Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment
Verso, 2007 - 442 pages
Once themost lucrative European colony in the Caribbean, Haiti has long beenone of the most divided and impoverished countries in the world. In thelate 1980s a remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas, or “theflood,” sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backeddictatorial rule. After winning a landslide election victory, in 1991the Lavalas government led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide wasoverthrown by a bloody military coup. Damming the Floodanalyzes how and why Aristide's enemies in Haiti, the US and Francemade sure that his second government, elected with another overwhelmingmajority in 2000, was toppled by a further coup in 2004.
The elaborate international campaign to contain, discredit and thenoverthrow Lavalas at the start of the twenty-first century was perhapsthe most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the ColdWar. Its execution and its impact have much to teach anyone interestedin the development of today's political struggles in Latin America andthe rest of the post-colonial world.
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35 The New York Times probably did more to discredit Aristide than any other
newspaper , but even the Times never found it easy to deny his enduring appeal .
Back on 20 September 1995 the paper admitted that “ Aristide has retained his ...
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Ives , “ Father Aristide Sweeps Elections in Haiti , ” The Guardian [ New York ) ,
18 December 1990 . 62 . Joseph Treaster , “ Strike Paralyzes the Haiti Capital on
107 . Cited in DeNeen L . Brown , “ In Haiti , Two Sides and Bloodshed Between ,
” Washington Post , 3 February 2004 . 108 . Michael Ottey and Jacqueline
Charles , " Opposition Rejects Talks with Aristide , " Miami Herald , 6 February
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