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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There are about 50 radio stations broadcasting to the Port - au - Prince area , ”
noted the Catholic Institute for International Relations in 2004 , and “ all of the
most important ones are now firmly in the anti - Aristide camp ; of those that
68 Readers without access to Haitian radio can get a sense of the often farcical
flavour of much of this coverage via the prominent We Haitians website , a self -
described " scholarly journal of democracy and human rights ” which makes ...
45 Radio Africa 254 Radio Echo 2000 158 Radio Haiti - Inter 21 , 361n . 80 ,
372n . 156 Radio Kiskeya 108 , 109 Radio Métropole 95 , 108 , 109 , 127 , 293
Radio Signal FM 108 , 109 , 198 Radio Solidarité 110 , 267 , 303 Radio Télé
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