Duvalier Returns to Haiti

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ricot Dupuy, director and station manager of Radio Soleil, and Javier Zuñiga, special advisor at Amnesty International, discuss the return of former Haitian President Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier to the country, and take calls from Haitian New Yorkers.


Ricot Dupuy and Javier Zuñiga

Comments [10]

Bob from Brooklyn

Duvalier return had to be approved by the U.S. ambassador in Haiti, something that the ambassador couldn't approve on his own. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama both knew and gave their approval, and this is typical of U.S. foreign policy. A man like Aristide who was democratically elected, and tried to raise the living standards of the poor is forced out of power, and told to leave the country by a Mr. Moreno who then at the time was the chief of staff at the U.S. embassy along with U.S.Marines at the point of a gun. Baby Doc whose family for years had conducted a reign of terror in Haiti.... the U.S. try's to re-install

Jan. 18 2011 01:35 PM
Fafa from Harlem

Wow. Are people seriously contemplating the return to power of baby Doc - of dynastic dictatorship? His crimes are documented. The connection between his reign and the like, and Haiti's current conditon is direct. What would advocating for his return do to any notion of the rule of law? Here we go again...And given the country's current condition, no jail could be trusted to contain him. Jurisprudence for him may require an international court...

Jan. 18 2011 11:00 AM
Rick from Manhattan

Germany was also very prosperous under Hitler, but he would have been executed if he'd been captured after the war.

Jan. 18 2011 10:57 AM
A listener

Oy, vey! That woman's shrill voice!

Here's a thought, if Haiti is so wonderful, she should move back there.

I don't believe the Haitian people, collectively, are capable of working together and building a functioning society.

I'd like to see them prove me wrong.

Jan. 18 2011 10:56 AM

Haitians exploiting Haitians.

Jan. 18 2011 10:55 AM

Brian, please ask your guests if Haitians were in fact economically better off under Duvalier, why was that so? Was it something about him or something about the times?

Jan. 18 2011 10:53 AM
LKS from Brooklyn

Of course he's back. There are billions of dollars to be had and the country is a hot mess. Mark these words- he'll be put back in power and that money will disappear [as usual] in a few short years. Haiti is prime for a take over now. I would like to hope for the best but given its history....*shrug*

Jan. 18 2011 10:50 AM
Kevin from Far from NYC

In order to establish the credibility/consistency of Amnesty Intl's position, does your guest advocate the arrest of Cheney or Bush on international law charges?

Jan. 18 2011 10:49 AM
Susan from NYC

Of course he should be arressted and prosecuted! Would we allow a known mass murderer free access to the US? Why should standards be so abysmally low for Haiti?

Jan. 18 2011 10:49 AM
Tom from Toronto

So let me get this right. Baby Doc arrives on a red diplomatic passport unbeknownst to the French or Haitian officials, meanwhile Jean-Bertrand Aristide - ousted in a U.S. approved coup - is still not allowed back.

Something stinks.

Jan. 18 2011 10:45 AM

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