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Fears of crisis in Haiti as Dominican Republic resumes controversial deportations (article & video report)

By VICE News, August 15, 2015

continue to video documentary "The deadline for citizenship: Dominican Deadlock" by VICE news. 

After temporarily suspending detentions and deportations for a year to allow migrants of Haitian descent to get their paperwork together to register for legal residency or citizenship, the Dominican Republic has resumed the controversial program. On Friday, Bernardo Jimenez, director of the government's immigrant detention center, said six Haitians had been detained so far, but four were later released after proving that had applied for residency under the state's policy.

Haiti election: CEP issues reprimand to parties - but is it enough?

By Center for Economic Policy & Research (CEPR), August 27, 2015

On August 24, the CEP issued a warning to political parties that further acts of disorder would not be tolerated by the electoral council. In a communiqué, the CEP "deplored" the fact that candidates and their sympathizers had "disrupted" the voting on August 9, "ransacking Voting Centers and stealing voting materials." If a party's candidates, members or supporters commit similar acts again, that party's candidates will be excluded from the race in the affected constituency ("circonscription"), the CEP warned.

The Honduran coup’s ugly aftermath

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By Jonathan Marshall, consortiumnews.com, August 19, 2015

Imelda Marcos will forever be remembered for her hoard of 3,000 pairs of shoes, an ostentatious symbol of the billions of dollars in spoils she amassed as First Lady of the Philippines. Now shoes are again emerging as a symbol of corruption, this time in Honduras, where prosecutors are investigating allegations that a former first lady improperly purchased, or never distributed, 42,100 pairs of shoes for the poor, at a cost to the state of $348,000.

The allegations are just the latest to surface in a wide-ranging corruption investigation that has reenergized grass-roots politics and triggered a nationwide protest movement in Central America’s original “banana republic.”

Haiti, chronicle of an electoral crisis

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By Catharine Charlemagne, Haiti Liberté, August 6, 2015

Note from Haiti Liberté’s editor: For the past 67 weeks, Haïti Liberté columnist Catharine Charlemagne has written in French a series of articles entitled “Haiti, Chronicle of an Electoral Crisis.” We present here the English translation of her report from last week’s Aug. 19 edition.

"Even if Haitian leaders had a hundred years and a hundred billion dollars to prepare for the elections, the result would have been the same. It is not a question of time or resources. It is a question of incompetence." This is how a member of a group of international observers, with whom I monitored Haiti’s election day on Sun., Aug. 9, 2015, summed up the fiasco.

Guatemala: Protestors call for President Molina to resign / Canadian owned mines threaten indigenous communites

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Four articles:

Amy Goodman reports on the massive protests demanding President Otto Perez Molina step down.

Canada’s mining industry threatens democracy & the environment in Guatemala. 

Palm oil industry in Guatemala causes massive fish die-off. 

High levels of violence have created an unceasing demand for new burial spaces, forcing Guatemala's poor to bury their murdered children in mass graves next to municipal dumps. 

A sweet deal: The royal family of cane benefits from political giving

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By Amy Bracken, Al Jazeera International, July 23, 2015

This is the second story in a two-part series. Read the first story, about the working conditions of the cane cutters on Dominican sugar plantations violating labor law, here

Charlotte Ponticelli used to work for the State Department, but when she describes a recent visit to sugarcane plantations in the Dominican Republic, she ditches the diplomat speak.

“What I saw made me sick,” she says of the laborers’ living conditions. “[The cane workers] were skeletons wearing rags. One old man told us, ‘We have no access to anything from our pensions.’ They had worked for 40 to 50 years, and nothing … I wanted to cry all the way home. I thought, ‘After … all this work, this is how these people live?’”

Full breakdown of preliminary legislative election results in Haiti

By Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR), August 21, 2015

After not showing up to its own scheduled press conference on Wednesday, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced on Thursday that they would be re-running the first round legislative elections in 25 towns throughout the country. The CEP also announced participation rates at the national level and for each of the 10 departments during the press conference. However, no results were announced, instead, the CEP directed people to its website where results were supposed to be posted. The website was down until around 4 AM Friday morning when official results were finally made available.