A Haiti Chronicle: The Undoing of a Latent Democracy, 1999-2001

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Trafford Publishing, Jan 13, 2005 - History - 324 pages
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Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince in 1999-2001, Daniel Whitman was haunted by the country's people and landscapes, its nuanced language, and complex and rewarding friendships.

His friends included neighbors, art gallery owners, gas station attendants - but mostly Haiti's intrepid journalists and broadcasters. Unlike others, Whitman believed that the three elections of 2000 could advance Haiti's democracy and its development from the bottom rung as poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. He was wrong; they did not. Local supremacists killed, torched and rushed to fraud while foreigners forgave and even blessed the electoral debacles without posing the resistance even of meaningful public comment.

However, seeds also germinated to make Haiti one day fit for its inventive, humor-loving and too often betrayed people. The effort was kept alive largely by Haiti's gritty journalists, going into hiding when necessary for their survival, but newly organized in October of 1999, into a tenacious and daring national federation. The nation-wide Haitian Press Federation advanced against all odds, and held eight regional meetings which changed political discourse forever in Haiti. The country now enters a post-Aristide interlude. The failure of one regime does not guarantee success for the next. A Haiti Chronicle offers recent context for understanding Haiti's current crisis, and opportunity.

 

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Contents

Léon Manus June 21 2000
132
The Lavalas Fist JuneNovember 2000
139
Hell Hath No Fury
141
The Hornet Dozes
150
Other Side of Obstinacy
155
Narcosis
158
Dégringolade December 2000July 2001
163
December Bloody December
168

MiniCivitas
47
COPAC
51
The Golden Age October 1999February 2000
55
Tenterhooks
57
Harvest
62
On the Road
69
The Crocodile of the Route de Delmas
75
Things Fall Apart FebruaryMay 2000
87
Back Tracking
89
Tin Ear
95
Nails in the Coffin
102
Rome Burning
107
OP
113
May 21
115
MopUp
120
Léon Manus
125
Manus Not Minus
127
Breakfast and Tony Lake
170
The Eight Points
175
FRAPH Docs Fusion International and Two New Presidents
181
Haïti Cherie
184
Time of Troubles
190
And So it Goes
197
Tableaux Vivants
203
What I Learned
206
Epilogue
213
Chronology
247
What Whither Why Haiti?
289
On Haitian Intransigence
291
A Note on Vodou
297
A Short Comment on Haitian Art
303
The Rich Creole Language
305
A Personalized Bibliography
312
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