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​​​​​Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson is interviewed by Charles Boylan from Vancouver’s Co-op Radio, she speaks about her new book Fleshmapping, Cartography of Struggle, Renewal and Hope in Education

Sylvia L. Richardson is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is the host and producer of the internationally syndicated radio program Latin Waves.

A Brief Book synopsis
What can be learned from a story woven out of fragmented moments of joy, pain, horror, and blissful awareness? Flesh Mapping is an attempt to create a pedagogy of shared narrative, place, and politics; to narratively map the injuries of the material, emotional, and spiritual impact of poverty, displacement, hunger and war on an individual life.

The book is an invitation to instructors in education, anthropology, women’s studies, and labor studies to re-imagine education as the praxis for liberation, renewal, and hope. It serves as a process of naming the injuries inflicted on real bodies by privilege and power, like sites on a map. The goal is not simply to name and make visible privilege but to simultaneously create emergent spaces of dissonance in education that can challenge and transform power at the site where the personal is political. Purchase Copy Now




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Michael Albert on the current economic system and need to move to participatory economy

Michael Albert is an American activist, speaker, and writer. He is co-editor of ZNet, and co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine. He also co-founded South End Press and has written numerous books and articles.

Micheal speaks about the structures of society that continually enhance the few at the benefits of the many. And what we need to do to make the changes we need.

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Susan George on her Book “Whose Crisis, Whose Future”

 Susan is one of Transnational Institutes (TNI) most renowned fellows for her long-term and ground-breaking analysis of global issues. Author of fourteen widely translated books, she describes her work in a cogent way that has come to define TNI: “The job of the responsible social scientist is first to uncover these forces [of wealth, power and control], to write about them clearly, without jargon… and finally..to take an advocacy position in favor of the disadvantaged, the underdogs, the victims of injustice.

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Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully. It’s hard to have hope…What will you tell the generations that come after you’re gone? The young ask the old to hope….what will you tell them? Tell them at least what you say to yourself. Tell them we lived in a world face with many challenges and also amazing opportunities to create a new path grounded in local focus, fierce intelligence and deep connection with one another.

Tell them the path is made by walking, by engaging with open hearted-ness and wide-awakeness that provide for a meaningful and radical engagement with the world.

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Jensen on the hierarchical structures of power and violence

Sylvia Richardson speaks with Activist and author Derrick Jensen . He makes visible the unspoken hierarchical structures of power and violence. Why in a capitalist, patriarchal system violence against women, people of colour and against nature is the norm not the exception

Derrick advises both men and women as to what their role is in this culture of violence.

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Neo Liberalism and the relationship to the Prison Industrial Complex

Christian Parenti is an American investigative journalist and author. His books include: Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (2000), a survey of the rise of the prison industrial complex from the Nixon through Reagan Eras and into the present; The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America From Slavery to the War on Terror (2003), a study of surveillance and control in modern society. The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (2004), is an account of the US occupation in Iraq.His most recent book is Tropic Of Chaos: Climate Wars and the New Geography Of Violence (2011), Parenti has also reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ivory Coast and China.

Dr Parenti engages in a lively discussion about the rise of Neo Liberalism that replaced Keynesian economics and the relationship to the Prison Industrial Complex

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Yves Engler on Canadian foreign policy NAFTA and citizens role in change

Yves Engler (born 1979) is a Montreal writer and political activist. In addition to seven published books, Engler’s writings have appeared in the alternative press and in mainstream publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Ecologist. His The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy book was on a short list for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction along with two other books.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Yves about Canadian foreign policy and the hypocrisy of our government putting sanctions on countries like Venezuela while excusing gross human rights violations in the coup governments of Honduras and Haiti, how Canadians should be paying attention to agreements like NAFTA and how those trade agreements are undemocratic and give corporations to much power over our lives, environment and working conditions.

How as progressive we should use our independent judgement on agreements like NAFTA and not just support them because Trump doesn’t like them.

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Silvia Federici , Revolution at Point Zero

Silvia Federici

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Silvia Federici about her latest book: Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. The struggle to make visible how the Capitalist system depends on the unwaged reproductive labour of women. How the revolution must include both the liberation of men and women from exploitation. She speaks of the challenges, victories and alternatives. Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant. In 1972, she was cofounder of the International Feminist Collective, which launched the Wages for Housework campaign internationally.

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Marching forward with a New Green Deal and Universal Basic Income

Robin Eric Hahnel (born March 25, 1946) is Professor of Economics at Portland State University. He was a professor at American University for many years and traveled extensively advising on economic matters all over the world. He is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert.

Robin speaks to Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson about the barriers to change moving forward, how not to repeat the failures of the past and how we as progressives need to unite under a common program moving forward if we are to beat Trump. How marching forward under the banner of a “New Green Deal” and “Universal Basic Income” could ignite the imagination of the populace in achieving Justice for the people and saving ourselves from catastrophic climate change.

We can have 100 percent employment and a clean healthy environment and we have the know how and expertise already to make it happen, our struggle is one with the fossil fuel industry and their political allies.

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Venezuela , Donald Trump and policies toward Latin America

Jorge Martin is International Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign. He has been actively involved in the revolutionary process in Venezuela and is well known for his analysis of the situation. Jorge has participated in many conferences and meetings on workers control in Venezuela and has participated directly in the movement of factory occupations.

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson interviews Jorge about the legacy of Che Guevara and how his Legacy impacts modern struggles for justice, how the revolution in Venezuela has inspired socialism around the world. An analysis of what’s happening in Venezuela including what needs to be done to save the revolution.

And how has the election of people like Donald Trump impacted policies towards Latin America, making the case to move away from capitalism.

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Arguing for Our Lives: A User s Guide to Constructive Dialog

Robert Jensen, professor in the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, is the author of Arguing for Our Lives: A User s Guide to Constructive Dialog, (City Lights Publishers, March 2013).

The book explores issues with public discourse, trust in the leadership of elected officials and what Jensen calls an Age of Anxiety. It also offers strategies for addressing these crises.

We live in a time when public discourse is more skewed than ever by the propaganda that big money can buy, with trust in the leadership of elected officials at an all-time low. The news has degenerated into sensationalist sound bites, and the idea of debate has become a polarized shouting match that precludes any meaningful discussion. It s also a time of anxiety, as we re faced with economic and ecological crises on a global scale, with stakes that seem higher than ever before. In times like these, it s essential that we be able to think and communicate clearly.

Sylvia speaks to Dr Jensen about traditional struggles, internal domination and a way forward.

Also Drop of Water by Dana Lyons

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