the past and concentrate on the future.
    3. Respect yourself and your kind

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  27. James

    "Reasonable people can argue that the residency requirement (and the U.S. constitution's birth requirement) are undesirable, and needlessly reduce the pool of Presidential contenders. But that's an argument to change the law, not ignore it."

    Since when has the international community respected the Haitian Constitution. Get real. Nothing since Aristide's ouster from the Group of Seven "Wise Men" to the appointment of Latortue has been in adherence with the Haitian Constitution. That is the point though, Haitians are not running Haiti and if they want Wyclef they'll get Wyclef whether it's constitutional or the man is qualified or not.

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  28. I said it 111

    Kansonfe! What Plan? You actually beleive that a man with no degree, who does not have mastery of the language of the land (of any language except may-be ebonics) can formulate a plan to save Haiti and its people. A self-admitted drug dealer from BK. A rapper. If he was a man with a plan, he would be a man with a PhD, a JD, or and MD. He has no plan. When you have a plan you don't become a rapper, slip and fall on money. That's Luck. He has luck no plan though. Luck is not as reliable as a plan. Haiti can't rely on luck now.

    BUT I would hear his plan, if he can explain it in proper-english, french, or creole.

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  29. I said it 111

    Remember a president is not going to change Haiti. A change of heart will. Education will. Educated and capable haitians (living in Haiti and abroad) working towards a good future for haiti will.

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  30. Pier Brun

    Let us be clear. Jean and his uncle, the Haitian ambassador to the U.S., are both cozy with the self-appointed czar of Haiti, Bill Clinton, whose plans for the Caribbean nation are to make it a neo-colony for a reconstructed tourist industry and a pool of cheap labor for U.S. factories.

    What's a shame to write something like this. You are a real wild pig! you suppose to get screwed in the same moral jail with your former idiot priest in south africa. Your stupid priest is being brought to be taught by the great moral teacher of the century Nelson Mandela his contemporary, the one that he supposed to follow his path but he did not. If Haiti become a neo-colony, it couldn't have been worse, it was under the French dominance, the pearl of the islands, remember. Stop groaning this loud, I can hear your groan no longer.

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    1. J.BIASSOU

      SO YOU'D RATHER LIVE IN IN SLAVERY AND DEPENDANCE AS LONG AS YOU COULD MAKE A FEW BUCKS? WHAT ARE YOU,HAITIAN OR WHAT?YOU THINK A RAPPER WOULD EVER HAVE A CHANCE OF BECOMING PRESIDENT HERE IN THE US?WHY HAITI.THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO OUR PRESTIGE AND HONNOUR.

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  31. Truthteller

    No need to repeat what others have said in terms of the author's lack of knowledge about the Haitian political landscape. However, there is an issue that is fundamental to the unqualified Haitian male psyche that I call "The Presidential Pathology of Power" whereby an individual has no qualification for the Job but is driven by super-ego to be seen as the "man". Given that power is centered around the executive and Haiti is absent of functioning institutions, all self-interested individuals flocked to the executive as their potential locus of power. Wyclef is far from being qualified to hold any position of power, he is a front for Wall Street and the Clinton Foundation. Furthermore the guy does not speak neither French nor Haitian, even English he can't speak well. Has no formal education and knows nothing about Haitian History beside the typical clichés. If Wyclef had or has any level of self-respect he would first come clean about the usages of Yele funds and he would also tell the Haitian people that the money spent is not his but that of contributors. But the guy is not honest. Sadly though, what remains, is that Haiti continues to be a cosmic joke. Political Haitians, for the most part, are too selfish to see the nation and from the Duvaliers, to Aristide, to Preval and I hope not, to Wyclef, it is the self, the immediately family they always concerned themselves with.
    Sure, Haiti will change. We cannot remain mired in excrement for so long, but Wyclef… He is yet another buffoon.

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  32. James

    Blinded by self-hatred and loathing because they believe the propaganda that Haitians cannot run their own country. These are the kinds of people who are ashamed of their relatives who are the poor and the ti peyizan. They say, "Not me. If I think like the blan and repeat what they've told me then I must be better than where I came from." Self-hatred and self-loathing that blinds them to the truth.

    Se met ko kiveye ko!!

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  33. John

    Aristide was the best president Haiti has ever had!! All the brainwashed makak might not think so but if you look at the record beyond the propaganda it is true.

    Viv Titid!! Viv Lavalas!!

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  34. stan

    There is a determing spirit to any goals. California Governor did it, and is well cheriched. So, i did not see anything wrong In Jean trying to fulfil his own goal. Determination is the key to every success. Not even your records, past events, or your personal profiles,but the written motives that goes always with you.

    If your not good, it means your'e not! And people doesn't supports someone they don't like.

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  35. J.BIASSOU

    THUMBS UP CHARLIE.THAT'S A DAMN F…NG GOOD ARTICLE.AND ONLY THE ENNEMIES OF HAITI,THOSE WHO HAVE A LOW SELF ESTEEM WOULD SUPPORT THAT IMPOSTER.THIS GUY HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF OUR HISTORY,MAYBE HE LEARNT SECOND HAND IN THE GHETTOS OR NY SLUMS BUT CAN HE ARTICULATE IN FRENCH AND CREOLE AS THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES.WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR PRESTIGE OUR NATIONAL PRIDE THAT MAKE US WHO WE ARE.ONE SHOULDN'T NEVER CONFUSED CELEBRITY WITH THE ABILITY TO GOVERN.YOU CANNOT CHANGE MORE THAN 200 YEARS OF HISTORY,OF TRADITION AND CULTURE HARD EARNED.WE ARE POOR BUT HONORABLE PEOPLE.BEHIND THE SCENES THE GUYS FINANCES ARE A TOTAL MESS.TRUST ME WE WILL BE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF EVERYONE.WE HAVE QUALIFIED PEOPLE WHO CAN DO A GOOD EVEN BETTER JOB THAN ANY PRESIDENT IN THE WORLD.I THINK WJ SHOULD STAY WITH HIS YELE WHATER THAN MEDDLING WITH HAITIAN POLITICS.

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    1. wyze

      all i know is 200 years of history and nothing to show for it.. education last, economic dead last, sel-reliable not even close.. maybe Clif is not the guy but somethings need to be done differently..

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    2. Malaika H Kambon

      Wyclef Jean and his uncle ray (what are they – a tag team or something?) are traitors to Haiti.

      Now they are trying hard to be puppets and traitors!

      Knowing their political background, I even object to Jean putting his music out there, with the ploy of trying to trick the young into supporting him, and thus supporting anything he does.

      Wyclef isn't TUPAC!

      TUPAC was raw and real!
      Wyclef is a fraud!

      Neither Wyclef or Uncle Ray should ever set foot in Haiti again in life…

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  36. Clarier

    Wow…judging from the comments of people on this board and the lack of any concrete work done by Wyclef it's now quite clear why Haiti is still a wreck of a nation. If Wyclef makes 18 million a year…he can help without being president. He doesn't need a press conference to help Haitians…he hold press conferences for himself.

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  37. s-THA-GUEST

    I THINK WYCLEF HAS THE KNOWLEDGE TO UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF HAITI, THEREFORE, HE CAN AND WILL MAKE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO HIS NATION, HAITIANS LOVE HIM! DIDN'T YOU SEE HOW THEY EMBRACED HIM?! THEY CARRIED HIM AND LOVED ON HIM AFTER HE FINISHED TURNING IN HIS CANDIDATE PAPERS!
    DON'T HATE ON POSITIVE CHANGE FOR A MAN WHO'S STEPPIN UP TO THE PLATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BY THE WAY, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR HAITI, BESIDES HATING ON WHO'S RUNNIN FOR PRESIDENT? WHAT! SOME MEASLEY MONEY? SO WHAT!
    DID YOU GO THERE AND HELP PHYSICALLY?!!!!????
    DID YOU HELP LOOK FOR BODIES AFTER THE QUAKE?
    DID YOU HELP DOCTORS CARE FOR THE INJURED??
    DID YOU HELP FEED THE NEEDY???
    DID YOU HELP PASS OUT WATER???
    IF YOU DIDN'T, THEN YOU NEED TO SHUT THE F*&%# UP!!!!

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    1. Malaika H Kambon

      Wyclef Jean is a classic manipulator – you think he can't alter a few photographs???

      And I'll bet money he won't go running his a** through Cite Soleil without an armed escort of blue helmets…

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  38. Pascale Jean

    Wycleff for pres of Haiti is a nothing more then a joke! Haiti deserves better ad just because Wyclef has name recognition doesn't make him qualified to run my country!

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  39. jean adolphe

    among all Haitians that really cares about Haiti,starting from polititian endind in big talker,How many of you have gone to ground zero,if not leaving there, to bring at least some fresh water?
    how much money have those who cares so much about the presidency of haiti given to the ones in need? when was the last time you thought about sparing some of the food that perhapps you are throughing away everyday?tell me, do u really see those in the street like humen? would u seat next to the men that do the dirty taskk in Haiti and eat on the same table with them?
    how do u see those called chanye,bouretier,bayacou,restaveg,machan dlo,bos mason etc…?are these humen to u? or u can only see them as too inferior to shake your hands? do not get me wrong,i come from a very modest family, but my poor mother machan amba lavil worked hard to get me to school.how many times have u deny your nationality as haitian which seems to be for most the bigest shame ever? howmany time have u defended the name of your country or your flag? I can see a man doing this for so long not a man with personal interest,but love for his root and holding in high the name of his country that many are denying. would not taking this charge compromised the man career who has gone so far already? I better say,Wyclef will jeopardise his career that the whole world love by trying to take that country out of the mess in which so called very few intellects of midle and high class intend to maitain the statuquo but to get richer and with pleasir view the other as they have alwyas been viewed. Insignificant things. that is what a poor man is to those that want to keep the whole controle of the aid,since we no longer produce untill the end.

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