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Just Cause- Haiti: neoliberal laboratory

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"Just Cause", hosted by Piedad Córdoba, offers a series of documentaries on Latin American and Caribbean economic, political, and social realities. Today's show takes us to Haiti, a country that is a prime example of the failure of neoliberal policies and the disastrous results that people in third world and developing countries suffer as a consequence. Haiti has long been an impoverished nation. Once a rich, fertile land, it was the apple in many colonialist eyes. Years of abuse, by one conqueror after another, and home-grown despots has left the land deforested and its people largely incapable of supporting themselves. In the modern era Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier took the first step toward disaster by signing an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1984, and after draining the country of what riches it had, he was overthrown by a popular rebellion two years later. Come along as Piedad Córdoba guides us through a brief history of Haiti and the novel steps toward recovery that small social movements have been making on their own. teleSUR