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Yves Engler's Blog

Dubbed "Canada's version of Noam Chomsky" ([i]Georgia Straight[/i]), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” ([i]Briarpatch[/i]), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” ([i]Globe and Mail[/i]), "ever-insightful" ([i]rabble.ca[/i]) and a "Leftist gadfly" ([i]Ottawa Citizen[/i]), Yves Engler has published nine books. His latest is [i]A Propaganda System: how Canada's government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation.[/i]
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 22
Image: Flickr/Philip Kromer
Yves Engler | Canadian commentators often claim more Tutsi were killed in the genocide than lived in Rwanda.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 21
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the UN General Assembly in New York. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Scott Fenwick | As the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar deepens, Canada must amplify its voice as much as possible to rally the world in ending this crisis, widely viewed as an organized ethnic cleansing.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 21
Photo: Norsk Teknisk Museum, Wikimedia Commons.
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans long ago "decided that a drunken, blow-out dance party today was better than a string of candle-lit dinner parties down the road."
Blog - The Views Expressed September 20
At the Port Hardy bus station, prior to departure for Campbell River and Nanaimo. Photo: Stephen Rees/flickr
Amanda West | The quality of life of rural-dwelling British Columbians is being thrown under the bus. We can only hope that our provincial and federal politicians are finally paying attention.
Blog - David Suzuki September 19
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Gretar Ívarsson ​
David Suzuki | The one flimsy argument climate change deniers have been holding onto -- that carbon dioxide will make plants grow faster and bigger -- has proven to be a poor one.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 19
Image: Flickr/Lars Plougmann​
Penney Kome | Business magazines warn of mini-market meltdown when loans default. If auto debt drives down the market, even people who never owned cars in their lives will be affected.
Blog - Policy Note September 19
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Qyd
Shannon Daub, Zoë Yunker | Documents indicate that while the Paris talks were underway, the B.C. government launched a closed-door three month-long process with the oil and gas industry to revise and re-write the climate plan.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 18
Image: Flickr/Kyle Pearce
David J. Climenhaga | It turns out the B.C. Liberals' Climate Leadership Plan was drafted by industry representatives in the Calgary boardroom of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers!
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 16
NDP leadership contender Guy Caron (left) at Ottawa event in August 2017.
Dennis Gruending | Some pundits have written off the NDP leadership race. Here's why they're wrong.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 15
Amanda Wakaruk
David J. Climenhaga | The government has a moral imperative to share information about what it does with its citizenry — why restrict what citizens can do with this information?
Blog - The Views Expressed September 15
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017. Photo: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/flickr
Miranda Gallo | The "singling out Israel" accusation is a decades-old tactic that Israel's proponents use almost any time that Israel is challenged on its human rights record.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 15
Memorial for Heather Heyer in downtown Charlottesville. Photo: Bob Mical/flickr
Jade Saab | It is time to make it clear that not all ideas are held equal, and therefore are not all deserving of the platforms they seek, and to refresh people's memories as to why.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 14
The late Brock Ketchum & David Climenhaga on strike at the Calgary Herald, circa 1999
David J. Climenhaga | Imagine how much better off everyone in Canadian media would have been if the Calgary Herald strike had been as successful as its union drive.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 14
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Leslie R. Groves
Yves Engler | Canada wasn't a 'nuclear nag.' If one were to rank the world's 200 countries in order of their contribution to the nuclear arms race Canada would fall just behind the nine nuclear armed states.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 13
Vice President Mike Pence and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Photo: The White House/flickr/ Myles D. Cullen
Gerald Caplan | Last month U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence went on a Latin America tour to throw around American weight. Nothing could be a more cherished part of the American Dream.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 13
Maude Barlow | You can't build a strong independent, critical media without support from many people, people like you and me.
Blog - David Suzuki September 13
Image: Flickr/TAFE SA TONSLEY
David Suzuki | The Pan-Canadian Framework expresses optimism that we can reduce emissions while expanding the economy. But, as the Nature Climate Change study asserts, "green growth" is likely an oxymoron.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog September 13
Image: FairVote Canada, used with permission
Anita Nickerson | Let's make 2019 the last first-past-the-post election!
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog September 13
Image: Flickr/Obert Madondo​
Linda Leon | In spite of narrow one-sided papers posing as objective scholarly studies and ad hominem criticism of sitting politicians, the Fraser Institute has had charitable status since 1974.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 12
Caroline Grego | Catastrophic storms and other disasters are not anomalies but signs that systems of environmental exploitation, corporate greed, and laissez-faire government are working exactly as they should be.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 12
Image: Flickr/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | Outraged when Rebel was shut out, Alberta press gallery won't help with accreditation role that it said government must drop.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
Image: Flickr/Premier of Alberta​
David J. Climenhaga | Politics is a full-contact sport, played with the elbows up, and if young people are contemplating an elected career, they’ll need a thick skin. Grade six is not too early to learn this.
Blog - September 11
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Adrian Buss​
Thomas Woodley | Roger Waters' support for BDS has come under strident criticism by Canada's pro-Israel lobby, but Waters' human rights credibility is difficult to deny
Blog - On The Other Hand September 9
Satellite image showing Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean. Image: Flickr/Official U.S. Navy Page
Penney Kome | Study identifies major corporate carbon emitters, such as Exxon, opening them to class action suits.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog September 7
Image: Hugo Chavez Front
Nino Pagliccia | Activists are coming together to stand up against the disinformation and inform each other on Venezuela.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 7
Yves Engler | While nurses defend public health care, doctors have long promoted a capitalist model of medicine that maximizes their wealth and power.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 6
Chris Watson | At stake in the niqab debate is Canada's and the NDP's commitment to the equality and dignity of persons and the freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 6
Image: Facebook/Edmonton Strathcona Federal NDP
Yves Engler | Having failed to deter Ashton from expressing support for the Palestinian cause by associating her with "terrorists," B'nai Brith brought the Holocaust into the NDP leadership race.
Blog - David Suzuki September 5
2007 Tabasco flood. Image: Flickr/Huitzil
David Suzuki | As climate disruption accelerates in concert with still-increasing greenhouse gas emissions, people are looking for ways to protect cities from events like flooding.
Blog - September 4
Image: Flickr/European External Action Service
Thomas Woodley | Israel's school textbooks have the same and sometimes worse problems than Palestinian school textbooks.

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