Hispaniola: Two in Trouble

Christopher Columbus was delighted with his discovery, and wrote of the mountainous green Caribbean island he called La Isla Española: "So lovable, so tractable, so peaceable are these people. They love their neighbors as themselves, and their discourse is ever sweet and gentle, and accompanied by a smile.''

Last week, on the ancient island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic at one end was still trying to recover from Trujillo, and went through two seizures of power in 48 hours. At the other end, in Haiti, the U.S. is trying to moderate one of the toughest dictatorships in Latin America.

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