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Haitian parliament suspended, leaving president to rule by decree

By Redeye Collective, rabble.ca, March 2, 2015

President Michel Martelly and the Haitian senate have been unable to agree on law for administering elections. This means that parliament is no longer sitting and the president is ruling by decree.

Amy Wilentz's book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, won the 2013 National Book Award in the U.S. Amy Wilentz speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen.

Government documents reveal Canadian embassy backed mining abuses

By United Steel Workers & MiningWatch Canada, MiningWatch Canada, Feb.25, 2015

A report based on internal documents obtained from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) concludes that Canadian diplomats in Mexico were complicit in Toronto-based Excellon Resources Inc.’s efforts to avoid redressing a violated land use contract and poor working conditions, and supported repression against a peaceful protest. 

Haitians hit by Carnaval tragedy then crime wave and gang wars

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By Kim Ives & Thomas Péralte, Haiti Liberté, Feb. 24, 2015. 

This past week, Haitians in Port-au-Prince were already grieving after at least 18 people died in a Carnaval stampede at around 2 a.m. on Feb. 17.

Daniel "Fantom" Darius, the lead singer Barikad Crew, was standing atop a towering Carnaval float when his head struck a high-voltage wire strung across the street, producing an electrical explosion that panicked the tightly packed crowd below. (Ironically, Darius survived.) Some 76 other people were hospitalized with serious injuries, bringing this year's toll of Carnaval wounded to 123, even though the final day's celebration was cancelled and replaced with an official memorial ceremony where the tragedy struck.

Gorilla Radio: Chris Cook interviews Haiti Liberté's Kim Ives

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By Chris Cook, Gorilla Radio, Feb.26, 2015 

Kim Ives is founder of, and contributing editor to, Haiti Liberté, a newspaper with offices in Haiti and New York. The Haitian-born Ives also has more than twenty years experience reporting with the paper, Haiti Progrès, and currently hosts the weekly WBAI New York radio program, 'Haiti: The Struggle Continues.' Ives is too a filmmaker who has collaborated on many films documenting human rights abuses, trade struggles, and conflicts between the island's peasant farmers and corrupt State enterprise. He's contributed to the books: 'Dangerous Crossroads,' 'The Haiti Files,' and Haiti: A Slave Revolution,' and appeared on many international news programs promoting the cause of Haiti's disenfranchised, travelling Canada and the U.S to deliver lectures on the persistently dire situation there.

John Pilger: Venezuela's struggle against "a common enemy"

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By Michael Albert, Truthout, Feb. 27, 2015.

With a "slow-motion coup" underway in Venezuela, John Pilger is interviewed for Telesur, the Latin American TV network, by Mike Albert.

Mike Albert: Why would the US want Venezuela's government overthrown?

John Pilger: There are straightforward principles and dynamics at work here. Washington wants to get rid of the Venezuelan government because it is independent of US designs for the region and because Venezuela has the greatest proven oil reserves in the world and uses its oil revenue to improve the quality of ordinary lives. Venezuela remains a source of inspiration for social reform in a continent ravaged by an historically rapacious US.

Social groups demand pullout of Uruguayan blue helmets from Haiti

By Presa Latina News Agency, Feb. 22, 2015.

Several social organizations will demand today the immediate withdrawal of Uruguayan troops from Haiti, where they are part of the UN Stabilization Mission in that country (Minustah).

In Haiti, building people, not things: Porter

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By Catherine Porter, Toronto Star, Feb. 20, 2015

Haiti’s hero, Dr. Paul Farmer, came to town this week.

By hero, I mean Farmer has saved hundreds of thousands of Haitian lives over the past 28 years, both personally and through the “social medicine” organization Partners In Health, which he co-founded there.

He’s also been a huge champion of the country’s poor — pointing out repeatedly, in books and articles, how the world’s powers (notably the U.S., Canada and France) and the aid industry have bled the country dry and then blamed it for its weakened state.