Simon Granovsky-Larsen is an assistant professor of politics and international studies at the University of Regina. His research focuses on social movements and political violence in post-conflict Guatemala, and he is currently documenting ties between paramilitaries and extractive industries.
Simon Granovsky-Larsen argues that the greatest contribution of Blood of Extraction lies in the use of documents released through access to information requests in Canada.
With the dust of the fall 2007 elections settling, many Guatemalans are breathing a sigh of relief. Another violent campaign period has come and gone and, although more than 50 candidates and activists were assassinated in the process, the lesser of evils has come out on top.