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Hillary Clinton Should Denounce Negative Impact of Haiti Mining

Hillary Clinton recently came under fire for her brother’s involvement with mining contracts in Haiti, because of her position as Secretary of State and the influence of the Clinton Foundation. This article advises her to focus on the devastating environmental impacts mining would have in Haiti, a country whose environment is already very unstable. It focuses particularly on the negative effect of mining on clean water, which Haiti struggled with even before UN peacekeepers brought cholera to the island.

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Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment

John Cavanagh, The Nation
March 25, 2015

Hillary Clinton

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, is on the advisory board of a company that is trying to mine gold in Haiti. No one should be judged based on decisions made by family members, but here is why Hillary Clinton is in the middle of this story and needs to act quickly.

Tony Rodham met VCS Mining’s chief executive, Angelo Viard, in 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), part of the Clinton Foundation, where Hillary serves on the Board of Directors. Viard admitted to the Post that he paid the $20,000 entry fee to the Initiative because he thought he could drum up business deals. It’s not clear from the Post story whether Tony Rodham also paid an entry fee for himself, but the meeting between the two delivered a potential financial bonanza for Rodham. As a board member, he holds stock options that will become extremely valuable if the mine comes on line.

There are two problems here. The first is that the Clinton Global Initiative’s integrity is tarnished when some corporate executives are drawn to it out of profit motives rather than charitable ones. Viard told the Post he attended as “a pure marketing operation.”


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