I Love Jeddah in the Springtime

As American troops take control of Haiti, debate rages on: Should Raoul Cedras, the allegedly soon-to-be-ex-dictator, stay on in Haiti after giving up power? Or should he opt for sybaritic exile? A look at the current life-styles of other former strongmen and presidents-for-life might help him make up his mind:

Idi ("Big Daddy") Amin fled Uganda in 1979 with his wife and 23 children for sanctuary in Saudi Arabia. Occasionally he dons traditional Arab garb and joins other Ugandan exiles for coffee in a downtown Jeddah hotel. A devout Muslim, Amin lives quietly in a modest villa outside the city, tending...

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