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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Although it is easier to make certain criticisms when you have none of the
responsibilities of power , leftwing labor groups are clearly entitled to pressure
any government to adopt more progressive policies . Labor activists are clearly
entitled to ...
Even the best of our political leaders , ” regrets Patrick Elie , have underestimated
the resilience of the Haitian people and their will to hang tough , even under
immense pressure . Our politicians need to know that if they pursue a
willingness to resist this pressure , and through him the African Union was
represented . I ' m very glad of it . The same pressure was applied in the
Caribbean : the prime minister of the Bahamas , Perry Christie , decided to come ,
but that ' s it ...
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