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Aid state : elite panic, disaster capitalism, and the battle to control Haiti

Title
Aid state : elite panic, disaster capitalism, and the battle to control Haiti / Jake Johnston.
ISBN
9781250284679
1250284678
9781250284686
Edition
First edition.
Publication
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2024.
Copyright Notice Date
©2024
Physical Description
viii, 370 pages ; 25 cm
Summary
"Haiti's state is near-collapse: armed groups have overrun the country, many government officials have fled after the 2021 assassination of President Moise and not a single elected leader holds office, refugees desperately set out on boats to reach the US and Latin America, and the economy reels from the after-effects of disasters, both man-made and natural, that destroyed much of Haiti's infrastructure and institutions. How did a nation founded on liberation--a people that successfully revolted against their colonizers and enslavers--come to such a precipice? In Aid State, Jake Johnston, a researcher and writer at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC, reveals how long-standing US and European capitalist goals ensnared and re-enslaved Haiti under the guise of helping it. To the global West, Haiti has always been a place where labor is cheap, politicians are compliant, and profits are to be made. Over the course of nearly 100 years, the US has sought to control Haiti and its people with occupying police, military, and euphemistically-called peacekeeping forces, as well as hand-picked leaders meant to quell uprisings and protect corporate interests. Earthquakes and hurricanes only further devastated a state already decimated by the aid industrial complex. Based on years of on-the-ground reporting in Haiti and interviews with politicians in the US and Haiti, independent aid contractors, UN officials, and Haitians who struggle for their lives, homes, and families, Aid State is a conscience-searing book of witness"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Elite panic, disaster capitalism, and the battle to control Haiti
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
March 18, 2024
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
The "compassionate invasion"
The fear
The blue helmets
The opportunity
The plan
The aid-industrial complex
The transition initiative
The dispensable man
The electoral carnival
The statistical coup
The commission
The slogan
The musician and his band
The ghosts of the past
The promised land
The battle for reform
The diplomat's job
The party
The legal bandits
The electoral test
The most votes money can buy
The transition
The banana man
The search for life
The $80,000 house
The apology
The tweet
The mercenaries
The ongoing revolution
Epilogue : the assassination.
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