"I'm not sure this is the right way to add this item, but here is a short piece I was asked to write concerning the historical causes of Haiti's difficulties. I hope you like it. Sid
"Thanks Angela, I don't want us to lose sight of the fact that that there is now a long history of detailed anthropological/ethnographic insight into Haiti. Most recently, anthropologists have shown that it is vital to take into account Haitian…"
"Justin Shaffner has introduced an important article to his Forum thread, The help that Haiti needs. This provoked me to write soemthing longer than my previous posts on these two threads, incorporating some of the material they contained: Is Haiti…"
"Thanks for writing to us, Sid. The US is sending 10,000 soldiers "to keep the peace" and appears to have taken over Haiti's crowded airport, to the frustration and dismay of rival powers such as France and Brazil (head of UN forces…"
"Greetings, many of those of us in the international organizations with a social science background, are advocatings strongly that the recovery process take note and create links with anthropologists and other experts on Haiti as well as of course…"
A while ago, on this site I made a stab at creating elements of a chronology of Haitian affairs. It is so complicated that it is well-nigh impossible to sort out or to comprehend fully.
My own sense it that there will be a terrible…"
Dear Keith,In the next few weeks, every medium of communication we use will be bursting with declarations about Haiti, and many or most will probably be ill informed.My first thought was not to add to this blizzard of hurried thinking. One cannot impede or improve that blizzard. We anthropologists have little of what is called "clout” in public affairs. We might be most helpful right now by using our few important channels to people whose voices are heard, to stress the need for getting…See More