Recent Feature Articles

By Yves Pierre-Louis & Daniel Tercier, Haiti Liberté, Oct.21, 2015

A new specialized police unit and affiliated local gangs unleashed a wave of violence during the past week which has claimed over 20 lives and terrorized the population of Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince’s largest shanty town.

The Brigade for Departmental Intervention Operations (BOID), a 254-officer SWAT unit formed by the regime of President Michel Martelly in June, killed at least 12 people with gunfire and decapitated four men with machetes: James Charles, Johnny Sylvestre,  Ronald Labonte, and Johnny Formélus. Their bodies were discovered on Oct. 16.

By Kevin Moran & Azadeh Shashshahani, The Hill, Oct. 13, 2015

Haiti’s sham election on Aug. 9, 2015 was characterized by extremely low voter turnout, with just 18 percent of registered voters going to the polls.  Additionally, 23 percent of all votes were never counted, due to fraud and violence on Election Day.  By comparison, in the deeply flawed 2010 election, the number of uncounted tally sheets was 12 percent.

The Martelly government, his PHTK party, and the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) nevertheless declared the electoral process to be broadly satisfactory and minimized the extent of irregularities.  The West, led by the U.S., also blessed this outcome.

By Fran Quigley, Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct. 14, 2015

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and

If someone had poisoned New York's water supply and killed 9,000 people, it would have been the most litigated public health disaster of all time. But when it happened in Haiti? Nothing.

Earlier this year, the Haitian people and their supporters commemorated the fifth anniversary of the horrific earthquake that struck the country in 2010. This month marks the fifth anniversary of the horrific cholera outbreak that followed.

More of us know about the earthquake. But the cholera was worse.

Not in terms of sheer lives lost — although the epidemic claimed 9,000 lives and sickened one out of every 15 people in the country. The cholera was worse because it’s a human rights tragedy.

By Haiti election Blog, Oct. 9, 2015

The following is an unofficial translation of an editorial published in Le Nouvelliste on Tuesday, October 6, in response to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s brief visit with President Martelly that day. The original editorial, written by Frantz Duval, is available here, and the full text of Kerry and Martelly’s joint press conference can be found here

By Yves Pierre-Louis, Haiti Liberté, Oct. 6, 2015

Sep. 30, 2015 was a joyous day this year, although it marked the 24th anniversary of the sad and bloody 1991 coup d’état led by former Haitian Army Gen. Raoul Cédras and Lt. Col. Michel François against the democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The coup killed some 5,000 people, according to some estimates, and over 20,000 according to others. Occurring five years after the Duvalier dictatorship’s overthrow, the Sep. 30, 1991 coup temporarily trampled the democracy that had begun to take root in Haiti.

By CEPR (Center for Economic & Policy Research), Oct. 8, 2015

Recently released e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private server reveal new details of how U.S. officials worked closely with the Haitian private sector as they forced Haitian authorities to change the results of the first round presidential elections in late 2010. The e-mails documenting these “behind the doors actions” were made public as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

Preliminary results from the deeply flawed 2010 presidential and legislative elections were announced on December 7, 2010, showing René Préval’s hand-picked successor Jude Célestin and university professor Mirlande Manigat advancing to a second-round runoff. The same day, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti released a statement questioning the legitimacy of the announced results.

By Associated Press, Sept 30, 2015

Twice-ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide urged thousands of supporters gathered outside his house to vote for the presidential candidate of the political faction he founded years ago.

Backers of the Fanmi Lavalas movement chanted, sang and waved photos of Mr Aristide after they trekked to his home in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Tabarre following a campaign rally miles away for the party's presidential candidate.

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Oct. 2, 2015

A member of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council resigned Friday, raising concerns about the possibility of more resignations from the embattled body and the fate of the Oct. 25 vote for president, mayors and members of parliament.

“I am not comfortable,” Néhémy Joseph told Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, confirming the news that he had sent President Michel Martelly a letter announcing his resignation.

In the signed three-page resignation letter circulating on social media, Joseph addressed the criticisms dogging the council, and told Martelly that Haiti needs more than anything “inclusive and impartial elections.”

By Sakura Saunders, Now (Toronto), Sept. 23, 2015

Posted on Sept. 26, 2015

Editor's note: Barrick Gold and other Canadian mining companies own mining rights in several regions of Haiti. 

Since 75 per cent of the world’s mining and exploration companies are based in Canada and 40 per cent of global mining capital is raised on the Toronto Stock Exchange, it’s easy to argue that Canada is the world leader in this industry. Mining interests influence international aid, dictate the activities of our foreign diplomats and prescribe the conditions of our multilateral investment and “free  trade” agreements.

When it comes to abuse by mining companies, Canada also reigns supreme. Killings and sexual abuse by security forces and unchecked environmental devastation are regularly reported occurrences at Canadian mining sites around the world. Barrick Gold, the company founded by Peter Munk, does not escape this seeming industry norm. 

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Sept. 19, 2015

Posted in Sept. 20, 2015

In this age of near-total U.S. government secrecy, the truth about Washington’s actions is rarely found in the heavily redacted documents it sometimes releases in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. It often must be devined from what remains classified.

Such is the case with the 7,945 emails of former U.S. Secretary of State and now Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which the U.S. State Department has so far made public, on a rolling basis, since May 2015.