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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in power , the people were delighted and relieved , and the presence of foreign
troops now served to protect them , up to a point , from further domestic
aggression . Though some leftwing intellectuals who had supported Lavalas in
1991 were ...
The reckless Ravix started to denounce the Latortue government as weak and
indecisive , and warned that hundreds of ex - FADH troops under his command
stood ready to intervene . Ravix also began to denounce the treachery of the CD
At one point during the MINUSTAH campaign in Cité Soleil , admitted one UN
official , UN troops were firing an average of 2 , 000 rounds of ammunition a day .
” On 22 June , the UN Security Council agreed to enlarge its invasion force to the
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