Haiti’s political class has failed it, but the first black republic has also been squeezed dry by a vengeful west

Vengeful? Yes, this goes back to the first successful slave rebellion, which was in Haiti.
And it continues to the current day:

But, in return for political freedom, Aristide was compelled to accept economic enslavement, bound by terms imposed by the IMF and the World Bank. Post-colonial military aggression gave way to the brutal forces of globalisation. Before Aristide had even considered fixing the elections, the west had already rigged the markets. Take rice. Forced by the agreement to lower its import tariffs, Haiti suddenly found itself flooded with subsidised rice from the US, which drove Haitian rice growers out of business and the country to import a product that it once produced.

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