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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We lived in the same house for years ( said Dragon ) , and we were loyal to the
military institution . ” When the coup ended Philippe and his friends came back to
Haiti and were fast - tracked into leadership positions in the new police force .
Military equipment and supplies were believed to have been transferred via
Dominican police and military authorities to members of the former Haitian
military stationed in the Dominican Republic . ” l® By 2003 , this small rebel force
On the last day of March Guy Philippe obligingly provided Léon Charles with a
list of more than 1 , 500 recommended names , and “ individuals with a military
background made up 85 % of the first class of post - coup police academy ...
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