Haiti: The Birthday Blowout

Haiti probably has less to celebrate than any other country on earth. Yet last week, in a four-day binge that it could ill afford, it celebrated the 60th birthday and tenth anniversary in power of the man who has made the country the mess it is: Francois ("Papa Doc") Duvalier, Haiti's official President-for-Life and Renovator of the Nation. The task of working up a suitable celebration fell to Director General of Tourism Luc Albert Foucard, who was appointed to his job shortly after he married Duvalier's daughter Nicole last December. To prove himself worthy—he and another Duvalier son-in-law are...

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