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Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization

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A passionate letter on behalf of the poor written by Haiti's first democratically elected president. In this startling and passionate book, Aristide demonstrates why those on the bottom will never lie down. A graphic revelation of what happens when "free" trade overruns local markets, eradicates local economies and creates dependence on foreign charity.
Hardcover, 90 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Common Courage Press (Monroe, ME) (first published March 1st 2000)
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Stephen S.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An important, short, and easy read - details the devastating impact of imperialism in Haiti - the last chapter on Aristide's vision for 2004 is especially heartbreaking considering what actually transpired that year - the 2004 coup and the subsequent US/UN occupation + installation of a comprador government that has plundered the treasury into their pockets - further immiserating the Haitian masses.

To those wondering why Aristide was unable to implement his complete vision need only to re-read t
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Shannyn
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Imagine that the five fingers of your hand represent the world's population. The hand has $100 to share. Today the thumb, representing the richest 20% of the world's population has $86 for itself. The little finger has just $1."

Almost 15 years after the publication of Aristide's compassionate, insightful text, the industrialized world remains largely ignorant of just how much our leaders have done to exacerbate the poverty plaguing developing nations like Haiti. Though only roughly 80 pages in
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Peace
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. It's short (80 pages) so it only touches on issues rather than going deeper into them. It's pretty heavily anti-globalization and anti-colonialism. I liked how Aristide wove in stories, especially the ones about children who came to his foundation. And I like how he recognizes that youth's voices are important and need more respect.

Aristide has a lot of great ideas, but he has been in power 3 times and he didn't put them into practice. At one point in the book he acknow
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Mfalco65
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Aristide's reputation has been soiled by his enemies. People argue that the power of his position ultimately corrupted this former priest who led an uprising of poor Haitians. Whether there is truth in these claims or not, "Eyes of the Heart" is one of the most profound examinations of the effects of globalism and the resilience of the Haitian people. Aristide shows his compassion for his people and the promise of the future.
Guillermo Galvan
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very short book with a lot of heart. It's the kind of book you wish more people would read. It's humanizing and beautiful. I really wish it was longer but I suppose Astride was only concerned with getting out his message of "Seeking a path for the poor in the age of Globalization." Pick this one up and then give it to a friend and ask him to do the same. 5 stars, for sure.
Scott
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Whether Aristide committed the crimes he is often accused of is up for debate but regardless this recollection of the impact other sovereign nations have had on Haiti throughout history is enlightening to understand where they are today.
Sharon
Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: haiti
Short but powerful, this book provides a brief introduction to issues surrounding development--economic, social, educational-- in Haiti. It strives to dignify the poor, in highlighting the humanity inherent in everyone. Set aside two hours and read this.
Alex Enachioaie
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Inspiring read but would have liked to see a longer more detailed book from this otherwise very interesting man.
Naomi
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity, ethics
A luminous text that continues to inspire, 13 years after publication, Aristide's analysis of Haiti's hopes and woes remains significant.
Brotha Nameless
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great Book, provides a very intimate look at the Humility of people and the oppression they are currently facing.
Mark Kaech
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great little book...easy to read in one sitting...with some excellent thoughts on development issues, especially in relation to Haiti.
Leroy Seat
May 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book increased my esteem for Aristide, even though I regarded him highly before reading the book. I wish I had read his book soon after it was published in 2000.
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Born in Port-Salut, he was educated at the College Notre Dame in Cap-Haïtien, graduating w/honors in '74. He did a novitiate in La Vega, Dominican Republic before returning to Haiti to study philosophy at the Grand Seminaire Notre Dame & psychology at the State University. Completing postgraduate work in '79, he studied in Italy & Israel. He returned to Haiti in '83 for Salesian ordination & was a ...more

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