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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PRÉVAL ' S SECOND ADMINISTRATION Préval ' s re - election was a major
victory for ordinary Haitians , in open defiance of the full might of their foreign and
domestic enemies . Short of re - electing Aristide himself – an option blocked , as
The survival of the Préval / Alexis government will depend on its ability to balance
several sets of contradictory demands . First of all , although Préval was elected
by people desperate for an end to the punitive economic policies they have ...
As part of the deal that saw him win the presidency in the first round , Préval
agreed not to push demands for investigations into either the blatant electoral
fraud of February 2006 or the coup of 2004 . Starting in the summer of 2006
Préval ' s ...
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