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Dawn Paley on “Drug War Capitalism” and Current Struggles in Mexico



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Independent journalist and author Dawn Paley is currently on a book launch tour across North America for her latest work, “Drug War Capitalism”, just released on AK Press. In this interview with CKUT’s Aaron Lakoff, she discusses some of the main points of her book, as well as ongoing protests in Mexico for the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa.

Dawn Paley
Dawn Paley

This interview was recorded during CKUT’s annual funding drive in October, and Dawn also gives a shout out to CKUT and independent media. It’s never too late to donate to CKUT, and if you want to support this and so many other interviews like it, click here!

Drug War Capitalism Book Launch event in Montreal – December 18

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Join us for the launch of Dawn Paley’s Drug War Capitalism! Books will be available for purchase and signing, along with refreshments. Free and open to all.
Thursday December 18th 6-8pm
Concordia Hall building
Room 767

About the book:
Though pillage, profit, and plunder have been a mainstay of war since precolonial times, there is little contemporary focus on the role of finance and economics in today’s “Drug Wars”—despite the fact that they boost US banks and fill prisons with poor people. They feed political campaigns, increase the arms trade, and function as long-term fixes to capitalism’s woes, cracking open new territories to privatization and foreign direct investment.

Combining on-the-ground reporting with extensive research, Dawn Paley moves beyond the usual horror stories, beyond journalistic rubbernecking and hand-wringing, to follow the thread of the Drug War story throughout the entire region of Latin America and all the way back to US boardrooms and political offices. This unprecedented book chronicles how terror is used against the population at large in cities and rural areas, generating panic and facilitating policy changes that benefit the international private sector, particularly extractive industries like petroleum and mining. This is what is really going on. This is drug war capitalism.

About the author: Dawn Paley is a freelance journalist who has been reporting from South America, Central America, and Mexico for over ten years. Her writing has been published in the Nation, the Guardian, Vancouver Sun , Globe and Mail, Ms. Magazine, the Tyee, Georgia Straight, and NACLA, among others.

Co-sponsored by Concordia Student Union | CSU |, Qpirg Concordia & QPIRG | GRIP McGill

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