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On Shithole Countries and Racial Capitalism: The City Bank in Haiti

Donald Trump’s recent description of Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa as “shithole countries [sic]” offered an ugly example of how US foreign policy is often shaped by the dictates of racial capitalism – by an economic system suffused with racial ideology and racist thinking. The comment recalls an earlier episode of racial capitalism in Haiti which is […]

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Oxfam: Investigation into Sexual Abuse and Misconduct in Haiti. Final Report. Confidential (2011).

“This is Oxfam’s final internal investigation report from 2011 into allegations of sexual misconduct and other unacceptable behaviour during Oxfam’s humanitarian response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. We are making this exceptional publication because we want to be as transparent as possible about the decisions we made during this particular investigation and in recognition of […]

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Reading Against Fascism

Soon after The Public Archive launched in 2010, we began featuring reading lists. Syllabi, some might call them, though regardless of the name, they were critically annotated compilations of texts grouped together under a number of general themes. “Reading Haiti,” for instance, gathered recently-published books that challenged mainstream media representations of the Black Republic and […]

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Guantanamology or, Five Essays on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Adam Hudson, “Reporting from Guantanamo (June 10 — June 22),” Free your mind, July 1, 2013 Paul Kramer, “A Useful Corner of the World: Guantánamo,” The New Yorker, July 30, 2013 Molly Crabapple, “It Don’t Gitmo Better Than This,” Vice, July 31, 2013 [Also: “Guantánamo Bay is Kafka in the Caribbean“] Julia Thomas, “Guantanamology: Excavating Stories […]

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Afghanistan: The Twelfth Century

The Minaret of Jam is the second tallest brick tower in the world after the Qutub Minar in New Delhi… Located east of Herat, the minaret stands on the site of what may be the capital of the Ghorid Dynasty, which ruled Afghanistan from 1148 to 1214. The site also includes the ruins of a […]

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Haiti: Americas

Antonio Maceo’s trip to Haiti was no less significant than his proclamation of March 1878 in favor of a “new republic” that would include Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Its boldness is also indisputable when one considers that it was the first of its kind made by an Afro-Cuban of his stature. Philippe Zacaïr, […]

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