Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

“Rebuilding Haiti” — the Sweatshop Hoax

by David L. Wilson, MR Zine (A project of the Monthly Review) Within days of a January 12 earthquake that devastated much of southern Haiti, the New York Times was using the disaster to promote a United Nations plan for drastically expanding the country’s garment assembly industry, which employs low-paid workers to stitch apparel for duty-free export, mainly to the U.S. market.  This, according to several opinion pieces in the Times, is the way to rebuild Haiti.1 The outlines of the plan were drawn up a year earlier, in January 2009, by Oxford economist Paul Collier,2 but the leading proponents of development through sweatshops have been liberal Democrats in the United States.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus pushed hard for HOPE and HOPE II, the 2006 Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act and its 2008 extension; these acts […]

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