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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Over the course of 1999 , tensions between the Manuel and Toussaint factions
within the police grew more intense and more violent , and contributed to lasting
divisions within the broader Lavalas movement . In October 1999 Manuel ' s
It was a grassroots popular movement , and not at all a top - down project driven
by a single leader or a single organization . It wasn ' t an exclusively political
movement , either . It took shape above all through the constitution , all over the ...
You were perfectly aware of how , given the existing balance of forces ,
participation in the elections might dilute or divide the movement . Looking back
at it now , do you still think it was the right thing to do ? Was there a viable
alternative to ...
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