Canada in Africa
300 Years of Aid and Exploitation
Yves Engler's Eighth, and Most Comprehensive Book
It's at the New Vision United Church
(formerly Centenary Church),
24 Main St. West, across from Hamilton City Hall
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 7 pm
Yves Engler continues his groundbreaking analyses of past and present Canadian foreign policy. The author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, and other works that challenge the myth of Canadian benevolence, documents Canadian involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, the “scramble for Africa” and European colonialism. The book reveals Ottawa’s opposition to anticolonial struggles, its support for apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup, and its role in ousting independence leaders Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah.
Based on an exhaustive look at the public record as well as on-the-ground research, Canada in Africa shows how the federal government pressed African countries to follow neoliberal economic prescriptions and sheds light on Canada’s part in the violence that has engulfed Somalia, Rwanda and the Congo, as well as how Canada’s indifference to climate change means a death sentence to ever-growing numbers of Africans.
Yves will also comment on how Canada's colonial past and neo-colonial role in Africa (especially in mining) informs the attitudes of police towards communities of colour and aboriginal people here in Canada (in terms of racial profiling and carding.)
The launch in Hamilton will take place on Saturday, Sept 19, at 7 pm in the lower hall of the New Vision United Church. 24 Main Street West, in Hamilton, across from Hamilton City Hall. Paid parking is available behind City Hall and in a lot behind the church off James Street South. The church, formerly called Centenary United, is located adjacent to the HSR’s downtown bus depot. In addition, the church is fully accessible to wheelchairs.
Admission is free. Copies of Yves’ new book will be for sale at $25 and for autographing.
This event is endorsed by Black Brown Red Lives Matter (Hamilton)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler has been dubbed “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I.F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “ever-insightful” (rabble.ca) and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen). His six books have been praised by Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, William Blum, Rick Salutin and many others. “Yves became a foreign-policy expert by working as a night doorman in Montreal…He’s in the mould of I. F. Stone, who wasted no time with politicians, who all have an agenda, but went instead straight to the public record.” - Rick Salutin, Globe and Mail
More about Yves Engler and his work: http://yvesengler.com/.
How to get there: New Vision United Church is right next to the MacNab Street HSR Bus Terminal. Ample (paid) parking is available across Main Street at Hamilton City Hall and at a lot off James Street South behind
the church. New Vision is completely accessible to wheelchairs.
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