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In 1825 Haiti never should have had to pay France $21 billion (in 2004
dollars) to compensate French slave-holders for their loss of property
(now free Haitians). This debt, paid under threat of invasion and
exclusion from international commerce, took Haiti 120 years to repay.
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Originally posted by MaxBlack
Lastly I would add that someone should explain in terms the general public could understand just how the Mayans had a civilization for over 500 yrs without a currency. That small point of history would have been something I wanted to pursue when I was in college, but alas, those days are far behind me.
I just feel that in today's terms of learning from the past, we should learn how The Mayan civilization of such huge size could exist and function without a currency. Anyway, its just a thought that I always felt we could learn from and benefit from.
As soon as dawn breaks in Port-au-Prince the first children appear, staggering under the weight of five-gallon buckets of water. The water carriers, many as young as 6-years-old, are some of the thousands of children living as virtual child slaves in the country.
Given away to other families by parents too poor to feed and clothe them, they cook, clean and fetch water without any payment.
Originally posted by grandnic
I'll have to check if it is true, but I heard on the radio last week that France has proposed the cancelation the national debt of Haiti.
France Calls for Cancellation of Haiti's Debt
But the fact that they forced them into poverty for so long is very disturbing. But I believe it is not the only thing that kept Haiti the way it was.
For what it's worth ... a wiki page about Haiti' debt
Yugoslav construction companies had built most of the military infrastructure in Iraq, such as military bases and command .quarters during the seventies and eighties of the last century.