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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41 Overlapping women ' s groups like SOFA , ENFOFANM , and CONAP were all
on the IRI / USAID / CIDA payroll , and all were to play an important role in the
disinformation campaign . During one of the more momentous Santo Domingo ...
She befriended leaders of the Cité ' s armed groups and was as well - placed as
any outsider to assess claims that the government set out to arm groups of its
poorest supporters in order to intimidate its ( generally less poor ) opponents .
usually attended by tiny groups of 30 or 40 people – which is to say , by nobody
outside the organizers ' own inter - connected circles . PAPDA AND BATAY
OUVRIYE One of the most striking things about the 2004 coup is the vigorously ...
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