Tuesday, 12 December 2006

A History of Neoliberalism - What about Haiti?

While the H.O.P.E. legislation could provide many jobs for Haiti, I find worrying some of the active language within H.R.6406. Various policy requirements are attached to the trade preferences. Please note Haiti has one of the lowest rates of public employment in the world so it is disturbing to see (i) under (d) Eligibility Requirements, which states "`(i) a market-based economy that protects private property rights, incorporates an open rules-based trading system, and minimizes government interference in the economy through measures such as price controls, subsidies, and government ownership of economic assets" Would the few public education facilities and national cooperatives left be considered an "interference" to the market-based economy? Read over H.R.6406. The bill has numerous problems within it.

Saturday, 9 December 2006

Interview tomorrow on Dyalog Popile

If you are in the NY area or near a computer this Sunday (10 December 2006) from 6 to 7 pm Eastern Standard Time, tune in to Dyalog Popile (Popular Dialogue) on Radyo Panou 94.7FM SCA, and on the web at www.radyopanou.com To listen to the show you can just type in www.radyopanou.com/panou.asx The interview should be at around half past the hour. I will be talking with Guinsly Etienne and others about a new Haiti specific media collective that will soon be launched. Following the talk we'll have a few minutes for calls.