Africa Now November 30, 2016
Topics: The Legacy of Fidel Castro in the African World; and Haiti Votes
Topics and Guests: On November 20 Haitians went to the polls; this was the re-run of the much-delayed presidential and legislative elections. Observers have noted that election-day process was smoother than in August 2015 legislative elections; and the October 2015 legislative and presidential elections which were annulled. The elections were scheduled to take place in October but were postponed due to Hurricane Matthew’s devastation on the island early that month. There were 27 presidential candidates. Provisional Electoral Council’s preliminary results are: Moise Jovenel of Tet Kale received 55.67% of the vote; Jude Celestin of Alternative League for Progress and Haitian Emancipation (LAPEH) 19.52%; Jean-Charles Moise of Pitit Desalin secured 11.04%; and Maryse Narcisse of Fanmi Lavalas 8.99%. Today Africa Now! is joined by human rights lawyer Ms. Nicole Phillips who observed the November 20 elections in Haiti. Ms. Nicole Phillips, Esq. is Staff Attorney, at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). Ms. Phillips is Assistant Director of Haiti programs and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, as well as a law professor at the Université de la Foundation Dr. Aristide (UNIFA) in Port-au-Prince.
Africa Now! focuses on the legacy of Fidel Castro in the African World. As you are aware Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro joined the ancestors on November 25. Yesterday November 29 at the massive memorial service for Fidel Castro in Havana’s Revolutionary Square, the presence of leaders and dignitaries from around the world was a testament to the effect he had globally. Within the crowd of tens of thousands of Cubans paying their respects included high-level delegations and leaders from countries such as China, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe and other countries. Joining Africa Now! to discuss Fidel Castro’s legacy in the African World is Mr. Bill Fletcher, Jr. Mr. Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Writer/Activist, former President of TransAfrica Forum. Mr. Fletcher is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com; and in the leadership of several other projects. Fletcher is the co-author (with Peter Agard) of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941; the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path Toward Social Justice; and the author of ‘They’re Bankrupting Us’ – And Twenty Other Myths About Unions. Previously Bill Fletcher worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staff person in the national AFL-CIO. Mr. Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the Web. He is the Host of Arise! on WPFW every Friday at 9:00AM.
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