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Monthly Archives: February 2005

Fresh violence in Haiti

I want to stay away from current events, as that’s beyond the scope of this blog, but the recent outbreak of violence in Haiti was too horrific to ignore.

Haitian Bleu

By way of Bob Corbett’s excellent mailing list, I find that Haitian Bleu coffee has a website and an online distribution channel by way of Gourmetmagic.

Haiti Solidarity Week

Haiti Reborn is tracking the activities of Haiti Solidarity Week. From the site: As Haiti heads into its second year after a violent coup d’etat deposed democratically-elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide, and in the wake of several natural disasters and as violence continues unchecked, solidarity with the people of Haiti is more important than ever. We urge organizations and individuals throughout the U.S. and internationally to take action the week of February 20 – 28 to support efforts for human rights, national sovereignty, and democracy for Haiti. We hope that you will join with others in helping to raise awareness of the situation facing people in Haiti, in raising funds to assist those Haitian organizations who need our support, and in taking action to pressure for a U.S. foreign policy that will let Haiti live.

Peanuts and the Arawak

I’ve been reading Cecil Adams’ column The Straight Dope for years. The man is a fount of knowledge, and now he employs a staff of The following reference to Hispaniola and the Arawak showed up in response to a recent batch of questions about peanuts: The earliest European exposure to the peanut most likely occurred when the Spanish arrived at Hispaniola in 1502, where the Arawak peoples knew of the food and called it “mani” (reference 2). The first printed Spanish account, from 1535, says, “They sow and harvest it. It is a very common crop …. about the size of a pine nut in the shell. They consider it a healthy food.


In the process of moving this blog to the new server, I lost a draft I had been saving until the process was complete. Not a big deal in the scheme of things, but a minor frustration, and it means that I lost a chance to do a fresh post. Ah, well… We had our first instance of spam on the brand new site.

Hayden’s tips for moderating conversations in virtual space

As the community around The Louverture Project starts to grow, it’s worth keeping in mind Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s list of tips for moderating conversations in virtual space. That’s what a wiki is, after all: a formalized conversation about people’s understanding of a topic.

If you can read this, you’re here already…

The Louverture Project now resides on a new server, so if you can see this message it means that computers all over the world have found the new site! I did my best to transfer everything over, so you shouldn’t actually notice a difference. If anything seems broken, please send an email to stuart [at] […]

Review of Geggus’ book

Martin Munro has published a review of David Geggus’ The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World.

Posting schedule and site update

I apologize for the lack of posting here in the last week, I will do my best to keep on a more regular schedule of updating the blog at least once every couple of days.

Event: Bonga & The Vodou Drums of Haiti

Saturday, February 5, 10:00 PM @ Satalla 27 West 26th Street (between 6th Ave and Broadway) $15.00 212-576-1155 or Bonga: This traditional Haitian drum battery is comprised of family members who deliver straight-up Vodou rhythms. Great spot for a nice vibe of mizik rasin (roots music) with an uplifting kreyol chorus. Some fierce drumming, dancing and world-class musicianship too.