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Damming the Flood : Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment - Peter Hallward

Damming the Flood

Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment

Paperback Published: 27th December 2010
ISBN: 9781844674664
Number Of Pages: 474

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"This riveting and deeply informed account should be carefully read by those who recognize that Haiti's tragic history is a microcosm of imperial savagery and heroic resistance." Noam Chomsky, MIT

"A detailed account of the `democratic containment' of Haiti's radical politics in the past two decades ... an outstanding book." Slavoj Zizek, New Statesman

"An excellent book ... the first accurate analysis of recent Haitian history, and of its history in the making." Dr. Paul Farmer, Harvard University

Long before a devastating earthquake hit in January 2010, Haiti was one of the most impoverished and oppressed countries in the world. However, in the late 1980s a remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas ("the flood") sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backed dictatorial rule. Damming the Flood analyzes how and why the Lavalas governments led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide were overthrown, in 1991 and again in 2004, by the enemies of democracy in Haiti and abroad.

The elaborate campaign to suppress Lavalas was perhaps the most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the Cold War. It has left the people of Haiti at the mercy of some of the most rapacious political and economic forces on the planet.

Updated with a substantial new afterword that addresses the international response to the earthquake, Damming the Flood is both an invaluable account of recent Haitian history and an illuminating analysis of twenty-first-century imperialism.

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A marvelous book ... riveting and deeply informedA" Noam Chomsky

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Chronologyp. xi
Acronymsp. xv
Introductionp. xxiii
1791-1991: From the First Independence to the Secondp. 1
1991-1999: The First Coup and its Consequencesp. 39
2000-2001: Aristide and the Crisis of Democracyp. 74
2000-2003: Investing in Pluralismp. 89
2001-2003: The Return of the Armyp. 119
2001-2004: Aristide's Second Administrationp. 131
2001-2004: The Winner Loses?p. 141
2003-2004: Preparing for Warp. 175
2004: The Second Coupp. 200
2004: Revenge of the Haitian Elitep. 250
2004-2006: Repression and Resistancep. 277
Conclusionp. 311
Afterwordp. 317
Appendix: ôOne Step at a Timeö: An Interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide (July 2006)p. 345
Notesp. 374
Bibliographyp. 442
Indexp. 453
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ISBN: 9781844674664
ISBN-10: 1844674665
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 474
Published: 27th December 2010
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1