Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment
Verso, 2007 - 442 pages
Once the most lucrative European colony in the Caribbean, Haiti has longbeen one of the most divided and impoverished countries in the world. In thelate 1980s a remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas, or “the flood,”sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backed dictatorial rule. Afterwinning a landslide election victory, in 1991 the Lavalas government led byPresident Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown by a bloody military coup. Dammingthe Flood analyzes how and why Aristide's enemies in Haiti, the US andFrance made 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 perhaps the mostsuccessful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the Cold War. Itsexecution and its impact have much to teach anyone interested in thedevelopment of today's political struggles in Latin America and the rest of thepost-colonial world.
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... a broad coalition of anti - Aristide groups including “ representatives from most
of the political parties , three representatives of the private sector , and leaders of
student groups ” met at the Santo Domingo hotel on 13 December 2003 to help ...
... made up of representatives from the Lavalas government ( Leslie Voltaire , ex -
minister for Haitians Living Overseas ) , the opposition ( Paul Denis ) and the
international community ( Adama Guindo , from the UN Development Program ) .
Like most people I met in Bel Air , Jean - Marie expressed a similar fidelity to the
local FL representatives JeanMarie Samedy and Samba Boukman . “ All through
these years of violence Samba ' s been here , he ' s spoken for us , on the radio ...
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