Saturday, October 30, 2010

Haiti: The Shape of Things to Come?

New World Notes News
Vol. 3, No. 44 -- October 30, 2010

This week in New World Notes, radio program #139, November 2:

The Shape of Things to Come?

Garment factory in Haiti.

In brief

Third World people are intentionally kept poor so that our rich "investors" may become still richer. British journalist Johann Hari argues this case, using Haiti as example. Michael Parenti (from the early 1990s) concurs, with examples from Haiti and elsewhere. I suggest that the US is now being pushed down the same road as Haiti. And comedians Bob and Ray offer a comic look at a domestic company that has adopted a Third-World business model: The Great Lakes Paper Clip Company.

Top: Aristide, of Haiti (2010): Probably the only democratically elected
head of government to have been overthrown twice by the United States.
Bottom: Brit journalist/commentator Johann Hari.

Notes, credits, & links

Johann Hari's "Suffocating the Poor: A Modern Parable" from Common Dreams, September 19, 2010.

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