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Published: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:00:01 -0400

Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:00:01 -0400

 



Author presentation: Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:00:00 -0400

A talk by the author of this book:
monthlyreview.org/press/books/pb3003/

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.