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'Baby Doc' Charged With Corruption

Supporters show up to cheer at court house

(Newser) - Haitian police officially charged Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier with corruption and embezzlement yesterday, putting a damper on his surprise return from exile. Groups of supporters lined the road to scream in outrage as police drove him from his hotel to the courtroom—some even hurled chunks of concrete or... More »

Haitian Police Take Baby Doc Into Custody

Police escort Duvalier from hotel after questioning by judge

(Newser) - Baby Doc Duvalier's homecoming to Haiti may not be going as smoothly as he hoped. Haitian police today took the former dictator from his hotel room, reports AP , though it remains unclear exactly what's going on. Earlier, a judge accompanied by officers questioned him in his room about allegations of... More »

Human Rights Groups: Bust Baby Doc

Haiti urged to arrest former dictator

(Newser) - Former dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier says he has "come to help" Haiti, but human rights groups say his only place in the nation is behind bars. Duvalier, who returned to Haiti over the weekend after almost 25 years in exile, is accused of massive corruption and extensive human... More »

Exiled Dictator Returns to Haiti After 25 Years

No word on his intentions, but supporters want him to return to power

(Newser) - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier returned to Haiti today after nearly 25 years in exile, a surprising and perplexing move that comes as his country struggles with a political crisis and the stalled effort to recover from last year's devastating earthquake. Duvalier arrived on an Air France... More »

Why Haiti Is So Poor

Early break with France, ruinous Duvaliers among theories

(Newser) - With bad news still pouring in from earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Tyler Cowen pulls together some hypotheses on why the nation is so poor (noting that he doesn’t endorse all):
  • Haiti gained independence from France too soon, in the early 1800s. Caribbean neighbors Guadeloupe and Martinique waited, and get a good
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