Haiti's promised rebuilding unrealized as Haitians challenge authoritarian rule

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By Travis Ross and Roger Annis, published in the 'Speakout' feature section of Truthout.org, Monday, January 12, 2015 (This article was translated and published in Spanish in Uruguay. Find the Spanish version here.)

Five years following the January 12, 2010 earthquake that struck the capital city of Haiti, the loudly-trumpeted reconstruction of the country is still an unrealized dream. The beginning of the year 2015 finds Haitians engaged in a massive movement of political protest and empowerment seeking to renew, against all odds, their 210-year old nation-building project. Winning a renewal means setting aside the false promises and cruel betrayals of the past five years by the big governments and aid agencies of the world.

Latin America, UN remain supportive of Haiti peacekeepers

Sandra Honoré, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Aug 28, 2013.jpg

By Aaron Morrison, Special to the Miami Herald, Aug 28, 2013

UNITED NATIONS -- Countries participating in a UN-led stabilization mission in Haiti on Wednesday [August 28]* pledged their continued support, citing encouraging signs the government is taking calls for electoral reform seriously.

But during a Security Council debate on the mission, known as MINUSTAH, more than two dozen countries, nearly half of them in Latin America, said they would like to see more progress in Haiti’s long-delayed Senate and local elections.