The tragic tale of contemporary Haiti is one of the stories most misunderstood and neglected by the mainstream media. Peter Hallward’s “Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment” provides a concise, sweeping account of recent Haitian history. It reveals how the U.S., Canada and France undermined two elected governments in that Caribbean nation.
For those who admire Coen Brothers comedies, “Burn After Reading” is as good as expected, and maybe a little bit better. It has the same heavy-handed satirical style as earlier works, and its humor is just as bewildering. The “plus” is the meaning.