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By Jay Paul, the REAL news, Jan. 13, 2013

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PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore. And we're continuing our series of interviews with Yves Engler about his book The Ugly Canadian, which is all about Stephen Harper's foreign policy. And this week we're going to talk about Haiti. Thanks for joining us, Yves.

By VICE News, August 15, 2015

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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.

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.

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.

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.

By Amelie Baron, Agence France-Presse (AFP), August 10, 2015

Haiti carried out long-delayed legislative elections Sunday, in a stride toward restoring constitutional order though sporadic disturbances forced dozens of voting centers to close doors.

Lengthy delays hit polling in many places as the impoverished Caribbean nation launched its first legislative elections since President Michel Martelly came to power in May 2011.

By Thomas Péralte, Haiti Liberté, August 5, 2015

On Sun., Aug. 9, 2015, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of the government of President Michel Martelly and de facto Prime Minister Evans Paul plans to hold the first round of legislative elections to fill two-thirds of the Senate (20 seats) and the entire Chamber of Deputies (119 seats).

According to the CEP, more than 5.8 million Haitians are expected to vote, although campaigning, which ends Fri., Aug. 7, 2015, has been very restrained due to confrontations between various candidates’ supporters.

By Haiti Elections Blog, August 3, 2015

On Tuesday, during a meeting of PHTK in Miragoâne (Nippes), the President, Michel Martelly,verbally abused a woman who publicly questioned the effectiveness of his government. In his response, the President went as far as to say that he would break her jaw and have sexual intercourse with her were he not the President. In direct reaction to this incident, twelve feminist organizations have issued a statement strongly condemning the President’s actions.

By Mark Philips, Toronto Star, August 7, 2015

The following commentary was first published in the Toronto Star print edition of August 7, 2015. This version has been slightly revised by the author. The Toronto Star is Canada's largest circulation print daily newspaper.

Since 2006, Canada has been one of the largest donors to Haitian elections. But insiders and policy analysts have revealed that in recent years, Canada, along with the United States and France, see their funding not so much as a donation but a purchase.

Electoral Council Director Pierre-Louis Opont, for example, has effectively stated that Michel Martelly should not be Haiti’s current president. With Haitians scheduled to cast a ballot for most every elected official in the country this year, Opont is wise to try to avoid a repeat of the last presidential ballot.

By Joe Emersberger, TeleSUR, August 4, 2015

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has tried to prevent victims of the violent protests that were led by the jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in 2014 from being forgotten – specifically the police officers and government supporters who were murdered and who account for about half the protest-related deaths. Victims like Gisella Rubilar, mother of four, who was killed by a gunshot to the head while clearing away a barricade erected in her neighborhood by protesters, have been made invisible by the international media – rarely registering as statistics much less as people. Lopez, on the other hand, has constantly been portrayed as a pro-democracy hero and as a victim.