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EDITORIAL_00Notre autorité parentale déclinera toujours quand on insiste à se mettre au diapason (qui souvent frise la compétition) avec nos enfants. Certains diront que cela ne concerne que la famille en question jusqu’au moment la délinquance de leurs enfants devient un carcan pour notre paix d’esprit et voire même notre sécurité physique.

If you are confused about which side to be, read the following article and suggested reading to hopefully formulate your own opinion. Bonne lecture!

The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up

If anyone can be called the boss in modern, anti-hierarchical parenthood, it’s the children

Cathy Gulli | January 7, 2016

Young girl shouting to camera. (Stuart McClymont/Getty Images)

Young girl shouting to camera. (Stuart McClymont/Getty Images)

For modern families, the adage “food is love” might well be more true put another way: food is power. Not long ago, Dr. Leonard Sax was at a restaurant and overheard a father say to his daughter, “Honey, could you please do me a favour? Could you please just try one bite of your green peas?” To many people, this would have sounded like decent or maybe even sophisticated parenting—gentle coaxing formed as a question to get the child to co-operate without threatening her autonomy or creating a scene.

To Sax, a Pennsylvania family physician and psychologist famous for writing about children’s development, the situation epitomized something much worse: the recent collapse of parenting, which he says is at least partly to blame for kids becoming overweight, overmedicated, anxious and disrespectful of themselves and those around them.

FOR THE RECORD: Dr. Leonard Sax on the collapse of parenting.
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The restaurant scene is a prime example of how all too often adults defer to kids because they have relinquished parental authority and lost confidence in themselves. They’re motivated by a desire to raise their children thoughtfully and respectfully. In theory, their intentions are good and their efforts impressive—moms and dads today are trying to build up their kids by giving them influence; they also want to please them and avoid conflict. In reality, parents are at risk of losing primacy over their children.

The dinner table is ground zero. “When parents begin to cede control to their kids, food choices are often the first thing to slide,” Sax writes in his new book, The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. A rule such as “No dessert until you eat your broccoli” has recently morphed into “How about three bites of broccoli, and then you can have dessert?” The command has become a question capped with a bribe, as Sax puts it. Dinner at home requires polling kids on what they’re willing to eat; the options might include roast chicken and potatoes or chicken fingers and fries. You can bet which they choose. So parents renegotiate: How about sweet potato fries?

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EDITORIAL_02Parents in North America have become prone to asking their children rather than telling them. “It’s natural,” says Gordon Neufeld, a prominent Vancouver psychologist cited in Sax’s book. “Intuitively, we know that if we’re coercive, we’re going to get resistance.” For trivial choices such as which colour of pants to wear, this approach is fine, he says. But “when we consult our children about issues that symbolize nurturance like food, we put them in the lead.” That triggers an innate psychological response, and their survival instincts activate: “They don’t feel taken care of and they start taking the alpha role.”

So if the girl served green peas does eat one bite as her dad asked, Sax says, “she is likely to believe that she has done her father a favour and that now he owes her a favour in return.” Food may be the first manifestation of the collapse of parenting, but many of the problems within families are a result of this type of role confusion. In this way, what happens over a meal is a metaphor for how uncomfortable parents have become in their position as the “alpha” or “pack leader” or “decider” of the family—the boss, the person in charge. The grown-up.

That discomfort comes from a loving place, of course. Many parents strive to raise their kids differently from how they grew up. They say, “I can’t do the stuff I was raised with, it doesn’t feel right. I don’t want to yell, I don’t want to spank,” says Andrea Nair, a psychotherapist and parenting educator in London, Ont. “There’s a massive parenting shift between our generation and the one before. We’ve come a long way from when you called your dad ‘sir’ and when he walked in the house you would jump out of ‘his’ chair.”

The evolution hasn’t been easy, though. “We’re trying to pull off the emotion coaching but we haven’t received the training,” says Nair. “It’s like teaching your kids to speak French while you’re learning it in the textbook.” Parents have made it a top priority that their kids feel heard and respected from a young age. They want to be emotionally available to them, and for their children to be able to express their own emotions. “Kids have permission to have tantrums now because [they’re] learning how to manage feelings,” says Nair. “Someone said to me, ‘Are we seeing more tantrums now than we used to?’ And I wonder.”

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Parents also want a democratic household where each family member has a say about what happens—Should we go outside now? Are we ready to have a bath? Would you like to have the party here?—and they cultivate independence and freedom of thought in their children. Strict obedience used to be praised; now it is seen as outdated and potentially dangerous. Compliance might mean your kid is a pushover, which no parent wants, especially as bullying has spread from the schoolyard to cyberspace.

There are broader influences shifting the parent-child dynamic as well. Over the past half-century or more, the public has come to scorn power imbalances based on gender, race, religion and sexual orientation, and historic gains have been achieved in the pursuit of equality. Even corporations are now replacing pyramidal management with “flat organization.” In Western society, where equality for everyone has become a cultural objective and a constitutional right, children are treated like they are one more minority group to honour and empower. “Empower has come to seem virtuous,” Sax says. “Empower everyone, why not?”

But many kids are actually overpowering their parents. That’s the problem, say those working in child development. A functional family unit hinges on the one social construct that contemporary society has been working hard to dismantle: hierarchy. “You need a strong alpha presentation to inspire a child to trust you and depend upon you,” says Neufeld of parents. “If we don’t have enough natural power then we’re hard-pressed to [make] the demand or [set] the limit” for children. “The parent always has to be honoured as the ultimate person,” he continues. “We need to put parents back in the driver’s seat.”

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If not, the consequences can be far-reaching, starting with children’s eating habits, which might contribute to them becoming overweight and obese. Like the father in the restaurant, many parents can’t convince their kids to eat well. It doesn’t help that junk food is sometimes a reward for acing a test or scoring a goal. The message: healthy food is for losers. On-demand snacking—in the car, at the mall, while out for a walk—appears to disrupt metabolism and circadian rhythms, as well as hormonal balance. That many parents carry with them a canteen of water and a stash of goodies wherever their kids go is further proof of how much they want to satisfy their children, literally and figuratively. “I don’t want them to get hypoglycemic,” one mom told Sax while lugging a cooler of snacks to her car for a 30-minute drive.

Contributing to the extraordinary weight gain among North American children in recent years is a dramatic decline in fitness. There is even a medical term for it, “deconditioning,” which is described in the Collapse of Parenting as a euphemism for “out of shape.” It has landed kids as young as 11 and 12 in the cardiologist’s office complaining of heart-disease symptoms including chest tightness and shortness of breath. In fact, some hospitals in the U.S. have even opened pediatric preventive cardiology clinics.

While children are less active than ever, they do not, ironically, get enough rest. A common question Sax asks students is, “What’s your favourite thing to do in your spare time, when you are by yourself with no one watching?” The most common answer in recent years: sleep. That’s because children are too busy with school assignments and extracurricular activities to go to bed at a good hour, or because when they get to bed, they are on their cellphone or computer, or playing video games.

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This chronic fatigue may be associated with the rise of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and prescription drug use among children. “Sleep deprivation mimics ADHD almost perfectly,” writes Sax. In his experience as a doctor, insufficient sleep is one reason why kids are more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder. In general, “It is now easier to administer a pill prescribed by a board-certified physician, than to firmly instruct a child and impose consequences for bad behaviour.” Stephen Camarata, a professor of hearing and speech sciences and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville echoes that point: “Parents say, ‘My child can’t do this particular exercise, they’re not paying attention,’ therefore I have to identify them as having a clinical condition.” A medical diagnosis might negate parental shortcomings or a child’s misbehaviour. “It displaces that failure,” he says.

Camarata worries that parents are asking too much of kids too soon, as he outlines in his latest book, The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing For Your Child Is You. He points to the surge of books, toys and software marketed to parents of young children promising to accelerate learning. The ubiquitous metaphor that kids are information sponges has parents saturating them with educational exercises. “We’re treating them like little hard drives,” says Camarata, but “this idea of pushing children to the absolute max of their developmental norm doesn’t give them time to reason and problem-solve. It actually undermines both self-confidence and fluid reasoning, or the ability to think.”

Schools, too, have been focusing more on academic achievement than socialization. Sax documents how, 30 years ago, American students in kindergarten and Grade 1 learned “Fulghum’s rules,” which include tenets such as “Don’t take things that aren’t yours” and “Clean up your own mess” as well as “Share everything” and “Don’t hit people.” But since the 1980s, as other nations pulled ahead of the U.S. in scholastic performance, the primary objective of educators has become literacy and numeracy. In Canada too, says Neufeld, “we have lost our culture. Our society is far more concerned that you perform. Schools will always drift to outcome-based things.”

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That’s partly why a “culture of disrespect” has sprouted in North America. As kids have become less attached to and influenced by the adults in their lives, same-age peers have come to matter more to them. It’s a theme in Neufeld’s book, Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers, co-authored by Dr. Gabor Maté. Young children “are not rational beings,” says Neufeld. Part of growing up is testing boundaries; little ones, by their very nature, can’t be relied on to hold each other accountable—nor should they.

“Kids are not born knowing right from wrong,” says Sax, pointing to longitudinal studies showing that children who are left to discover right from wrong on their own are more likely to have negative outcomes in the future: “That child in their late 20s is much more likely to be anxious, depressed, less likely to be gainfully employed, less likely to be healthy, more likely to be addicted to drugs or alcohol. We now know this,” he says. “Parents who are authoritative have better outcomes, and it’s a larger effect than the effect of race, ethnicity, household income or IQ.”


With stakes so high, authoritative parenting would seem imperative. But there is a psychological hurdle that people will have to overcome first, says Nair: “How to respect their child but also be the decider” of the family. Part of the challenge lies in the fact that parents don’t want to fail—at nurturing and governing simultaneously—and they certainly don’t want their children to fail in their personal development, in school and at social networking. These worries feed off each other in the minds of parents; that’s why parents second-guess the way they speak to their kids, what they feed them, how they discipline them and what activities they permit.

This is all the more true for the growing number of parents who delayed having children until they were “ready” with a secure job, a good home and a dependable partner. “People purposely wait so they can nail it,” says Bria Shantz, a 35-year-old mother of two in Vancouver. “That creates even more pressure. They want to get this perfect.” Shantz is, in fact, the daughter of Neufeld, and she has called upon him for advice or reassurance. That Shantz, who has a leading child psychologist in her family, one who helped raise her, can still occasionally succumb to parental insecurity, says everything about its potency: “There’s this slight panic. You want to do everything right,” she says. “Nothing prepares you for how much you want it to go well.”

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So as soon as parents conceive, they begin amassing a library of books on how to deal with the fantastic chaos about to enter their lives in the form of a baby; the collection grows with each developmental stage. They subscribe to online newsletters and smartphone apps that alert them on milestones their children should reach by a certain age. From the outset, parents are tracking how quickly their child is growing, how much they are achieving. For every expert a parent consults by phone or in person, they’re also checking in with the virtual wise man, Google. That almost never helps.

There is no parental concern too obscure not to have an online group devoted to it. Shantz is part of one focused on “baby-wearing” because she’s trying to decide whether a “wrap” or a “ring sling” would be better for her nine-month-old. “It’s the weirdest site to be on. You see posts and you feel guilty because [parents] are carrying their babies everywhere, doing all these things, having this connection.” And yet Shantz hasn’t been able to delete herself from the group, even though she keeps meaning to; nor has she been able to pick between a wrap or sling.

That pull and push moms and dads feel­—between caring about how other parents are raising their kids while rejecting the constant comparisons—defines this generation of parents for better and worse. Katie Hurley, a psychotherapist in Los Angeles and author of The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World, says, “We’ve been conditioned to question ourselves—to constantly look for information to make sure we’re doing it right. Because of that, parents are in a state of learned helplessness.”

So what are people supposed to do? The answer is so basic that at first it might seem unsatisfying: For starters, says Hurley, realize that “nobody knows what they’re doing when they leave the hospital with an infant. Every parent learns by trial and error”—every year of their child’s life, and with every child they raise. That’s as true today as it ever was, and parents who recognize this will shed some guilt and anxiety. Building on this idea, Nair says that parents must “have a higher tolerance for things not going well.” How they recover from their own occasional mistake, outburst, loss of patience or bad call may say more to a child than how they are in happy times. “We’re missing that opportunity, which is how learning works,” she says. “That’s how we become more confident.”

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A significant portion of Sax’s book is devoted to the importance of parents modelling traits they want to encourage in their children. Chief among them, he says, should be humility and conscientiousness—which run counter to inflating a child’s self-esteem and sense of entitlement. To that end, he encourages parents to fortify their adult relationships so they are not overly concerned with pleasing their kids as a way of satisfying their own need for affection. Neufeld also urges parents, including his own adult children, to establish a network of surrogate caregivers—relatives, neighbours, daycare workers—who will not undermine their authority but back them up when they need help.

And invariably, they will. “Parenting is awfully frustrating and often a lonely place,” says Neufeld, especially when a child misbehaves. In those moments, he recommends parents reassure kids that their relationship isn’t broken. “When parents realize that they are their children’s best bet, it challenges them to their own maturity.” It gives them the confidence that they know what’s good for their kids, and that they should stand up to them—this is, in fact, an act of love required of parents. They become, in effect, the grown-ups their children need.


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As many in the USA seem to be developing an infatuation with the economic ‘know-how’ of European countries, I would like to submit to them this article I have read recently and which discusses the subject at hand. It always helps to put things into perspective especially before making decisions that involve a whole nation and its future. May the text enlighten you and ease your reflections on the matter.

The Poor in the US Are Richer than the Middle Class in Much of Europe

October 16, 2015
In this week’s debate, Bernie Sanders claimed that the United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty. CBS reports that Sanders said: “We should not be the country that has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country and more wealth and income inequality than any other country,”

As even CBS notes, according to UNICEF, which is probably the source of Sanders’s factoid, the US has lower childhood poverty rates than Greece, Spain, Mexico, Latvia, and Israel, all of which are OECD countries or regarded as peer countries. The US rate (32.2 percent) is also more or less equal to the rate in Turkey, Romania, Lithuania, and Iceland. See page 8 of this report.

So, while Sanders probably doesn’t even know what he means by “major country” it’s clear that the US is not an outlier among OECD-type countries, even by UNICEF’s own analysis.

We get much more insight, though, once we have a look at what UNICEF means by “poverty rate.” In this case, UNICEF (and many other organizations) measure the poverty rate as a percentage of the national median household income. UNICEF uses 60% of median as the cut off. So, if you’re in Portugal, and your household earns under 60% of the median income in Portugal, you are poor. If you are in the US and you earn under 60% of the US median income, then you are also poor.

The problem here, of course, is that median household incomes — and what they can buy — differs greatly between the US and Portugal. In relation to the cost of living, the median income in the US is much higher than the median income in much of Europe. So, even someone who earns under 60% of the median income in the US will, in many cases, have higher income than someone who earns the median income in, say, Portugal.

Here are all the median incomes (according to the OECD’s household income comparison statistic called “median disposable income.”) When adjusted for purchasing power parity, the statistic allows us to make incomes comparable across countries that use different currencies and have different costs of living. This takes into account taxes, and social benefits paid to households. So, let’s use it to compare (the Y axis is in “international dollars”):

We see immediately that income is higher for US households than most of the other countries. What about that high poverty rate, though? Well, we find that the poverty level in the US is still higher than numerous countries’ median income level:

The green bar is the US income at poverty levels. So, this tells us that a person at 60% of median  income in the US still has a larger income than the median household in Chile, Czech Rep., Greece, Hungary, Portugal, and several others. And the poverty income in the US is very close to matching the median income in Italy, Japan, Spain, and the UK.

Keep in mind that we’re using median income here, and not GDP per capita, which means this isn’t being skewed up by a small number of mega-wealthy households. So while the US may have a rather high poverty rate, we find that being poor in the US is similar to (at least in terms of income) being a median household in many other countries, including the UK and Japan.

So, yes, the US has a higher poverty rate than many other countries, but the standard of living available to a person at poverty levels in the US is higher than it is to a person at poverty levels in places like the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Japan, New Zealand, and others.  Here are all countries at the 60% of the national median:

The relationships between the countries are the same as in the first graph, but the income levels are all lower. But again, here we see that the median incomes for people at poverty levels are higher in the US than in other countries.

Thus, the fact that the US has higher poverty rates says very little about the actual living standards of the poor. The poor have higher incomes in the US in real terms in most cases. The countries that should really give us concern are the countries that have high levels of poverty and low median incomes. In this graph, we see childhood poverty levels (on y axis, according to the UNICEF report) compared with income levels for those below 60% of median (x axis, according to the OECD):

The countries in the top left side of graph — Greece, Mexico, Israel, Spain, Italy, Ireland, UK, and Portugal  — are the ones that have the least to offer the poor. These are countries with low median income and even lower incomes for the poor (of course). Those countries with high incomes — such as the US, Switzerland, Norway, and Australia — have much higher incomes. So while there are more poor in the US (relatively speaking) the incomes of those poor are much higher in the US, and even higher than the median income of other countries in many cases. In other words, even if the poverty rate in Greece were zero percent, all those non-poor median Greek households would be poorer than a US household at the poverty line.

Also, given that the OECD’s measure here attempts to take into account income from social benefits, we can’t just say “well, those European incomes may be lower, but they get more in social benefits.” That is not true for these numbers. Social benefits included, Americans have higher incomes at both the median level and at the poverty level, when compared to most other countries.

This further illustrates the problem with speaking about poverty in terms of percentages of the median or as a percentage of total wealth. These comparisons are used to highlight inequality, but the fact is that the US (which has more inequality) offers higher incomes for those at poverty level. Is it better to be equal in Portugal or unequal in the US? One can be “equal” in Portugal, but it will mean a standard of living well below that which can be attained in the US at poverty levels.

Note on the OECD numbers: the median disposable-income numbers are found here at the OECD stats web site.  They are then divided by the PPP conversion factor for private consumption found here. Wikipedia has also already done this calculation and listed the values here.

It’s difficult to find median income numbers that can be compared across different countries, but for a second source, we can consult the Gallup survey data. Gallup has compiled its own data on median incomes based on self-reported household income from all sources. So, theoretically, this would include social benefits payments as well. The numbers here are higher than the OECD numbers because they do not appear to take into account the impact of taxes. So, without taxes factored in, the high-tax Scandinavian countries, for example, look wealthier in this comparison than they do in the OECD comparison. Nevertheless, there are some similarities overall:

In this case, the US median income is still higher than most countries in the group, but while the US ranked 4th place in the OECD survey, it ranks 6th place here. (Switzerland, oddly, is not included in the Gallup survey.)

If we reduce the US to 60% of its median level, and leave the rest alone, we find that the US, at poverty level, still comes in above or roughly equal to 15 other countries in the group. So, by this measure too, the poverty level in the US beats the median level in numerous European countries.

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Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George (December 25, 1745 – June 10, 1799) also known as “Le Mozart Noir” or “the black Mozart” was the first black man to lead France’s most important orchestras. A composer, conductor and violin virtuoso, Chevalier de Saint-George was born to a Senegalese slave and a French colonialist in the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and moved to France at the age of 8. READ MORE by clicking on picture.




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Ce lundi 30 novembre 2015 est pluvieux sur une bonne partie d’Haïti. En plus de la pluie, certaines localités du pays auraient reçues de la grêle.

Ce lundi 30 novembre 2015 est pluvieux sur une bonne partie d’Haïti. En plus de la pluie, certaines localités du pays auraient reçues de la grêle.

Un décret. Une vertu. Celle de réactiver des dispositions constitutionnelles pour remobiliser les Forces armées d’Haïti. Pour rassurer, Lener Renaud, ministre de la Défense, soutient que les FAD’H nouvelle version embrasseront la modernité, tourneront le dos à la répression et se mettront, avec des jeunes, des universitaires, au service d’une Haïti qui a besoin d’assumer ses responsabilités, sans compter sur l’international.

Un décret. Une vertu. Celle de réactiver des dispositions constitutionnelles pour remobiliser les Forces armées d’Haïti. Pour rassurer, Lener Renaud, ministre de la Défense, soutient que les FAD’H nouvelle version embrasseront la modernité, tourneront le dos à la répression et se mettront, avec des jeunes, des universitaires, au service d’une Haïti qui a besoin d’assumer ses responsabilités, sans compter sur l’international.

Un informe del Observatorio Empresarial de la Universidad del Rosario revela que las economías de Colombia (2,8%), México (2,6%), Perú (2,6%), Chile (2,5%) y Uruguay (2,3%), tendrán un crecimiento intermedio en la región, superadas por Haití (3,2%), Paraguay (3,2%), Costa Rica (3,1%) y Honduras (2,9%), indica el informe Cierre de las Economías de América Latina y el Caribe para 2015. - Pour plus amples details, voir: http://www.elcolombiano.com/colombia-es-superada-en-su-economia-por-haiti-segun-universidad-del-rosario-JY3203830

Un informe del Observatorio Empresarial de la Universidad del Rosario revela que las economías de Colombia (2,8%), México (2,6%), Perú (2,6%), Chile (2,5%) y Uruguay (2,3%), tendrán un crecimiento intermedio en la región, superadas por Haití (3,2%), Paraguay (3,2%), Costa Rica (3,1%) y Honduras (2,9%), indica el informe Cierre de las Economías de América Latina y el Caribe para 2015. – Pour plus amples details, voir: http://www.elcolombiano.com/colombia-es-superada-en-su-economia-por-haiti-segun-universidad-del-rosario-JY3203830

Kosto Cadet used the engine of a 125cc motorcycle to power his car and put a full one year to finish building it because he did not have the means to acquire the material he needed to complete the endeavor. but he said he could make one in about two months if he had the means and the material.

Kosto Cadet used the engine of a 125cc motorcycle to power his car and put a full one year to finish building it because he did not have the means to acquire the material he needed to complete the endeavor. but he said he could make one in about two months if he had the means and the material.

Jovenel Moïse - Mwen vle vin prezidan'w paske mwen konn kouman pou'm mete tè a, solèy la, moun yo ak rivyè yo ansanm pou mwen fè'w jwenn yon lavi miyò.

Jovenel Moïse – Mwen vle vin prezidan’w paske mwen konn kouman pou’m mete tè a, solèy la, moun yo ak rivyè yo ansanm pou mwen fè’w jwenn yon lavi miyò.

Lancé en 1997 sous le président René Préval avant d’être finalement inauguré en 2003 sous Aristide, l’ONA-Ville (nom du projet de logements sociaux de l’ONA) a été jusque-là un fiasco. Un protocole d’entente a été signé entre l’Etat haïtien et l’ONA pour l’acquisition des 90 unités de logement qui ont été réhabilitées. Elles sont désormais destinées aux policiers.

Lancé en 1997 sous le président René Préval avant d’être finalement inauguré en 2003 sous Aristide, l’ONA-Ville (nom du projet de logements sociaux de l’ONA) a été jusque-là un fiasco. Un protocole d’entente a été signé entre l’Etat haïtien et l’ONA pour l’acquisition des 90 unités de logement qui ont été réhabilitées. Elles sont désormais destinées aux policiers.


• MAR 2015 – Lobenson Civilma


ATIS LAKAY 10Récemment, j’ai fait une fabuleuse découverte que je suis impatiente de soumettre à l’estimation du lectorat de Coucou Magazine. Je vous laisse donc le soin d’apprécier ce jeune sculpteur haïtien aux doigts magiques à travers quelques pièces de son œuvre.

LOBENSON CIVILMA se presente comme suit, d’apres une interview dont la suite peut se lire ICI.

Je suis né le 7 octobre 1982 à Port-au-Prince Haiti. Après des études classiques, j’ai étudié l’Art Plastique au Centre d’Art de Port-au-Prince puis l’Histoire de l’Art & Archéologie à l’Université d’État d’Haiti (IERAH/IRESS). J’ai aussi obtenu un diplôme de plasticien après 4 ans passé à l’ENARTS (École Nationale des Arts); durant cette période j’ai suivi pendant deux ans une formation diplômante de muséologie et conservation du patrimoine à l’Université de Quisqueya en collaboration avec le collège Montmorency du Québec.

J’ai commencé à sculpter en 2007, aujourd’hui cela fait parti de moi. J’éprouve un bien être quand je sculpte, c’est pour moi une véritable obsession!


Les créations de Lobenson Civilma

La Légende de Quisqueya I & II

de Margaret Papillon

La Légende de Quisqueya I Suite à un pari, quatre adolescents, Ralph, Christine, Ruddy et Leïla, se lancent à la conquête du pic Macaya, haut de 2400 mètres. En cours de route, ils rencontrent un vieux griot qui s’oppose à ce projet. Ce dernier leur parle de la mystérieuse disparition de tous ceux qui se sont entêtés à atteindre le sommet du pic. Pour prouver ses dires, il leur raconte une étrange légende vieille de cinq cents ans, La Légende de Quisqueya. Nos jeunes intrépides font fi de cette mise en garde. Malgré le froid et la fatigue, ils réussissent à atteindre le sommet du pic. Mais, soudain, au moment d’y planter le drapeau de la victoire, le sol se dérobe sous leurs pieds… Dans un hurlement de détresse, ils effectuent, à une vitesse vertigineuse, un extraordinaire voyage au centre de la Terre, puis se retrouvent dans un coin de paradis qui leur est totalement inconnu. Nos jeunes amis pourront-ils échapper à la terrible légende de Quisqueya ? Pourront-ils s’enfuir de l’île jumelle d’Haïti ? La Légende de Quisqueya II Quelques années après sa grande aventure dans le territoire sacré de Quisqueya, la bande des quatre décide de se rendre à nouveau dans l’île jumelle, car Ralph veut demander au grand cacique Bohéchio la main d’Anacaona la petite princesse de son cœur. Sa part d’île devenue paradisiaque, il a enfin le droit d’épouser celle qu’il aime depuis si longtemps. Nos jeunes aventuriers sont heureux d’entreprendre ce voyage. Mais, arrivés à destination, une surprise de taille les attend. La cité secrète est tout à fait déserte. Mais où se trouve donc la tribu arawak ? Quel drôle de mystère entoure cette soudaine disparition ? Partis à la recherche des Taïnos, nos amis tombent dans une embuscade et sont faits prisonniers en plein milieu de la forêt… Que va-t-il se passer ? Nos héros pourront-ils à nouveau se tirer de ce mauvais pas ? Ralph pourra-t-il épouser la princesse indienne ? Xaragua, la cité perdue, fait suite à la Légende de Quisqueya qui, par sa dimension humaniste, est incontestablement un des livres-clefs de la littérature jeunesse en Haïti et jouit depuis sa parution d’un phénoménal succès de librairie. « Votre imagination est une grâce du ciel et je vous l’envie ! » Jean Fouchard (correspondance avril 1988)




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February 22, 2015

Chers compatriotes, je comprends votre colère, votre indignation et votre patriotisme. C’est une chose que de brûler le drapeau dominicain; c’en est une autre d’escalader les murs et le toit du consulat dominicain ou de n’importe quel autre État pour en descendre le drapeau et hisser à sa place le drapeau national.

Sachez qu’Il est des règles et des conventions auxquelles les nations ont souscrit et quelles se doivent de respecter ou risquer les condamnations de la Communauté internationale.

Faites-vous confectionner des drapeaux dominicains, achetez vous-en mais de grâce ne violez pas l’enceinte d’une mission diplomatique parce que vous êtes en colère (si sainte que soit votre colère) pour y remplacer son emblême. C’est un incident diplomatique grave et qui n’est pas sans conséquences.

Imaginez un moment que les militaires dominicains qui assuraient la protection de la mission avaient décider d’empêcher cet homme de commettre cet acte et lui avait tiré dessus et tué. Certes la foule, plus nombreuse, certainement serait venue à bout de ces trois ou quatres agents de sécurité en les lynchant pour venger Jean Claude Harry, l’Haïtien lâchement pendu sur une place de Santiago, RD. Eh bien, ce soir nous aurions sur les bras un grave incident diplomatique aux proportions et conséquences incalculables, inimaginables…

En cette année 2015, il est regrettable de constater (cent ans après l’entrée d’une foule en colère à la Légation de France au Champ de Mars, à Port-au-Prince, pour en extraire le président Vilbrun Guillaume Sam qui y avait pris refuge–M. Sam fut livré en ce jour fatidique à la populace pour être lynché) que des Haïtiens soient en train de répéter, à un siècle d’intervalle, les mêmes erreurs qui avaient débouché à l’invasion et l’occupation d’Haïti par les marines Des Etats-Unis–occupation humiliante comme toute occupation d’aillleurs–et qui avait duré 19 longues années. Ce vendredi 27 février, la RD célèbre le 167e anniversaire de son indépendance vis-à-vis d’Haïti, de grâce, n’offrez aux Dominicains aucune occasion de prendre la revanche dont nombre de secteurs ultranationalistes de l’autre côté de la frontière rêvent depuis la chute du président Jean-Pierre Boyer, le seul chef d’État haïtien à voir dirigé l’île entière depuis Toussaint Louverture. Protestez, brûlez des drapeaux dominicains pour exprimer votre juste colère et votre indignation, mais ne touchez pas au Consulat ni au siège de l’ambassade dominicains en Haïti, car c’est un casus belli. Caveant Consules !

Jacques Jean-Baptiste

Condamnations de l’attaque du consulat dominicain –    Le Nouvelliste | Publié le : 25 février 2015

Regine Kwaku Stewart
2 mars 2015

Quand on manque de respect pour soi-même, il est très difficile d’être respecté par les autres. Avec les issues entre la République République Dominicaine et la République d’Haïti, il est à constater que les drapeaux des deux pays sont ternis de part et d’autre. En signe de protestation contre la présence des haïtiens en terre dominicaine, après l’injuste massacre du jeune cireur de bottes de 35 ans, un citoyen dominicain a brulé le drapeau haïtien. Lors de la marche pour montrer le mécontentement du peuple haïtien face aux mauvais traitements que subissent bon nombre d’haïtiens en République République Dominicaine, non seulement le drapeau dominicain à son tour a été brulé mais le Consulat Dominicain a été souillé. Tout comme plusieurs dominicains ont applaudi le comportement de ce personnage qui a brulé le drapeau haïtien ; du côté des haïtiens, certains ont fait de même face à l’attitude de cet homme assaillant le territoire dominicain qu’est son Consulat et sont plutôt satisfait de voir le drapeau dominicain en cendre.

Un drapeau représente l’emblème d’une Nation. Il a une très grande valeur aux yeux de tous ceux qui appartiennent à cette nation. Le voir souillé, le voir dénigré, le voir brulé ne peut qu’indigner son peuple. Mais quand ce sont les propres membres d’une même Nation qui s’entretuent ou encore qui se font du tort à tout bout de champ, le problème est d’autant plus grave.

En réflexion, que peut dire un peuple qui utilise son drapeau comme bon lui semble ; le porte comme vêtement de bain ou le symbole de l’armoirie nationale à peine recouvre l’organe sexuelle d’une jeune femme ou encore l’affiche un peu plus bas que le coccyx; l’utilise comme mouchoir pour essuyer la sueur qui coule de son front lors d’une festivité.

Tout ceci arrive parce qu’un peuple se dit indigner par le traitement que subit ses frères en terre étrangère. Ce serait un comportement rationnel qui aurait le support de tout le monde ayant une compréhension philanthropique et également le discernement de ce que représente une Nation ; seulement et si seulement ce peuple demain matin ne se mettrait pas dans les rues et n’hésiterait pas une seconde de mettre un pneu au cou de son frère comme on met un collier à un animal avant de l’emmener à l’abattoir et en une seconde prêt, de l’arroser de gazoline avant d’y mettre du feu. Un peuple qui n’a aucune notion de ce qu’est de gouverner, ou la présidence est une chaise musicale ; à qui le premier qui arrive à s’assoir. La mendicité est devenue pratique courante. Même sur les réseaux sociaux, certains quémandent ou soutirent des sous à tout un chacun. Des va-nu-pieds font la une s’efforçant de trouver des astuces pour voler ou piller ses frères.

L’indignation devrait commencer chez soi. Nous avons le droit sacré de nous indigner du traitement que subit nos frères et sœurs en terre étrangère. Nous avons le droit de nous révolter face à un comportement inhumain dont nos frères sont l’objet. Mais nous avons aussi le devoir de gérer nos problèmes avec intelligence. Trop longtemps nous nous sommes laissé voguer sur les mers de l’insouciance. Trop longtemps nous avons perdu la barre de direction menant vers le progrès et la démocratie. Nous confondons anarchie et démocratie. Tout ce qui est stationnaire régresse ; n’en parlons pas pour un peuple qui s’amuse à briser, à détruire tout ce qui a été construit, et ceci pour le bien d’une supposée démocratie.
En effet, le respect ne s’obtient que quand on se respecte soi-même. Et mes chers frères et sœurs, seulement certaines actions forcent le respect, c’est sure que ce n’est pas l’anarchie, le trouble, ou le ôte toi que je m’y mette.







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Pope Francis Surprises Homeless Visitors During Private Vatican Tour

LOT BO DLO 01The Vatican opened its doors today to the homeless of St. Peters’ Square, allowing the people who usually only see its steps outside to observe its beauty inside, and were greeted by Pope Francis himself.

A group of 150 homeless men and women took a guided tour of the museum and gardens and received dinner in the Vatican Museum’s cafeteria. They also were invited to pray in the Sistine Chapel, where the pope made an unannounced visit.

“This is everyone’s house: it’s your house. The door is always open for all,” Francis reportedly said as he shook their hands.

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From my friend Jacqueline Murray

The Secrets of Aging

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• FEB 2015 – Carl Craig

~2015-02_CARL CRAIG, Artist


“My aspiration is to expose the mystery, humility, intrigue, and exoticism of the Haitian Culture through my art. The ultimate joy is to share my works with the international audience”.

Born in Haiti, moved to New York with his family at the age of 15. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force (active duty & Reserves) for more than 5 years. He pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and International Business at Florida International University.

After a successful career on the financial markets for 16 years, Carl ended his vocation on “Wall Street” and decided to apply his experience and acumen in international consulting.

As an international consultant, he worked with the transition government under the leadership of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue . One of his first duties was to organize, along with other Consultants, the “Game for Peace” between the Brazilian and Haitian national soccer teams. This game remains one of the most successful events supported by FIFA. Carl negotiated with community leaders in the infamous slums of Cité Soleil where he introduced various programs such as The Integration for Social and Economic Development.

As senior consultant, Carl participated in the conception and implementation of the Programme de Déconcentration de Port-au-Prince introduced by the “Ministère de l’ Intérieur & des Collectivités Territoriales”

Despite his successes in the financial markets and as an international consultant, Carl has chosen to walk away from all the power and structure to satisfy his thirst for creativity by unleashing his talent in the arts: painting, photography and music. As a self-taught artist, he brilliantly and skillfully captures the beauty that is embedded in Haitian culture.

His belief is that hope lies in the human spirit and, by capturing the balance between delicate facial expressions and body language of his subjects, his message can be conveyed.

Saint-Valentin quand tu nous tiens…

 KILTI BÒ LAKAY – Us & coutumes de chez nous sous la plume de Myria Charles, alias Sister M* dans TICKET, une chronique du quotidien Le Nouvelliste


Si j’étais responsable de presse de l’un des candidats retenus, je leur proposerais de faire imprimer leur photo ou leur emblème sur des paquets de M&M à l’occasion de la Saint Valentin.

Imaginez le résultat: un paysan qui ne sait pas pourquoi on mange du chocolat le 14 février se retrouverait avec ce petit sachet de douceurs en mains, à se demander si ces petites graines sont «la réponse», si cela vaut le coup de les semer au risque d’en récolter de la bouse de vache? Un autre croirait que ce sont des graines pour assotor, et qu’il faut en manger seulement à l’intérieur du péristyle, objet de la photo sur le paquet!

La scène se déroule la veille, le jour-même, un peu partout… dans les supermarkets, les magasins, les rues, chez la fleuriste, au restaurant, etc.

Ma question est celle-ci: s’il faut un produit fondant ou périssable pour exprimer un sentiment ou sa profondeur de celui-ci, peut-on espérer que le sentiment soit plus durable et plus solide que ledit produit?

Hein hein, accusez-moi donc de cynisme ! Dites que je suis blasée. Zafè! Il n’en demeure pas moins que je considère ridicule de gaver votre dulcinée de chocolat le jour de la St. Valentin, pour ensuite vous mettre à la comparer, quelques mois plus tard, à une publicité de Michelin. Ou bien pour soupirer – alors que vous êtes en sa compagnie chaque fois que vous voyez passer une silhouette svelte portant des vêtements collants…

Oui c’est agréable de recevoir des fleurs à la St. Valentin. D’ailleurs, j’en attends et je veux en recevoir. Mais quelle est la finalité du plaisir en ce jour ? Savoir que je compte pour l’ami ou l’amant? C’est bien beau. Et les trois cent soixante-quatre jours restants (quand l’année n’est pas bissextile bien sûr!)

Aller souper en tête à tête ce soir-là, dans un restaurant chic si possible, hummmm, le délice.

Vous voyez? Je sais apprécier. J’ai même de très bons souvenirs du Saint (et des kilos bien attachants, du genre inséparables d’avec ma chère personne).

Est-ce l’âge qui me rend raisonnable (ou gaga)? Fort possible. Je confirme que je n’ai absolument rien contre tout ce qui procure de la joie à l’occasion de cette fête de l’amour et de l’amitié. Ce que je déplore par contre, c’est l’absence de continuité. L’amour est le moteur de la vie. Tout comme il y a la saison pré-carnavalesque, la saison de l’Avent, les vendredi du Chemin de Croix avant Noël etc. j’aurais souhaité que l’amour se célèbre plus souvent et plus longtemps qu’en vingt-quatre heures. Le chocolat ne cause pas que des ballonnements, il est aussi un bon antistress. En recevoir de temps en temps de l’être aimé apportera, en plus des calories, un peu plus de chaleur et de douceur dans la relation.

Et les fleurs? Ah ! N’était-ce à cause du sentiment d’habiter à l’intérieur d’une tombe, je m’en ferais volontiers livrer tous les deux matins! Mais comme je fais cavaliera sola pour le moment, la note des commandes serait trop salée pour mon budget, et au rythme de quinze commandes par mois, je finirais par mourir de pauvreté si ce n’est d’hypertension! Bon, si votre amoureux veut soutenir le protocole, il peut toujours vous offrir une plante que vous aurez la tâche d’arroser tous les jours pour la maintenir aussi vivante que votre relation. Moi je veux bien opter pour le restaurant. Disons plutôt le petit souper. A défaut de restaurant, un poulet boukannen, une fritaille, et si comme moi vous êtes granmoun chez vous, un petit diner aux chandelles de temps en temps, pas besoin de mettre les petits plats dans les grands, mézi lajan-w mézi wanga-w.

De vous à moi, il a fallu que j’utilise le mot wanga pour me rappeler l’introduction de cette rubrique dans laquelle j’avais mentionné de péristyle! Ciel! l’amour m’a fait perdre la tête! Pas mauvais hein, c’est la saison, c’est la Saint Valentin. Oui, je me disais justement que les candidats pourraient faire acte et preuve d’amour, fusionner leurs emblèmes sur les dits sachets et créer un nouveau label: de M&M on passerait à MiMa & MiMa! Vive l’amour!


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 “Un pays ne se développe pas uniquement que par son gouvernement, mais aussi par l’ingéniosité de ses concitoyens et de leur savoir-faire, par une conscience sociale et le goût du bon et du beau…”BO LAKAY 04


Aussi surprenant que cela paraisse,
« le pays maudit » est vêtu d’un manteau d’or.










Zaboka dominiken!

Daly Valetby Daly Valet

Lè m te timoun, kou m fin pran kanè nan fen mwa jen nan lekòl Kay Frè vil Jeremi, manman m te toujou voye m andeyò al pase 3 mwa vakans dete a ak granmè m.

Pou ki sa nou rele zòn riral yo andeyò e peyizan yo moun andeyò, m pa konnen. Anfèt m ap pran pòz m pa konnen men ofon m konnen byen pwòp. Se jis eksklizyon sosyal. Men se pa deba sa m vle fè la. M jis vle pale de zaboka.

Le m te konn al pase vakans andeyò, se tankou m te nan paradi. Zaboka, mango, mayi boukannen, kokoye, gwayav, korosol, fig mi, lam veritab, yanm, kafe, bèf, kabrit, poul, ti zwazo…tout sa yo te fè kenken nan demè kay grann mwen. Se te yon gran lakou kote tout bèt, fri, legim ak viv te disponib… Zaboka tout varyete tèlman te anpil se ak sa grann mwen te konn grese kochon kreyòl li yo. Lakay plen zaboka, kay vwazen grann mwen yo chaje zaboka…Kay tout moun se te gran lakou ak tout sa yon moun bezwen pou w viv. Se te lavi nan paradi tankou imaj nan liv “Réveillez-vous” temwen Jehovah yo.

Lè m ap panse a tan sa yo kounye a, m rann mwen kont se moun lavil yo ki t ap viv andeyò. Andeyò bèl vi ak lanati nan kanpay. Kote bèl vi sa pase ? Ebyen nou tout konnen sa Ayiti tounen jodi a : yon retay bon twal !

Kote zaboka nou yo ? Kote zaboka nou yo ki bon pase fwomaj yo ?

Machann nan lari ak nan makèt Potoprens se zaboka ki soti Sen Domeng pi fò ap vann. Zaboka Sendomeng menm. Sa k pase peyi nou an menm ? M renmen zaboka anpil. Men zaboka Sendomeng yo san gou, yo di e yo gwo. Bèl flè san zodè. Le w goute zaboka sa yo se tankou yo fèt nan laboratwa ak moso papye mouye melanje ak bè kizin enferyè.

Jodi a gen yon zanmi ki mande m nan ki mwa m fèt. Mwen di l mwen pa fèt nan mwa e ke se nan epòk mwen fèt. Li replike pou l di m kijan se nan epòk mwen fèt la. Mwen repete pou li m pa fèt nan mwa, mwen fèt nan epòk…..epòk zaboka. Donk se yon fason pou m te montre zanmi an jan m renmen zaboka. Anfèt se laverite, paske lè m te konn al pase vakans kay grann mwen andeyò nan epòk zaboka an ete, se konm si m te refèt ankò chak fwa.

Vwala kounye a m ap viv nan yon epòk kote se zaboka enpòte soti Sendomeng ki anvayi peyi m nan. Tris pou Ayiti.

Si bon zaboka nou yo te konn fè m santi m fenk fèt e ke m ap viv bèl vi lè m te timoun, pandan m granmoun nan la vye zaboka dominiken ki anvayi Ayiti yo, fè m santi m ap mouri.









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