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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Eléonore Senlis ran the largest international NGO outpost in Cité Soleil from
June 2003 till July 2004 . She befriended leaders of the Cité ' s armed groups
and was as well - placed as any outsider to assess claims that the government
set out ...
28 By that stage , however , the chief focus of both the PNH and the UN had
shifted to somewhere else – Cité Soleil . THE ASSAULT ON CITÉ SOLEIL Of all
the Port - au - Prince slums , Cité Soleil has an exceptional status . Packed with ...
As the director of the neighborhood ' s only hospital points out , “ Many people in
Haiti have no idea what things are like in Cité Soleil , they never see it , they are
terrified to come here ” ( Interview with Jacklin Saint - Fleur , Cité Soleil , 15 April
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