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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18 Such is the lesson that Aristide retains from Freire and Boff : “ The essential
point is that the poor themselves should be the actors . ” In perhaps the most
famous of his many speeches , an address broadcast on Radio Haiti - Inter on 22
Now that former Haitian president Aristide has left Port - au - Prince , ” she writes ,
“ the voice of the poor needs to be heard if Haiti is to find peace and prosperity . "
24 There was no need to enquire into the circumstances of his leaving or to ...
... SOFA would denounce Aristide as worse than Duvalier or Cédras , Delva finds
it puzzling that a workers ' rights group like BO should dedicate so much energy
to denouncing Lavalas as anti - labor and anti - poor . “ Aristide certainly wanted
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