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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Aristide never wanted to lead a political party , ” explains Yvon Neptune ( FL
prime minister 2002 – 04 ) , or to devote much of his time to developing a party
organization . But eventually he realised that if he wanted to be part of a
movement to ...
PH : Going back to the mid - 1990s for a moment , did the creation of the Fanmi
Lavalas party in 1996 serve a similar function , by helping to clarify the actual
lines of internal conflict that had already fractured the loose coalition of forces that
And even when it came to be constituted as a political organization , it never
conceived of itself as a conventional political party . If you look through the
organization ' s constitution , you ' ll see that the word “ party ” never comes up .
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