Should donor countries cancel Haiti's foreign debt? Should the U.S. take a permanent role in Haiti's reconstruction? How will Chavez respond to an increased American presence in the region?
These questions are discussed with Bob Maguire, Director of the Haiti Program at Trinity Washington University in D.C., where he is a professor of International Affairs, and Chair of the U.S. Institute of Peace's Haiti Working Group, and Nikolas Kozloff, author of Hugo Chavez, Oil, Politics, and the Challenge to the U.S.
The conversation is moderated by François Pierre-Louis Associate Professor at CUNY, specializing in Caribbean and Haitian Politics.
Nikolas Kozloff is an expert on South America and a former fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C. He contributes articles to Counterpunch, buzzflash.com, venezuelanalysis.com, Z Net, and blogs on senorchichero.blogspot.com. He has appeared on PBS World Focus, C-SPAN Washington Journal and The Daily Show and is the author of Hugo Chavez: Oil, Politics and the Challenge to the US and Revolution! He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Robert Maguire is Director of the Haiti Program at Trinity Washington University in D.C.
Lenelle Moise is a Haitian-American poet and performance artist.
François Pierre-Louis is an associate professor of political science at Queens College.
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Robert Maguire, Director of the Haiti Program at Trinity Washington University, addresses the media's criticism of the Haitian government. "I think in a sense, the government of Haiti has gotten a bum rap," he says.