Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

U.S. Walks Tightrope On Democratic Reforms In Middle East But Speaks Different Language In Haiti (US Human Rights Network)

For Immediate Release: Contact: Ajamu Baraka, 404-588-9761 U.S. Walks Tightrope On Democratic Reforms In Middle East But Speaks Different Language In Haiti The demands of the people for democracy in Tunisia that subsequently swept through Egypt and are now engulfing Bahrain, Iran, Libya and Yemen have consumed U.S. foreign policy attention in recent days. Not surprisingly, the Obama administration has responded differently to events in each country depending on geopolitical factors. Thus, the administration’s harshest words have been reserved for Iran, while State Department officials have walked a semantic tightrope in Egypt and Bahrain in a desperate effort to preserve those longstanding and strategically important alliances. Still, at least part of the message emanating from Washington has been generally consistent: The monarchs, dictators and autocrats in the Middle East must respond to the will of the people and institute democratic […]

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