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Devil's Curve, The: A Journey into Power and Profit at the Amazon's Edge Hardcover – Aug 24 2012
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.Arno Kopecky's account of his journey through the Peruvian Amazon and into the desplazados' neighbourhoods of Colombia's Medellin is funny, complex, moving, and meticulously researched. Kopecky spends months talking to South American indigenous leaders about the impact of Canadian mining corporations on their communities, digging deep, asking the hard questions. The parallels to Canada's own indigenous communities' struggles against multinationals will not be lost on any reader. A must read.. (Carmen Aguirre, author of Canada Reads winner "Something Fierce" 2012-07-17)
....an eclectic blend of travelogue, character study, political history and personal journey.. (Winnipeg Free Press 2012-09-15)
.a delightful narrative — replete with vivid descriptions of Awajun life in the Peruvian jungle, depressingly disturbing images of a violent and impoverished Colombia, and even a sprinkling of hilarious anecdotes. (Chronicle Herald 2012-12-23)
About the Author
Arno Kopecky is the author of The Devil's Curve and Oil Man and the Sea. He is a journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Tyee and Kenya’s Daily Nation. He has covered civil uprisings in Mexico, cyclones in Burma, Zimbabwe's 30-year dictatorship and election violence in Kenya. He lives in Squamish, B.C.
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As I watched on television, preparing for my flight back to Canada, my personal friend, Arno Kopecky was on his way to Peru to take a closer look. I began following Arno's coverage while I was engaged in an extensive research trip in Cairo, Egypt, where I would often comment on his articles in The Walrus. Later, I became further involved when an Achuar delegation arrived from Peru to protest the proposed extractive business operations of Talisman Energy, a Calgary-based oil corporation, on Achuar land.
Only weeks before Arno's arrival in Calgary to speak on behalf of his book, "The Devil's Curve", the Achuar had won their fight in successfully convincing Talisman that they should not conduct an extractive industry on Achuar land.
Arno's first presentation at Mount Royal University, was paired off with Waubgeshig Rice, who I had learned of prior on Black Coffee Poet. His second presentation was at Auburn Saloon, with Andrew Nikiforuk, a colleague at the Tyee, and probably the most well-known Tar Sands whistleblower journalist. In both presentations, he was especially emphatic in his regard for the complete lack of empathy for the Amazon's Indigenous peoples.Read more ›