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Haiti: Calls Gather for France Independence Reparations

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Pressure mounts on France
to Repay extorted billions to Haiti
by Anthony Fenton
"A group of international academics and authors has written to Nicolas Sarkozy calling on France to reimburse the crushing "independence debt" it imposed on Haiti nearly 200 years ago.
 
The open letter to the French president says the debt, now worth more than €17bn (£14bn), would cover the rebuilding of the country after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people seven months ago. 
 
Its signatories – including Noam Chomsky, the American linguist, Naomi Klein, the Canadian author and activist, Cornel West, the African-American author and civil rights activist, and several renowned French philosophers – say that if France repays the money it would be a solution to the shortfall in international donations promised following the earthquake."
 

[More at The Guardian, original letter  (to which I am a signatory) in French, published in today's Libération, and here's the English version via C.R.I.M.E.]

- No doubt much to France's chagrin, the publication of the open letter has generated more mass media coverage: New York Times, Al Jazeera, BBC, among others.

- Isabel MacDonald, one of the drafters of the letter, has published an op-ed in today's Toronto Star.

 

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