Weekly News Update of the Americas: Focus on Haiti

Weekly News Update of the Latin American and Caribbean

In overthrowing me, you have cut down in Saint-Domingue only the tree of liberty. It will spring up again by the roots for they are numerous and deep.
-Toussaint L’Ouverture

Radio Diaspora: Haiti, occupation, intervention and resistance.

Listen Now to an informative conversation on the long history of occupation, intervention and resistance in Haiti. Joining the radio Diaspora collective this week is special guest Regine Jackson, Professor of American Studies at Emory University.

Haiti: Roots of Liberty, Roots of Disaster, by Eric Holtz Gimenez

The leader of Haiti’s historic slave rebellion probably had a good idea of just how vicious the colonial powers could be. He knew they would use all of their political and military muscle to kill the roots of the modern world’s first black republic. But L’Ouverture could never have imagined the chain of human tragedies that would follow these vengeful acts of political and economic terrorism. He would never have imagined the national disaster following last week’s devastating earthquake. Read More

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IMF urges ‘Marshall Plan’ for Haiti

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for an ambitious international recovery plan for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, similar to the US “Marshall Plan” that rebuilt Europe after World War II. Read More

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