Haiti: Tightening The Screws

The U.S. cuts commercial air links and sows seeds of distrust among the military leadership

Uniformed soldiers tried to keep order as long lines snaked through the mustard-and-brown terminal. Tempers flared when priority passengers (including families of military officers) pushed to the front, while others found that their seats had been sold. The chaos at Port-au-Prince's airport reflected the rising tensions in Haiti, as the last flights left the country before a U.S.-imposed ban ban on commercial air travel went into effect at midnight.

The flight shutdown was the latest move designed to further pressure the military leaders who ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Earlier in the week the Clinton Administration widened the freeze on Haitian financial...

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