Baby Doc's Pwr and Stability

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had been stand-offish. Supported Duvaliers But the Nixon Administration revealed itself as supporter and friend of the Duvaliers. Indeed, the attitude was confirmed to all with a news picture of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller in friendly embrace with "Papa" during a visit to Haiti. That was a clear reading to the Haitian businessmen who had providing secret funds that Mr. Joseph and exile friends were no longer "the wave of the future." Jobless, he cast about for work in New York. He found none until he spotted an advertisement of the New- York Urban Coalition announcing job opportunities. At coalition headquarters, he took a news reporter's test — he was asked to analyze and interpret a column by the New York Times' Tom Wicker — and passed. Academic Credentials Armed with his academic credentials (a degree in social anthropology from Wheaton Coliege and a master's from the University of Chicago), his radio scripts and articles he had previously written for The Nation, he applied for and got a job at the Wall Street J ournal. In the years since, he has written extensively on Caribbean affairs. A year and a half ago, he was named co-correspondent for the Caribbean. Social Conscience With a "social conscience" honed by his American experience, he says, Mr. Joseph says, he has long since abandoned his fundamental Protestantism. "If I had to be labeled, you would probably call me a 'socialist democrat."' That, he says, would involve, in the case of Haiti, a parliamentary government, state ownership of the basic resource industries and utilities, but private enterprise for all of service — e.g. tourism — and retail industries.'. But Haiti, he insists, can only be saved by the absolute removal of the DuvaHers. Guerrilla warfare? Impossible! No Sanctuary The island, denuded of its trees, provides no sanctuary as had the Sierra Madre of Cuba for Castro and his bands. In the meantime, the Duvaliers remain firmly entrenched, he says. The thuggish, swaggering Tonton Macoutes (Creole for "bogeymen" ) — sometimes called the "Gestapo of the Caribbean" " — are less visible now, so that tourists wiU not be alarmed, he says. No Haitian is shot in the street as in time past, he says. "Now, he just disappears at midnight."

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 03 Sep 1977, Sat,
  3. Page 48

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