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18:00 - 19:30 27 March 2017

Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
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Dr Todd Gordon, Assistant Professor of Law and Society, Wilfrid Laurier University, Todd Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Law and Society at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford (Canada). He is the author of 'Imperialist Canada and Cops, Crime, and Capitalism'.
Dr Jeffery R. Webber, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, Jeffery R. Webber is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of 'The Last Day of Oppression and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left', and 'Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia'.

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 resulted. 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 organised 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.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)2031089721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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