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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As Kim Ives explains , the CD provided a suitably respectable institutional form
for a perverse “ macouto - bourgeois ” alliance , in which members of the liberal
bourgeoisie represented by civil society grouplets like the Association of Haitian
Yvon Simeon , the new Foreign Affairs Minister , had represented the CD in
Europe . PAPDA ' s Yves André Wainwright ( Environment ) , Adeline Magloire
Chancy ( Women ' s Affairs ) , and Oxfam consultant Philippe Mathieu (
Agriculture ) ...
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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