Upheaval in Haiti

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Haiti's president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is struggling to hold on to a country on the brink of Civil War. Street thugs, both for and against the president, flood the streets of Haiti's Capital. Aristide was elected in 1990, toppled in a military coup nine months later, put back in power by U.S. troops in 1994 and served until 1996, when his term limit ended. He was re-elected for a five-year term in 2000. Anti-government militants are demanding his resignation but Aristide says he will not step down until his term ends. And the United States says it will not step in.


Alex Dupuy, professor of sociology, Wesleyan University. He is author of "Haiti in the New World Order: The Limits of the Democratic Revolution" and "Haiti in the World Economy."

Timothy Carney, former U.S. ambassador to Haiti and Sudan

Eugenia Charles Mathurin, co-director of Haiti Reborn, which opposes the overthrow of Aristide

Frandley Julien, a leader of the anti-government opposition in Haiti

Arielle Jean-Baptiste, research associate at the Haiti Democracy Project. She spent two weeks in December in Haiti to protect Aristide's rule.

This program aired on February 12, 2004.


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