portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article announcements portland metro

human & civil rights | imperialism & war

Haiti & Paramilitarism Event - September 11

Upcom­ing speak­ing event on the book Para­mil­i­tarism and the Assault on Democ­racy in Haiti
Join the book tour, Meet the Author, Jeb Sprague!
When: Sep­tem­ber, 11, 2012, 7pm
Where: The Lucky Lab, 1700 N Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon 97217
When: Sep­tem­ber, 11, 2012, 7pm
Where: The Lucky Lab, 1700 N Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon 97217

Talk by author on new book on Haiti, with Q&A.


In this path-breaking book, Jeb Sprague inves­ti­gates the dan­ger­ous world of right-wing para­mil­i­tarism in Haiti and its role in under­min­ing the demo­c­ra­tic aspira­tions of the Hait­ian peo­ple. Sprague focuses on the period begin­ning in 1990 with the rise of Haiti's first demo­c­ra­t­i­cally elected pres­i­dent, Jean-Bertrand Aris­tide, and the right-wing move­ments that suc­ceeded in dri­ving him from power.

This book draws on over fifty interviews—some of which placed the author in severe danger—and more than 11,000 doc­u­ments secured through Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act (FOIA) requests. It makes a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to our under­stand­ing of Haiti today, and is a vivid reminder of how demo­c­ra­tic strug­gles in poor coun­tries are often met with extreme vio­lence orga­nized at the behest of capital.

homepage: homepage: http://https://www.facebook.com/events/253049718147467/?ref=ts