Saturday, August 07, 2010

Wyclef Jean for President of Haiti + What U Need to Know

This week, Wyclef Jean announced his plans to run for President of Haiti in the forthcoming election.

He has outlined his plans to support farming in the impoverished nation which was hit by a devastating earthquake early this year.

He plans to encourage people to move out of the capital of Port au Prince and take up farming. Click here to read more.

We will be discussing African Remembrance Day, which celebrates the Haitian Revolution, on the What U Need to Know radio show tonight.

This is the third show in our series on Freedom, Independence and Liberation.

Haiti's problems date back to the time of the revolution, which was seen as a major threat to slavery by the European powers including Britain, Spain and France. Toussaint L'Ouverture's government signed a treaty agreeing to pay reparations to Napoleon for freeing themselves from slavery. These reparations crippled the country economically for the next 200 years. For more information, see Two Films about Haiti.

Click here to join us for What U Need to Know. If you miss the live broadcast, you can still listen to the recording here.

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