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Ex-Haiti president Jean-Bertrand Aristide rallies support for election candidate

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By British Telecom, Oct. 1, 2015

Twice-ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide urged thousands of supporters gathered outside his house to vote for the presidential candidate of the political faction he founded years ago.

Backers of the Fanmi Lavalas movement chanted, sang and waved photos of Mr Aristide after they trekked to his home in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Tabarre following a campaign rally miles away for the party's presidential candidate.

Why things continue to go wrong in Haiti, and how U.S. policy is responsible

By Antony Lowenstein, Alternet, Sept. 24, 2015

The industrial park in Caracol, northern Haiti, never receives tourists. It’s a collection of factories producing clothes for some of America’s leading retailers including Walmart and Target. The opening of the facility in 2012 saw then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, actors Sean Penn and Ben Stiller, and fashion designer Donna Karan attend and celebrate the establishment of a center that was advertised as producing 65,000 jobs. “We had learned that supporting long-term prosperity in Haiti," Hillary Clinton said, “meant more than providing aid.”

Haiti election official resigns ahead of Oct. 25 vote

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By Jacqueline Charles, Miami herald, Oct. 2, 2015

A member of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council resigned Friday, raising concerns about the possibility of more resignations from the embattled body and the fate of the Oct. 25 vote for president, mayors and members of parliament.

“I am not comfortable,” Néhémy Joseph told Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, confirming the news that he had sent President Michel Martelly a letter announcing his resignation.

In the signed three-page resignation letter circulating on social media, Joseph addressed the criticisms dogging the council, and told Martelly that Haiti needs more than anything “inclusive and impartial elections.”

Haiti elections news roundup - September 27 (two articles)

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An electoral circus for the Haitian diaspora

By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post, Sept. 22, 2015

Posted Sept. 27, 2015

Haiti has no government. Of the 1,500 elected officials who populated the country’s political life in 2011, the only one left is Michel Martelly, if one overlooks the fact that he was brought to power in rigged elections. Five years have have come and gone since Haiti’s last elections. Two cycles of legislative and municipal elections have passed and been neglected. Consequently the parliament was dissolved on January 12, 2015. Plenty of damage has been done to Haiti’s agricultural economy, but the international community is at an impasse with regard to the country’s minerals. They cannot carry off Haiti’s gold without either some semblance of legitimacy or the exercise of brute force. There were too many protests in fall 2014 and early 2015. Even the carnival, a soccer tournament, and a juicy sex scandal, the usually guaranteed distractions, have failed. It is time for elections.

CBC radio documentary reflects on foreign aid intervention

By Roger Annis, Sept. 23, 2015

Posted on Sept. 26, 2015

A laudable radio documentary on CBC falls short in identifying why so much of post-earthquake aid to Haiti has failed.

On September 15, the CBC Radio One program Ideas broadcast a one-hour documentary on lessons from the 2010 earthquake disaster in Haiti. The documentary is titled Just Trying To Help and was produced by Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic. They also narrate the documentary. The documentary is part of a series by Howell and Lusic on Ideas called ‘Ideas from the Trenches’.

Mining injustice: Will human rights crimes by Canadian resource companies abroad feature in Munk-hosted ­foreign policy debate?


By Sakura Saunders, Now Toronto, Sept. 23, 2015

Posted on Sept. 26, 2015

Editor's note: Barrick Gold and other Canadian mining companies own mining rights in several regions of Haiti. 

Since 75 per cent of the world’s mining and exploration companies are based in Canada and 40 per cent of global mining capital is raised on the Toronto Stock Exchange, it’s easy to argue that Canada is the world leader in this industry. Mining interests influence international aid, dictate the activities of our foreign diplomats and prescribe the conditions of our multilateral investment and “free  trade” agreements.

When it comes to abuse by mining companies, Canada also reigns supreme. Killings and sexual abuse by security forces and unchecked environmental devastation are regularly reported occurrences at Canadian mining sites around the world. Barrick Gold, the company founded by Peter Munk, does not escape this seeming industry norm. 

Between the hammer and the anvil: The left, Latin America, and Venezuela

By Mila Ivanovic,, Sept. 17, 2015

Posted on Sept. 23, 2015

Two texts can be of significant importance if we are trying to orient ourselves in the current labyrinth of present-day Venezuela: an interview with Edgardo Lander, a Venezuelan academic tied to counter-hegemonic globalization and environmentalist sectors, a critic and now even an antagonist of the Maduro administration, and a text of Jose Roberto Duque, a chronicler, popular writer, and convinced chavista. Both of these texts which I read almost simultaneously, seemed to me to engage in a dialogue with a wave of texts relating to the current situation of the Latin American left.