September

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Undermining democracy: concise history of U.S.-Haiti relations

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.

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Sometimes, nonsense makes the most sense

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.