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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Hundreds of thousands of adults , meanwhile , benefited from a major literacy
campaign , launched in May 2001 . Millions of literacy booklets were printed and
many hundreds of literacy centers were established . Most classes were taught ...
200 It isn ' t difficult to see why thousands of the city ' s residents were determined
to stop Chamblain in his tracks . On Saturday a Los Angeles Times reporter broke
with routine to consider , for a moment , why Aristide still had so much support ...
Along with this purge of public sector workers , the beginning of the Latortue
government also ended the careers of many thousands of elected officials . The
entire electoral system , both national , regional and municipal , was overthrown
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