Toronto Launch of Justice Belied, 10 April

Justice Belied, The Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice  will be launched in Toronto on Friday April 10 at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street starting at 7:30 pm. Speakers will be John Philpot, who edited the book, and Phil Taylor, who contributed.

The launch is being organized by A Different Booklist of Toronto.

Justice Belied

Justice Belied has arrived at a crucial moment as Canada just voted to blithely violate the most fundamental element of international law, namely the national sovereignty of states. Is superpower diktat be the new world order? Or will it be justice and respect for the sovereign equality of nations?

John Philpot  has thirty years’ experience as a criminal defence lawyer, including twenty in international criminal justice. He has represented clients before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including the Appeal Court in The Hague, and the International Criminal Court.

Phil  Taylor was defence investigator at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and is curently  Radio Host of the Taylor Report.

The Riot that Never Was published in French: L’émeute inventée by James Jackson

Riot-Cover-low-res1-175x275(Oct. 2, 2014) The Riot that Never Was by James Jackson, which appeared in November 2009, has finally appeared in French. L’émeute inventée (VLB éditeur) will be in bookstores on October 8.

The subtitle of the original English book tells it all: “The military shooting of three Montrealers in 1832 and the official cover-up.” In short, in May 1832, as a by-election eventually won by Irish immigrant and newspaper editor Daniel Tracey drew to a close, magistrates supporting his opponent, loyalist Stanley Bagg, called in the British Troops from the local garrison. Under the pretext of a riot that was supposed to be happening, the troops were ordered to open fire on the supposed mob and they killed three innocent bystanders.

James Jackson establishes that the riot simply never happened and there was no “mob” when soldiers opened fire. But despite the facts about the non-existent riot, which Jackson obtained from public documents, historians have never questioned the official story, thus perpetuating an official cover-up.

In this historical “whodunit,” Jim Jackson is a one-man investigative commission. He combines the moral indignation of an Émile Zola with the story-telling capacity of a Jacques Lacroursière or a Pierre Berton.

The names of François Languedoc, Pierre Billet, and Casimir Chauvin have unfortunately been forgotten, but their story has finally been revived.

Rue Saint-Jacques where the soldiers opened fire and shot three innocent people

Rue Saint-Jacques where the soldiers opened fire and shot three innocent people

The military shooting of three innocent people on rue Saint-Jacques on May 21, 1832 was a turning point for the Parti patriote that Daniel Tracey represented in the by-election. It would be constantly recalled as the Patriotes pursued their struggle against the British colonial authorities up until the rebellions of 1837 and 1838.

The translation of L’émeute inventée from the original English is by Michel Buttiens.

Purchase The Riot that Never Was here and L’émeute inventée here.