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  • Review: 'Ready to Burst' by Franketienne

    Review: 'Ready to Burst' by Franketienne
    It's hard to read "Ready to Burst," first published in 1968 when the dictatorship of François (Papa Doc) Duvalier was at its most vicious depths, and not weep bitter tears about Haiti today. In many ways the book feels as if it could have just been written. Papa Doc's son, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, died Oct. 4, and Haiti's current president, Michel Martelly, is his unabashed disciple. Very little in Haiti's power structure has changed in any profound way, and Frankétienne, the eminence grise of Haitian letters, writes with such truth that his words resound down to our day.
  • No state funeral for Haiti's Duvalier

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Haiti's former President-for-life Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier will have to settle for a low-key, non-official affair when he is laid to rest Saturday. The state will not be sponsoring his funeral, a government source familiar...

    Jean-Claude Duvalier dies at 63; former dictator of Haiti

    Jean-Claude Duvalier dies at 63; former dictator of Haiti
    Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, a former dictator of Haiti whose dynastic rule helped condemn the country to endemic poverty and violence before he was ousted by a popular uprising, died Saturday in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. He was 63. The...

    In death, 'Baby Doc' Duvalier continues to stir passions in Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti The old man keeping watch remembered a time not long ago when a frail-looking Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier would pull into the parking lot near Haiti's razed presidential palace, step from behind the wheel and slowly turn to say a...

    Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies at 63

    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Deposed Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier died of a heart attack on Saturday, closing the book on a political dynasty notorious for human rights abuses and corruption in the poorest country in the Americas.