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Humanitarian Imperialism: Aid as a Trojan Horse

Humanitarian Imperialism: Aid as a Trojan Horse

We lived sustainably, with color and panache Long before the word sustainable became fashionable, before Scott and Helen Nearing experimented with non-establishment living in the 1930s and concluded that their project had failed because it lacked community, before even Henry David Thoreau noted that “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things [...]

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Haiti’s Open Vein at Caracol Industrial Park

Haiti’s Open Vein at Caracol Industrial Park

It is a sad fact of a heritage of colonialism that, well after the independence wars are fought and won, the old economic systems persist. Thus Haitians, who previously sold their kin as outright slaves and sugar-cane cutters, continue to sell them into sweatshops and other horrific work environments at home and abroad. Consider the [...]

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Food for the Gods: Link of Vodou to Haiti’s Agriculture, a Legacy of the Ancestors

Food for the Gods: Link of Vodou to Haiti’s Agriculture, a Legacy of the Ancestors

Haitian religion and culture are so linked to local agriculture that Vodou ceremonies are routinely called manje lwa: food for the gods. Our lwa (gods, spirits, deities) must be fed. They are not eternal and can only exist so long as they continue to be summoned to participate in human affairs. In other words, their [...]

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Dominicans Are Not Haiti’s Enemies, Corruption and Occupation Are

Dominicans Are Not Haiti’s Enemies, Corruption and Occupation Are

We love blood, don’t we? As if, by staring at our reflections in this viscous red liquid we might lose fear. We are horrified and entranced by the eviscerated child in Gaza, or the naked Haitian man sprawled out on some unknown street, a bullet in his head, his life dissipating into a puddle of [...]

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Imperial Monroe Doctrine in Force: Quiet Coups in Latin America, the Case of Ecuador

Imperial Monroe Doctrine in Force: Quiet Coups in Latin America, the Case of Ecuador

The appearance of stability in Latin America is preferable to any kind of political upheaval. The Monroe Doctrine is very much in force, but from a superficial look at elections and the constitutional order, one might surmise that the simultaneous United States-sponsored military regimes in Argentina, Brazil and Chile during the 1970s could not happen [...]

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