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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THE MAY 2000 ELECTIONS The May 2000 legislative elections were arguably
the most remarkable exercise in representative democracy in Haiti to date . Since
for most Haitians to cast a vote involves considerable effort and sacrifice ...
12 Since the May 2000 elections confirmed that there was no short - term chance
of defeating FL at the polls , the decision to cast doubt on their credibility was
indeed the opposition ' s only alternative option . A minor technical complaint
Tainted elections , ” it was the perfect card to play . But I remember very well what
happened when they came to observe the elections . They came , and they said “
very good , no problem . ” Everything seemed to go smoothly , the process was ...
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