- Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
- ISBN: 9781552668306
- Price: $30.00 CAD
- Publication Date: Oct 2016
- Rights: World
- Pages: 378
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Blood of Extraction
Canadian Imperialism in Latin America
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
- Part I: Introduction
- Velvet Gloves and Iron Fists
- Part II: Central America
- Authoritarian Capitalism: The New Normal in Honduras
- Mining in the Wake of Genocide: Canadian Corporations in Twenty-First-Century Guatemala
- Blood and Security in Central America
- Part III: The Andes
- Tapping the Veins of Ecuador
- Andean Imbroglio: The Many-Headed Hydra of Canadian Imperialism in Venezuela
- The Violence of Canadian Extraction: Natural Resources in Colombia and Peru
- Part IV: Conclusion
- The Future of Canadian Imperialism and Popular Resistance
About the Authors
Todd Gordon teaches political science at York University in Toronto and is the author of Cops, Crime and Capitalism: The Law-and-Order Agenda in Canada and Imperialist Canada. His articles on Canadian imperialism have appeared on Znet, Counterpunch, Rabble, and in The Bullet and New Socialist.
Jeffery R. Webber is the author of Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia.