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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four and a half million people – live on less than $ 1 per day . " 3 Around 75 % of
the arable land is held by just 5 % of its inhabitants . “ A tiny transnational clique
of wealthy and well - connected families continues to dominate the economy , the
Because we live here the elite treat us as chimères , as pariah ; because we live
in such poverty , they treat us as illiterate savages . We are dying of hunger , but
the police and UN only shoot at us . This is the way it has always been . And we ...
NGOs live off the poverty in Haiti , it isn ' t really in their interest to reduce it ” (
Interview with Anne Sosin , Port - au - Prince , 11 April 2006 ) . 17 . Nicolas
Guilhot , The Democracy Makers , 6 . 18 . Ibid . , 7 , 11 – 14 . 19 . By mid - 1996 ,
he recalls ...
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