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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Once the FLRN incursions began in the summer of 2001 , members of the CD
regularly claimed that the government itself was behind the attacks , staging them
in order to whip up public sympathy and a pretext to crack down on the
operations , a typical police / ex - army / UN incursion into Bel Air that took place
on 18 November : The operation began with one or two helicopters hovering over
the target neighborhood , while PNH officers gathered in trucks ( pickups and ...
78 As grassroots FL activists began to invest their full political power in Préval ' s
campaign , the de facto government and its backers did everything they could to
avoid the inevitable outcome . " In the first weeks of 2006 , Charles Baker and his
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