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Why Aristide allegations always resurface before elections (Two articles)

Haiti's fragile democracy 

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti.

By Kauren Carasik, Jurist, August 31, 2014

Venezuela divided (short documentary film)

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By Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera, August 27, 2014 

A year after President Hugo Chavez's death, Venezuela is in turmoil and more polarised than ever. 

In February 2014, one wing of the country's opposition erected barricades in the streets and fought battles with security forces in an effort to force Chavezs successor, Nicolas Maduro, from power. 

Hope for UN Accountability with New High Commissioner

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This article is a profile of Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, who will be the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights next month. Zeid has a history of standing up for human rights, even against UN peacekeepers in sexual abuse cases. His appointment as the High Commissioner gives hope for continued pressure for the UN to be accountable for peacekeepers’ actions. In October 2013, the previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, supported compensation for UN cholera victims in Haiti. 

Climate change’s souring effects on Haiti crops

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By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, August 28, 2014

Haiti’s coffee production, which is enjoying a sweet comeback, could be adversely affected by warmer temperatures and less rainfall in the future, a study released Thursday by Catholic Relief Services said.

The humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church commissioned the study by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture to help its work with coffee and mango growers in southern Haiti. But after seeing how climatic changes could reduce suitable agriculture land for coffee, while offering opportunity for other crops, CRS decided it needed to be shared with a wider audience, said Jeff McIntosh, CRS deputy director in Haiti.

The Harper Government has refused to fill a position to oversee the mining industry

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By Justin Ling, vice.com, August 19, 2014

The Harper government is dragging its feet on filling a nearly year-old vacancy for a job to oversee Canada’s controversial mining industry. The position has already been widely criticized as an astroturfing effort to boost the damaged image of Canadian mining interests worldwide, despite its supposed mission of addressing the issues of our mining companies that are marauding throughout the Global South. But even though the job was panned for being ineffective, not having an overseer at all is clearly much worse than having a neutered one.

And things may soon get even more out of hand.

Aristide's lawyer Ira Kurzban denounces politicized judiciary (radio interview)

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By Kevin Pina, Pacifica Radio, August 30, 2014

Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio's Senior Producer Kevin Pina interviews the attorney of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti. Kurzban who details the decades long campaign against Aristide by the US government and its intelligence agencies. He also denounces recent moves by Haiti's politicized judges to attack his client.

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U.S. Haitian puppet targets Jean-Bertrand Aristide yet again

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By Joe Emersberger, Haiti Liberté, September 3, 2014

No evidence of corruption has ever been found to incriminate the former Haitian leader, who was overthrown by a U.S.-led coup.

  Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is once again being hounded with bogus corruption allegations by the government of Michel Martelly – a government that owes its existence to U.S. bullying.