Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment

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Verso, 2010 - History - 474 pages
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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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Review: Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment

User Review  - David Clayton - Goodreads

Anyone interested in understanding the meaning of international aid should read this book. A real horror story about the unseen underside of consumer culture and the sickening lengths that global power will go to in order to preserve the status quo. Read full review

Review: Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

There is a political party in Haiti called Fanmi Lavalas, roughly translated in to English as Waterfall Family, this is the Flood of the title of this book, the flood is the people. The damming is the ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Peter Hallward teaches at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He is the author of several books including Absolutely Postcolonial, Badiou: A Subject to Truth, Out of This World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation, and Damming the Flood.

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