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Justice Belied

An aura of respectability hovers over international criminal tribunals. “Undeservedly,” say many practitioners who bring to bear hard facts and penetrating analysis. African jurists, who are rarely consulted, describe the nearly exclusive focus on Africa as “demeaning,” “condescending,” and “neo-colonial posturing.” International criminal law has also been touted as a means to fight impunity and… Read more »

Le référendum volé

Le 30 octobre 2015, il y aura 20 ans que le Québec est passé à un cheveu de devenir un pays libre et souverain. Jacques Parizeau, qui a incarné l’espoir de millions de Québécois, nous a quittés en juin sans avoir gagné le combat de sa vie. Mais son départ représente le début d’un nouveau… Read more »

The Adventures of Radisson 2

After spending two years with his new Iroquois family as described in Volume 1, Pierre-Esprit Radisson escapes and sails across the Atlantic to Holland before boarding ship to head down the west coast of France. Using his wits and the skills picked up in the New World, he makes his way up the Loire and… Read more »

Hanging Fred and a Few Others

Frederick Coburn (1871-1960) was arguably Canada’s best-known painter at the peak of his career. Nick Fonda revisits Coburn’s work providing charming new insight into the painter and his surroundings. His method includes casting an inquisitive gaze on other accomplished artists who have followed quite unusual paths as they responded to the same muse that moved… Read more »

The Raids

It’s spring, 1963 in the “Nickel Capital of the World.” Nineteen-year-old Jake McCool is about to undergo a rite of passage—his first shift underground in a hard rock mine.  But the Cold War is at its height, and Jake is also about to become a reluctant participant in a bitter inter-union battle fuelled by the… Read more »

Challenging the Mississippi Firebombers

“An original source of living history about the civil rights movement.” Stacey J. White, Mississippi Valley State University “a meticulous, second to none look…” Esther Callens, The Birmingham Times In June 1964 young black and white civil rights workers risked their lives in the face of violence, intimidation, illegal arrests, and racism to register as… Read more »

The Franz Boas Enigma

Foreword by Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt “… Franz Boas has remained an enigma, so misunderstood as a person and so often misrepresented as an anthropologist.” William S. Willis, Jr. How did Franz Boas become the central founder of anthropology and a driving force promoting science in public life in North America? To answer this question, linguistic… Read more »

The Question of Separatism

Baraka Books proudly offers readers a new edition of her third, least-known book to mark that anniversary. Undeniably a genius on urban issues, Jane Jacobs also grappled with the question of nations and political sovereignty. Out of print since the mid 80s, The Question of Separatism, Quebec and the struggle over sovereignty now includes a… Read more »

Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa

“… essential reading.” Edward S. Herman An accepted narrative holds that horrible Rwandan Hutu génocidaires planned and executed a satanic scheme to eliminate nearly a million Tutsis after a mysterious plane crash killed the former president of Rwanda on April 6, 1994. Yet former UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali says, “the Rwandan genocide was 100 percent… Read more »

The Adventures of Radisson 1

Spring 1651: a young man from Paris lands in Trois-Rivières on the St. Lawrence River. Within weeks, the course of his life changes drastically. Iroquois braves capture him. Pierre-Esprit Radisson, then 15 years old, begins a new life. Canoeing rivers and lakes and portaging over mountains, Radisson’s captors take him to distant lands. First they… Read more »