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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Most other newspapers were less charitable . Haiti ' s " little priest ” , the UK ' s
Independent declared on 21 February 2004 , has “ become a bloody dictator like
the one he once despised . ” According to the Christian Science Monitor of 27 ...
No less than the Duvalierists themselves , Fatton insists , the liberal “ reformists
and the middle sectors have always resisted the ascendancy of popular forces , ”
and when Aristide came to power the two wings of the elite quickly closed ranks ...
around 60 % – though much less , of course , by members of the opposition . 24
Lavalas candidates had now won three landslide presidential elections in a row .
Fonkoze ' s Anne Hastings was in Port - au - Prince in November 2000 , and ...
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