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Joe Emersberger's review of Haiti's New Dictatorship

Joe Emersberger's got a sharp eye for discerning when media information is misleading or false. When the 2004 coup happened in Haiti, Joe published his correspondence with the Globe and Mail reporter in Haiti at the time, and very ably showed me how someone with a keen eye and decent principles can hold their own in a debate with someone with a privileged position and (undeserved) authority.


Haiti's New Dictatorship (the short version)

December 19, 2012 Socialist Project Bullet article summarizing Haiti's New Dictatorship

What constitutes a dictatorship? Haiti had an election in 2006, which the popular candidate won. It had an election in 2011, which had one of the lowest turnouts in recent history and which was subject to all kinds of external manipulation. Given these elections, is it unfair to call Haiti, a country that suffered 30 years of classic dictatorship under the Duvaliers from the 1950s to the 1980s, a dictatorship today?


Haiti's New Dictatorship: Video of Book Launch in Montreal

This talk was recorded on November 15, 2012 at Concordia University in Montreal.


Haiti's New Dictatorship - Book Tour in November

Hi everyone,

In case you didn't notice the new tab above, my first book, Haiti's New Dictatorship, is set to come out at the end of October.

I will be doing talks about the book all over Canada and probably in NYC in the US as well. Check the book tab for updates on the book tour. It's in the process of being organized now, the largest, Canadian part of which is thanks to the hard-working folks at Between the Lines.


Help that hurts: An interview with Tim Schwartz about Haiti

First published on ZNet, March 18, 2012

Tim Schwartz is an anthropologist with extensive experience in the foreign aid sector in Haiti. He is the author of the book, Travesty in Haiti, and of an upcoming book studying the nature and problems of the ways nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operate in Haiti. He answered my questions over email in February and March 2012.


The Housing Crisis in Haiti

There are at least 595,000 Haitians living in camps around Port au Prince (1). President Martelly has a program, called 16-6, which proposes to resettle residents of 6 large camps in 16 neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince. In total, if the program succeeds, it will touch 5000 families, or 4% of the camp population. I spoke to the director of 16-6, Clement Belizaire. So far, 190 families have been resettled from the first camp, Place St. Pierre, in Petionville. Belizaire expects the 1500 families who live in the first two camps, Place St.


Six Questions for Leftists

Hi everyone. I got sick yesterday and am still recovering. Still managed to get some work done (thanks to Ansel) but most of the interviews were of the background variety.


To pass on our experience: an interview with Patrick Elie

Patrick Elie is a Haitian activist who worked in the first Aristide administration. I interviewed him in Port au Prince on October 5, 2011.

Justin Podur (JP): Can we start with your analysis of the Preval administration of 2006-2011? What could he have accomplished under the circumstances? What did he accomplish?


Haitian President Martelly's Scholarship Program

The centerpiece of Haitian President Martelly's policies so far is his scholarship program. It is an ambitious plan to provide free education to every primary school-aged child, between 6-12 years old or from grades 1-6. President Martelly's press office provided some of the plan's details.



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