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  • Haiti: Disaster beyond magnitude (America's Fault)

    01/14/2010 4:26:38 PM PST · by americanophile · 24 replies · 1,352+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 15, 2010 | The Guardian
    It is all too easy, seeing the appalling scenes from Port-au-Prince yesterday, to forget America's historic debt to Haiti, scene of the first successful slave revolt, which defined the destiny of Africans in the New World. The establishment of the first black independent state had tangible consequences. It denied Napoleon his foothold in the Caribbean and led him to sell New Orleans and the Louisiana territories to Jefferson. But, for as long as anyone can remember, Haiti has been treated as a basket case where corruption, gang violence and natural disaster combine to drag the country backwards. Now an earthquake...