Category Archives: Haiti

A Year of Growing Revolution: A Retrospective on 2019 from Haïti Liberté

The Brooklyn-based journal Haiti Liberté has developed a well-deserved reputation for providing some of the best coverage of Haitian affairs available. Their reporting on the insurgencies in Haiti of the past year has been indispensable, especially as the mainstream media has largely refused to deliver sustained coverage of the country. To begin 2020, Haiti Liberté […]

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Michel Hector, 1932-2019

From our friends at the excellent Dream Variants blog: A few years ago, my interest in the history and development of Haitian labor movements and radicalism led me to a renewed interest in the works of Michel Hector. From his various works written under the pseudonym Jean-Jacques Doubout to his later writings on the Haitian […]

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Representing Haiti

When it comes to the political efficacy and ethical obligations of digital platforms, The Public Archive: Black History in White Times has been an irresolute failure. The site was launched soon after the 12 January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It was meant to serve as a response to the toxic efflorescence of racist representations of Haiti in […]

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October 13, 2019

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Markets and Margins: An interview with Etant Dupain

The Public Archive  Based in Haiti, Etant Dupain is a freelance journalist, producer, and filmmaker. He began his career as a reporter for teleSur in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and he was a founding member of the important Kreyol-language independent media collective Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye (Noise Travels, News Spreads). Dupain has since worked with […]

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We Are Not All Haitians

Reading and re-reading The Public Archive’s 2012 interview with the late J. Michael Dash I was struck by Dash’s refusal to talk about himself. In the interview Dash described many of the moments and encounters that shaped him as an intellectual. But he offered little in the way of personal motivation. There is nothing of the […]

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Africans and the French Revolution

“Africans and African slavery in the West Indies were the main causes and influences of the American Revolution of the French Revolution.” W. E. B. Du Bois, The Negro in the French Revolution (Lagos, 1962). W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

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A Dossier on Disaster Capitalism and Haiti

Just three days after the January 10, 2010 earthquake activist and journalist Naomi Klein alerted her readers to the impending ways in which capital would use Haiti’s crisis as a means for exploitation and accumulation. “Readers of the The Shock Doctrine know that the Heritage Foundation has been one of the leading advocates of exploiting […]

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