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What legacy did Brazil leave in Haiti?

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Photo: Tereza Sobreira

Despite Haiti facing yet another acute political, economic, and social crisis, the United Nations decided to end its 15-year-long Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), replacing the peacekeeping efforts with a smaller police force to be downsized after two years. 

More than anything, the decision is a cost-cutting measure, framed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s intentions to reduce spending on the multilateral body. “Peacekeepers do fantastic work but they are very expensive and should be used only when needed,” British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told Reuters. “We strongly support ending this mission and turning it into something else. And I think we’ll see...

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