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U.N. and U.S. blame Haiti’s opposition for delayed elections, ignore history

By Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR), September 16, 2014

At the United Nations Security Council meeting last week, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power did not mince words regarding who was to blame for Haiti’s electoral impasse. Power, speaking to the assembled members, stated bluntly [PDF]:

Stop the Attacks on Former President Jean Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Movement

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, September 23, 2014

On Aug. 21, Haitian police wearing black masks and carrying heavy arms appeared in front of the home of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as a Haitian judge issued calls to arrest him. Hundreds of people courageously surrounded the house to protect him.

One week before, President Aristide was summoned to court on false corruption charges. This is the fourth time since his return to Haiti in 2011 that he has been the target of a politically motivated legal case. (Previous charges were dropped before he could even challenge them in court.)

Two major government failures: The opening of schools and the closing of the 49th legislature

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by Thomas Péralte, Haiti Liberté, September 10, 2014

This past Mon., Sep. 8, 2014 marked two major events in Haiti: the first day of school and the last day of the regular session of the 49th Legislature.

Haitian election delays "of great concern to Canada"

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By Kristen Shane, Embassy News, September 17, 2014

If Haiti doesn’t soon hold long-delayed elections, its elected president could rule by decree, a situation the Canadian government says is “of great concern.”

Why Aristide allegations always resurface before elections (two articles)

Haiti's fragile democracy 

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti.

By Kauren Carasik, Jurist, August 31, 2014

Venezuela divided (short documentary film)

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By Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera, August 27, 2014 

A year after President Hugo Chavez's death, Venezuela is in turmoil and more polarised than ever. 

In February 2014, one wing of the country's opposition erected barricades in the streets and fought battles with security forces in an effort to force Chavezs successor, Nicolas Maduro, from power. 

Hope for UN accountability with new high commissioner

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This article is a profile of Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, who will be the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights next month. Zeid has a history of standing up for human rights, even against UN peacekeepers in sexual abuse cases. His appointment as the High Commissioner gives hope for continued pressure for the UN to be accountable for peacekeepers’ actions. In October 2013, the previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, supported compensation for UN cholera victims in Haiti.
-- IJDH Editor