Map Page 1137 Area 27,750 square mi (44,658 square km) Population 7,527,817 Capital Port-au-Prince Highest Point 8,792 ft (2,680 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $1,400 Primary Natural Resources bauxite, copper, calcium carbonate, gold.
HAITI IS LOCATED on the western third of the island of Hispaniola in the CARIBBEAN SEA.
The country is mainly mountainous, with 60 percent of the land on gradients of at least 20 percent.
The mountain ranges of Massif de la Hotte, the Massif de la Selle, and the Chaine du Bonet encompass much of the land.
Two large peninsulas are present in the country.
The peninsulas are separated by the Golfe de la Gonave.
The fertile river valleys and deep forests, which once provided beautiful sights, have diminished to a few.
Haiti has suffered from deforestation, which has left only three percent of the land untouched.
Much of the nutrient-rich topsoil has been washed away into the surrounding waters, which has destroyed some of the marine life.
Because of the distinct range of elevations, the country has numerous plant species: 5,000 are spread throughout the land, including 600 fern and 300 orchid species.
These plants thrive in the hot and humid climate throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from 65 degrees F (20 degree C ) to 85 degrees F (30 degrees C).
The history of Haiti is full of turbulence.
After almost 200 years of rule, SPAIN ceded the western portion of Hispaniola to FRANCE in 1697.
This area named Saint Dominique soon became one of the wealthiest nations in the Caribbean.
Sugar plantations arose throughout the nation, and slaves were brought over in large numbers.
In 1791, a slave revolt, led by Toussaint Louverture, broke out across the colony.
Louverture named himself lieutenant governor of the state in 1796.
However, in October 1801, after a victorious campaign in Europe, Napoleon ordered an expeditionary force to Haiti to reclaim its lost colony.
By November 1803, the last of Napoleon's forces were routed and on January 1, 1804, the war-ravaged colony was soon declared independent of French rule and renamed Haiti.
In 1844, Santo Domingo (soon renamed the Dominican Republic) declared its independence from the struggling country.
Haiti seemed to be spiraling into obscurity in the world stage.
From 1843 to 1915, 22 dictators ruled the country.
In 1915, the UNITED STATES invaded Haiti hoping to create stability in the country.
By 1937, the American troops left the country, with the belief that the country was a modernized and thriving.
For the next century, the Haitian government continued to struggle.
During World War II, increased world market prices increased Haitian trade and greater exports.
However, after the fighting ended, the country was still mired in poverty.
Francois Duvalier was elected president of the country in 1957.
Throughout his power, Duvalier struggled with the Catholic Church and citizens fleeing the country.
He died in 1971, but his son, Jean-Claude Duvalier, took over the position.
The Haitian economy continued to suffer and its external public debt increased to a staggering $366 million in 1980.
The Haitian people continued to flee.
During January 1986, urban resistance overspread the country, led in particular by Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
On February 7, 1986, Duvalier left Haiti, and General Henri Namphy, with American support, took control of the country.
The Haitian government continued to promise the United States that elections would occur in November 1987.
Three years later, Aristide won the presidential election.
He took office in early 1991 but was overthrown by a violent coup.
During this three-year period, a military de facto regime ruled the country and refused to return to a constitutional government.
The United Nations ultimately passed a resolution and sent in a multinational force to restore order in the country.
Before the American- led force actually stepped into the country, a deal was brokered, which the Haitian de facto government peacefully accepted.
Aristide was returned to the country, where he became president and the constitutional government was restored under the watchful eye of the United Nations.
For the next 10 years, the international optimism surrounding Aristide slowly diminished.
He became embroiled in a variety of corruptive practices and many questioned the fairness of the presidential elections.
Opposition parties rose and by early 2003, violence from all political sides began to flare up once again.
In February 2004, Aristide fled Haiti, and afterward, U.S.
Marines arrived along with 3,600 other international peacekeepers, to stabilize the situation.
Haiti once again is trying to reestablish itself from its troubled past.
- Police in Dubai again start “hunting” the tourists
"The guards will be picking up the kissing tourists.
It is reported that the more Dubai city becomes popular year after year the more tourists come to the Emirates who are not so obedient to Islamic law. The UAE authorities decided to fight for its citizens who are offended by tourists who allow themselves to kiss in public places. In order to explain to the country’s guests that such a behavior is not acceptable the Emirates authorities will make up a project named “Welcome to UAE”.
Resulting this campaign the billboards will be posted throughout the city demonstrating the standards of decency and the authorities will also share law booklets to the foreigners. It is planned that tourists will be able to get such booklets at the malls and coasts. Taxi drivers and hotel staff will have to pass a special training so that they could then explain tourists the rules of conduct in the country.
It is stated that a street kiss in Dubai is punished by a big fine, however, the police seldom fines the tourists, usually the issue ends up with just a simple warning. "
- Italian air traffic controllers are planning to strike
"The Italian air traffic controllers have reported about the upcoming strike that is scheduled on October 24, 2015. The airline employees will be striking between 10:00 and 18:00 as reported by local trade unions.
In case the event is not canceled, passengers may face flight delays or even cancellations. The tourists who plan either to leave or to arrive in Italy on 24th October it is highly recommended to verify their flight status online beforehand by visiting airport websites. "