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Privert’s Presidency survives June 14 as demonstrators support him

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By Marie Laurette Numa & Yves Pierre-Louis, Haiti Liberté, June 14, 2016

The Feb. 5, 2016 Accord made between then President Michel Martelly and Senate president Jocelerme Privert went into effect on Feb. 14 and was due to expire on Jun. 14, 2016.

The agreement had foreseen that "the mandate of the temporary President is up to 120 days from the date of installation. Where appropriate, the National Assembly shall take any necessary measures." In other words, a joint session of Haiti’s upper and lower houses (i.e. National Assembly) could extend the term of the president or oust him.

Already, Privert had offered his interpretation of the agreement, saying: "As long as the elections are not conducted, the Feb. 5 Accord retains all its validity." New elections are scheduled to start in October 2016 and finish in January 2017.

Between rock and responsibility: Corporate responsibility for Canada's mining sector

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By Josh Scheinert, opencanada.org, June 3, 2016

It was early March when Jeffrey Davidson took the podium in a basement conference room in Toronto. Before a curious audience at one of the world’s largest mining conferences, the PDAC (the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada) Convention, Davidson spoke with cautious optimism. He noted his belief that this moment presents a “real opportunity” for the mining community to demonstrate its commitment to responsible resource extraction.
 
Davidson’s talk marked one year since he took over a government role critical for the field. A lifelong veteran of the mining industry with a focus on trying to improve the social performance of companies, Davidson was appointed Canada’s Extractive Sector CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Counsellor just before PDAC last year.
 
The former Queen’s University professor, and World Bank and Rio Tinto mining consultant, is tasked with implementing the government’s “enhanced” CSR strategy, Doing Business the Canadian Way. The strategy is the second iteration of a policy first unveiled in 2009, which was widely acknowledged to have been ineffective. It faced criticism for its lack of concrete action, and Davidson’s predecessor, Marketa Evans, resigned quietly in 2013 without any announcement. The office remained empty for almost a year and a half until Davidson’s appointment.
 
The new policy is an attempt to bring greater oversight into an industry that has increasingly found itself mired in global controversies.

Canada now the second biggest arms exporter to Middle East, data show

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By Steven Chase, Globe & Mail, June 14, 2016

Canada has soared in global rankings to become the second biggest arms dealer to the Middle East on the strength of its massive sale of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia, new figures show.

It’s a first for Canada, according to IHS Jane’s, the defence industry publisher that tracks military spending. Canada was previously the sixth-largest weapons vendor to Mideast countries. The United States is No. 1.

Canada has also vaulted to sixth overall among all arms-exporting countries, based on rankings released by Jane’s this week. This means only five countries are currently selling more weapons and military equipment. IHS Jane’s analyst Ben Moores said he suspects Canada has never ranked so highly among all arms-exporting countries and that it certainly hasn’t held that position in the past 15 years.

Senator: American Red Cross misled Congress, refused to ‘level with the people’ on Haiti money

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By Justin Elliott of ProPublica and Laura Sullivan of NPR (National Public Radio), published on  Pro Publica and on NPR, June 17, 2016

This is part of an ongoing investigation of the American Red Cross by ProPublica and NPR. How one of the country’s most venerated charities has failed disaster victims, broken promises and made dubious claims of success. See the full series here.

Weapons of democratic destruction: Luis Almagro and the OAS

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By Joe Emersberger, teleSUR, June 6, 2016

Despite the resurgence of the U.S.-backed right wing in Latin America, Luis Almagro’s attempt to have the OAS Democratic Charter applied against Venezuela’s government was a complete flop. The OAS bureaucracy is heavily funded and in other ways influenced by Washington and has long been used as a weapon against governments it doesn’t like. In the twenty first century, OAS member states have become independent enough to make that bureaucracy less dangerous, but it has still done considerable damage.

The role that OAS officials have played in Haiti is especially ugly. Almagro has not uttered a word of outrage against recent U.S. efforts to force Haitians to accept fraud ridden elections that the OAS helped run – quite a contrast with the way he belligerently and absurdly impugned Venezuela’s electoral process last year before legislative elections which were won by the opposition. Perhaps the most outrageous thing Almagro has ever done was demand OAS monitoring of Venezuela’s elections. It was like demanding that the Mafia supervise police.

Electoral council schedules new elections, respecting the Verification Committees findings

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By Yves Pierre-Louis, Haiti Liberté, June 8, 2016

On Mon. Jun. 6, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced an electoral schedule for the next eight months, culminating in the inauguration of a new president on Feb. 7, 2017.

Despite opposition from Washington and former President Michel Martelly’s Haitian Bald Headed Party (PHTK), the CEP fully recognized and implemented the findings and recommendations announced on May 30 by Haiti’s Independent Commission of Electoral Evaluation and Verification (CIEVE).

The Lancet demands the UN to take responsibility for cholera and pay reparations

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By The Lancet, June 11, 2016

Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon,

We have greatly admired your leadership as Secretary-General of the UN. Over your 10 years heading the world's most important international organisation, you have played an exemplary part in strengthening the global health agenda—championing awareness of women's and children's health, global warming, and humanitarianism. But there is one issue that concerns us deeply.

In 2010, UN soldiers from Nepal were deployed to help after Haiti's devastating earthquake and cholera contaminated sewage was discarded from their camp into the country's major river. This triggered the largest cholera outbreak in the world, leaving more than 30 000 Haitians dead and more than 2 million affected.

6 years later a cholera epidemic still rages—14 000 new cases and 150 deaths are reported this year alone. The UN has yet to accept responsibility for introducing cholera into Haiti, despite two investigations establishing these facts.