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The Clintons’ Haiti screw-up, as told by Hillary’s emails

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By Jonathan M. Katz, Politico Magazine, Sept. 2, 2015

t’s hard to find anyone these days who looks back on the U.S.-led response to the January 12, 2010, Haiti earthquake as a success, but it wasn’t always that way. Right after the disaster, even as neighborhoods lay in rubble, their people sweltering under tarps, the consensus—outside Haiti—was that America’s “compassionate invasion” (as TIME Magazine called it) had been “largely a success” (Los Angeles Times), offering further proof that “in critical moments of the history of mankind … the United States is, in fact, the indispensable nation” (Expresso, Portugal).

Haiti drought cuts harvests, lifts prices, food crisis looms: World Food Program

By Anastasia Moloney, Reuters Foundation, August 26, 2015

A severe drought in Haiti has led to acute water shortages, shriveled harvests and raised food prices, weakening the fragile food supply and worsening hunger among the poor, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said.

The poorest country in the Americas, Haiti already struggles to feed its population of 10.4 million, and 600,000 Haitians already rely on international food aid to survive, the WFP says. "Thirty percent of the population is moving into food insecurity. That means families are having reduced ability to purchase food and have had to reduce their calorie intake. Families are now having fewer and smaller meals," said Wendy Bigham, WFP's deputy country director in Haiti.

Bolivia: Farmers transition away from coca / Police clash with indigenous protestors (3 articles)

How Bolivia Got Smart and Convinced Poor Farmers to Grow Less Coca

By Samuel Oakford, VICE news, August 19, 2015

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Seven years after Bolivia kicked out the DEA, and two years after the UN approved a legal coca market in the Andean nation, cultivation of the plant used to manufacture cocaine has continued to fall in the country, belying a central tenet of Latin America's decades-long, US-supported war on drugs, and seemingly proving that coca crops can be reduced without relying on heavy-handed eradication programs.

Local Observers Document Massive Fraud, Intimidation and Violence in Haiti Election

By CEPR (Center for Economic & Policy Research), August 31, 2015

A local Haitian observation group has released a detailed report from election day, calling into question the legitimacy of the vote in many areas throughout Haiti. The group, made up of RNDDH, CNO and CONHANE, had observers present in 48 percent of voting centers throughout the country. The observers state that in more than 60 percent of polling centers where they were present there was massive fraud or attempted fraud, serious irregularities, intimidation and violent or aggressive acts.

Haitian Presidential candidates start campaigning in diaspora

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By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Sept. 8, 2015

Haiti’s Aug. 9 legislative elections were an unmitigated disaster. Most of the official results are highly contested and still in limbo. But that has not stopped candidates for the scheduled Oct. 25 presidential race, especially those close to Haitian President Michel Martelly, to plan campaign fundraising stops in Haiti’s diaspora.

For example, on Sep. 7, Steeve Khawly, the presidential candidate of the pro-Martelly party Bouclier (Shield), will come to New York for a evening “meet & greet” at the $7 million Manhattan penthouse of trial attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who was one of the lawyers for police brutality victim Abner Louima in 1997.

Fears of crisis in Haiti as Dominican Republic resumes controversial deportations (article & video report)

By VICE News, August 15, 2015

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After temporarily suspending detentions and deportations for a year to allow migrants of Haitian descent to get their paperwork together to register for legal residency or citizenship, the Dominican Republic has resumed the controversial program. On Friday, Bernardo Jimenez, director of the government's immigrant detention center, said six Haitians had been detained so far, but four were later released after proving that had applied for residency under the state's policy.

Haiti election: CEP issues reprimand to parties - but is it enough?

By Center for Economic Policy & Research (CEPR), August 27, 2015

On August 24, the CEP issued a warning to political parties that further acts of disorder would not be tolerated by the electoral council. In a communiqué, the CEP "deplored" the fact that candidates and their sympathizers had "disrupted" the voting on August 9, "ransacking Voting Centers and stealing voting materials." If a party's candidates, members or supporters commit similar acts again, that party's candidates will be excluded from the race in the affected constituency ("circonscription"), the CEP warned.