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Why WHO waited on Ebola: E-mails reveal politics behind slow response

By Maria Cheng & Raphael Satter, Associated Press, March 20, 2015

By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest ever recorded. There weren’t enough beds to treat patients and many were refusing to seek treatment, driving the outbreak underground.

Senior staffers in Africa at the World Health Organization raised the prospect of declaring an international emergency. The answer from WHO’s Geneva headquarters: Wait.

The International Peace Institute releases report on implications of UN peacekeeping on health

By the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), March 20, 2015

The International Peace Institute (IPI) has released a 40-page report titled “Healing or Harming? United Nations Peacekeeping and Health” focusing on the implications of United Nations peacekeepers on the overall health of the populations it serves. The report discusses extensively the case of cholera in Haiti, highlighted from page 12-15.

As Haiti’s parliament dissolves, oversight of billions in gold mining could be axed

By Claire Ward , VICE, January 13, 2015 

The World Bank, the Haitian government, and international mining company representatives walk into a hotel lobby to discuss the future of mining in Haiti. Guess who isn't invited? Everyone else in Haiti. 

Dominican nurse fired for Haitian heritage, shows expulsion threat

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By Ezra Fieser, Bloomberg News, March 24, 2015

Anne Dimanche Saintil was born in the Dominican Republic, earned her nursing degree there and worked at a hospital in the capital, Santo Domingo. Then she was fired, because her parents were from Haiti. Dimanche is among as many as 110,000 people living in the Dominican Republic without any legal status after the government, following a Supreme Court decision, began denying citizenship to Dominican-born children of undocumented immigrants, almost all of whom came from neighboring Haiti.

Editorial: Elections that bode ill for the Haitian people!

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By Berthony Dupont, Haiti Liberté, March 25, 2015

It is hard to imagine a greater contrast than that which is evident in Haiti today. On one hand, we can see the triumphant posturing of the de facto tandem of President Michel Martelly and his new Prime Minister Evans Paul. On the other hand, we witness the pusillanimity of the so-called opposition under the leadership of MOPOD (Patriotic Movement of the Democratic Opposition), the Lavalas Family Political Organization, and the Dessalines’ Children Platform, three rather inconsistent formations which are now prepared to play the game of electoral lottery concocted by the government. Despite its record of lawless behavior and of association with people accused of rape, murder, drug trafficking, and kidnapping, this government is still moving towards elections that will no doubt deliver a society which is even more unjust and corrupt, with the encouragement of those who don’t see anything wrong with that.

Blue helmets in white uniforms: Cuba’s doctors in Haiti

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By Fernando Ravsberg, Cartos Desde Cuba, March 5, 2015

An epidemic of enormous proportions has broken out a few kilometers away from Cuba and the United States – a tragedy the UN is comparing to the Ebola outbreak in Africa. In Haiti, cholera has already caused 8,813 deaths, and as many as 725,608 people are thought to have been infected since 2010. Last year, 30 thousand new cases were reported.

Haitian leader’s power grows as scandals swirl

By Frances Robles, New York Times, March 16, 2015

With a brisk clap of his hands, Michel Martelly summed up the first steps he would take if he ever left the music business and became the president of Haiti.

“First thing, after I establish my power, which would be very strong and necessary, I would close that congress thing,” Mr. Martelly was quoted as saying in 1997, when he was still a hugely popular singer. “Out of my way.”

His words have proved prophetic. A political crisis almost four years into Mr. Martelly’s presidency gave life to the fantasy he once described: He is now running the country without the checks and balances of a parliament.