Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras

Category: Book
By (author): Shipley, Tyler
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Imperialism
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Caribbean & Latin American
Publisher: Between the Lines
Published: March 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 8.00in x 6.00in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*

In June 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras was kidnapped and whisked out of the country while the military and business elite consolidated a coup d?etat. To the surprise of many, Canada implicitly supported the coup and assisted the coup leaders in consolidating their control over the country.

This book details how and why the Canadian government supported this violent process, drawing on extensive original research in Honduras, demonstrating that the coup served the interests of Canadian companies which exploit the land and people of Honduras with impunity. Since the coup, Canada has increased its presence in Honduras, even while the country has been plunged into a human rights catastrophe, highlighted by the assassination of prominent Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres in 2016. Drawing from the Honduran experience, Ottawa and Empire insists that the Canadian left must confront the fact that Canada has emerged as an imperial power in the 21st century.

From The Publisher*Exposing imperial Canada?s ugly foreign policy in Honduras
Review Quote*

Challenging an all-too-easy smugness and complacency, Shipley demands that we face up to Canada?s complicity in political coups and repression. This deeply-researched book is a must-read for everyone who cares about global justice and the future of democracy.

Biographical Note

Tyler Shipley is professor of Culture, Society, and Commerce at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He is an Associate Fellow with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). He has written for academic journals and local and mainstream media across North America and Europe.