Pras supports Wyclef Jean's opponent
August 6th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

Pras supports Wyclef Jean's opponent

Wyclef Jean’s decision to run for president of Haiti hasn’t exactly opened floodgates of support, but then again, he didn’t expect that to happen.

Sean Penn has already offered his thoughts on whether or not the Haitian-born musician should make moves to lead the devastated nation, and now Pras, who once performed alongside Jean and Lauryn Hill in the '90s group The Fugees,  has issued his support…for Jean’s opponent.

“I endorse Michel Martell as the next president of Haiti because he is the most competent candidate for the job,” Pras said in a statement. “Our beautiful homeland has experienced such devastation and I believe he is the only who can lead the country into a brighter future.”

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  1. E

    Why will CNN support the same guy " Wycelf" so much while they are the same organization to write about his lack of integrity. Maybe the US has a lot of to loose in the Novemeber election in Haiti. Could it be a new port for their new cruises or maybe Oil, etc. I wish that someone can take a shot at explaining these questions.

    August 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jack merridew

    isn't pras a crackhead??

    August 9, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. maier

    Daphnee, Sean didn't say bad thing about cleff. He made comment which make sence Wyclef is not a best candidate the position. We all love cleff he's the one who always represent us, that's doesn't mean he's perfect. Let's them both do their jobs. My opinon is that cleff shouldn't apply for presidency period, become a president doesn't mean he will change everything. It's time for us as Haitians to stop thinking one man can change the a country.The damage is already done let's hope for the best!

    August 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. maier

    I hate to say this, If Haitian government can't run Haiti if without corruption the way it supposed to be one day the country will be occupie by United Nation for along term. I know it would be a slap in many haitians faces including myself but we would have to deal with it. I think after 40 years or more occupation, all the wood-rats in haiti would be dead at that time. that's the only way Haitian people would be free from corruption government. Only God knowns if wood-rat like michel Martely aka sweet Micky become president of Haiti, Haiti would become the poorest country in the world. this is the same path wyclef is following now to become a gold digger which i heard he's already did with the yele haiti. there's no way Haiti would be change as long as we money transfer, food transfer,who make millions of dallars on haitian diaspora who send money to support their families, labor jobs pay $2 Us a day. Ask yourself why there're so many cell phone companies available to get service, and to get a house phone it would get years on a waiting list? If there's job in haiti pay the way they should pay employees, there's lot of businesses would close there doors. there's no way haiti would come out of this situation if we don't united as one.Haiti's situation is good for the imperialism who make millions every day in the poor island while their families are living oversea.

    August 8, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. ej

    before he leaves the US please pay your back taxes for your business. Wyclef fans, if he isn't paying Obama will tax you the difference

    August 8, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Henry

    Dear All,
    First I am Haitian (leaving in Haiti), and really do not think that WJ should follow that direction, he might have some good intentions, but please been President is not a joke. Our actual president is really bad but we are not hoping for the worst now. WJ you are good in what you are doing, than stay in what you are doing – MUSIC. Sean Penn might not have the right to judge WJ but the only thing I know is that SP is right PERIOD.
    Of course with 85% of a population that doesn’t know how to read, most of them will vote for Wyclef and what will be next……..
    Anyway actually in Haiti people are really ashamed of this decision of WJ specially the young people of this country that he refer too.
    Please we do not need this humiliation, we already have enough.
    P.S: Sorry for my english if there is any mistake.

    August 8, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    Hey JEAN is on the shoulder with his people and on the way others shall be as it was when they rised their cry via their song. Bt what to AFRICAN HAZARDS AS THAT OF RWANDA.!!

    August 8, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kathy

    anyone that's done their research on Wyclef's background knows; corruption. Don't trust him.

    August 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phe

    Daphne- stop wasting your energy on these complete idiots. They don't knew their own countries legacy, let alone yours. You know the mentality of the ignorant..if you are not on Anglo heritage, you aren't fit to rule and you are most def not civilized..

    August 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mattrix

    Pras is hatin on Clef for real and in the worst way...mean it's his right to endorse whoever and all, but come on man "Sweet Mickey". The guy is known for startin a public concerts with the most profane of creole words, then end it wearin a short tank top and pink cheerleadin skirt. Can't be serious....just plain old hateration.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MADD


    August 7, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. CeeFoR

    Le français de Wyclef est terrible, l'Haïti veut quelqu'un qui peut parler la langue.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. icon

    round up the posse, fugee comin round the way

    August 7, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. danno

    If it is so beauifull, why do they want to come here.......stay on your island "Paradise"......

    August 7, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. goldenstaff

    Go for it wycleaf.

    August 7, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  16. Chris

    It is kin of ignorant not to know the effect of placing people under punishment for a long period of time. If we here in America believe that, if a kid grow up with abusive parents that he or she will be subject to some flash back and 50% chances he or she will need some therapy. Then think about the country that the entire population grow up with bad parents (slave masters) Father, Mother, Son, Daughter even the Animals were all subjected to hardship..........Think about it........................When you're black.......your feelings don't count.

    August 7, 2010 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. Doug

    Until he can tell us where the 400 thousand went and why he was not in Haiti helping i can not even imagine this gold digger running for anything , except maybe running from the law !

    August 7, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  18. Geronimo Deuces

    you are funny as hell

    August 7, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. Noble9

    I guess the Fugees ended on a bad note.

    August 7, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  20. Raul

    Wycleff is a joke, being a musican is not exactly quailify you to run country. Plus, the man can has a thick american accent when he speak kreyol and he can't speak french. He felt when he was 9 years old, he's barely a haitian. Imagine having a president in the US who could barely speak english

    August 7, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Geronimo

      co-sign..... he will use the haitians to become rich, i cant stand him

      August 7, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
    • wow

      That was stupidity at its best. What does an accent have to do with leadership? I bet when you were 9 you peed in bed. Should we hold that against you?

      August 7, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  21. Dave

    Typical Haitian move. Anytime one tries to step into a positive direction, their friend, family, cousins whatever....will be there to tear them down. Not only is it the poorest country in our hemisphere, it is also the most violent and uncivilized. I have never encountered a culture where spontanious hate and anger was the most dominant emotion. And that includes the middle east.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  22. automagic

    Is there any chance of a white person being elected president of Haiti?

    August 7, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Geronimo

      not a chance, but they will want a person who can speak their language..... whythief cant speak french or other native languages he speaks broken

      August 7, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jean C Rien

    It does not matter who occupies the presidential palace because Haiti cannot be governed. If, after nearly two centuries, the western hemisphere's 2nd oldest republic is still poverty stricken, violent and anarchistic, then it will never be a civilised country. Their only hope is to return to French rule. They are animals. It is sad.

    August 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Zainab

    I want to see who LAUREN HILL supports. This will be interesting, if you know anything about their feud.

    August 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Chris

    Sure, give Wyclef a shot, what's he got to lose? Haiti is already the worst shiitwhole in the entire world bar none. The only problem is, how would anyone know if Wyclef was doing a bad job??

    August 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • daphnee

      What you should ask is what do the poeple have to loose? (there's nothing left, , no books, no rules , no regulations no laws no parlement no schools, no house and soon no poeple, NOTHING!! did you not watch Cnn for a straight month and see it with you two eyes? But it's hard to explain third world to supersizers. I don't expect you to understand ! Anyway, what's the rush, right? Americans refuse to accept when the've done something wrong they are way to proud for that!

      I will tell you this much as of today, there is no one in Haiti with all the power in the world (not even the current President) who can come close to what Wyclef could do QUICKLY, IT'S STILL AN EMERGENCY! But of course the only alternative for would be for it to be controlled by Americans, then all would be well!

      First, to understand anything about Haiti you need to A)have at least been there once in your life and B) Then you must have a family member in the country. Only then maybe you can began to understand what the poeple are still facing as I'm typing these words (1.5 millions still waiting for the good samaritin's donations which seems to have gone scarce. So, If the contrary is true please refrain from comments cause you just don't know! What you see on Cnn is censured news my friends, you don't know half of it! Because as far as any outsider is concerned, all they know of haiti is Port-aux- Princes (so clueless, not a damn clue).

      At this moment, Haitians don't have the luxury of waiting for the super expierienced President everyone seem to be waiting for ( and he shall rise from the rubble)!

      So for those of you who don't know go read a little bit, stop watching cnn as your only source of (reliable, ah.. ah) information, it's all half truths made to make American feel good about themselfs after doing so bad around the world.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  26. Daphnee

    Correction, Mr. President Barak Obama

    August 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  27. daphnee

    Mr Penn, I sincerly appreciate your commitment, devotion and all the help you are giving to those suffering. I can understand that you are well intentioned but, the buck stops there. You've crossed the line. Who died and made you the voice for Haitians? Did you truelly care for haitians before the earthquake? Why all the bad mouthing? Did you want to present your candidature to become the next President of Haiti and Wyclef beat you to it? You've been in Haiti for six months and your an expert on what's best for Haitians, talk about a photo opp. Then again,so typical !

    Sean penn makes it sound as if somehow Wyclef needed the money (the guy is loaded), as if he had an alterior motive, like what? (notoriety and power? Please! Unfortunately,like many Americans, some Haitians don't like to see poeple other than themselves succeed. It's precisely why both countries are facing the turmoil they currently are in. Mr Penn with all do respect, we don't need your approval to choose who will run this diamond in a rough, my friend!

    Without a doupt, my biggest desappointment are my jaded diaspora compatriotes. The Ones who agree with the notion that one cannot be influencial, resourceful,different, young, BLACK & be intrusted with a large budget.

    The ones who say and believe that any Haitian person who presents him and/or herself as a candidate is automaticaly corrupt. The ones who judge before knowing a person, before knowing the facts (Mr Penn).
    The ones who enjoy ruining poeples hard earned reputation's.
    The ones who say you have to fit in a certain mold to be in a position of power.
    Those who say you cannot be ambitious, goal oriented and be President (aren't these requirements anymore)?
    Those who say that wanting to meet influencial people in order to help ones own country to progress, means you have an ulterior motive. Since when having passion, goals and ambition make you unfit to be President!
    The ones who crusified wyclef after Sean Penn's commentted on CNN, I guess blue eye has spoken therefore, it must be true!
    The ones who constantly contribute to our nation's misery.

    Let's not let Sean Penn or others dictate who will be running our country, lets never give up on our independance, the one a lot of poeple died and are continuing to die for. It's what makes us strong no matter what! Rather, lets start fallowing our legion "l'union fait la force", let's fight for ourselves and never give up on us! The Poorest country in the Westen Hemispere is at the most, a 5 to 6 hours flight from NY, need I say moore?

    When you here poeple triying to demish us, our country, our souls!!!!! We must say no!

    We all were presented with the same opportunity as Haitians and did nothing and today we are sitting here judging Wyclef's motive, his lack of expirience and questionning his love for us as a nation. (how dare we?!).

    I think it' a great Idea, finally, someone will have to be accountable, the world will be watching is every move! For once, we have a diaspora who as far as I can remember actually was proud to publicaly claim his Haitian pride at a time when lots of us were deniying our heritage (remember the days when you were anything but Haitain)!

    For once, someone who has made it, someone different is stepping up for it's poeple and attempting to do something that should have been done a long time ago and first chance we get, we throw him under the bus without even hearing he has to say and what he's capable of. And that's precisely what's wrong with the world today!.

    I laugh at these poeple because today they are the ones complaining and in five years from now, those same haters will be the ones trying to go for the position but then, should I question their motives? or should I help them help us? Soo much hypocrisy and waste of energy. In the mean time, I don't know of anyone currently better suited to do the job and certainly not someone who has barely travelled or never even taken a step out of Haiti! (internet alone can't do it). Furthermore, it's not like there's a lineup of potential candidates for the position! (so what's is the debate about)? I'm not willing to waist another five,ten or never years to elect the so called "experienced" candidate Haitians are waiting for. Now is the time, Haiti will not be build from the inside. In order for Haiti to succeed it's going to have to done from the outside (catch my drift poeple!!!!)

    There is no such thing as an experienced President unless you're running for a second term! Get off your high horses, stop criticizing instead, say or do constructive things. Ask yourselves between Sean Penn and Wycle Jean which one has more love for Haitians and Haiti, I say 100% wyclef, I'm even going to give him a couple of "get out of prison free passes for the bumps that may occur along the way because emotions may get in the way. Nonetheless,
    ( Score: Sean Penn: 0 Futur president Wyclef Jean: 1). So long as what needs to get done is done!

    I've seen nothing worthy of crusifying him so far. I'll give him a chance. When in the biggining poeple thought of then Senator of Illinois now President Barac Obama as a joke I knew he would be exacly were he is today and I can tell you this feels the same!

    Presently the qualities and qualifications we need in our futur Haitian President is diffirerent then the usual criterias. We need someone who will not be faised by money or power (he's own or the one of others), Wyclef has his own. We need someone who's travelled and connected in high places but, mostly we need someone with guts, passion and real love for his country. Too many experienced politicians have left us high and dry. We talk too much and don't do enough. We are haters lets become lovers from this moment foward.

    Today we stand naked in front of the world so, I would hate to see this opportunity pass us by because of false pretextes, because of haters with personal agendas who don't know half of the story about our country because it has yet to be told , because of poeple who can't even begin to understand what this opportunity reprents for Haiti.

    Stop hating, start supporting, valuating and encouraging goodwill! Let's not add to others constantly trying to bring this nation down every chance they get. Only we are privilidged to really know how beautiful Haiti is and the promess that lives under the rubble!

    I hate to brake it to you but he's not in it for the money, the fame,or the perks and anyone who belives that is a complete fool! Hopefully we will give this guy a chance and not throw him under the bus after one mistake because, mistakes will be made. As long as they are not dammaging, they are handled, and they don't repeat themselfs, I'm good!

    For the older Haitians who don't think that a misician can also be a serious person well it's time to let go of all these cripplling prenotions of what things and people should be! There is no perfect way, there is no one way. We don't need to all fit in the same mold to do and to be. These are new times, time for change, time for "who cares what others are going to say". Too much of the same!

    Anyone hating on wyclef today, is very oblivious to it's countrie's histrory and POSSIBLE futur!

    Fas a Fas, Eyes wide shut, Wyclef all the way...and what if ...!

    August 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geronimo

      Just be thankful SEAN PENN is there and is doing something for the haitians and shut up..... if you care too much then pls help wythief clear his debt.... IRS is calling him mstzzzzzz

      August 7, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • l'etranger

      Um Daphnee, far be it from me to rain on your Penn-bashing parade, but this article was primarily about how Pras, a fellow Hatian, has publicly endorsed a different candidate for President than his cousin, Wyclef. And although the article doesn't say that Pras said negative things about Wyclef (like those you attribute to Sean), the fact that he's not supporting Wyclef is pretty much a whopper of a negative statement in and of itself. Don't misunderstand me: I feel your anger at Penn for sticking his nose into Hatian politics, so have at him for that all you want. But why do it in response to an article about how Pras doesn't support Wyclef?

      August 7, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • >skulcredit

      Thank you daphnee for helping me continue to believe that there is intelligent, unignorant, can think for themselves, common sense using, can see and understand the big picture, just cause a blonde hair blue eyed person said it it's not neccesarally true, and not a small minded selfish HATER, type people still in this great country of ours. Once again, thank you!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  28. Anthony

    guess this kills any possibility of a Fugee reunion.

    August 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Michelle

    So Pras found a way to get his name in print again. I guess it's easier than making music or trying to affect change on your own. Just ride on your old bandmate's coattails by creating controversy.

    August 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. R3ggie66*

    Wyclef is an absolute joke. Who really cares anyway? People act like Haiti was just the pearl of the carribean. It's a complete joke. I didn't see any telethons for the people of Chili when they had an even stronger earthquake! Liberals suck.

    August 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Hmm, maybe that is because Chile didn't need the help as badly. Use common sense.

      August 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Star Jones

    That Prat sure is a jelous mother meet the forkers

    August 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Glopet

    Welcome to

    the RAPPERbleek of Haiti !!!!!!

    Bienvenue dans la ......RAP publique d'Haiti !!!!!!

    August 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  33. DaSaint007

    Let me see. Ronald Reagan – 'B Actor' before he became Gov. of California.
    George W. Bush – former owner of the Texas Rangers before he became Gov. of Texas.
    Arnold – I wasn't even born here, I'll be back – Schwartzenegar (sp) – Austrian-born, actor of Conan The Barbarian & Terminator fame, before he became Gov. of California.

    I'd say Wyclef is just as 'qualified' as they were when they sought office for populations tens of times larger than Haiti, no?

    August 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  34. bob

    What is fugee??

    August 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  35. supacmakur

    How bout Snoop Dogg for president of Kenya? Or Lil' jon, president of Tuvalu?

    August 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  36. joe

    We dont really care about Haiti or the humps running for President.

    August 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  37. omg

    In any event, Haiti needs a good honest man as President, not the same ole thing, enough corruption, enough neglect of the people of Haiti, the aid that country receives even before 1/12/2010 is more than enough to rebuild it, but the government has got to stop skimming off all the funds. The problem is that all Haitians have had to suffer and go without for so so long, that if they get even one opportunity to get it all for themselves, they do. It is desperation at its finest. These people are so deparate for just the basic of necessities food, clean drinking water, shelter, clothing, soap, indoor plumbing, etc. Yes in Port- Au- Prince there is indoor plumbing but not in the country side. How are these people in the countryside even going to vote? They need someone who will be able to think outside the box, not just follow suit. The next Haitian Presitdent needs to be Haitian first and foremost, and he needs to be a man of great strength and character, not just anyone can change an entire nation, the Haitian people have to change their mindset, all Haitians need to help pick up the trash in the streets, dig wells, build resevoirs, the need public care, Change it today for a better tomorrow, if you always do what you have always done you will always get what you always got....stop electing the same ridiculous leaders to govern this country.

    August 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • andres

      The problem is the systemic corruption in Haiti. A honest presiden,t if elected would be unable to change anything. Rich families continue to support the current system because it benefits them now just like it benefitted them back in the days of the dictators before and during papa and baby doc. The rest of the population is used and abused by two major gangs that have roots all the way back to independence from France. I would like to think there is a solution to Haiti but I don't think that there is and that is a shame.

      August 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. typeav

    Obama needs to run Haiti..........Obama, Obama, Obama

    August 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  39. steve

    what haiti needs right now is an honest and responsible government. wyclef's debacle with his charity makes me doubt his ability to honestly run the country. though its nice to see the world actually care about haiti and hopefully it results in something good for the country

    August 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hiwot

    Let's not forget that Wyclef had a song called "If I was president"!!!! it goes a litte something like "If I was president,
    I'd get elected on Friday, assassinated on Saturday, and buried on Sunday..." Why would anyone elect him???

    August 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  41. HERVE


    August 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  42. svscnn

    Last I heard, Clef & Pras don't exactly get along. No surprise here.

    August 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  43. EUQITIRCad

    First his charity ripped the Haiti earthquake fund off off for millions, then he wants to be their president? I love our world.

    August 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  44. guirley1

    as haitian idont wanna ear all sean bull sh..t because before the earthquake wyclef was there for us ,no matter sean penne say or did for haiti we will always thank him but when its came haitian private thing or politico he needs to shut up fck up .because wiclef is truly ours but him he just wind blow

    August 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  45. puggs

    hey, if Reagan and Schwartzenegger can do it here, let him do it there !!!!!

    August 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilma10

      all reaan & swanagger did was make it where those high no talented actors families...what elese do the brepublicans want from us poor people, and actresses can demand all those millions for something as little as a hour long disaster..and no rich person don't have to pay taxes,,,that is so damn lame if they don't pay america will fold, because all their money goes over seas. we will never have nothing in america if the law makers don' change those policies. that is where america money is at. we poor people have no more, no jobs, no homes, nothing else, we have nothing else for them to take..all u bush lovers, reagan, and arnold lovers, what will it take to see the republicans, don't care about america. we are just a watering and money hole for them.

      August 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Is there anything more telling about the hypocrisy of Republicans than that they hate Hollywood? They had no problem electing and/or running for office Reagan, Schwarzenegger, Sonny Bono, Fred Thompson, etc. Then again, they also elected Oliver North, who committed high treason and was a belligerent liar to Congress. He was punished with a book deal, seat in the House, and a job on.......wait for it.....Fox News.

      August 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      ...and apparently no education either. Wilma, do everyone a favor and back away from the keyboard.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  46. Tim

    It's good that they got Sean Penn's opinion. He always impacts the way I view the world.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  47. elitesack

    So his friend supports haiti having yet another corrupt leader.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Patricia

    I'm not saying Wyclef Jean is qualified or not to be President of Haiti, nor will I waste any energy finding out. HOWEVER, in terms of Pras giving a special endorsement to the other candidate I have one word for him: HATER!

    August 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      That's the best you can come up with? Some snarky ghetto vernacular? Way to bring that intelligence.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      I think it is somewhat relevant as they are cousins but again, I wouldn't endorse my cousins for president even though I love them.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Various_Authors

      And as we all know, you should never be HATIN' on people cuz that makes you a HATER. Don't HATE, yo. Idiot.

      August 7, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  49. Yozhik

    Lil John for Secretary of Crunk...Yeah!

    August 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Steve

    Get ready for the worlds first fourth would nation.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trish C.

      There already is a Fourth World classification. It refers to nations without a state or with a failed state: Somalia, Palestine, Kurdistan, the Chaldeans, the Basques, the Romani and other indigenous cultures all over the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

      August 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      @ Trish: ...and Europe

      August 7, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Slick

      You forgot Detroit.

      August 7, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  51. jean

    shame on that dude

    August 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  52. MIKE


    August 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Auley

    This is a joke, right? Michele Martelly (not Martell) is running for office too? Also known as "Sweet Mickey", he's also a recording artist from Haiti and has been friendly to the corrupt gov't of Haiti in the past. I can't help but think that Pras was trying to be funny.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Andres

    Haiti is the most unfortunate country in the world even without the earthquake. Hundreds of years of corrupt, cruel, and incompetent governing has ruined it. Because the incompentence and corruption is so deep many doubt that Haiti will ever be a viable country. Not even all of the aid in the world can fix these systemic failures.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mamsy

    Yes, Brown, a colonial white government would be better—for white colonialists, not Haitians.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  56. doofus

    hey, i usually post under the assumed name of doofus! i call shenanigans!

    August 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Brick

    This endorsement must just change the tides that never existed.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  58. JT

    A colonial white government (French) is what Haiti into trouble to begin with.

    August 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • karuna

      I actually think it was because Haiti separated from the French protection that they became the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Of course I stand corrected...

      August 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trish C.

      It was the fact that they were ex-slaves who won their independence through violent revolt. No country would trade with them or send diplomatic missions. The United States were especially terrified by the revolution because they thought it would inspire their own slaves to follow suit, so they punished Haiti with more than a century of trade embargoes.

      August 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • G United

      Truly, to say that separation from France is the reason for their poverty is to ignore many years of history, including that what is now the native population was forcibly brought to the island for slave labor; the indigenous population pre-colonization has been eradicated; the country was ruled by dictators who were dictated by the United States upon gaining independence from the French (see the Duvalier family history and the US' involvement in both ousting and reinstating the first elected president of modern Haiti); and that there is an outdated, complex, and rotting infrastructure that nobody in the modern population had any say in creating.

      It's bad taste to say that slavery is sustainable.

      August 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • kim

      everyone needs to google 'haitians' and 'louisiana purchase' to see what we americans owe the haitians--A LOT!!!!!!!!!

      August 7, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • oc

      @G United – I think the point that was being made is that it was French Imperialism that is ultimately responsible. Had the French not colonized, there would have been no need for the Haitians to revolt against them to gain their freedom therefor there would have been no embargos . . .

      It's amazing how much strife there is as a result of imperialism and the argument that those who forced natives into second class citizens (at best) in their own lands created a nice culture that was ruined because people no longer wanted foreign overlords doesn't mean that those countries would not have achieved a higher standard without the initial outside interference.

      August 7, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  59. Anonymous

    We should care that his ex bandmate supports him.. why? Why not show us some proof that people living in Haiti support him?

    August 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous2

      Please read the article before commenting–His exbandmate is supporting his opponent–Not him!

      August 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlzRead

      Anon2 – You beat me to it.

      August 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Ironic

      You two missed the point - we should not care what he thinks so the mistake is irrelevant

      August 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      I love how people love to bash CNN yet they take the time to read their articles and post on them.

      Brad, you are a moron.

      August 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeWA2010

      I think we SHOULD care what his band mate, oh former band-mate, thinks of him because he REALLY knows him. Folks in Haiti could, and will, support him just because he's "famous" or a "celebrity." Groupies, so to speak, are not a group I tend to get my info from.
      What has happened to all the funds he collected for Haiti relief? He put his name on a cell phone donation site practically the day after the quake. Has it all been carefully monitored? Who knows, and I am NOT accusing, but he could be in this for the money. Wouldn't be the first time..... I'm just sayin'.... (and I DID/DO like the Fugees – COME BACK Lauryn!!!)

      August 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfred Moya

      We should care about his opinion because he knew Wyclef well before he became rich and famous and he knows more about what kind of person he was rather that the person whom he wants us to believe he is. Fugees was a simple music band and now the front man wants to rule a country. Anyone with a heart should wonder what is the motivation for someone like Wyclef and what are his true desires in all of this.

      August 7, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  60. Ken

    Sean who?

    August 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatnext

      "____ who?" How original! I've only seen it several times a day.

      August 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geronimo Deuces

      Sean Penn – who is seriously helping the haitians not this president wannabe whythief

      August 7, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  61. Cantu

    Interesting comments. If I'm not mistaken, Wyclef and Pras are cousins.

    August 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  62. CR

    yay for competency!

    August 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CandyCane

      Yay for who cares.

      August 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • geronimo deuces


      August 7, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • hawaifive

      Sean Penn, shut up! This US actor has nothing to say about Haitian politics. This man is a criminal, the US justice wants to put him into jail. His job in Haiti was to send Haitians in death camps (desert of the Port-au-Prince outskirts)

      August 7, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |

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