For over two centuries, Haiti has been effectively controlled from outside. The French enslaved the entire island in the eighteenth century…
Err, no. The island is called Hispaniola and has been divided between the (originally French) Haiti and the Spanish (originally) Santo Domingo, now the Dominican Republic, since 1697.
To continue his sentence:
….and worked much of the population to death, turning it into the sugar and coffee plantation for the world.
Err, no. They went flat out and killed the population, the Taino, then imported black Africans, sold by their tribal enemies, who they then worked to death.
Now, given that he\’s writing about Aristide, umm, how much belief do we have on his more modern history if he can\’t even get the basics right?
Come on, I mean, geography it can\’t be all that tough, given that it\’s what they always send the sports masters off to teach, now can it?
Update: I think I may have been overly harsh given that Hari has responded both politely and pointing out that it was edited down for space reasons without his knowledge.
Bloody annoying when people are reasonable after you\’ve been rude, isn\’t it?