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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14 Since the early 1970s and especially since the mid - 1980s , every Haitian
government has been constrained , with variable degrees of enthusiasm or
reluctance , to adhere to the neo - liberal economic orientation that locals tend to
When the government was finally able to arrest some of the Gonaïves rebels in
early November 2003 , it had good grounds for accusing them of “ working
closely with the sex - military ] gang that has been terrifying the people of
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2 In early 2005 , however , Small Arms Survey analyst Robert Muggah suggested
that the actual number of weapons transferred to the PNH from the US the
previous year amounted to nearly 10 , 000 guns ( 5 , 435 “ military - style
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