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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.

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.

Haitians are rising up against the stolen elections

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By James North, The Nation, Nov. 13, 2015

The unrest sweeping across Haiti in response to the rigged October 25 presidential election is a decisive repudiation of US foreign policy, and a particularly stinging rebuke to Bill and Hillary Clinton. The Clintons must be secretly relieved that the Republican Congress wasted time investigating Benghazi, since the crisis in Haiti shows how the twosome terribly mismanaged their signature foreign initiative, leaving behind a nation sinking into corruption and violence.

CEP holdout breaks silence as election protests grow in Haiti

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By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Nov. 12, 2015

The sole member of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council who did not sign the preliminary presidential and legislative results says he refused to do so because he doubts the credibility of the results.

Jaccéus Joseph told the Miami Herald that he thought the Tabulation Center would have done more to address the allegations of electoral fraud, including checking the voter registration lists against the ballots cast in the Oct. 25 first round presidential and legislative runoff vote.

“We asked the director of the Tabulation Center did he have enough time to thoroughly verify if there was fraud,” Joseph said. “He said he didn’t have enough time for that.”

After Haiti’s first-round elections, the legacy of intervention looms large

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By Jake Johnston, NACLA (The North American Congress on Latin America), Nov. 11, 2015

Five years ago, Haiti’s current president, Michel Martelly, was leading street protests, alleging massive fraud on the part of the government after preliminary election results left him out of a second round. Those results,announced in early December 2010, showed Mirlande Manigat, a university professor, and Jude Célestin, the candidate backed by then president René Préval, advancing to a runoff. In third place, by just a few thousands votes, was Martelly.

Most candidates scorn vote results, but unity remains elusive

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By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Nov. 11, 2015

Other than Jovenel Moïse of the ruling Haitian Bald Headed Party (PHTK), almost all of the other 53 Haitian presidential candidates reject the Oct. 25 election’s preliminary results announced by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) on Nov. 5.

However, the candidates’ tactics for redressing what many observers also say are fraudulent and non-transparent vote counts differ widely. The result is a disjointed array of demonstrations, press conferences, declarations, letters, and legal contests which appear, until now, to leave the CEP, as well as the regime of President Michel Martelly and his backers in Washington, unmoved and unalarmed.