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Pressure on France to Repay Haiti

During the summer, a diverse group of international scholars, including Dr. Cornel West and American linguist Noam Chomsky, wrote a letter to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy insisting that France repay the billions of dollars of debt that Haiti paid for its independence 200 years ago. The New York Times estimates the debt to be currently worth about $22 billion. The 19th century payment, once requested by French slave owners, has been criticized by modern academics as being illegal and ille

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