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The U.S. is Supporting Deportations from D.R.

Through a 2013 ruling that retroactively stripped Dominican citizenship from up to 200,000 people of Haitian descent, the Dominican Republic committed a major human rights violation. The United States is supporting that ongoing violation by continuing to provide D.R. with military assistance, personnel and border patrol agents. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the U.S. has supported human rights violations in D.R.: The U.S. supported dictator Rafael Trujillo, who murdered up to 30,000 Haitians in 1937. Will the U.S. do better this time around? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. It’s Really Happening: The Dominican Republic Is Deporting Its Haitian Residents. This isn’t the first time the U.S. has stood by the Dominican Republic even as its government has violated the human rights of Haitians. Javiera Alarcon, Foreign Policy in Focus April 4, 2016 They called it […]

Mario Joseph talks about role of Int’l community in Haiti elections

BAI’s Mario Joseph’s analysis of the U.S.’s involvement in Haitians elections since 2011.   With the run off on the horizon, Haiti’s faces a similar fate, another U.S.-backed president with a weak democratic mandate. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Will Washington Greenlight Another Coup in Haiti? Natalie Miller, Foreign Policy in Focus December 8, 2015 In October, Haitians went to the polls in a critical election for nearly 5,000 political positions, including the presidency. The preliminary results named Jovenèl Moïse, a member of outgoing President Michel Martelly’s party, as the frontrunner — though by a small enough margin that a runoff vote is planned for December 27th. Unfortunately, evidence of overwhelming fraud discredits these results. If the putsch is successful, Haiti could have yet another U.S.-backed president with a weak democratic mandate. The United States […]

5 Years Post-Quake, Another Disaster in Haiti

A political crisis has been brewing in Haiti for over 3 years now, ever since the Martelly administration failed to hold elections in 2011. The crisis came to a head January 12, when the terms of 1/3 of Haiti’s Senate and of the Chamber of Deputies expired, leaving Parliament unable to reach a quorum to pass any laws. This also means that President Martelly is ruling by decree, the de facto dictator of Haiti. New protests arise every day and the UN Security Council heads to Haiti next week to find a solution. So far, it’s unclear what that might be. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Political Earthquake Five years after the devastating earthquake, has Haiti fallen into de facto dictatorship? Nathalie Baptiste, Foreign Policy in Focus January 14, 2015 Five years after […]

International Community’s Continual Meddling in Haitian Elections

This article highlights the current elections gridlock in Haiti and how the international community led Haiti to this point with their continual meddling in Haiti, particularly in the last presidential election when they essentially installed Martelly by various methods of voting fraud. Now,the US is threatening to rescind crucial aid packages if Haiti doesn’t quickly take steps towards “free and fair” elections that are once again very unconstitutional. Haiti’s Chief Foreign Import: Meddling As Haiti faces yet another political crisis, it’s time to recognize the role the international community has played in creating it. Nathalie Baptiste, Foreign Policy in Focus June 11, 2014 In late April, thousands took to the streets in Haiti’s capital city demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly, who had come to office in 2011 through fiercely disputed elections. They also called for the departure of the United Nations […]

Haiti’s Reconstruction: Who Benefits? (Foreign Policy In Focus)

By. Daniel Moss, FPIF (Foreign Policy In Focus) Georges Marie is a proud and angry Haitian lawyer who lost her husband in the earthquake. As she mourned, the humanitarian industry exploded. She watched with concern as Port au Prince’s narrow streets became clogged with white Land Rovers, each stamped with an aid agency logo on the driver’s door. It still rankles her when the humanitarians dine and dance in a four-star restaurant overlooking the Place Boyer, a public square now strung with tarps, home to some of the million-plus people still displaced from the 2010 earthquake. Some aid organizations, Georges Marie said, don’t pay taxes required to operate in Haiti — although to be fair it’s quite possible that the under-resourced Haitian state has never asked. Others don’t fulfill local hiring mandates, placing foreigners in positions that Haitians could fill […]

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