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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Another former soldier , André - Pierre Armand , was shot and killed by his co -
conspirators three days after he exposed " a plot to destabilize the Government ”
that entailed the assassinations of Aristide and Préval . 142 A further twenty ...
First of all , the combination of its power , its novelty and its relative informality
made it an obvious target for infiltration by opportunistic members of the
conventional political class , as well as by some former Macoutes , some former
three KLA members to ' assist in the integration of former FADH members into the
Haitian police . " 63 Hundreds of " political ” police officers were duly laid off , and
in the first post - coup months around 1 , 000 or so former soldiers were hired ...
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