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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The day of his capture , the US embassy ' s Judith Trunzo told the AHP she was "
delighted by the Haitian authorities ' collaboration in the operation , ” and
commended their “ strong efforts to fight drug trafficking . " 28 Kétant ' s trial came
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With that , Aristide told the network , he decided to resign . " 188 In fact , Aristide
told the network no such thing . On the contrary , he told CNN that he was “ taken
by force by US military , " that his house was surrounded by US and Haitian ...
213 . Interview with a senior member of Aristide ' s Steele Foundation security
detail , 21 March 2007 . 214 . Jamaican foreign minister K . D . Knight later
confirmed that he spoke to both Aristide and Powell on Saturday . He told Powell
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