Not So Fast! Haiti Election Results Still in Limbo as Official Says She Did Not Sign On

UN Troops on Sunday Outing at Haiti's Ruined Presidential Palace by Georgianne Nienaber

Georgianne Nienaber: Despite reports to the contrary, Haiti’s electoral council has not approved a runoff election between candidates Michel Martelly and Mirlande Manigat.

LGBT Murders in Uganda and “Corrective Rape” in South Africa Buried in Mid East News Cycle

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Georgianne Nienaber: The facts surrounding Kato’s murder are straightforward, but there are devious machinations by so-called American “Christian groups” that have led to this inevitable tragedy, and it is imperative that the influence of evangelicals in Africa result in accountability.

The Return of “Baby Doc” Duvalier: Haiti’s Denouement

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Georgianne Nienaber: Baby Doc’s return — no one can craft the ending of this drama except for the collective will of the Haitian people—if they are given the opportunity to do so.

Haiti’s “Baby Doc” Duvalier Returns: Scare Tactic or Distraction?

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Georgianne Nienaber: Haiti’s former dictator and many would say “thief,” Jean Claude Duvalier, arrived in Haiti Sunday on an Air France jet–an arrival that seemed almost surreal.

Think Tank Report: Haiti’s Election “Fatally Flawed”

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Georgianne Nienaber: CEPR supports claims from candidates, the Haitian press, and other observers that the election was plagued by fraud.The election is so fatally flawed as to nullify any possible attempt by “professional observers to certify the election results,” said Mark Weisbrot, CEPR co-director and co-author of the report.

Port-au-Prince Still Buried Under Rubble of Competing NGOs

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Georgianne Nienaber: Honestly not wanting to be cynical and sincerely wanting these programs to succeed–looking at the organizations that “benefit” from the Clinton Bush Fund–one sees the list of usual suspects of foreign NGOs and religious organizations.

Was Brazilian Diplomat in Haiti Fired for Slamming UN and NGOs?

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Georgianne Nienaber: When Brazilian diplomat Ricardo Seitenfus, was abruptly ousted as special representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti on Christmas day, timing proved to be everything. The story has barely created a ripple of controversy in the US media.

“Ayiti Kale Je” Video Offers Fearless Look at Haiti’s Christmas Cholera

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Georgianne Nienaber: 45 alleged lynchings is an eye-opening number, but what about the 2,591 cholera deaths and counting? Has Haiti fatigue so infected news coverage that “voodoo” is the only cholera related statistic worth reporting today?

New Haiti Cholera Warning, Vaccine Questions, and “Squatters” Vulnerable

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Georgianne Nienaber: While all eyes were on Sarah Palin’s visit to Haiti this weekend, Dr. Jocelyne Pierre Louis, Director of Haiti’s Department of Public Health and Population (MSPP) predicted a new outbreak of the cholera epidemic, particularly in Port-au-Prince and the Metropolitan Region due to the unsanitary conditions in the city.

Senator Leahy Calls for Freeze on Haiti Aid, Clinton Silent, Palin Visits Camps

UN Nepalese Base in Mirebalais (Photo Georgianne Nienabe

Georgianne Nienaber: Silence from US officials such as Secretary Clinton cannot be endured for much longer as a cholera epidemic continues to spread unabated with 96,092 cases and 2,167 deaths.

US Embassy Casts Official Doubt on Haiti’s Election Results

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Georgianne Nienaber: There is a crisis right now in Haiti and everyone is aware of it. Anyone who is following the election knows exactly what is going on, and it is not a number problem.

Haiti’s Michel Martelly: The Election, Fraud, and the Future

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Georgianne Nienaber: Martelly talked about the electoral process, the meaning of democracy, the profound challenges facing Haiti, the controversial United Nations presence, and how his flamboyant past sometimes “haunts” him as he seeks the Presidency.

Fighting Cholera While OCHA Says 400,000 at Risk

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Georgianne Nienaber: New estimates by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization indicate a possibility that the contagion could eventually affect 400,000 people.

Did Major Aid Organizations Dupe Donors, Fail Haiti?

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Georgianne Nienaber: The Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) released an online petition Friday, targeting leaders of major disaster relief and aid organizations for failing to do more to prevent the cholera outbreak in Haiti

Twitter Cholera Confusion in Haiti: Was NGO Apology Necessary?

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Georgianne Nienaber: In retrospect, the inadvertent mix-up in the Twitter account of the geographical locations LaGonave and Gonaive is completely understandable. The fact that it caused such a flurry in Haiti and enraged an epidemiological NGO competing for the same slice of the funding pie–is unfortunate and speaks to a deeper disconnect and lack of trust.

Haiti: Ground Truthing Cholera in Mirebalais

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Georgianne Nienaber: In very worrisome news Tuesday, the Haitian Health Ministry estimated that the cholera outbreak in Haiti is resulting in an average of 32 deaths every 24 hours since the epidemic began on October 20

Haiti: Testimony From Camp Corail as Cholera Looms

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Georgianne Nienaber: On Monday, the Haitian Ministry of Population (MSPP) released new figures indicating at least 8,138 cholera patients and 544 deaths in five regions or “departments.”

Time to Rebrand Haiti’s Tent Cities as Tomas Approaches

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Georgianne Nienaber: Haiti’s Potemkin village, the Camp Corail-Cesselesse relocation camp, is not safe. With the approach of Tomas, which is morphing daily from tropical storm to hurricane and back again, Haitian officials are urging the 7,850 residents of its flagship camp to evacuate and “find different locations.”

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Metaphor for No Accountability

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Georgianne Nienaber: It will be astounding to see the media coverage of this event, should it unfold in all its potential horror, but where has the media been since the six-month anniversary in July?

War Criminal Ntaganda and Rwandan Security Agents Accused of Assassinations

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Georgianne Nienaber: In the months prior to his assassination, Balibuno had repeatedly told Human Rights Watch and others that he was threatened by Ntaganda for refusing to support Ntaganda’s leadership of the CNDP.

Mary Landrieu Goes to Bat for Louisiana’s Wetlands

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Georgianne Nienaber: Landrieu did not mince words, blaming the federal government for malfeasance and mismanagement of a delicate ecosystem that has placed the Mississippi River Delta at “extreme risk of complete and utter collapse.”

Congo: More Intimidation as Blood Flows Faster than Oil Spilled into the Gulf of Mexico

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Georgianne Nienaber: The United States has strategic and mining interests in DRC and until the American people wake up and demand that our government do something to actually promote human rights in the Great Lakes Region, we can expect more of the same and press release after press release from Human Rights organizations will swarm foreign news desks like so many hyenas after the kill.

What’s the Deal With the Water in Orange Beach Alabama?

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Georgianne Nienaber: There is no doubt that BP lied about the amount of oil being spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from Day One, no doubt that the EPA has obfuscated issues surrounding the use of the chemical dispersant, Corexit, and no doubt that bloggers have gone entirely beyond the tenets of responsible journalism.

Bill Clinton Puts Influential Muscle Behind Agricultural Production in Haiti

BioTek's Regine Simon Barjon with Former President of the United States, co-chair of the IHRC, and UN Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton at the Darbonne Sugar Mill near Leogane, Haiti on Aug. 6th, 2010 (courtesy Clinton TwitterPic)

Georgianne Nienaber: Given the huge remaining humanitarian and economic crisis facing Haiti, it is puzzling that mainstream media in the United States short-changed coverage of former President Bill Clinton’s early August visit to Leogane. The symbolism is significant, considering that Leogane and the nearby village of Fayette are at the epicenter of the 7.0 quake.

Gulf’s Dolphins: “Man Needs To Make Right Their Waters”

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Georgianne Nienaber: Scientists suggest that it will be many years before we know the full extent of the disaster, and are wary of reporters since the media ends up misquoting them or distorting the facts. It is not so much media bias as it is lack of scientific training on the part of journalists and bloggers.

Where’s the Oil? Here, There, and Everywhere

Thick oil is revealed on the beach at Grand Isle's State Park after clean up crews use an auger to take 30 inch deep core samples that show oil from the deepwater horizon oil spill exists on several levels beneath the sand.

Georgianne Nienaber: The world faces the difficult challenge of understanding exactly what has happened to the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico in the uncertainty of the aftermath of the April 20 explosion of the BP Macondo wellhead.

Macondo Wellhead Flyover: Damage Control at The Source

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Georgianne Nienaber: New Orleans film producer Bess Carrick wanted to see what the Gulf of Mexico looked like in the 48 miles between the tip of the Mississippi Delta and the blown Macondo wellhead for a series she is producing called The Barataria Chronicles.

Gulf Fisheries Opened: Safe or BP Politics, PR and Sock Puppetry?

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Georgianne Nienaber: Is the Obama administration and BP engaging in politics and PR with a dangerous twist?

Fishing and Breathing BP’s Oil: What’s “Safe?”

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Georgianne Nienaber: o one knows for certain what are “safe” levels of dispersants, oil, and VOCs in the air and water. There was no baseline to begin with, agencies are overlapping or not doing their jobs, and there are still 80 days worth of oil and dispersants in the Gulf to contend with.

BP’s Oiled Pelicans: “They Look Like Dead Angels in the Sand”

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Georgianne Nienaber: Rehabilitation of wildlife has become a moneymaking government enabled bureaucracy with a bunch of federal sock-puppets taking orders from BP.

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