The latest from Freedom House:

Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq was the "Republic of Fear," to borrow the title of the seminal human-rights critique by Iraqi dissident and intellectual Kanan Makiya.
Tomorrow, March 18, 2004, marks the one-year anniversary of the Cuban government's crackdown on peaceful democracy advocates.
On the surface, the ouster of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide appears sadly familiar: an elected leader driven from power in a de facto coup, and a terribly poor countr
The first ever meeting yesterday between representatives of Uzbekistan's government and members of civil society to discuss human rights abuses is a welcome development, Freedom House said today. The government should continue engaging human rights defenders, the organization said.
The democratic member states of the United Nations should use the just convened session of the UN Commission on Human Rights to create a permanent democracy caucus at the world body, a group of eminent persons from 28 countries urged in a statement released today.

Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth Century America
By Ted Morgan
Random House
685 pp. $35.

Haiti in 2003 saw no progress in stemming the absolute decline in political and economic conditions.