Haiti Update: Electoral Runoff and Aristide's Status - by Stephen Lendman
With world attention focused on Middle East events, mainly Egypt's, Haiti's gotten little attention despite its compelling need for real change. So far, it's nowhere in sight, nor openly discussed, or demanded like visible millions are doing abroad.
Stay tuned. It may happen if visceral anger spreads globally by enough people knowing that democratic freedoms depend on them - through massive, sustained grassroots pressure, accepting nothing less than ouster of corrupt, repressive regimes for equitable, just ones they choose.
Imperial Washington Suffocates Long Suffering Haitians
Despite sham November presidential and parliamentary elections and growing calls for new ones, a runoff March 20 second round is scheduled, led by two Washington-approved presidential candidates:
-- former first lady Mirlande Manigat of the right-wing Rally of Progressive National Democrats (RDNP); and
-- "Sweet Micky" Michel Martelly, a right-wing anti-Aristide entertainer.
Representing Haitians: no one, so expect little public opposition against continuing old, destructive, anti-populist harshness.