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Haiti: Jean-Claude Duvalier

But if the father had been awesome yet comprehensible, the son, inheriting power as a nineteen-year-old cipher, had gradually emerged as something else, something foreign and decadent. Mark Danner, “Beyond the Mountains,” The New Yorker (November 27, 1989, December 4, 1989, December 11, 1989) The paranoia of the Duvalier family … is surpassed only by […]

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Haiti: State

The more important fact is that Haitian government was already very weak, largely because of international pressure, the pressure to cut public spending; to lay off public servants; to funnel all international investment, or at least the vast majority of it—not into state-based enterprises or state-based investment, things like a national health service or a […]

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Haiti: Debt

Our debt to Haiti stems from four main sources: slavery, the US occupation, dictatorship and climate change. These claims are not fantastical, nor are they merely rhetorical. Naomi Klein, “Haiti: A Creditor, Not a Debtor,” The Nation (February 11, 2010)

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Haiti: Reparations

The modern nation of Haiti was founded 200 years ago after the first and only successful slave revolt in the Americas. Today it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. To historians, the connection between these two facts has long been obvious. Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, “Reparation Day,” The Boston Globe (January 4, 2004)

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