Canadian Dimension: Essays on Indigenous struggles offer both insight and oversight

Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State Yale Belange & Whitney Lackenbauer McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015 Canada has a long history of Indigenous resistance to colonialism. A geography of Indigenous struggle with the state is invoked by the names Oka, Ipperwash, Gustafsen Lake and Caldeonia. Blockades or Breakthroughs, a new collection edited by ...

Canadian Dimension: ‘People’s history’ brought to life with voices from vibrant era

A Future Without Hate or Need: The Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada Ester Reiter Between the Lines, 2016 This is a wonderfully dense, rich, descriptive and analytical volume, certain to be unique in the appreciation and understanding of the Canadian Left. Emerita professor Ester Reiter deploys an amazing number of old photos, posters ...

Canadian Dimension: Reopen Bethlehem!

Open Bethlehem Leila Sansour Iambic Dream, 2015 He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’ Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder If I could put a notion in his head: ‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it Where there are cows? But here there are no cows. Before I built a ...

Canadian Dimension: Transnationalism and Italian anarchists in Canada, 1915-1940

Transnational Radicals: Italian Anarchists in Canada and the U.S., 1915-1940 Travis Tomchuk University of Manitoba Press, 2015 There are numerous studies of the left in Canada. These studies range from social-democratic parties like the CCF, various socialists movements, and communists. Curiously there is a lack of studies into anarchist groups in Canada. While there is ...

Canadian Dimension: Mapping the vocabulary of the radical Left

Key Words for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle Edited by Ian Kelly Fritsch, Clare O’Connor and AK Thompson AK Press, 2016 In social movements, terms like “accessibility,” “bodies,” “communities,” “revolution” and “space” are in frequent usage, yet their meanings are often so varied that it is a miracle we can have effective conceptual ...

Canadian Dimension: Comic collection inspired by everyday heroes

Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle Edited by The Graphic History Collective with Paul Buhle Between the Lines, 2016 Comic books have a political substance whether we like it or not. The gender dynamics are overt in mainstream comics, with aggressive male characters and hyper-sexualized female characters. This influences children and adults alike. ...

Canadian Dimension: Mother Tareka addresses the elephants in the room

Elephants Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion Self-released, 2016 With blasting Afro-beat horn lines, a funky rhythm section, clever samples and lyrics that cut to the point of the major issues in our world, Elephants by Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion is music for movement and action. 

Mother Tareka (a.k.a. Tarek Funk) is a ...

Canadian Dimension: The Propaganda System in Canada

A Propaganda System: How Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation Yves Engler Fernwood, 2016 Propaganda is only as good as the processes through which it is concealed. Traditional examples of propaganda — the cult of personality, the political commissar, and the threat of the work camp (or worse) — were blunt and ...

Canadian Dimension: Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ a must-see exposé of mass incarceration in the US

13th Ava DuVernay 2016 Avu DuVernay’s latest documentary 13th comes at an important junction in American history. The 2016 presidential elections confirmed that divisions of race and class continue to be central and defining features of contemporary US society. After all, Donald Trump ran on a platform of open bigotry, courting a reactionary following and ...

centre of the universe: Product Review – Amopé Pedi Perfect

I’m not sure when the state of our heels became such a huge concern, but apparently it’s a big thing. Like. At some point in the past few years, someone realised that the true path to success is through baby-soft heels. To be clear, I’ve never had a pedicure in my life, so I don’t know…

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Stein Lillevolden Reviews Det Globale Perspektiv

A book review of Torkil Lauesen 380 pages Nemo Publishing, Copenhagen 2016 by Stein Lillevolden (social worker) First posted at: https://radikalportal.no/2016/05/27/det-ulike-bytte/ Also published in the Danish newsletter Demos In the late 1970s, I studied political science at Oslo University, by all evidence pretty half-heartedly. With half a heart — mostly because it was a deeply ...

Canadian Dimension: Rebel Youth offers depth but lacks dimension

Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada Ian Milligan University of British Columbia Press, 2014 Many readers of this magazine will remember April 1971. Some attended the New Democratic Party convention where, after four ballots, David Lewis defeated his Waffle opponent, James Laxer. The Waffle, struggling to push an ...

Canadian Dimension: The “People’s Poet” in three dimensions

Milton Acorn: The People’s Poet Kent Martin & Errol Sharpe Roseway Publishing, 2015 Though I had heard of Milton Acorn for many years before his death in 1986, I never knew his poetry very well. Acorn was the political enfant terrible of the Canadian poetry scene, infamously passed over for a Governor-General’s Award in 1969, ...

Canadian Dimension: Conflict, Coercion, and Settler Colonialism in Western Canada

Still from The Pass System The Pass System Alex Williams 2015 Starting in the 1880s, the federal government implemented an illegal pass system to restrict Indigenous peoples in Western Canada to small reserves in an effort to try to contain their resistance to colonization. If individuals wished to leave their reserves, for any reason and ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Torkil Lauesen’s “The Global Perspective” (reviewed by Gabriel Kuhn)

Released by PM Press in collaboration with Kersplebedeb in 2014, Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers recalls the exploits of the so-called Blekingegade Gang, a group of Marxist revolutionaries who, during the 1970s and ‘80s, robbed cash-in-transit trucks, warehouses, and post offices around Copenhagen in order to provide national ...

Canadian Dimension: Pacifying Palestinians and Pacifying the World

War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification Jeff Halper Pluto Press, 2015 Jeff Halper is an unusual hybrid presence on both the scholarly and political scene. He describes himself as an “activist-scholar” (6), which adopts a controversial self-identification. The conventional stance erects a high wall between scholarship and activism. To his credit ...

Canadian Dimension: A blueprint for Canada’s energy policy

After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians Gordon Laxer Douglas & McIntyre, 2015 When Ralph Nader called Gordon Laxer’s book After the Sands “a myth-destroying blockbuster” it couldn’t have been better put. This is a long-overdue insightful analysis of not only Canada’s oil and gas industry, but also the economic and political framework ...

Canadian Dimension: Is representational democracy possible?

Social Structures of Direct Democracy: On The Political Economy of Equality John Asimakopoulos Haymarket, 2016 The role of superdelegates in some Democratic Party caucuses is current news that has people talking about how non-representational western democracies can function. The importance that a democracy at least appear representative of its people was illustrated by Justin Trudeau’s ...

Canadian Dimension: The Bloody History of Accumulation by Dispossession

The Revenant Alejandro González Iñárritu 2015 “You all have stolen everything from us. Everything!” – Elk Dog Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant offers an aesthetically exquisite and beautifully grotesque portrayal of colonization in 19th-century North America. It is a bleak and devastating film that focuses on the efforts of real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Mumia Abu-Jamal on Star Wars

Art Threat: Venice Biennale: Artists Fiddled While Venice Drowned

It’s massive: 130 artists, over 50 national pavilions and more than 40 collateral events across the city. It’s also largely irrelevant to the fate of Venice in a world of irresistible climate change. Venice is in peril, its future grim; sea levels are rising, flood barriers are inadequate, giant cruise ships and billionaire super yachts ...

Art Threat: Our RIDM suggestions: urban development, rural Jesus, protest music, and more

RIDM always has way more films that look fantastic than any one person with other commitments can reasonably see in the space of ten days, which is a great problem to have. These are a few suggestions of things we’ve seen and loved. The Chinese Mayor The Chinese Mayor (2015, Hao Zhou) is a fairly ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Police Wife: A Review by André Moncourt

The wave of police killings of young blacks in the U.S. over the past several years and the recent resistance in Ferguson and Baltimore have made police violence a front-page issue.  A broad debate about police violence is crucial, and one recently published book adds a dimension to that debate that, while essential, might easily ...

Canadian Dimension: Debriefing Elsipogtog: the Anatomy of a Struggle

Debriefing Elsipogtog: The Anatomy of a Struggle Miles Howe Fernwood Books, 2015 When is a journalist not a journalist? According to CBC New Brunswick’s Information Morning host Terry Seguin, and media guests Dan Leger and Philip Lee, it is when the journalist becomes an activist. Calling freelance journalist Miles Howe a mere blogger, they questioned ...

Canadian Dimension: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Highway of Tears Matthew Smiley 2014 Sean Carleton is a member of the CD collective and writes The Popular Front column on pop culture. Highway of Tears is an excellent new documentary by filmmaker Matt Smiley that sheds light on the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada with a special focus on ...