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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During one of the more momentous Santo Domingo meetings , Lucas and his
clients came up with a new civil society vehicle to gather all these independent
recruits as part of a still more pluralist coalition . The meeting took place shortly
2 billion promised to Haiti ' s post - coup regime by international donors as part of
the 2004 Interim Cooperative Framework was pledged via USAID , USAID ' s
Office of Transition Initiatives , or more independent - seeming NGOs , rather than
The CEP is a sovereign , independent body . The CEP declared the results of the
elections ; I had nothing to do with it . Then once I had been re - elected , and the
Americans demanded that I dismiss these senators , what was I supposed to do ...
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