By Haiti Democracy Project. A chronology that shows when the United States has decided to draw the line in specific instances
Since Aristide’s time, foreigners have paid over 75% of the cost of elections in Haiti. This means we must pay attention when the U.S. ambassador says elections cannot be held this year and there is no money for separate ones during 2013-15.
Roland Flamini and Marjorie Valbrun in “Rebuilding Haiti,” in Congressional Quarterly. The Haiti Democracy Project says in this article that U.S. policy has been shortsighted and has undermined long-term stability by supporting authoritarian regimes, overlooking the potential of capable civil-society, business, and grassroots actors to normalize the country.
Ambassador’s emphasis on this discrepancy suggests that the Haiti Democracy Project’s presentation of photographic proof of it could have helped along U.S. thinking.
Now come the Economist and Washington Post editorialists contending that a legitimately-elected president must yield to a fraudulently-elected parliament.
Haitian government has always delivered at low level. Twenty-eight of 29 ministries collapsed in the quake so it’s not surprising that the government is not in evidence. We do need to sit with them regarding holdup of aid in the port.