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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As far as these sectors were concerned , Lavalas was “ broad - based ” when it
opposed neoDuvalierism , but it became “ sectarian ” when it began to pose
modest challenges to the supremacy of the elite itself ; it became “ criminal ”
when it ...
Many more of them later came actively to oppose both Aristide and Préval , once
it became still more clear that the enduring popularity of the Lavalassians
threatened to limit their own political influence . · The legislative elections of 2000
, by ...
Now it ' s certainly true that as elite opposition to Aristide ' s administration
became more provocative and more violent , popular resentment of this
opposition in both in its political and paramilitary forms also became more
emphatic and more ...
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