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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According to the IMF ' s “ trade restrictiveness index , ” Haiti ' s economy is four
times more open than that of Canada or the US ; Haiti , Oxfam notes , “ now has
one of the most liberal trade regimes in the world . ” l7 Haitian farmers tend to ...
Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment Peter Hallward. Notes
INTRODUCTION 1 . Inter - American Development Bank , Haiti : Bank ' s
Transition Strategy , 2005 – 2006 , 1 . 2 . Kim Ives , “ The Lavalas Alliance
Propels Aristide to Power ...
Deibert , Notes from the Last Testament , 309 . 39 . “ Un Grand Rassemblement
des vendus , ” Haiti Progrès 20 : 41 ( 25 December 2002 ) . 40 . Interviews with
Emmanuel Bélimaire and Nazaire Saint - Fort ( State University students ) , Port ...
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