Join us for the launch of Todd Gordon and Jeff Webber's new book, "The Blood of Extraction."
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. By following the money, Gordon and Webber illustrate the myriad ways 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.
Latin American communities affected by Canadian resource extraction are now organized into hundreds of opposition movements, from Mexico to Argentina, and the authors illustrate the strategies used by the Canadian state to silence this resistance and advance corporate interests.
“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.” — Noam Chomsky
"If we cannot see how deeply enmeshed Canadian capital is with the Canadian state—how “Canadian interests” are considered met when Canadian-based companies are making super-profits, even through violent destruction—we cannot get a sense of how thoroughly things need to change." — Jen Moore, MiningWatch Canada, November 2016 (full review)
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Todd Gordon is the author of Imperialist Canada and Assistant Professor of Law and Society and Social Justice and Community Engagement at Laurier University.
Jeffery R. Webber is the author of Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia and Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London.