Articles Tagged ‘Reviews’

  • Justice Belied: The Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice

    This enlightening book on international criminal justice is a collection of papers by 15 authors, many involved in the defence of individuals tried by international courts. While the papers differ in tone and detail they are all highly critical of the current international criminal justice system (ICJS).

  • And The Whole World Said Nothing

    Make no mistake: this is an angry book and that’s a good thing. It needs to be, anything less would be beside the point.

  • Making sense of the Afghan mission

    The last Canadian troops in Afghanistan were scheduled to withdraw on March 31, 2014. nearly 13 years old, the Afghan mission is the longest-ever in Canadian history, and represents a period of dramatic transformation of Canadian foreign policy and military strategy. That transformation, and the political and economic forces that continue to drive it, is the subject of Empire’s Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan, a major contribution to the debate about Canada’s role in the War on Terror and the nature of the deployment.

  • Harold Innis and the North: Appraisals and Contestations

    As the Great Powers, and the not so great, scramble for a piece of the thawing Arctic resource pie—with the Harper government pretending we own the North Pole, the home of Santa Claus, no less, though its record for gift-giving is solely to corporations—it is timely to have a book that examines the role of the esteemed scholar Harold Innis in his research and writing on the Canadian North.

  • It’s the Political Economy, Stupid

    Exhibition catalogues rarely serve as more than an archive, but here the difference is by design. Envisioned as a series of intersecting projects, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid ( Pluto Books, 2013) exists independently of — and parallel to — four site-responsive exhibitions (with more stops to come) and various public programming.

  • Keep True, NDP

    Keep True is a better read than its rather lame title might suggest. Pawley recounts his career in a clear, crisp and concise manner. His record of his time in government can be helpful in teaching activists how to build a progressive movement capable of winning political office. This would be of no small benefit: as the crushing of the Occupy movement shows, those who wish to effect democratic change will need the power of government as well as the support of the streets. But if activists need guidance on what to do when they form government, they will need to look further.

  • Where’s the Rage Over the Arbit Ragers?

    Since we will not learn in school the lessons about the 1% we ought to know, many of us rely on movies and TV, so that through images and sound we can form ideas of who the men were who screwed up our economy. In Arbitrage, we see how how Hollywood conceives of a cinematic grammar into which we can analyze the nature of the people who sparked the the financial crisis.

  • Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class Updated

    Crass Struggle is impressive for its comprehensiveness, a testament to the two-plus decades Naylor has spent researching and writing about international black markets. Since it is being released at a moment when, despite persistent revenue shortages, powerful forces in Canada and the US appear poised to block any efforts to raise taxes on millionaires, Crass Struggle’s depiction of the true nature of luxury consumption is also timely.

  • Web Review: True Grit

    Call me incorrigibly dogmatic and a “politically correct” bore, but I just can’t get on the bandwagon for the Coen brothers’ “True Grit”. I confess that I was prejudiced from the start, having had an extreme reaction against the original “True Grit” that starred Vietnam War hawk John Wayne in 1969.

  • Peeping in on Goldie (and liking the show)

    In queersexlife: Autobiographical Notes on Sexuality, Gender & Identity Terry Goldie offers up a heady brew of theory and introspection that is both refreshing and biting. The “autobiographical notes” that infuse the book reveal the intimacy and inextricability of personal experience and theoretical perspective which grounds the work and makes it feel “human” and accessible. At the same time, the deeply personal details jar the reader who might find his frankness unfamiliar, if not uncomfortable. And good for him. Goldie’s narratives are not merely casual observations that superficially draw links between the personal and political; instead, he is willing to be vulnerable and raw. Academic writing rarely offers this intimacy—moans and other physical pleasures in the first person—and it is a welcome shake-up. Indeed, it causes the reader, at least this reader, to question what that initial discomfort may mean, about the boundaries of knowledge production and about the scopophilia that positions the reader in a unique relationship to the text, gazing upon the strokes and sounds that emit from the pages.

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