Book launch--The Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Mining Justice Action Committee (MJAC) & UVIC Social Justice Studies (SJS) present the Victoria launch of this important new book:

The Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America – by Todd Gordon and Jeffery Webber.

University of Victoria: David Turpin Building, Room A-120

Author Jeffery Webber will be the keynote speaker with a Q & A after his talk.

Books will be for sale for $30. Cash and cheque sales only. We will provide a book signing opportunity.

Noam Chomsky writes-- "This careful and comprehensive analysis of Canada’s economic policies and political interference in Latin America demonstrates in brutal detail the predatory and destructive role of a secondary imperialist power operating within the overarching system of subordination of the Global South to the demands of northern wealth and power. It also reveals clearly the responsibility of citizens of Canada and other dominant societies to join in the resistance of the victims to the shameful and sordid practices exposed graphically here.”

Rooted in thousands of pages of Access to Information documents and dozens of interviews carried out throughout Latin America, Blood of Extraction examines the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in Latin America and the environmental and human rights abuses that have occurred as a result.

Latin American communities affected by Canadian resource extraction are now organized into hundreds of opposition movements, from Mexico to Argentina. The authors illustrate the strategies used by the Canadian state to silence this resistance and advance corporate interests and human rights abuses that have occurred as a result. By following the money, Gordon and Webber illustrate the ways that Canadian-based multinational corporations, backed by the Canadian state, have developed extensive economic interests in Latin America over the last two decades at the expense of Latin American people and the environment.
“A vital new resource on a subject Canadians cannot ignore. Drawing on interviews, case studies and in-depth documentary research, this book is sure to become a key tool for activists, researchers and readers seeking to understand Canada’s evolving role in Central and South America.”— Dawn Paley, author of Drug War Capitalism.

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This event is endorsed by the Victoria chapter of the Council of Canadians, Victoria Amnesty International and Victoria Central America Support Committee.

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