July 25, 2000 |
For two days last month, they hunted the frail old man. Seat by seat, the police searched every commercial jet leaving Port-au-Prince's airport for the United States. They tore through cars crossing the remote Dominican border and pored over surveillance tapes from cameras outside diplomatic compounds here. They wanted Leon Manus at all costs--and, by his and most others' reckoning, they wanted him dead.
November 10, 1998 |
The American scientists were awe-struck when they finally penetrated the sheer cliffs and swept away the scorpions of Navassa Island, one of a handful of remote and anachronistic outposts claimed by the United States. What they found in July were riches far beyond Navassa's million tons of bird dung--a resource once so valued that it accounted for a rebellion by African American workers, complete with ax murders, leading to a landmark Supreme Court decision on U.S. sovereignty there.
October 18, 1997 |
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in a rushed trip to Haiti, lectured the country's president and politicians Friday to reach a compromise and break the political impasse that has paralyzed the government and economy of this troubled Caribbean nation. Repeating the message she delivered to President Rene Preval and members of the Haitian congress, she told reporters: "Disputes are the lifeblood of democracy. But Haiti has gone too long with its stalemate."
June 3, 1997 |
Relations between the United States and Haiti haven't been quite the same since Pastor Antoine Leroy and Jacques Florival were gunned down outside Florival's home in a suburb of Port-au-Prince under mysterious circumstances in August. Third World killings rarely have an impact on American politics and policy, but this was no ordinary murder case. Leroy and Florival were right-wing political opponents of Haitian President Rene Preval, a key client of the Clinton administration.
May 20, 1997 |
When Dany Toussaint arrived at Miami International Airport on an American Airlines flight from Haiti on Jan. 22, alarm bells secretly went off all over the U.S. government. Toussaint, a confidant of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, had once been the Clinton administration's stalwart ally in its efforts to bring democracy and stability to Haiti.
September 25, 1996 |
U.S. moves to prop up Haiti's fragile democracy may actually undermine President Rene Garcia Preval and international efforts to help this impoverished nation, diplomats here warn. The arrival earlier this month of 40 heavily armed U.S. diplomatic security agents to protect Preval was the latest incident in what some allies view as a series of shortsighted measures to ensure that Haiti will not become an embarrassment in the six weeks before the U.S. presidential election.