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 part because reporters and other “ independent observers ” were
discouraged from going anywhere near the places where virtually all of the
violence was carried out : the slums inhabited by Aristide ' s most dedicated
supporters . That the ...
All through these years of violence Samba ' s been here , he ' s spoken for us , on
the radio , in the press , and said what had to be said . We respect him , for his
courage . He has carried our convictions . He has done good work . ” Samba is ...
Most officers were dressed in black , with black helmets and face masks ; all
carried large semi - automatic rifles , or fully automatic assault rifles . Once ready ,
they made a sudden , high speed entry into Bel Air , with officers dismounting to ...
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