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Haiti aid reform bill “Will be a step in the right direction,” CEPR co-director says

By Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), July 28, 2014

New legislation passed by Congress to provide increased oversight of USAID activities in Haiti will be “a significant step in the right direction,” Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Co-Director Mark Weisbrot said today. 

Guatemalan court rules in favor of indigenous people (Update: three articles)

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Guatemalan court rules in favor of indigenous people 

By Christian Sandberg,, July 24, 2014 

A Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa. The court says the Guatemalan government must respect the right to information and consultation with the local population before granting any kind of mining permits, according to international conventions. As a consequence the mining permit named ”Los Chocoyos”is illegal, and should be withdrawn. 

When Will the UN Pay For Its Crimes in Haiti? When Will Anyone?

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By Joe Emersberger,, July 28, 2014

Since 2010 the UN has been dodging responsibility for a cholera outbreak that has killed 8,500 Haitians and sickened more than 700,000. Nepalese soldiers with the UN “peacekeeping” forces caused the outbreak by allowing their sewage to leak into Haiti’s largest river. According to the UN itself, cholera could kill 2,000 more people in 2014. The UN now faces a lawsuit in US courts that was brought by some of the victims.

Haiti demolition unleashes new wave of homelessness after poor renters given minutes to leave

By David McFadden,, July 24, 2014

The broad avenues in the Haitian government's promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass. The new ministry buildings are sleek and modern but retain some of the neo-classical architecture of the former structures lost to natural disaster.

Martelly & Lamothe meet with Diaspora in Miami (two articles)

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Haitian president, prime minister meet diaspora in North Miami

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, July 19, 2014

Before today, the town hall, called Gouvènman Lakay Ou, took place in regions around Haiti. But for the ninth edition, Lamothe decided to come north, a move that has been heavily criticized in Haiti, where the country is struggling financially and the government just backed down from plans to increase the price of gas to address a budget deficit.

A damned paradise: Does Haiti need tourism? Or does it need justice?

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Human rights attorney Mario Joseph and Tourism Minister Stéphanie Villedrouin are both trying to improve Haiti, but they are following radically different paths. The one wants justice, the other wants tourism.

By Samiha Shafy,, July 18, 2014

The attorney stares at a hut next to the grave. It's made of wood and mud, and is covered with a plastic tarp. "I used to live like that," Mario Joseph says quietly, more to himself than to the three women crouching behind him in the shade of a tree.

Haitian rape survivors begin new lives in Canada and the US

A young Haitian sexual assault survivor in a home she shares with her family after they were relocated from a camp with the help

By Lisa Armstrong,, July 1, 2014

There are no Haitians in the Montreal neighborhood where Lovely lives. “There are mostly whites. It’s very rare to find a black person, let alone a Haitian,” she says.