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NARCOLAND: THE MEXICAN DRUG LORDS AND THEIR GODFATHERS

By Anabel Hernández

Foreword by Roberto Saviano

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AVAILABLE NOW – http://www.versobooks.com/books/1410-narcoland

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“The most remarkable feature of Anabel Hernández’s brave and invaluable account of Mexico’s blood-drenched drug wars is that she survived long enough to write it… There could be no greater shame for Mexico should such a fearless and dedicated reporter come to any harm” – The Sunday Times

“Narcoland, with its explosive descriptions of decades of corruption permeating the upper echelons of government, leaves an extremely bad taste in the reader’s mouth about the state of Mexico’s perennially corrupt institutions… a searing indictment of a war on drugs she believes was a sham from the start” — Financial Times

The product of five years’ investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico. 

The definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years. Hernández explains in riveting detail how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. At every turn, Hernández names names — not just the narcos, but also the politicians, functionaries, judges and entrepreneurs who have collaborated with them. In doing so, she reveals the mind-boggling depth of corruption in Mexico’s government and business elite. 

In awarding Hernández the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers noted, “Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with violence and impunity remaining major challenges in terms of press freedom. In making this award, we recognize the strong stance Ms. Hernández has taken, at great personal risk, against drug cartels.”

‘Mexico’s war on drugs is one big lie’ – read Ed Vulliamy’s feature on Narcoland in the Observer here: http://bit.ly/130bg1T

Listen to Anabel Hernández on BBC Radio 4 Today programme: http://bbc.in/16UkBKE

Watch Anabel Hernández on Democracy Now!

http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1405-video-the-mexican-war-on-drugs-is-just-a-sham-anabel-hernandez-on-democracy-now

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Anabel Hernández is one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal and its investigative supplement La Revista. Her previous books include La familia presidencial, Fin de fiesta en los pinos, and Los cómplices del presidente.

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“Narcoland describes a disastrous ‘war on drugs’ that has led to more than 80,000 deaths in half a dozen years. This is a book that exposes how everything in Mexico is implicated in the ‘narco system.’”– Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah

“Jaw-dropping reading” – The Independent

“An ambitious and daring sketch of the political nexus that ensures the Mexican system of narcotics delivery to the U.S.”– Los Angeles Times

“While many Mexican politicians and officials merely pretend to fight the drugs producers, Anabel Hernández has taken a genuine stand in favour of the rule of law and decency in her society. [Narcoland] is in itself an important statement. She deserves our respect and admiration for making it.” – The Spectator

“Hernández’s investigation into corruption … traces the collusion of government, law enforcement, and military figures with the narcos back at least to the 1970s … Her book has sold over 170,000 copies in Mexico and she now lives protected by bodyguards.”– Enrique Krauze, The New York Review of Books

“Anabel Hernández exposes the most murderous drug organization in Mexico, the Mexican government. Of course, this level of corruption is only possible thanks to the moral and financial support of the leaders in Washington. Here’s the story the media never has the time to tell you.”– Charles Bowden, author of Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields

“An in-depth, unforgiving look at the deep-rooted corruption that has allowed the cartels to flourish… [A] thought-provoking portrait of the crime and corruption that dominates our southerly neighbor.” – Publishers Weekly

“Rigorous, disturbing narrative of how drug cartels infiltrated Mexican society’s highest levels … Essential reading for a serious understanding of how the war on drugs is destroying the social fabric of South American nations.” – Kirkus Reviews

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Hardback Original / ISBN: 9781781680735  / $26.95 / £16.99 / $31.00CAN / 304 pages

For more information on NARCOLAND: THE MEXICAN DRUG LORDS AND THEIR GODFATHERS or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1410-narcoland

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Culture

PETROCULTURES

Call for Papers, Panels and/or Workshop Proposals

Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture

University of Alberta: September 6, 7th and 8th, 2012

 

The “Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture” conference will take place on September 6, 7th and 8th, 2012, at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada).  Keynote speakers include Allan Stoekl (Penn State University), Warren Cariou (University of Manitoba) and Ursula Biemann (video artist, Switzerland). 

Petrocultures will bring together scholars, writers, filmmakers and artists from around the world who are engaged in an exploration of the social and cultural dimensions and impacts of oil and energy.  The conference will examine and (re)assess how energy has been and remains an intrinsic part of socio-political life and cultural productivity, with a focus on two areas of research:

1)  How does our understanding of socio-cultural objects, events and phenomena change if we frame an analysis of them explicitly in relation to oil (and energy more generally)? What insights would we gain across the disciplines from such a theoretical/methodological maneuver? For instance, what might happen if we frame cultural and intellectual periods (as we do in the study of literature) not in terms of movements (e.g., modernism), nations (British modernism), or centuries (18th, 19th, 20th…), but in relation to dominant forms of energy at any given moment?

2)  How do energy resources that fuel the exploitation of the environment impact not only everyday life but also the form and content of its representation? What is the potential of these cultural representations produced through multiple technologies of publication and artistic/communicative production (e.g., art, film, literature), to rupture and/or change the ways in which we live with and relate to oil? 

 

We invite papers, panels and workshop proposals that take up the above questions as well as contributions that address any of the wide range of topics related to petrocultures:

 

● labour in petrocultures (influx of temporary foreign workers, transient labour forces, the rights or lack thereof of labour, etc.)

● the composition of communities in historical and contemporary oil economies

● education in energy societies

● health (sex, drugs, addiction)

● the intersection of cultural and environmental issues (resource management, water and oil, etc.)

● Aboriginal cultures and societies (land and mineral rights, community safety, race in petrocultures, etc.)

● gender issues and women’s rights in male dominated labour markets

● politics and social-political life in petro-states

● and the impacts of all of these issues on forms of cultural production (art, literature, film, etc.) that attempt to represent and address the socio-cultural realities of living alongside oil technologies.  

 

Papers will be accepted based on the merit of the proposed study, originality of approach, and fit with the aims and theme of the conference.  Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Please indicate when you submit your abstract whether you are interested in also participating (at your own cost) in a three day excursion on (September 9th- 11th) to Northern Alberta to tour the oil/tar sands. A selection of papers and presentations from the 2012 conference will be published in an edited collection on Petrocultures by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2011.  Decisions will be announced by December 1st, 2011.  

Please send all proposals to: petrocultures@gmail.com (c/o Imre Szeman and Sheena Wilson)

 

Types of submissions:

· 15-20 minute individual presentation: conference paper.

· 45-60 minute panel/roundtable (3-4 presenters).

· 90-minute workshop (hands-on learning, interactive): Interactive sessions that encourage participant involvement. 

 

These workshops can be focused on generating discussion and recording ideas on specific subjects and themes.  These workshops can also encourage creative responses to oil and energy (e.g., through a writing workshop, a visual arts workshop etc.)

Propose an individual paper: Please send a 250 word abstract and a 100 word biography, as well as your contact information

Propose a panel: Please send a 250 word abstract for the panel, with a descriptive title for each presentation, and a 50 word bio and contact information for all members of the panel. When submitting the proposal, please copy it to all panel-participants to facilitate future correspondences. 

Propose a workshop: The Petrocultures conference will be the ideal venue for exploring theoretical and practical approaches to oil and energy in culture.  If you would like to lead a workshop session either independently or with other presenters, please submit a 250 word abstract for the workshop, with a 100 word bio for all workshop leaders.

Petrocultures is supported through funding from the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (UniversityofAlberta), Campus Saint Jean (UniversityofAlberta) and the Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies.

 

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2ND INTERNATIONAL SUMMER INSTITUTE IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: PUTTING THEORY TO WORK

Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, 18 – 22 July 2011

Summer Institute Director: Maggie MacLure

Plenary Keynote Speakers 2011:

DEBORAH BRITZMAN, York University, Canada
‘On matters of soft theory and affected belief: a psychoanalytic approach to the defense of theory’.

LINDA TUHIWAI SMITH, University of Waikato, New Zealand
‘Decolonizing research in new spaces with new possibilities’?

HARRY TORRANCE, Manchester Metropolitan University
‘Mixed methods research: what is the role of qualitative methods’?

LISA MAZZEI, Gonzaga University, USA
‘Plugging one text into another: thinking with theory in qualitative research’

HELEN COLLEY, Manchester Metropolitan University
‘Time, space and ethics: thinking through Marx’

KATE McCOY, State University of New York (New Paltz)
‘Heroin’s monstrous beauties: mark(et)ing affect and abject

KERI FACER, Manchester Metropolitan University
‘Democracy, education and reclaiming narratives of the future’

BILL GREEN, Charles Sturt University, Australia 
‘Emergent methodologies in educational research’

MAGGIE MACLURE, Manchester Metropolitan University
‘”The first secret of the stammerer”: writing without representing’

Putting Theorists to Work (Practical Sessions): Butler, Derrida, Braidotti, Lacan, Foucault, Bourdieu, Deleuze, and others.

Delegate-led sessions (optional): for delegates wishing to present their own research.

The Summer Institute will be of interest to qualitative researchers who are looking for stimulating engagements with theory, from doctoral students to more experienced researchers, across the social sciences, education, health and caring professions.

Standard delegate fee: £295
Email inquiries: SIQR@mmu.ac.uk
Information and registration: www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/siqr/about.php

A note from Maggie MacLure:

This is just to let you know that the keynote presentations from *last year’s* Summer Institute are downloadable, as audio-files, text and/or powerpoint presentations, from: http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/siqr/downloads.php 

Speakers include: Patti Lather, Stephen Ball, Neil Mercer, Erica Burman, Ian Parker, Nick Lee, Maggie MacLure, Bridget Somekh, Lorna Roberts, Liz Jones, Rachel Holmes.  

We still have some places available for this year’s event, so I have included the information again below.

Do circulate to anyone who might be interested.

Best wishes 

Maggie MacLure

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Afghanistan

MALALAI JOYA AND NOAM CHOMSKY: THE CASE FOR WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN

Friday, March 25, 5:30 pm
Harvard University, Radcliffe Quadrangle
Student Organization Center at the Hilles Building (SOCH)
59 Shepard Street (Shepard/Garden), Harvard Red Line, Directions below
Students FREE, $5 suggested donation, no one turned away
RSVP and invite friends on: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151499161576478&notif_t=event_wall#wall_posts  
Seating is first come, first served
Contact: sarah@haymarketbooks.org

“The bravest woman in Afghanistan” –BBC News

“Joya’s life has been singular and heroic” –New York Times Book Review

“Chomsky is a global phenomenon. Šhe may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet” –New York Times Book Review

Malalai Joya is the author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Dared Raise Her Voice

Noam Chomsky is the author of Hopes and Prospects, Gaza in Crisis, Hegemony or Survival and many other titles.
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AT A CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY in Kabul in 2003, Malalai Joya stood up and denounced her country’s powerful U.S./NATO-backed warlords. She was only 25 years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons. Beloved by her people for daring to speak out against U.S.–backed war criminals that dominate the government, Joya has survived at least 4 assassination attempts. Having come face-to-face with the brutality of war, Joya has been demanding an end to the occupation for years. In her book A Woman Among Warlords, just out in paperback, Joya explains the situation of ordinary Afghans: “We are caught between two enemies – the Taliban on one side and the U.S./NATO forces and their warlord allies on the other.” Please join us during Joya’s rare visit to the U.S., as she is joined by world-renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky, internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today.
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SPONSORED by http://www.haymarketbooks.org Haymarket Books, http://www.harvardpsc.com/ Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, http://www.justicewithpeace.org/node/2225 UJP Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force, http://www.masspeaceaction.org Massachusetts Peace Action, http://nationalpeaceconference.org/ United National Antiwar Committee
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DIRECTIONS to SOCH Building:
Walking Directions from Harvard Square: Located on the corner of Garden and Shepard Streets, the SOCH is a 10 minute walk.  Follow Garden St. past the Sheraton Commander hotel.  The main entrance is located on the right side of the building facing the Radcliffe Quadrangle.

Parking Information: Lots surrounding the SOCH are reserved for Harvard affiliates with designated parking passes.  Similarly, parking on streets adjacent to the SOCH is for City of Cambridge residents only. Visitors may purchase a daily permit online at https://www2.uos.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/permit/purchase.pl  

Shuttle Service: Harvard University Shuttle Services are available to all members of the Harvard community with valid ID.  The SOCH is located at the Quad stop.
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CONTACT: mailto:sarah@haymarketbooks.org
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NATIONAL TOUR DATES : http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/  

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When I go to work’

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 18th JULY 2010

EVENTS

THE END OF POVERTY? – A FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM

July 22
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Hart House, U of T, East Common Room
7 Kings College Circle
Toronto, ON

The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced… labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.

More info: http://www.theendofpoverty.com/

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RED IS THE NEW GREEN: MARX’S ECOLOGY WORKSHOP

Wednesday, July 21
6-8 pm
Admission: $7 or pay what you can
Bloor Gladstone Library
1101 Bloor St. West
Toronto

More info: foundationforsocialeconomics@gmail.com

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THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP

Workshop on processing the events of the G20 meeting, with Naomi Tessler.

Wednesday, July 21
7 pm
Admission: $15 ($7 sliding scale)
Friends House
60 Lowther Ave.
Toronto

More info: peaceworks@primus.ca

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HOTEL WORKERS RISING: MAKE HISTORY ON JULY 22!

Join hotel workers across North America in a historic protest against global hotel corporations. In 15 cities, including Vancouver and Toronto, hotel workers will be demonstrating their unity and their determination to fight for respect in an industry dominated by wealthy multinational companies that continue cutting jobs and trying to squeeze more from workers.

Thursday, July 22
5:00pm
Toronto: Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King St. W (at Peter)
Vancouver: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St.

More info: http://www.hotelworkersrising.org/update.php?city_id=160

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COCAL (COALITION OF CONTINGENT ACADEMIC LABOR) IX CONFERENCE

August 13-15, 2010
Université Laval
Québec City, PQ

The host for the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL IX) will be the Syndicat des chargées et chargés de cours de l’Université Laval (SCCCUL) which is affiliated with the Fédération des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN).

COCAL is a coalition of higher education activists from the North American continent. We are united in working to improve working conditions at colleges and universities for contingent faculty, including adjunct, part-time, and non-tenure track instructors, and graduate teaching assistants.

More info: http://cocalinternational.org/events.html

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NEWS & VIEWS

$16 BILLION FOR THE WRONG PLANES

Michael Byers, Toronto Star

On Friday, Defence Minister Peter MacKay made it official, publicly committing Canadian taxpayers to a $16 billion deal for the purchase and maintenance of 65 F-35s.

The contract will not be put out for tender because the Harper government has determined that only one plane fits its operational requirements. Or, more accurately, the Harper government has drawn up the operational requirements to exclude everything but the F-35.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/836959–16-billion-for-the-wrong-planes

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WALL STREET IS LAUNDERING DRUG MONEY AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT

Zach Carter, Alternet

Wall Street has been caught laundering massive amounts of drug money. So why isn’t anybody being punished?

http://www.alternet.org/economy/147564/wall_street_is_laundering_drug_money_and_getting_away_with_it/
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HOTEL WORKERS TRAINING FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN 15 CITIES

John Wojcik, People’s World

More than 1,000 cooks, dishwashers and housekeepers are taking an unusual detour on their way home from work this week. They are stopping off at two-hour training sessions where their union is preparing them to carry out nonviolent civil disobedience on July 22 at Hyatt hotels in 15 cities.

http://peoplesworld.org/hotel-workers-training-for-civil-disobedience-in-15-cities/

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IMMIGRANT WORKERS AT NON-UNION CHICKEN PLANT STOP WORK OVER DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

Francisco Risso, Labor Notes

Chicken processing workers stopped the line for an hour at the Case Farms plant in Morganton, North Carolina, over dangerous and abusive conditions.

The remarkable wildcat action, in late April, won the non-union and largely immigrant workforce several gains—including an all-important decrease in line speed—which they have preserved.

http://www.labornotes.org/2010/07/immigrant-workers-non-union-chicken-plant-stop-work-over-dangerous-conditions

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THE G20 DEBACLE: WHAT IT MIGHT HAVE LOOKED LIKE INSIDE THE FENCE

Justin Podur, The Bullet

Consolidation and free trade, which serve the western members of the G20 better than its big, poor members, are the substantial commitments of the declaration. Both sets of policies have proven immensely unpopular where they have been imposed. To defend them, like defending the summits, governments have turned to police forces and fear.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/380.php

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VIDEO – BARGAINING IN AN ERA OF WAGE RESTRAINT: RE-THINKING STRATEGIES FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR

with:

– Sam Gindin, Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto and active with the Toronto Workers’ Assembly.
–  Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions and Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario.

http://socialistproject.ca/lists/lt.php?id=cUpXCQQGBwNFAQIGGglZAQ%3D%3D

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ONLINE ARTICLES

PLEASURE AND MEANING: THE TWO FOUNDATIONS OF HAPPINESS
Jiyun Wu
Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 5, Number 1 / March, 2010
http://www.springerlink.com/content/f907hm8l124x8262/

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ON THE MODERN MEANING OF PHILANTHROPY
Marty Sulek
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2010;39 193-212
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/39/2/193

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BOOK REVIEW: THE ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF LIFELONG LEARNING (ED. PETER JARVIS)
Miriam Zukas
Vocations and Learning, Volume 3, Number 1 / April, 2010
http://www.springerlink.com/content/g09141500562q2k8/

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FAILING YOUNG PEOPLE? EDUCATION AND ASPIRATIONS IN A DEPRIVED COMMUNITY
S. Sinclair, J.H. McKendrick, and G. Scott
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 2010;5 5-20
http://esj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/5/1/5

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STEPPING UP, STEPPING BACK: WOMEN ACTIVISTS ‘TALK UNION’ ACROSS GENERATIONS
Berger-Marks Foundation, 2010
http://www.bergermarks.org/resources/SteppingUpSteppingBack.pdf

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OUR MANDATE:

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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