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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48 Unconditional and unwavering intransigence is the defining feature of the
civilian opposition to Lavalas during Aristide ' s second administration . As we
have seen , most of the leading figures in the CD were already well versed in the
Some leading Haitian businessmen met with us , and in Cap - Haïtien for
instance they donated around $ 50 , 000 ( US ) [ . . . ] . The businessmen seemed
keen to help us at all costs . Getting hold of money was not a problem . ” S ' By the
From 2001 through 2004 Ravix was a leading member of Philippe ' s strike force .
Now that they were in power , Ravix and his friends expected their old allies in
the democratic and international opposition to keep their word and to issue them
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