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Demands for Martelly's resignation increase (Two articles)

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As Lamothe resignes Police and UN fire on swelling demonstrations calling Martelly to step down

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, December 17, 2014

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned at almost midnight on Sat., Dec. 13, culminating a tumultuous week of demonstrations, diplomatic theater, and backroom political maneuvering.

Haitian protests send Dominican diplomats packing

Activists Demand Trial over Killed Six-Year-Old, Revive Centuries-Old Tensions

By Belen Marty, panampost.com, December 5, 2014

Tensions between Haiti and the Dominican Republic have intensified since a violent mob attacked the Dominican consulate in the Haitian city of Juana Méndez on December 1. According to Dominican Vice Consul Marciano Mateo Espinosa, all Dominican diplomats have been sent home for security reasons.

Haiti: Too few beds to treat cholera patients

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By Doctors Without Borders, November 24, 2014

More than 2,000 people with symptoms of cholera have required emergency hospitalization since mid-October in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Even though the majority of the Haitian population remains exposed to cholera due to a lack of access to clean drinking water and latrines, capacity to treat those affected by the disease is still inadequate. In response, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has rapidly reinforced its cholera response, making close to 320 beds available. 

Treading through the trash: Haiti's garbage problem isn't wrecking just the environment

By Rosaly Bird, Co-founder and author of the Sustainability Co-op, huffingtonpost.com, November 20, 2014

Imagine taking an hour-long boat ride off the coast of a beach in the Caribbean, sun shining, perfect breeze blowing. You are getting ready to go scuba dive, and once the boat arrives to the first dive spot, you ensure all your equipment is on properly, check your regulator, and get ready for an exciting dive. But as you are about to jump in, you take a look around the boat. It is literally surrounded by trash. Styrofoam to-go lunch boxes, clear plastic bags, plastic soda bottles. Even shoes.

Peruvian farmworker defeats U.S. based Newmont Mining Corporation

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By Rael Mora, telesurtv.net, December 18, 2014

Maxima Acuña, a farmworker from Cajamarca, has won a legal case against the U.S. based Newmont Mining Corporation. Newmont is known in Peru by the name of its operations in the area, Yanacocha.

The company sued Maxima for alleged land invasion in an attempt to expel her and her family from her property. Yanacocha wanted her land in order to pursue their  massive gold mining project, known as Conga.

WikiLeaked diplomatic cables reveal: Rudy Hériveaux is a “close contact” of the U.S. embassy in Haiti

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by Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, December 17, 2014

(First of three articles) 

Haiti's current Communications Minister Rudy Hériveaux became a focus of popular rage in November when, in an editorial, he labeled as "cockroaches" the thousands of demonstrators now marching almost daily to demand President Michel Martelly's resignation.

But for at least a decade, Hériveaux has been a regular and trusted source for the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, according to the secret diplomatic cables of several U.S. ambassadors and chargés d'affaires obtained by the media organization Wikileaks and provided to Haïti Liberté.

Haiti’s prime minister Laurent Lamothe resigns amid protests

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By Amelie Baron, globeandmail.com, December 14, 2014

Haiti’s prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, succumbed to domestic and international pressure on Sunday and announced he would resign in a televised address in the middle of night.

“I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment,” he said.

The announcement came a day after president Michel Martelly accepted the recommendations of a special commission that called for Mr. Lamothe’s resignation as part of an effort to resolve a long-running political dispute over long overdue legislative and municipal elections.