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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Reporting from Port - au - Prince , the Post explained Aristide ' s sudden
expulsion as the combined result of his “ increasingly authoritarian style ” and the
emergence of a broad - based civic opposition " that accused him of “ ruining the
IFES officials explained to the Miami Law investigators that they then “ used the
same formula to establish formal associations of ' private sector ' and business
sector ' groups in order to ' provide economic force ' to the opposition movement .
What we ' ve been seeing , ” Patrick Elie explained in October , is the “
remilitarization of the repressive apparatus in Haiti , most especially the Ministry
of the Interior [ . . . ] . Ex - officers of the Haitian army are quietly coming back and
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