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HAITI’S NEW DICTATORSHIP: The Coup, the Earthquake, and the UN Occupation by Justin Podur

Haiti’s New Dictatorship charts the country’s recent history, from the 2004 coup against President Aristide to the devastating 2010 earthquake, revealing a shocking story of abuse and indifference by international forces. Justin Podur unmasks the grim reality of a supposedly benign international occupation, arguing that the denial of sovereignty is the fundamental cause of Haiti’s problems.


Justin Podur is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at York University, Canada. He is a writer on political conflicts and social movements, and has reported from numerous countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Haiti and Israel/Palestine. He is a contributor to Empire’s Ally: Canadian Foreign Policy and the War in Afghanistan (2013).

Interview with author Justin Podur

Part 1: Since 2004 a UN peacekeeping force is deployed in Haiti, presumably to help protect Haitians from violent threats. Yet, there was no peace treaty preceding the illegal deployment of these peacekeeping troops to Haiti as there was no war in that country.

Part 2: Early on February 29, 2004, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the democratically-elected President of Haiti and his wife, Mildred, were spirited out of their house, in the dead of night, by U.S. Special Forces, assisted by French and Canadian soldiers and sent to exile in Africa. UN troops took over from the U.S. led invasion force in June 2004.

Part 3: Since the U.S. led February 29, 2004 Coup d’Etat, several reports indicate that the number of violent deaths in Haiti has continued to rise. Many incidents have been attributed directly to the U.N troops. The latter also stand accused of bringing to the island the deadly cholera bacterium that has infected over one million and claimed over up to 30000 deaths, among the most impoverished Haitians, since October 2010.

Part 4: Since the 2004 Coup, Haitians and Haitian-Canadians have issued regular calls to Canadian Prime Ministers, asking Canada to “leave the Core Group” of foreign entities meddling and messing in Haitian politics since over a decade and “send a clear signal that Canada recognizes the need for radical change in our relationship and that we respect the Haitian People”.


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