Like many people around the world, I don’t know much about Haiti. And also like many people, I’ve been interested in reading as much as possible about the island over the last week. (This is also likely due to the heavy procrastination that sets in when I’ve got a mountain of papers to grade.)
In any case, I’ve been really disappointed with most of the articles that I’ve seen recently. They often range from Haiti-is-so-screwed-because-Haitians-are-lazy to Haiti-is-so-screwed-through-no-fault-of-its-own-but-because-evil-Americans-want-to-enslave-it. Surely, the truth is somewhere in between.
So saying that, here are a few things I’ve come across on Haiti. And as usual, please share other good links in the comments.
Articles & Reports:
- NYRB pre-coup piece on the end of Aristide’s rule part 1, part 2, responses.
- Paul Farmer on “Who removed Aristide” in the LRB
- All of Le Monde Diplomatique‘s articles on Haiti (in French)
- “Haiti in ink and tears,” literary selections by Madison Smartt Bell
- Madison Smartt Bell in “Letter from Haiti” in Harper’s
- LRB 2007 interview with Aristide
- UC Boulder’s collection of links on Haiti
- ICG’s Haiti reports
- LA Times’s Haiti Twitter aggregator
- Paul Farmer‘s The Uses of Haiti
- Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Haiti: State Against Nation, The origins and Legacy of Duvalierism
- James’s classic, The Black Jacobins
- Robert Fatton’s Haiti’s Predatory Republic