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Aristide denounces “electoral coup,” breaking four-year silence

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By Yves Pierre-Louis, Haiti Liberté, Oct. 6, 2015

Sep. 30, 2015 was a joyous day this year, although it marked the 24th anniversary of the sad and bloody 1991 coup d’état led by former Haitian Army Gen. Raoul Cédras and Lt. Col. Michel François against the democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The coup killed some 5,000 people, according to some estimates, and over 20,000 according to others. Occurring five years after the Duvalier dictatorship’s overthrow, the Sep. 30, 1991 coup temporarily trampled the democracy that had begun to take root in Haiti.

Miami Herald editorial: Another chance to move Haiti forward

By Miami Herald, Oct. 3, 2015

On the surface, Haiti’s presidential elections seem to be a robust competition. Fifty-four candidates are vying for the votes of 5.8 million registered voters, and they’re all debating their competing visions across the island — and even here in South Florida.

One of their debates takes place Sunday in North Miami, an acknowledgment of the importance of the local Haitian community and that the residents care deeply for their homeland.

Clinton emails reveal “behind the doors actions” of private sector and US embassy in Haiti elections

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By CEPR (Center for Economic & Policy Research), Oct. 8, 2015

Recently released e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private server reveal new details of how U.S. officials worked closely with the Haitian private sector as they forced Haitian authorities to change the results of the first round presidential elections in late 2010. The e-mails documenting these “behind the doors actions” were made public as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

Preliminary results from the deeply flawed 2010 presidential and legislative elections were announced on December 7, 2010, showing René Préval’s hand-picked successor Jude Célestin and university professor Mirlande Manigat advancing to a second-round runoff. The same day, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti released a statement questioning the legitimacy of the announced results.

Silence on Saudis illustrates Canada's human rights hypocrisy

By Alheli Picazo, Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 1, 2015

In 2014, on the shores of Lake Geneva and next to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a lavish ceremony was held to honour the recipient of the Moral Courage Award — an annual honour bestowed by UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO dedicated to “(monitoring) the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter.“

Confronting black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian revolution, and the origins of the Dominican Republic (Book release)

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By Gerald Horne, Monthly Review, October 2015

The Haitian Revolution, the product of the first successful slave revolt, was truly world-historic in its impact. When Haiti declared independence in 1804, the leading powers—France, Great Britain, and Spain—suffered an ignominious defeat and the New World was remade. The island revolution also had a profound impact on Haiti’s mainland neighbor, the United States. 

Inspiring the enslaved and partisans of emancipation while striking terror throughout the Southern slaveocracy, it propelled the fledgling nation one step closer to civil war. Gerald Horne’s path breaking new work explores the complex and often fraught relationship between the United States and the island of Hispaniola. 

Instill integrity in Haiti’s election

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By Brian Concannon Jr., op-ed in Miami Herald, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Haiti Tuesday with a chance to help avoid what the Herald Editorial Board warned may be “another disastrous train-wreck” of an election. There is still time to switch Haiti’s elections onto an acceptable track, and the United States can play an important role in that process. But fair elections will only happen if Kerry ensures that the Martelly administration and the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) make fundamental changes to restore voter confidence.

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

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By Associated Press, Sept 30, 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.