Recent Feature Articles

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Nov. 25, 2015

On Nov. 24, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) issued its definitive results for the Oct. 25 presidential election, ruling that the Haitian Bald Headed Party’s (PHTK) Jovenel Moïse, with 508,761 votes (32.76%) would go to a second round with the Alternative League for Progress and Haitian Emancipation’s (LAPEH) Jude Célestin, with 392,782 votes (25.29%).

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Nov. 25, 2015

Jovenel Moïse, who supposedly leads in Haiti’s controversial presidential first-round elections, may have thought that he would be acclaimed when he made visits to the Haitian community in New York and Miami this past weekend.

Instead, he encountered spirited, impromptu demonstrations which denounced him as an “election thief.”

Using Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and old-fashioned phone trees, activists scrambled demonstrations of several dozen in both Brooklyn and Miami, having learned of Jovenel’s unpublicized visits only hours earlier.

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Nov. 24, 2015

A team of U.S.-based lawyers who witnessed last month’s Haitian elections say there is mounting evidence showing a clear pattern of systemic fraud, voter confusion and intimidation, and in some areas disenfranchisement.

The report paints a grim picture of a flawed, chaotic electoral process on Oct. 25. Not only were voting procedures inconsistently applied at poorly designed polling stations, the report notes, but the widespread use of observer and political party accreditation led to people voting multiple times and potentially accounts for as much as 60 percent of the 1.5 million votes cast.

By CEPR (Center for Economic & Policy Research), Nov. 19, 2015

new survey from the Brazilian Igarape Institute, released today, indicates that official results from Haiti’s October 25 presidential election may not reflect the will of the voters. In the wake of the election, local observers and political leaders have denounced what they claim was massive fraud in favor of the governing party’s candidate, Jovenel Moïse, who came in first place with 32.8 percent of the vote according to the preliminary results. In second place was Jude Célestin with 25.3 percent and in third and fourth respectively were Moïse Jean Charles with 14.3 percent and Dr. Maryse Narcisse with 7 percent. Final results are expected this week.

By Mark Weisbrot, Tribune news Service, Nov. 8, 2015

When an earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people, former President Bill Clinton said that the reconstruction would provide an opportunity to “build back better.” Some $9.6 billion was pledged by the international community, including the U.S. government. But nearly six years later, although about $7.6 billion has been disbursed, there is not much to show for it.

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Nov. 11, 2015

Other than Jovenel Moïse of the ruling Haitian Bald Headed Party (PHTK), almost all of the other 53 Haitian presidential candidates reject the Oct. 25 election’s preliminary results announced by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) on Nov. 5.

However, the candidates’ tactics for redressing what many observers also say are fraudulent and non-transparent vote counts differ widely. The result is a disjointed array of demonstrations, press conferences, declarations, letters, and legal contests which appear, until now, to leave the CEP, as well as the regime of President Michel Martelly and his backers in Washington, unmoved and unalarmed.

By CEPR (Center for Economic & Policy research), Nov. 3, 2015

On Monday, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced that the preliminary results of the October 25 presidential and legislative elections, expected to be announced today, would be delayed until Thursday. The delay has been attributed to the formation of a committee by the CEP to investigate allegations of fraud coming from political parties and local observer groups. The committee consists of five members of the electoral council. Of the 162 complaints received, the committee says 43 are being followed up on, though few are placing their trust in the process. 

The violent overthrow of Haiti’s President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 and 2004 coups has ripped aside the democratic pretensions of US and the other major powers. In 1990, Haiti -the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere- brought to power Aristide, its first elected president. In September 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was deposed in a bloody military coup orchestrated by the US. He was eventually returned to power by US intervention, only to be overthrown yet again in 2004. This Press TV production is a chronicle of US destabilization campaign in Haiti and brings us up to today, 11 years on from the coup.

SOIL has just released its annual report. Founded in 2006, SOIL has been transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. Through the use of ecological sanitation, SOIL is working to create a social business model for providing access to safe, dignified sanitation that produces organic compost as a natural resource for Haiti’s badly-depleted soils, while also creating economic opportunities in some of the world’s most under-resourced communities.

By Kim Ives and Yves Pierre-Louis, Haiti Liberté, Oct. 28, 2015

The international press and some observers have trumpeted that Haiti’s Oct. 25 elections were a success. However, most Haitians would probably disagree, because they did not vote.

In a random survey of the results at 76 voting bureaus in seven different voting centers around Port-au-Prince, Haïti Liberté found that only 14.7% of voters came to the polls. There were also clear indications of fraudulent voter tallies.

Voting centers had from dozens to hundreds of representatives from Haiti’s 128 registered political parties milling about and often squabbling with voting bureau personnel. Known as mandataires, these mostly paid representatives outnumbered voters at most centers.