Weekly Links Round-Up

Breaking news: President Martelly met with former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide yesterday, as part of a tour of former leaders in which he also visited with former dictator Baby Doc Duvalier and coup leader Prosper Anvil.

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President Martelly’s third nominee for Prime Minister, Garry Conille, is formally ratified by both houses, ending a political impasse.

Pairs Well With: Account of how Jeff Sachs’ doctrine of “economic shock therapy” – a hallmark of neoliberal economic policy in poor countries – shapes Conille’s economic view.

Also Pairs Well With: Discussion of Conille’s background and professional history. Conille says, “I am not the candidate that the blan [international community] is sending back to Haiti. I am the candidate that Haiti strategically put inside the blan to better understand the blan and to come back and help Haiti.”

Newly ratified Prime Minister Garry Conille. Photo credit: Miami Herald.

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A major project of one of our partner groups, the Aristide Foundation University (UniFA) Medical School, re-opened last week. The Medical School has been closed since the US-backed coup that removed President Aristide in 2004, when US marines began using it as a base.

Pairs Well With: A review of President Martelly’s primary education plan. As one of the few social policy programs he has outlined in any detail, the focus on schooling is significant. Nonetheless, the review points out that with a projected funding gap of $80 million per year, the “sustainability of the program is unclear.”

The Harvard Group published an well-documented review of the recent human rights abuses perpetrated by MINUSTAH, the UN Mission in Haiti.

Pairs Well With: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel penned a powerful sign-on letter demanding that contributing nations of Latin America withdraw their UN troops in Haiti:

It is unconscionable that our countries, which have all experienced foreign aggression, should be among those to trample the sovereignty of a country that has experienced countless brutal interventions since courageously breaking the chains of slavery and colonialism.

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