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photoHaiti's president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is struggling to hold on to a country on the brink of civil war. 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 so far the United States says it will not step in. At least 40 people have been killed in fighting there since last September.

Hear about the current poitical upheaval in Haiti.


Tim Collie, foreign correspondent The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Robert Fatton, professor and chair, department of politics at The University of Virginia, author of "Haiti's Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy"

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

Arielle Jean-Baptiste, research associate, Haiti Democracy Project. She spent two weeks in December in Haiti marching with President Aristide's opposition

Frandley Julien, a leader in the anti-government movement in Haiti.

This program aired on February 16, 2004.

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Tom Ashbrook is an award-winning journalist and host of WBUR and NPR's On Point.