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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Haiti ' s " little priest ” , the UK ' s Independent declared on 21 February 2004 , has
“ become a bloody dictator like the one he once despised . ” According to the
Christian Science Monitor of 27 February , Aristide had become nothing less than
Recognized as a French territory from the late seventeenth century , by the 1780s
Saint - Domingue ( as Haiti was then called ) had become far and away the most
profitable colony in the world . “ On the eve of the American Revolution , ” Paul ...
Perhaps the most prominent of these enemies was the magnate Rudolph Boulos
, who along with Pezzullo and Carney in 2002 would become the founder of the
Haiti Democracy Project ( a group for whom " justice for Jean ” would become ...
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