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 Aristide came to power in 1991 these organizations continued to receive
USAID funds , but the democratization money shifted abruptly away from the
government and towards the anti - Lavalas opposition . This anti - Lavalas
Continued “ security concerns " served to justify further CD refusals to
contemplate participation in elections . The damage was immense – but not fatal .
Compared to the small rally of 14 November 2003 , anti - government
demonstrations like ...
Undaunted , like his comrades in Bel Air Jean - Juste continued to hold firm to a
simple and widely - held set of demands : “ Insist that we return to constitutional
order in Haiti . Demand freedom for all political prisoners . Respect the human ...
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