Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Brothers

The mass media tend to paint a simplistic, “good guys versus bad guys” picture of complex events in other countries, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela and Iran. This has also been the case regarding the crisis in the Ukraine, where the story is often presented as a one-sided demonization of Russia, a view that is ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: An alternative reading of The Orenda

Amidst much criticism and controversy, Joseph Boyden’s newest novel, The Orenda, was recently crowned winner of the 2014 Canada Reads competition. Boyden’s book, which explores French colonialism and its role in the collapse of the Wendat confederacy in the 17th century, beat out other excellent works of fiction. However, despite winning the prize, The Orenda ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Fifth Estate: WikiLeaks through a Hollywood lens

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero, but I didn’t get that from director Bill Condon’s film, The Fifth Estate. Assange is depicted as a stereotypical radical — bossy, arrogant, paranoid, and (horrors!) nearly devoid of social skills. Disney and DreamWorks Studios produced The Fifth Estate with a twisted view of whistleblowers, showing them as ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics

Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics ( Nww Star Books, 2013) is both a tribute to a true Canadian hero and a reminder that once, not so long ago, an individual could make a difference in politics. Author Graeme Truelove never once calls Svend a hero but it’s the conclusion I draw from this readable, ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Journalism

Foreign correspondent as cartoonist: the marriage has traced a slow path inward from the margins, with Joe Sacco along for the whole of the ride. And make no mistake: his are red-blooded cartoons, brimming with the energy of outrage, given life by Sacco’s embedded reportage and first-hand interviews. The trickier thing is to pin down ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Home and Native land: Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada

Featuring a wealth of prominent radical and critical race theorists, this collection of essays takes aim at one of Canada’s nationalistic sacred cows: our official multiculturalism policy. Taking racial categories seriously as a form of social organization throughout Canadian history, the authors in this book analyze how multiculturalism as an official policy of the Canadian ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights

Buried Deep in Peter Kulchyski’s new book, titled Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights: In Defence of Indigenous Struggles, is a powerful lesson from a Cree protest camp. With Manitoba Hydro planning to unleash a dam onto a spillway in 2004, without the consent of the Aboriginal community affected, Grand Rapids First Nation set up ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Dreaming of What Might Be

Illustrate! Educate! Organize! The Graphic History Collective (GHC) is pleased to announce the launch of their new comic book about the Knights of Labor in Canada called Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Canada 1880-1900. The comic book is now available for free on the GHC Website. Dreaming of What Might ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Who watches the watchmen?

The American Revolutionary War was significant for a number of obvious reasons. It expelled the British from the Thirteen Colonies, staged an international conflict, and precipitated the growth of what would become the world’s most powerful nation. Yet the ideas of that struggle are perhaps the most intriguing. Ultimately, it is the American experience under ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: My Leaky Body: Tales from the Gurney

Canadian author Julie Devaney is an activist who has been involved in demonstrations calling for the end to dictatorships and the G8 summits. In her book, she tells her personal story, her journey, and ultimately — crusade as a woman with an excruciatingly painful chronic illness, ulcerative colitis. “Sometimes I clutch the bathroom walls or ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Digital Disconnect How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Robert McChesney, a communications theorist at Illinois, has written previously on the consolidation of American news media, and (more recently, with John Bellamy Foster) the mechanics of global capitalism. Here he takes to task internet “celebrants”: those uncritically cheerleading tech-led economic growth in all its forms; those engaged in a myopic game which identifies online ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: 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 Press, 2013) exists independently of — and parallel to — four site-responsive exhibitions (with more stops to come) and various public programming. The texts selected by ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Beginning and End of Globalization and US Hegemony

Let us begin with a word, and the word is “globalization.” Not chosen randomly, but because it jumped out of the mindless chatter and could not be ignored. Hardly heard before 25 years ago, it went viral in the 1990s. Radhika Desai, a political economist at the University of Manitoba, is excellent in this new ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Dirty Wars

In Dirty Wars, acclaimed investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill takes on what is likely the most important story of his career. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rick Rowley, the film follows Scahill to Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and beyond to reveal a new kind of frontline in the global ‘war on terror’—one led by a secret army in ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Informant

In early 2009 the anarchist movement in Austin was shocked to learn that Brandon Darby was an FBI informant who had helped entrap David McKay and Bradley Crowder, two young activists from Midland, Texas, into constructing 8 Molotov cocktails. In mid-2012 it was the Marxist movement’s turn to be traumatized. Richard Aoki, the highly respected ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Should There Be No Sport?

There is much to criticize about the world of professional sport: its virulent sexism, racism and homophobia, its role in the gentrification of cities, and its ties to corporations involved in innumerable wrongdoings. But Mark Perelman’s target in Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague (Verso, 2012) is not the corruption of sport through commercialism but the ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Keep True, NDP

Howard Pawley was elected to the Manitoba legislature in 1969 and served as a cabinet minister in the first NDP government of Manitoba. For most of the 1980s, he governed as premier of the province. “Keep True” is his political autobiography. In his privileged role as both insider and player, Pawley comments on a range ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Keep True, NDP

Howard Pawley was elected to the Manitoba legislature in 1969 and served as a cabinet minister in the first NDP government of Manitoba. For most of the 1980s, he governed as premier of the province. “Keep True” is his political autobiography. In his privileged role as both insider and player, Pawley comments on a range ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Jack deserves better than ‘Jack’

There are things to expect and things not to not expect from political TV biographies. They are rarely going to be cinematic masterpieces and there will always be those grumbling about how they haven’t portrayed every single historical detail or have failed to ‘accurately’ resurrect this or that political figure. These complaints are mostly misplaced ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: The myth of Vladimir Putin’s progressivism

For that segment of the left that thinks more in terms of hegemonic blocs and geopolitical chess games between imperialism and “anti-imperialist” states than classes, Putin is something of an exemplar. Immanuel Wallerstein, perhaps its most respected and principled representative, made the case for Putin in a July 15, 2007 Commentary titled “The Putin Charisma“: ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: From Corporation to Crisis

The authors tell us this book has been “a long time in the making.” It has been well worth the wait. The dust jacket bears endorsements, fulsome even by the necessities of the medium, from four distinguished scholars and writers, David Harvey among them. Living next door to the United States, bearing the fullness of ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Right of Return

Bilbo Baggins is the main character in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, but contrary to what you’d think, the movie isn’t really about him. Nor is it about Gollum—neither because of his true delightfulness nor his long stewardship of the One Ring. (Gandalf, the consummate geopolitician, puller of strings—the guy Henry Kissinger thought he was—would likely ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Sugar Man’s Sweet Kiss

Imagine a shy man dressed in black, guitar slung over his shoulder, making his way to a waterside bar of questionable repute. There sits a motley crew of down-on-their-luck, up-on-their-illusions, out-with conventionality types. Wearing crumpled shirts, they spin tall tales and while away hours “drinking the detergents/That cannot remove their hurts.” His eyes shielded by ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Lincoln, the Movie

Like just about everyone who has seen it, I was enthralled by Lincoln, the Hollywood film directed with authority and creative license by Stephen Spielberg, smoothly scripted by Tony Kushner and crowned by a veritable feast of brilliant acting. But in my case, as the author of 40 books on African American history and editor ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Racialized Policing

Readers will be familiar with the examples of police relations with Aboriginal people and Black Canadians offered by Elizabeth Comack, a sociologist and author at the University of Manitoba who researches issues relevant to innercity communities. Contrary to investigations that conclude racism was not a factor in the shooting deaths by police officers of Aboriginal ...