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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In order to make sense of CD priorities and tactics it ' s essential to remember (
from chapter two ) that its leading figures were not just opponents but former “
allies ” of Aristide . It ' s also important to remember the primarily tactical basis of ...
Worse , the legitimacy of legislative elections won by Aristide ' s power a few
months earlier ( in May 2000 ) “ has been widely disputed , ” and “ the constant
turmoil has estranged many former Aristide allies and contributed to a climate of ...
Nothing that was said to us indicated that the president was contemplating a
resignation . ” 1 / 4 Without exception , Aristide ' s closest allies and confidants all
testify to the same point . Aristide ' s pilot and security advisor Frantz Gabriel
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