Paramilitarism And The Assault On Democracy In Haiti

Author: Jeb Sprague
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1583673032
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In this path-breaking book, Jeb Sprague investigates the dangerous world of right-wing paramilitarism in Haiti and its role in undermining the democratic aspirations of the Haitian people. Sprague focuses on the period beginning in 1990 with the rise of Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the right-wing movements that succeeded in driving him from power. Over the ensuing two decades, paramilitary violence was largely directed against the poor and supporters of Aristide’s Lavalas movement, taking the lives of thousands of Haitians. Sprague seeks to understand how this occurred, and traces connections between paramilitaries and their elite financial and political backers, in Haiti but also in the United States and the Dominican Republic. The product of years of original research, this book draws on over fifty interviews—some of which placed the author in severe danger—and more than 11,000 documents secured through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. It makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of Haiti today, and is a vivid reminder of how democratic struggles in poor countries are often met with extreme violence organized at the behest of capital.

Caribbean Military Encounters

Author: Shalini Puri
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137580143
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This book provides a much-needed study of the lived experience of militarization in the Caribbean from 1914 to the present. It offers an alternative to policy and security studies by drawing on the perspectives of literary and cultural studies, history, anthropology, ethnography, music, and visual art. Rather than opposing or defending militarization per se, this book focuses attention on how Caribbean people negotiate militarization in their everyday lives. The volume explores topics such as the US occupation of Haiti; British West Indians in World War I; the British naval invasion of Anguilla; military bases including Chaguaramas, Vieques and Guantánamo; the militarization of the police; sex work and the military; drug wars and surveillance; calypso commentaries; private security armies; and border patrol operations.

Sanctions In Haiti

Author: Elizabeth D. Gibbons
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275966065
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Gibbons analyzes the ruinous three-year trade embargo imposed on Haiti in response to the September 1991 coup d'etat to President Aristide's return to office in October 1994. Drawing on contemporary research of noted academics and international legal experts, Gibbons places Haiti's experience of sanctions in a wider context. From the Haiti case, she draws conclusions about the utility of comprehensive sanctions as instruments for the advancement of democracy and human rights and recommends measures that policymakers may find better suited to achieving these objectives.

Implementation And Costs Of U S Policy In Haiti

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Peace Corps Affairs
Publisher: Government Printing Office
ISBN: 9780160472725
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Congressional Record

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)