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Haiti's Justice Ministry, on orders of the military-backed government, began treason proceedings against exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide for backing foreign intervention to restore him to power. TIME correspondent Edward Barnes, in Port-au-Prince, says the "mock trial" is yet another verbal volley designed to make Haiti's rulers look like men of action -- when all they're doing is waiting to see if the U.S. will invade. "If this were a card game," he says, "there's only one card left, and that's the ace": invasion. Meanwhile, Barnes reports, the U.S.-led embargo is proving a flop. Lieut. General Raoul Cedras is rumored to be making $50,000 a day off the black market, and Haiti's civilian elite have every luxury "but Kellogg's corn flakes . . . By the time the embargo reaches the well-to-do, there probably won't be a country left to save."