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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valuable work in education and legal advice , highly engaged forums for political
discussion and debate . Most of the older OPs developed out of the pro -
precarious and unstable political system , that had little practical control over its
economy or bureaucracy and virtually no control over its own security – these are
questions that are likely to divide analysts of the Aristide era for the foreseeable ...
We engaged in long discussions about what to do , and Fanmi Lavalas grew out
of these discussions . It emerged from the people themselves . And even when it
came to be constituted as a political organization , it never conceived of itself as ...
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