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In this book, the author critically analyzes the wide-ranging effects of western neo-colonial and neo-liberal economic and political policies on Haiti and other oppressed nations. The authors overarching argument is that western colonization ofMoreIn this book, the author critically analyzes the wide-ranging effects of western neo-colonial and neo-liberal economic and political policies on Haiti and other oppressed nations. The authors overarching argument is that western colonization of these countries has taken a different form with a disguised mask. Further, the author contends that this form of colonization and new occupation has been made possible through the control of the economic and political apparatus of these disfranchised nations and the ideological domination of people living there, often maintained through canonical texts and institutions such as schools, the army, the media, and churches. The author situates this new form of occupation of Haiti by western imperialist powers in the context of western neo-liberal economic and political policies. Finally, critically analyzing the Haitis school system, which he argues is colonial-based, the author demonstrates how students living in this island have been mis-educated to internalize and reproduce western values, beliefs, and norms at the expense of their own. Interweaving the perspectives of subject and critical observer, Pierre Orelus reveals multiple dimensions of the material and psychological devastation left in the wake of Western imperial conquest. His ruminations focus on his native Haiti, once the worlds richest colony, severely punished for daring to become the first free country of free men in the hemisphere, now its most deeply impoverished and brutalized society. But his thoughts and their implications reach well beyond, yielding valuable insight into the pain and suffering of the traditional victims, and their resilience and hope. Noam Chomsky, Emeritus Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Hegemony or Survival. The voices of those brutalized by the twin iniquities of neocolonialism and imperialism have for too long been silenced. In this personal narrative, Pierre Orelus, a Haitian immigrant and educator, shares his reflections, hopes, and dreams for the future. It is time for a voice such as Pierres to be heard by teachers, teacher educators, and others concerned with social justice. Sonia Nieto Emeritus Professor at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, author of Affirming Diversity. In this age of the corporate university where academic trends shift as fast as youth fashion, its a breath of fresh air to have a book like The Occupier and the New Occupied -Haiti and Other Oppressed Nations Under Western Neocolonial, Neoliberal and Imperialist Dominations that fearlessly grounds itself in a vast history of anti-colonial theory and research while expanding these horizons with a cutting critique of neoliberalisms imperialist agenda. Orelus book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the dark side of globalization. Pepi Leistyna Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies at University of Massachusetts-Boston, author of Cultural Studies: From Theory to Action.