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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else , it ' s unbelievable . He wasn ' t perfect , but he was the only politician who
was from the people , and the only one who worked with the people . ” 35 The ...
In the context of 1990 – 91 , if not Père Lebrun , if not some form of intimidating
popular pressure , who or what might keep the army at bay once it had decided to
suspend the rule of law and remove the people ' s government by force ? Like its
may fulfil a necessary symbolic function in popular mobilization and in the real ,
effective construction of a new and more just social system . ” l ' At least at this
stage in its mobilization , most Haitians clearly feel that a shared allegiance to a ...
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