New Book: Haïti, réinventer l’avenir

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Repeating Islands

Haïti, réinventer l’avenir [Haiti: Reinventing the Future] (2012, Éditions Maisons des sciences de l’homme, State University of Haiti), edited by Jean-Daniel Rainhorn, gathers 26 essays and testimonial pieces taken from a colloquium that attempted the beginning of a conversation with three groups: Haitian intellectuals in Haiti, those living in the diaspora, and international cooperation organizations.

The book presents ideas for the reconstruction or rebuilding of Haiti. In his review of the collection, journalist Paulo Antonio Paranagua asks: “Can we move away from a purely compassionate discourse about Haiti? Can we avoid prolonging the outlook on Port-au-Prince as “capital of pain” that attracts the “humanitarian empire” after the January 2010 earthquake?

But isn’t this viewpoint essentially the same as in the past? Is it a taboo to consider critically the responsibility of Haitian politicians and parties? Can one not point fingers at the “guilty incompetence of former President René Préval, elected…

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