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New documentary "Exposing Imperialism in Haiti" available free online

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The violent overthrow of Haiti’s President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 and 2004 coups has ripped aside the democratic pretensions of US and the other major powers. In 1990, Haiti -the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere- brought to power Aristide, its first elected president. In September 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was deposed in a bloody military coup orchestrated by the US. He was eventually returned to power by US intervention, only to be overthrown yet again in 2004. This Press TV production is a chronicle of US destabilization campaign in Haiti and brings us up to today, 11 years on from the coup.

As CEP rejects appeal to oust front-runner U.S. observers issue scathing election report

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By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Nov. 25, 2015

On Nov. 24, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) issued its definitive results for the Oct. 25 presidential election, ruling that the Haitian Bald Headed Party’s (PHTK) Jovenel Moïse, with 508,761 votes (32.76%) would go to a second round with the Alternative League for Progress and Haitian Emancipation’s (LAPEH) Jude Célestin, with 392,782 votes (25.29%).

Diaspora demonstrators confront contested Presidential front-runner, activist Farah Juste arrested

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By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Nov. 25, 2015

Jovenel Moïse, who supposedly leads in Haiti’s controversial presidential first-round elections, may have thought that he would be acclaimed when he made visits to the Haitian community in New York and Miami this past weekend.

Instead, he encountered spirited, impromptu demonstrations which denounced him as an “election thief.”

Using Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and old-fashioned phone trees, activists scrambled demonstrations of several dozen in both Brooklyn and Miami, having learned of Jovenel’s unpublicized visits only hours earlier.

U.S. observers: Haiti’s presidential elections deeply flawed

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By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Nov. 24, 2015

A team of U.S.-based lawyers who witnessed last month’s Haitian elections say there is mounting evidence showing a clear pattern of systemic fraud, voter confusion and intimidation, and in some areas disenfranchisement.

The report paints a grim picture of a flawed, chaotic electoral process on Oct. 25. Not only were voting procedures inconsistently applied at poorly designed polling stations, the report notes, but the widespread use of observer and political party accreditation led to people voting multiple times and potentially accounts for as much as 60 percent of the 1.5 million votes cast.

Showing Haiti on its own terms

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By Alexandra Fuller, National Geographic, November issue, 2015

The Haitian student photographers ranged in age from 14 to their mid-30s, and they’d come from all parts of the country and from all backgrounds. Their mandate was so simple it verged on radical: To show the world Haiti as it is rarely seen—as they saw it. Not just a country of disasters, shocks, and aftershocks but also a place shot through with sunlight and glittering sea, a place stunned into focus by a child in an impeccable school uniform, rollicked by music and the seemingly spontaneous eruption of dancers blowing on bamboo trumpets through the haze of a street party. A place of pride and possibility.

New survey casts doubt on Haiti election results

By CEPR (Center for Economic & Policy Research), Nov. 19, 2015

new survey from the Brazilian Igarape Institute, released today, indicates that official results from Haiti’s October 25 presidential election may not reflect the will of the voters. In the wake of the election, local observers and political leaders have denounced what they claim was massive fraud in favor of the governing party’s candidate, Jovenel Moïse, who came in first place with 32.8 percent of the vote according to the preliminary results. In second place was Jude Célestin with 25.3 percent and in third and fourth respectively were Moïse Jean Charles with 14.3 percent and Dr. Maryse Narcisse with 7 percent. Final results are expected this week.

U.S. needs strict Haitian pledge of accountability


By Mark Weisbrot, Tribune news Service, Nov. 8, 2015

When an earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people, former President Bill Clinton said that the reconstruction would provide an opportunity to “build back better.” Some $9.6 billion was pledged by the international community, including the U.S. government. But nearly six years later, although about $7.6 billion has been disbursed, there is not much to show for it.