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By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Nov. 15, 2017

This past week, a second Senate investigative commission released a 656-page report on government corruption, incompetence, and mismanagement in spending close to $2 billion over eight years from the PetroCaribe fund, which is filled by deferred payments for Venezuelan petroleum.

In August 2016, a first Haitian Senate commission, headed by the corrupt Sen. Youri Latortue, produced an initial report which was derided as incomplete, misleading, and duplicitous.

So a second Senate commission headed by Sen. Evallière Beauplan was formed. Its four other members were Senators Nenel Cassy, Antonio Cheramy (also known as “Don Kato”), Richard Lenine Hervé Fourcand, and Onondieu Louis.

Sen. Beauplan said that there was “more work…

Canadian Foreign Policy

By Andrew Mitrovica, Al Jazeera, Nov. 17, 2017

Turns out, the Pope isn't alone in the saint-anointing business.

Canadian Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and, by extension, Canada, are also, it appears, ordained not only to pick saints but sinners.

I was reminded of this grating impulse after Freeland unveiled recently - with a burst of self-congratulatory fanfare - sanctions against 52 foreigners Canada deems corrupt and who, apparently, are guilty of human rights abuses too.

Not surprisingly, Canada's swaggering list of sinners is dominated by easy marks: Russians, Venezuelans, and South Sudanese. Most of the names on Freeland's register of alleged trespassers are largely unknown save for one, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.