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Fraud, Protests and Intervention in Haiti’s Elections

Protests continue all over Haiti, denouncing the fraud-marred presidential elections of October 25 and demanding that the current frontrunner, Jovenel Moise withdraw from the race. Moise, who ran for President Martelly’s party won the first round with support from only 8.7% of all registered voters, and many of his votes were likely gained through fraud. Protesters are also demanding an independent commission be created to deal with the problems of these elections; one that won’t be influenced by the international community like the Provisional Electoral Council was in 2010. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. After Haiti’s First-Round Elections, the Legacy of Intervention Looms Large Five years after the international community helped overturn Haiti’s election results, observers are tacitly supporting an increasingly anti-democratic process. Jake Johnston, NACLA November 12, 2015 Five years ago, Haiti’s current […]

Time for Caribbean Leadership to Speak Up on Haiti

By Kevin Edmonds, NACLA April 11, 2013   In the most trying of times, it is often said that it becomes much easier to tell real friends from the fake. Since the announcement by United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, claiming that the U.N. has legal immunity when it comes to their role in introducing cholera to the country, the Haitian people are currently learning that, outside of Cuba, even supportive words are hard to come by within the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). By now it has become widely accepted that the U.N. was responsible for introducing cholera into Haiti during October 2010 via negligent screening protocols and waste management at their base in Mirebalais. Prior to the arrival of the U.N. troops in Mirebalais, Haiti had not suffered an outbreak of cholera in their recorded history. Numerous independent medical studies have […]

MINUSTAH’s Upcoming Renewal: A Setback for Democracy in Haiti

By Kevin Edmonds, NACLA October 11, 2012 Despite widespread opposition from the Haitian people and many of their political representatives in parliament, the renewal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)’s  mandate is set to occur on October 15. Supporters of MINUSTAH, such as the International Crisis Group’s Mark Schneider, argue that “when I recently met with government and business leaders and their adversaries, everyone acknowledged one simple fact: Haiti’s limited police force—in numbers and capacity—cannot protect its citizens without UN backing. Until Haiti builds a stronger, more capable law-enforcement structure—and one hopefully is in the making—the resulting vacuum would almost inevitably lead to spoilers seeking to secure their goals through gun barrels rather than ballot boxes.”  (“Photo Credit: United Nations”) Standing in contradiction to this, aJanuary 2012 study by Mark Schuller showed little popular support for MINUSTAH, stating that “the sur­vey […]

Manufacturing Consent for UN Troops in Haiti

Keane Bhatt, NACLA October 1, 2012 Guest post by Ansel Herz: As this blog has amply documented, the establishment media is replete with inaccurate and biased coverage of Latin America. When it comes to Haiti, the quality of reporting has been so poor so often that a whole book was once written about the island nation’s odious “bad press.” It takes a special kind of writer, however—typically a respected “expert” from a prominent think tank—to pen something that sounds studious and reasonable but is actually a deliberately misleading defense of the untenable status quo in Haiti. Mark L. Schneider, President of the International Crisis Group and former U.S. government official, is one such writer. In his September 20 op-ed for the Christian Science Monitortitled, “UN Can’t Leave Haiti Until Rule of Law is Established,” he calls for a multi-year extension of the UN peacekeeping mission’s mandate in Haiti. […]

Signs Point toward Controversial Renewal of MINUSTAH’s Mandate in Haiti

By Kevin Edmonds, NACLA September 13, 2012 According to a report released on August 31 by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon regarding the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH by its French acronym), it appears that the renewal of the highly controversial mission will occur once again without any meaningful debate. Moon’s report effectively acts as a rubber stamp of approval for the occupation, stating that he was “Reaffirming my commitment to continue to focus the activities of the Mission, I recommend that the Security Council extend its mandate of one year, until 15 October 2013.” MINUSTAH’s reputation and credibility as a stabilizing force has been shattered since the introduction of cholera into the island by the negligence of both the troops and shoddy base infrastructure in October 2010. Up until the deployment of Nepalese troops in the Artibonite Valley that […]

On Haiti, Jared Diamond Hasn’t Done His Homework

Keane Bhatt, NACLA August 20, 2012 In a July 29th speech at a fundraiser in Jerusalem, presidential candidate Mitt Romney attributed the stark difference in economic development between Israel and Palestine partly to cultural factors. To illustrate his case, he provided incorrect data showing that Israel’s per capita gross domestic product was twice that of Palestine (the difference is actually around 20 to 1). In any case, it was but one indicator that allowed Romney to “recognize the power” of “culture, and a few other things” in determining “economic vitality.” One of “a few other things” that has influenced Palestine’s economy, unmentioned by Romney, is Israel’s crippling, U.S.-funded military occupation of Palestine, now in its 45th year, which has dispossessed the Palestinians of land, water, and sovereignty. Romney’s comments elicited a response from Jared Diamond, a professor of geography at the University of California, Los […]

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