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A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island

“….We are presented with a diptych of two beach scenes: one set on a sunny day off the coast of a posh resort with white people sunbathing and engaging in leisure activities; the other set in a storm with dark-skinned people―possibly Haitian refugees fleeing to Florida, in the midst of a crisis involving a seemingly […]

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Comments on UN corruption and UN cholera during the last press conference of H.E. Ms. Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, 13 January 2017

Highlights from the 53.18 mark. H/T @innercitypress.

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Port-au-Prince, January 12, 2010, 16:53

Image: United States Southern Command, photo by RQ-4 Global Hawk after January, 12, 2010 earthquake.

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Haiti: The Second Occupation

Guest post by Jemima Pierre. July 28, 2015 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the landing of US Marines in Haiti and the beginning of a military occupation of the Black Republic that lasted until 1934 — nineteen years in total. With its massacres of Haitian peasants, its control of Haiti’s finances, its suppression of […]

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Bizoton, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 28, 1915

Et seul un petit soldat obscur, Pierre Sully, se fit tuer, la carbine au poing, en défendant l’accés de son post au marines de l’amiral Caperton. Nul autre ne “brigua l’honneur d’une si belle mort.” Aussi personne n’a-t-il aujourd’hui le droit de jeter l’anthème aux autres, puisque tous ont survécu à la honte. Dantes Bellegarde, Pour […]

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The Archive of Occupation

Citing the need to protect American life and property while preserving political stability in the Caribbean region, on July 28, 1915 three hundred and thirty United States Marines landed at Port-au-Prince. Thus began a nineteen-year military occupation whose consequences for the Republic of Haiti (and for the Black World) were arguably as significant as the […]

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Could an All-African Army Liberate Haiti?

On December 16, 1990, in a landslide victory, Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide became Haiti’s first democratically elected president. Less than a year later, Aristide was deposed in a US-backed coup and sent into exile. The following essay, first published in 1992 by Professor Robin D. G. Kelley, of UCLA’s Departments of African American Studies and History, […]

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Migrations and Microhistories: An interview with historian Matthew J. Smith

MATTHEW J. SMITH is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. His first book, Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 is a brilliant, pioneering account of the remarkable political history of Haiti from the end of the US Occupation to the rise of Francois […]

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