September 26, 1994 |
When the border crossing out of isolated, sanctions-bound Haiti opened to Richard Elie this weekend for the first time in months, the well-off Haitian American decided to go shopping. Big time. His list included dozens of high-priced items--from spare parts to high-tech goods--that have been banned from Haiti during its three years under economic sanctions.
October 9, 1994 |
They appeared before dawn Saturday with pickaxes and machetes in hand. And with pebbles and sticks, they staked their claims. There were dozens of them, impoverished slum dwellers from an urban hell called Cite Soleil--City of the Sun--and they worked all day carving new subdivisions into a rich man's land: a prime, verdant hillside adjacent to Port-au-Prince's international airport. It was a land seizure, plain and simple. People power, Haitian-style. The worst nightmare of Haiti's rich.
January 13, 1994 |
First went gasoline. Then it was the electricity and telephones. Now it's Baltic Mousse. Until now--and all through a series of international economic sanctions that have almost emptied Haiti's streets of vehicles and left the already beggared nation largely without power and telephones, with most of its people malnourished if not starving--the country's elite had counted on maintaining its usual privileges.
November 17, 1991 |
Anyone who thinks economic embargoes don't work should come to Haiti, a land fast running out of fuel, electricity and patience. "This place is about to explode," is heard so often that it sounds like the national motto, along with, "The people just won't take much more."