Haiti: No Aid
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1994, U.S. troops helped to return Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to
office after he was ousted in a military takeover. Since that time, he has ruled
through partisan mobs and rigged elections. As a result, national political
consensus is fragmented, human rights abuse is rampant, and governing
institutions are dysfunctional. Rather than fulfilling earlier promises to
reform, Aristide has spent his country's scant resources lobbying U.S. lawmakers
to restore aid directly to his administration. In the short-term, his gambit may
be paying off. Some U.S. congressional supporters and newspaper commentary
writers are calling for the United States and international donors to renew
direct assistance, arguing that Aristide was democratically elected and that
withholding donations hurts the Haitian populace...
Johnson] is Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America in
the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The
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December 06, 2003