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Opinion: Moïse’s assassination is a tragic reminder of Haiti’s unraveling democracy

Opinion: Moïse's assassination is a tragic reminder of Haiti's unraveling democracy
A history of political upheaval, dictatorship and weak institutions, as well as endemic corruption have wracked Haiti for decades and stymied the consolidation of democratic rule and good governance. The country was already on edge following a protracted political crisis centered around the constitutionality of Moïse’s presidential term and a controversial proposal to overhaul the country’s constitution.
While Moïse won the first round of Haiti’s presidential election in November 2015, the runoff was postponed in the wake of fraud allegations. The country eventually scrapped the results and scheduled new elections for November 2016; Moise won outright with a clear majority of 56%.
Meanwhile, an interim president, Jocelerme Privert, served from February 2016 to February 2017.
In Haiti’s polarized political climate, the political opposition has claimed that Moïse’s presidential term started in February 2016, rather than February 2017 — when he actually took the oath of office following do-over elections — and that his five-year mandate thus ended in February of this year. The United States, the United Nations and the Organization of American States supported Moïse’s interpretation, but public anger and social unrest continued to destabilize the country. Moïse did not do much to appease the population, ruling by decree since January 2020 after the mandate of the old parliament expired without an election to replace its members.
Now, the dispute over the constitutionality of Moïse’s term has taken a criminal turn and the question of succession could engender another constitutional crisis. Prime Minister Claude Joseph is currently exercising executive power until new presidential elections can be organized. However, last week Moïse appointed a new prime minister, Ariel Henry, who has yet to be sworn in. Another potential contender for the job, according to the Haitian constitution, would be the head of the Supreme Court of Justice, but that person, René Sylvestre, died of Covid-19 last month and has yet to be replaced.
The lack of a functional parliament makes it unclear who has the authority to approve replacements and confirm officials in the line of succession. For now, the Haitian Armed Forces and National Police have deployed to the streets to maintain control after declaring a state of siege.
Meanwhile, grinding poverty characterizes quotidian life in Haiti. In essence, the country is still recovering from a spate of natural disasters, including the scars of a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010 estimated to have killed between 220,000-300,000 people. With more than 60% of the population living on less than $ 2 per day, Haiti often ranks as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. According to the World Health Organization, Haiti — which has experienced difficulties getting vaccine supplies — is one of a handful of nations that has not begun vaccination yet even as Covid-19 cases increase.
Recent years have also witnessed an epidemic of kidnappings and the explosion of gang violence, with many neighborhoods in the capital, Port-au-Prince, controlled by criminal organizations. Thousands of displaced people have sought refuge from the growing insecurity in a stadium on the southern edge of the capital.
The Haiti assassination is yet another incident in a series of political, social and economic crises that have festered throughout the Western Hemisphere. The situation is emblematic of a larger democratic regression afflicting many countries — including Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela — where, in lieu of negotiations and political compromise, taking political prisoners and even conducting political assassinations have become worryingly commonplace.
Haiti’s constitutional crisis has failed to register with many Washington policymakers as well as those in the international community for far too long — in part, thanks to the plethora of challenges already present in the Western Hemisphere. Notwithstanding the Biden administration’s claims to the contrary, the inattention of US policymakers in recent years has contributed to the country’s rapid unraveling.
While four people suspected of assassinating Moïse were shot dead by police and two others arrested Wednesday night, this may well be only the first phase in another one of Haiti’s seemingly interminable crises. The short-term emphasis for the US and the rest of the world should be on supporting Haiti’s political leadership, untangling the constitutional questions likely to arise and maintaining order while ensuring that the Haitian armed forces remain confined to their proper constitutional role.
The international community, and in particular the US, should push for an investigation into the assassination and make resources available for bringing the perpetrators to justice — lest they benefit from the impunity that is all too common in Haiti. In the long-term, the international community has a key role to play in encouraging political and institutional reforms that will advance a national dialogue, generate economic opportunities for all and bring greater stability to Haiti’s turbulent domestic politics.
Moïse’s assassination is a tragic reminder of the country’s unraveling democracy and the need to forge a solution to the escalating turmoil that puts Haiti’s constitutional order and the well-being of its people at its center.

Photos From the Scene of a Tragic Building Collapse in Florida

Photos From the Scene of a Tragic Building Collapse in Florida

A desperate search for survivors extended into the evening hours on Thursday after a condominium collapsed in Surfside, Fla., killing at least one person with more fatalities expected. Ninety-nine people were unaccounted for at the end of the day Thursday as family members awaited news at a reunification center nearby.

“This process is slow and methodical,” Ray Jadallah, assistant fire chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. “Anytime we started breaching parts of the structure, we get rubble falling on us.”

“Everything was just decimated,” said Barry Cohen, a building resident and a former vice mayor of Surfside. “It looked like it had been hit by a missile.”

Here is what photographers at the site of the collapse saw.

Viviana Pena held a photo of her missing aunt as she spoke with reporters outside the Surfside Community Center.

A dog working with rescue workers in the rubble.

Firefighters conducted search-and-rescue operations on Thursday.

A large section of the residential building collapsed.

Raied Jadallah, assistant fire chief of Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue, spoke at a news conference on Thursday.

People gathered at the Surfside Community Center, which served as a reunification center for victims and families on Thursday.

People entering the Surfside Community Center.

Bystanders watched the search-and-rescue efforts from the beach.

Author: The New York Times
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Friday Night Dinner cast now from It's A Sin to three tragic deaths

It has been a whole ten years since the beloved show Friday Night Dinner was first served up on our screens.

The Goodmans hilarious antics have left millions of us in stitches, involving us in the life of a Jewish family.

Each week they attempt to have a civilised meal, but dinner never goes to plan when quarrelling brothers Adam and Jonny head over to their mum Jackie and dad Martin’s house.

Anything and everything has gone wrong, from a piano trapping them upstairs, a dead fox in the freezer and of course unwanted neighbour Jim constantly popping in with his beloved dog Wilson.

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The cast of Friday Night Dinner
The cast of Friday Night Dinner

There have been 6 series and 37 episodes of the hit comedy, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special show, The Mirror reports.

Friday Night Dinner only has a small cast – with the main family occasionally joined by annoying Jim, their two very differing grandmas and the wild Auntie Val.

Pretty much all of the actors on the show were famous before they joined the Channel 4 comedy – with some appearing in Hollywood films and famous British soaps.

Sadly, three popular members of the cast have tragically passed away in just over a year, including Paul Ritter who sadly died last month at the age of 54.

Here is a look at what happened to the Friday Night Dinner cast once filming ended.

Simon Bird – Adam

The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird played Adam
The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird played Adam

Nerdy Adam, the youngest son in the Goodman family, is often on the receiving end of trouble.

The musician and advert jingle composer doesn’t have much luck with ‘females’ and the rare times he has brought a girlfriend round have ended in disaster.

The character isn’t too far off actor Simon Bird’s most famous creation, briefcase-carrying Will Mckenzie from The Inbetweeners.

He co-created and co-starred in Sky comedy Chickens in 2013 and took to the West End for The Philanthropist in 2017.

As well as hitting the big screen in The Inbetweeners movies, Simon has had roles in The Look of Love, The Harry Hill Movie and You, Me and Him.

His voice can also regularly be heard on Trainline adverts.

Despite all of his other roles, Simon has admitted that he still gets called a “bus w***er” on a daily basis. In 2012 he married Lisa Owens, who he met at Cambridge University, and they have two kids.

Shortly after Paul Ritter’s death, on-screen son Simon paid tribute to the late star.

“I think I’ll always aspire to be like Paul. I guess that’ll happen when someone pretends to be your Dad for 10 years,” Simon said in his tribute.

He added: “I feel unbelievably fortunate to have spent so much time in that green room and hope his real bambinos know how much his fake bambinos loved and looked up to him.”

Tom Rosenthal – Jonny

Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) and Adam (Simon Bird) in Friday Night Dinner
Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) and Adam (Simon Bird) in Friday Night Dinner

Eldest son Jonny is the joker of the family and constantly trying to play pranks on his brother – usually involving salt in his drinks.

The estate agent had a very strange love life, once getting into a relationship with his much older boss and getting married to an American girl he had only just met.

He also stunned mum Jackie by getting a tattoo and driving round in a car which looked like a house.

In real life, actor Tom Rosenthal has famous family connections.

His mum is former Newsnight producer Chrissy Smith and his dad is TV sports presenter Jim Rosenthal.

Aside from Friday Night Dinner, Tom has played Marcus in ITV2 comedy Plebs and Private Pike in Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes.

Tom Rosenthal is TV sports presenter Jim Rosenthal
Tom Rosenthal is TV sports presenter Jim Rosenthal

Tom paid tribute to his on-screen dad Paul after his tragic death last month, saying he was the “most devastatingly intelligent and conscientious person with an unmatched crossword acumen and an incredible memory”.

“If he met you once I swear he knew your name for life. Luckily for us he turned such a wonderful mind to bringing life to Martin Goodman for whom he would do whatever it took to make us laugh,” he wrote.

“Anyone who’s seen Friday Night Dinner knows the amount of s**t we put him through and I never once heard him complain.

“I’ll be forever thankful for working with someone who was so supportive and who taught me so much about professionalism and humility in acting.”

Tamsin Greig – Jackie

Tamsin Greig played Jackie on the show
Tamsin Greig played Jackie on the show

Jackie Goodman deserves a medal for keeping her dysfunctional family in check.

She’s had to fend off the advances of creepy neighbour Jim, who once tried to play the keyboard on her jumper, and make sure husband Martin keeps his shirt on.

Jackie is played by Tamsin Greig, who has a very different hairstyle to her character in real life.

The talented actress rose to fame in Channel Four comedies Black Books and Green Wing as Dr Caroline Todd.

Along with Green Wing co-star Simon Mangan she starred in BBC sitcom Episodes along with Friends actor Matt LeBlanc.

The three-time BAFTA-nominated actress can also do dramatic roles, appearing in Doctor Who, Jane Austen’s Emma, Belgravia and won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2007 for Much Ado About Nothing.

The cast of Friday Night Dinner
The cast of Friday Night Dinner

She is also a movie star, having been in Shaun of the Dead, Tamara Drewe and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

The actress is married to fellow actor Richard Leaf and they have three children together.

Tamsin was devastated when her on-screen husband Paul died last month, and said the cast were all missing their “dear and most cherished friend” terribly in a heartfelt statement at the start of the 10th anniversary special.

She had previously written: “I am eternally grateful that our paths crossed.

“His kindness, attention to detail and phenomenal memory, his passion for music and football, his devotion to his beautiful family, his complete inability to accept a compliment, and his quiet, loyal, compassionate friendship will stay with me for ever.

“The world is a less brilliant place without Paul in it. Go lightly, my friend. You are deeply beloved.”

Paul Ritter – Martin

Paul Ritter in Friday Night Dinner
Paul Ritter in Friday Night Dinner

Martin was always walking round with his top off, eating out of the bin and trying to ask his sons about “females”.

The popular actor had us all laughing with Martin’s classic catchphrases “s*** on it”, “bambinos” and “lovely bit of squirrel Jackie”.

Aside from his comedy work, Paul had been a staple on television since the nineties and has appeared in a host of shows including The Bill, Vera and Chernobyl.

The talented actor had also worked alongside Daniel Craig as the character Guy Haines in Quantum Of Solace and appeared in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

In real life, Paul, who played dad Martin in every episode of Friday Night Dinner, was also a doting dad to two boys, Frank and Noah, who he had with wife Polly.

Last month, it was announced that Paul Ritter had tragically died at the age of just 54 at home surrounded by loved ones after battling a brain tumour.

The actor’s agent said: “Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill. He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”

Paul sadly died in March surrounded by his family
Paul sadly died in March surrounded by his family

In a final poignant interview before his death last month, Paul told how the role in the Channel 4 comedy had been the highlight of his career.

Despite being very sick as he underwent treatment for a brain tumour, Ritter was determined to be part of tonight’s documentary which celebrates the hit show’s 10th anniversary.

“I’d be nothing without him,” he laughed, in reference to his character Martin Goodman.

“Seriously. I mean it was the great career gift. In terms of interesting parts, he’s been absolutely everything to me, and I have loved playing him. I’ve loved all the extraordinary scenes we do.”

On-screen wife Tamsin said that Paul had been so poorly at the time of making the film late last year that she had tried to talk him out of taking part – but the actor had other ideas.

“Sadly at the time of making the documentary, Paul was pretty unwell and to be honest – and don’t tell the producers this – but I did try and persuade him not to do the interview,” she explained.

Mark Heap – Jim

Jim (played by Mark Heap) in Friday Night Dinner
Jim (played by Mark Heap) in Friday Night Dinner

Jim is the Goodman’s strange neighbour who always turns up during their Friday Night Dinner.

Never alone, Jim rocked up with his faithful dog Wilson, who he was weirdly scared of and tragically died at the end of season 5.

Before he was shouting “bye all”, actor Mark Heap rose to fame as pompous Dr Alan Statham in Green Wing alongside Tamsin Greig.

A major TV star, Mark has starred in Skins, Lark Rise to Candleford, Upstart Crow and Benidorm

He has also had a successful film career, appearing as a torch juggler in James Bond flick Octopussy, a teacher in About A Boy and a Man with Dog in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Frances Cuka – Grandma Nelly

Frances Cuka played one of the grandmas on the show
Frances Cuka played one of the grandmas on the show

The much nicer of the two grandmas, Nelly Buller was the boys’ favourite but always clashed with Jackie.

She was shown to have a lot of energy and lust for life for someone her age and was brutally honest when criticising her daughter.

In some of her funniest scenes, Nelly faked a heart attack to get out of marrying the nasty Mr Morris.

Frances Cuka brought smiles to our faces as Jackie’s mum Nelly Buller for seven years, appearing in 12 episodes.

A massive star on the West End stage, Frances appeared in a number of films, including 1970’s Scrooge as Bob Cratchit’s wife, and in 1972’s Henry VIII in Catherine of Aragon.

The actress had a very successful career spanning 50 years, including recurring roles in soaps Coronation Street and Crossroads.

She has the recurring role of a troublesome tramp named Mrs Bassey in Casualty between 2006 and 2009.

Frances also came incredibly close to playing Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders when the iconic character was first introduced in 1991.

She filmed several scenes as Peggy but they were scrapped and Jo Warne was then cast in the role before being replaced by Dame Barbara Windsor.

Frances sadly passed away on February 16 last year at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke at her home in Hampstead, London.

Leading the tributes to Frances, Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper tweeted: “Terribly sad that our wonderful Friday Night Dinner Grandma, Frances Cuka, has passed away.”

At the end of the series 6 finale of Friday Night Dinner, a tribute was made to Frances with a closing title card.

Rosalind Knight – Horrible Grandma

Horrible Grandma in Friday Night Dinner
Horrible Grandma in Friday Night Dinner

Cynthia Goodman was better known as Horrible Grandma.

Martin’s mum, who appeared in four series, was hated by the boys because of her rude personality.

Horrible Grandma made her final appearance in series 6 when she came to wish her son a happy birthday then died of a heart attack in the house.

Rosalind Knight, who played Martin’s stern mother, had already had an incredible career before turning up on Friday Night Dinner.

The TV, film and theatre actress became famous for starring in two early Carry On films in the 50s – Carry On Teacher and Carry On Nurse.

Other screen classics include Blue Murder At St Trinian’s where she played a schoolgirl in 1957, and decades later she was a teacher in The Wildcats Of St Trinian’s in 1980.

She also appeared in Coronation Street, Only Fools and Horses, Heartbeat, Casualty, Doctors and Holby City.

Tragically, Rosalind died in December last year at the age of 87, with her family releasing a heartfelt statement.

“It is with huge sadness that the family of Rosalind Knight announce her death following a glorious career as a well-loved actress in theatre, TV and film,” they said.

“She was known to so many generations, for so many different roles, and will be missed as much by the kids today who howl at Horrible Grandma in Friday Night Dinner as by those of us who are old enough to remember her in the very first Carry On films.”

Her daughters, theatre director Marianne Elliott and actress Susannah Elliott, said she would be remembered for her “immense spirit and sense of fun, and her utter individuality”.

Tracy Ann Oberman – Auntie Val

Auntie Val in Friday Night Dinner
Auntie Val in Friday Night Dinner

Auntie Val looks so much like Jackie they could be sisters but they are actually best friends.

Val was constantly coming over in the middle of dinner – usually because of relationship issues with her husband Larry.

In one episode she got stuck in a cage in the living room ahead of her date with a ‘sex robot’.

Actress Tracy Ann Oberman is probably best known for playing Chrissie Watts in EastEnders, who was responsible for actually killing her husband Dirty Den.

The popular TV star has also appeared in Doctor Who, Doctors, Toast of London and The Bill.

Most recently, Tracy teamed up with Tom Rosenthal again in Plebs and played Carol in It’s A Sin.

Author: [email protected] (Kyle O’Sullivan, Lucy Marshall)
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Maureen Lipman back on the cobbles after partner's tragic death

Maureen Lipman back on the cobbles after partner's tragic death

Street’s Maureen Lipman has been pictured upcoming scenes for her comeback to the ITV soap.

She will be returning as Evelyn Plummer in the coming weeks following the death of her partner Guido Castro.

At the beginning of the year, actress Maureen confirmed the sad news.

The Corrie star confirmed Castro tested positive for coronavirus days after getting the vaccine.

Although he did not die of Covid, he was weakened from it, she told the Daily Mail.

Maureen said: “I said to Guido, ‘it’s time to go. You’ve got to let go’, and I think for once in his life he actually did what I told him.

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The actress who plays Tyrone’s grandma, took time away from the soap to wait for her vaccine.

She spoke on the Outspoken Beauty podcast and said: “I continued in Coronation Street after the first initial lockdown.

“I went back and I am still officially working on it except that I am taking a bit of a sabbatical until I get my vaccination at the moment.”

Evelyn Plummer has been on a scenic railway journey with her friend in the soap and will return in the coming episodes.

However, with Roy (David Neilson) in the middle of the aftermath of Nina (Mollie Gallagher) and Seb’s (Harry Visinoni) attack, a sarcastic remark made by Evelyn about Kirk’s (Andrew Whyment) IQ leaves Roy devastated and throws her out of the café.

Will Evelyn’s return make her realise her mistake and support Roy through the aftermath of this horrific attack?

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‘A very tragic set of circumstances’: Targa Tasmania car race marred by three ‘devastating’ rally driver deaths in two days

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‘A very tragic set of circumstances’: Targa Tasmania car race marred by three ‘devastating’ rally driver deaths in two days

An investigation has been launched after the Targa Tasmania car rally race was hit by two tragedies in as many days around the circuit, killing three participants after horrific crashes at the annual event around public roadways.

Driver Leigh Mundy, 68, and his co-driver Dennis Neagle, 59, died when their Porsche crashed on the final day of the event, raising the death toll to three after 68-year-old Shane Navin lost his life a day earlier.

Navin’s 1979 Mazda RX-7 had rolled 40 yards on the morning of the penultimate stage of the rally.

“He got airborne here and then I heard him land, and when he landed, he bellied out and just lost control,” an eyewitness told The Mercury about Mundy and Neagle’s chilling crash. “The next minute it was like an explosion, and it echoed everywhere.”

Tasmania Police acting Inspector Sally Cottrell said the cause of the crash remains unknown, stressing that the road was dry.

A Porsche was taking part in the Cygnet stage of the Targa road race,” Cottrell told news.com.

“It’s come over the crest of the hill on Wattle Grove Road. The vehicle has lost control on the gravel and then the passenger’s side of the vehicle has collided into a tree.

“It’s a normal stretch of road, it’s a straight stretch of road and in good condition. It’s a very tragic set of circumstances that has occurred and our thoughts go out to the relatives of the deceased.”

Targa Australia chief executive Mark Perry told ABC it had been “a devastating few days for the Targa family.

Today our thoughts and deepest condolences go to Leigh and Dennis’ family and friends. Both loved Targa and we knew them so well, which makes their passing so difficult for everyone in our community.”

Local bed and breakfast owner Cindy Beard, who witnessed the second fatal collision, said that the men’s car was going at a high speed before wedging in between two gum trees.

It was a very hard hit,” she recalled. “Straight away I thought there was something seriously wrong.”

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Bear Grylls left heartbroken as crew member Joshua Valentine, 37, dies in tragic accident

Bear Grylls left heartbroken as crew member Joshua Valentine, 37, dies in tragic accident

Bear added he was “strong as a lion, dependable, kind to everyone, humble, super skilled, and loyal to the end”.

“A true friend to many,” the adventurer added. “He will never be forgotten.

“And his example of how to live, will be with us forever.

“We are all heartbroken. #RIP my friend – forever in our hearts. @ross_bowyer @stani_greenway @megan_hine @yomp.”

‘RHOC’s Jeana Keough’s Daughter Kara Bosworth Pregnant 1 Year After Tragic Death Of Newborn Son

‘RHOC’s Jeana Keough’s Daughter Kara Bosworth Pregnant 1 Year After Tragic Death Of Newborn Son

Kara Keough Bosworth shared her happy news on Instagram along with Easter-themed photos and a lengthy touching caption.

Kara Keough Bosworth, 32, is expecting her third child with husband Kyle Bosworth, 34, and she shared the wonderful news in a sweet Instagram post on Apr. 4, Easter Sunday. The Real Housewives of Orange County[1] star, who tragically lost her newborn son[2] McCoy Casey last year, posted a series of Instagram pics that showed off items related to the holiday like two baskets with colored eggs and her children’s names on them as well a little onesie in a third basket. Her adorable daughter Decker, 5, also appeared in one of the pics as she happily posed near the baskets.

“For Christians, for Jews, and for me, this time is a reminder of the death of firstborn sons[3]. Sacrifice. Suffering. Mourning. Grief,” Kara wrote in the caption. “Why is this night different than other nights? Last Easter was the worst night of my life. We held our firstborn son in our arms as he took his final breaths. We spent time in the hell that is watching your child die.”

“This Easter is decidedly better,” she continued. “Despite that wretched Easter night, I can’t ignore that this day also represents rebirth. Renewed hope. It is said that the word ‘Easter’ is derived from the goddess Eostre. Eostre, the goddess of fertility, symbolizes the birth of new life and the dawn of spring.”

Jeana Keough
Jeana Keough, Kara Keough’s mom, is going to be a grandmother once again since Kara is expecting her third child. (Shutterstock)

“And so it is for us,” she went on. “New life, the dawn of something beautiful and restorative. Quite literally rising from the ground. We miss you, Mack-a-doodle. Thank you for sending us this sacred gift. You’re a big brother! Tell Grandpa that I said he was right. He’ll know what I mean.”

Kara’s exciting news comes after she made headlines for the loss of McCoy. She’s been sharing various posts about the hard time she’s been having since it all happened, like a touching post[4] marking the 11-month anniversary, so her recent news is truly joyful.

Kara is the daughter of model and actress Jeana Keough, 65, who has also appeared on The Real Housewives of Orange County. This will be her third grandchild.


  1. ^ Real Housewives of Orange County (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ newborn son (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ of firstborn sons (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ a touching post (www.instagram.com)

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