Eyes of the Heart: Seeking A Path For the Poor in the Age of Globalization

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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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aristide, the former priest-turned-president of one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, calls these nine brief chapters a letter written for "my brothers and sisters in Haiti who cannot write"--an attempt to explain to readers that the world's richest countries are "accumulating wealth with breathtaking speed and never looking back," while the poor nations are "sinking deeper into economic misery." He views every topic he addresses--globalization, colonialism, education, women's status--through the stark lens of the poorest Haitians. Although his hope-filled vision can offer them nothing more than "poverty with dignity," he believes it may at least prevent starvation. Aristide's writing is simple and direct; he capably juggles heartrending anecdotes, unnerving statistics, unflinching commentary and the occasional Bible quote. The result reads at times like a hard-hitting sermon and at times like a campaign speech, resonating with the conviction of one who knows firsthand the desperation about which he writes. Passion overcomes stridency as Aristide insists that "women, children and the poor must be the subjects, not the objects, of history. They must sit at the decision-making tables and fill the halls of power." This courageous critique of the global economy and how it is leaving the poor behind is important and accessible, sure to touch all but the hardest of hearts. Photos. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567511871
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 448,327
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
A Crisis of Faith 5
Globalization: A Choice Between Death and Death 9
A Third Way 19
"Give Me Chocolate!" 27
Democratizing Democracy 35
The Water of Life 43
A Taste of Salt 53
Material Questions, Theological Answers? 63
The Challenge of 2004 75
Index 81
About the Author 89
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2000

    An Illumination

    This book has changed my life. Father Aristide, the parish of the poors is the Ghandhi of 21 century. His love for the people is so great that your heart will be broken.

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