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Low Voter Turnout and Voter Suppression Taint Haiti Election

IJDH’s Brian Concannon and Haiti Action Committee’s Pierre Labossiere discuss Haiti’s October 25 elections (starts around minute 30). Not only did the threat of violence cause low voter turnout in many areas but in areas with higher turnout, massive voter suppression occurred. Most of these threats to democracy were carried out by or in favor of people affiliated with Haiti’s current president, Michel Martelly.   The segment description is below. Click HERE for the audio. Massive Voter Suppression In Haiti Glen Ford & Nellie Bailey, Black Agenda Radio November 2, 2015 Haiti held presidential elections on October 25, following disastrous legislative elections this summer that were wracked by violence perpetrated by allies of the U.S. backed government. The failure to punish those responsible for the repression on August 9 produced a “catastrophically low” turnout of 20 to 30 percent in October, […]

In Honduras and Haiti, the US Rules by Proxy

By Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report The Barack Obama presidency was supposed to signal a new era in U.S. foreign policy, including in Latin America, which had turned decisively against George Bush’s blustering, bullying and coup-making. What has emerged under Obama is not a reversal of historic U.S. imperial policies in the Americas, but a cosmetic adjustment.President Obama uses far less warlike language than his predecessor, but he deploys every trick and deceit in the book to maintain U.S. dominance in the region. And like all bullies who have had their noses bloodied, he tries to create fear in the hemisphere by picking on the smaller countries. For most of the 20th century, Haiti and Honduras were de facto colonies of the United States. Haiti was occupied by the U.S. military for nearly 20 years, between 1915 and 1934. Honduras […]

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