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Mixed race women speak out

Other Tongues

Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out

by Adebe De Rango-Adem and Andrea Thompson, eds.
(Inanna Publications,
2010;
$24.95)

In the past 20 years Canada has seen a few mixed race anthologies that reflect both the time, place and language that we use to talk about being of mixed heritage and the many complicated social locations this takes us to. The first and the groundbreaking, was Miscegenation Blues: Voices of mixed-race women edited by Carol Camper and published in 1991. Ten years later I was fortunate to be part of the editorial team for the journal Fireweed's issue 75, the Mixed Race issue, published in 2002.

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Finkelstein's hope for Gaza

Norman Finkelstein: This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

by Norman G. Finkelstein
(Or Books,
2010;
$20.00)

On one level Norman Finkelstein's new book, This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion, on Israel's 2008 invasion of Gaza does not reveal much new. It consists of information that has made its way to the public realm over the past year. Yet he brings together the disparate pieces of the event to sharp effect. There is a clear sense that the story has been insulted by the casualness of attention to it.

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Immigrant workers fight back

Fight Back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants

by Aziz Choudry and Jill Hanley et al.
(Fernwood Publishing,
2009;
$17.02)
"A lot of Filipinos and others are silent in their jobs....They are scared that if they do something for change, they will be deported....They feel held at the blade between life and death."

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Norman Bethune: Stepping forward to revolution

Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune

by Adrienne Clarkson
(Penguin Canada,
2009;
$26.00)
When Norman Bethune left Montreal for Spain in 1936 to help the Republicans in their doomed effort to hold back Franco's fascists, he spoke no foreign languages and had no fixed role waiting for him. But he was among a group of determined individuals who believed "if fascism could be stopped in Spain, a larger war would not break out," and he wasted no time making himself useful. When Bethune left Madrid less than a year later, he had created and implemented a mobile blood transfusion unit, the first of its kind, that treated soldiers right at the front and drastically reduced fatalities. He was also on the verge of collapse, drinking heavily and making enemies on all sides.

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Tecumseh & Brock: The antidote to Harper's War of 1812 propaganda

Tecumseh & Brock: The War of 1812

by James Laxer
(House of Anansi,
2012;
$29.95)

Stephen Harper’s interest in communicating his version of Canada’s past has been on full display this year, with his government spending lavishly on celebrations of the War of 1812.

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The ugly truth about Stephen Harper's foreign policy

The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy

by Yves Engler
(Fernwood Publishing co-published with Red Publishing,
2012;
$19.95)

For a long time now, there has been a serious weakness on the part of progressive movements in the most over-developed countries of the world. The ability to recognize that so much of the privileges we enjoy, but that governments and corporations enjoy even more so, comes from years of exploitation, subjugation and extreme levels of violence towards countries of the Global South, but too often, our history and continued practice of imperialism is either forgotten or ignored.  In The Ugly Canadian, Yves Engler sets out to provide "a small spark in lighting a fire of interest in Canadian foreign policy."

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Justin Podur on Haiti's new dictatorship

Haiti's New Dictatorship: The Coup, the Earthquake and the UN Occupation

by Justin Podur
(Between The Lines,
2012;
$29.95)

In this interview with Matt Adams, Justin Podur, author of Haiti’s New Dictatorship, discusses his new book. The book, which takes a look at the country's history of the past seven years, from the 2004 coup against Aristide to the devastating 2010 earthquake, reveals a shocking story of abuse and neglect by international forces.

Podur unearths the reality of a supposedly benign international occupation, arguing that the denial of sovereignty is the fundamental cause of Haiti’s problems.

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What happened to social democracy?

Social Democracy After the Cold War

Social Democracy After the Cold War

by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt, eds.
(Athabasca University Press,
2012;
$29.95)

Anyone who has followed the current economic and financial crisis in Europe knows that social democratic governments and parties have consistently lined up on the side of the banks and the rich in the ongoing political conflict. The policies they have implemented while in government have been nearly identical to those advanced by the traditional right-wing parties and governments. In several counties, the social democrats have formed political alliances to govern with the right wing parties. What is going on here?

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Occupy anniversary: The movement still has momentum

This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement.

by Sarah van Gelder and the staff of Yes! Magazine, eds.
(Berrett-Koehler Publishers,
2011;
$9.95)

Published in 2011, shortly after the Occupy movement began, This Changes Everything was published offering insights for the many already involved -- actively protesting or expressing support in other ways -- and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future. This Introduction is excerpted from the book.

Something happened in September 2011 so unexpected that no politician or pundit saw it coming.

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Michael Kluckner's new book examines a vanishing Vancouver

Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years

by Michael Kluckner
(Whitecap Books,
2012;
$35.00)

I’m amazed by how much change I’ve witnessed in the short time I’ve lived in this city. The Vancouver I know is one of unceding growth, all glass towers and a headlong rush toward the new, new, new. The art deco buildings I remember seeing on visits to the city just 10 years ago are already gone, replaced by mixed-use condos and a Vancouverism that aggressively pushes upwards.

In Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years, author Michael Kluckner pushes back, back in time and back against the disappearing city he clearly fell in love with. It’s a follow-up to his award-winning 1990 book by the same name that examined the changing city in the wake of Expo ’86.

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