Haiti: Pushed to The Edge

Haitians are panicked by fear of invasion and sanctions that really bite

Most of Haiti was asleep last week when Emile Jonassaint, the island's octogenarian puppet President, went on television at 2 a.m. to announce a national state of emergency. The country, Jonassaint declared, was "faced with extreme danger, denigrated, ridiculed, humiliated, strangled." Warning of "invasion and occupation," the President installed in office by his military handlers last month suggested that fellow Haitians might look for protection to the voodoo god of thunder.

It will take more than the almond-syrup libations with which voodoo priests placate the god's wrath to save Haiti from U.S. anger if the thugs who run the country do...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!