Haiti: further background reading

January 20, 2010

China Mieville penned a lengthy critique of international law last year that took the 2004 coup, and subsequent occupation, as its starting point. It’s an under-considered angle, and China is particularly sharp at pinning down the omissions, unstated assumptions, and plain misrepresntations of much subsequent reportage. Pashukanis at Law and Disorder also has a reflection on the international law’s complicity in the catastrophe, and some reflections on recent critical writing.

Peter Hallward’s 2004 New Left Review essay is available in full on the NLR site. Written in the coup’s immediate aftermath, it provides a valuable precis of Haitian history and its continued depredations at the hands of successive imperial powers.


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