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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 March 14
Canadian War Museum. Image: Balcer~commonswiki/Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | An exhibit at the Canadian War Museum highlights a little discussed arm of the military’s massive propaganda apparatus.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 10
Shaw convention centre in Ottawa. Photo: Jennifer Tweedie/flickr
Yves Engler | Why, when the Palestine Resolution was endorsed unanimously by the NDP youth convention and by over 25 riding associations, did the powers that be not want it even discussed?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 6
CCF Caucus Meeting, 1942. M.J. Coldwell is the new leader after Woodsworth's death. Left to right, Tommy Douglas, George Castleden, Angus MacInnis, Coldwell, Clarie Gillis , Joe Noseworthy, Sandy Nicholoson, and Percy Wright. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | The suppression of the Palestine Resolution should stir internationalist minded party members to finally confront the NDP's anti-Palestinian legacy.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 2
Hal Stade, goalie of the Royal Canadian Navy Hockey Team, 1943. Photo: Jack G. Kempster. Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-106904 /flickr
Yves Engler | When the Maple Leafs honour the Royal Canadian Navy whose "interests and values" are we talking about?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 25
MINUTAH Headquarters in Port au Prince, Haiti
Yves Engler | Imagine living in a country where the entire social services sector is privatized, run by "charities" that are based in other countries who get to decide whether or not you qualify for assistance.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 16
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | The anti-Palestinian consensus among Canada’s three main political parties is crumbling and NDP members could bury it this weekend.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 9
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | At next week’s New Democratic Party convention in Ottawa, Palestinian rights are set to be a major flashpoint. Already a slew of media have published stories regarding the resolutions.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 29
Yves Engler | Canada's recent record of foreign interference elsewhere belies Ottawa's claim that it wants to protect "democracy and human rights" in Venezuela.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 25
U.S. UN ambassador Nikki Haley
Yves Engler | Since taking office the Trudeau government has repeatedly isolated Canada with the U.S., Israel, and a few tiny Pacific island states in voting against UN resolutions upholding Palestinian rights.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 21
British High Commissioner Howard Drake
Yves Engler | The parliamentary association system reflects inequities in global power and wealth.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 21
Photo: Edward Bilodeau​/Flickr
Yves Engler | While accusations of student anti-Semitism at McGill draw international headlines, the university administration's open association with the Jewish National Fund has been ignored.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 16
Photo: 4 Cdn Div / 4 Div CA - JTFC/FOIC/Flickr
Yves Engler | Many Indigenous voices applauded Canadian militarism during National Aboriginal Veterans Day/Remembrance Day activities.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 3
West Point. Image: West Point/flickr
Yves Engler | Despite its popularity, the idea that Canada was or is a "colony" obscures Canada’s place near the top of a hierarchical world economy and polity.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 31
Chrystia Freeland. Image: International Monetary Fund/Flickr
Yves Engler | Notwithstanding her government’s violation of the UN and Organization of American States charters’ in Venezuela, Freeland’s claim that Ottawa doesn’t engage in “regime change” is laughable.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 27
Photo: United States Navy/Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | Amidst tension on the Korean Peninsula, the Canadian Navy has joined Washington's "pivot" towards Asia.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 19
Ontario-6934. Image: Dennis Jarvis/flickr
Yves Engler | Each year, tens of millions of dollars in public money is spent on war memorials. The Afghan Memorial is just the latest addition to Ottawa’s long list of war shrines.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 12
Chilean protest materials against Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama mine. Image: Imagenes de luz/flickr
Yves Engler | Across the planet, Canadian mining companies are in conflict with local communities and usually have the Trudeau government’s support.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 11
Image: Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
Yves Engler | The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs shouldn't be part of a public consultation on systemic discrimination and racism.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 6
Image: Flickr/Takver
Yves Engler | Canada's exploitation of Guinea's mineral resources as a rationale for why asylum seekers should be allowed to stay.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 23
Yves Engler | Following a similar move by the Trump Administration, Global Affairs Canada sanctioned 40 Venezuelans on Friday.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Yves Engler's Blog August 31
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | The former Nobel Peace Prize winner was an aggressive militarist and imperialist. There is even a case to be made that the former prime minister could be posthumously tried for war crimes.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 25
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Chatham House, London​
Yves Engler | From applauding questionable elections to commemorating Liberation Day, Canada's High Commissioner has provided various forms of ideological support to Rwanda's dictator.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 23
Yves Engler | Stairs and Keating are two of many Canadians who helped colonize the continent and continue to be commemorated.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 18
Image: Twitter/Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | Singh wants NDP members to think he's opposed to Israeli violence and supportive of Palestinian solidarity activism. Simultaneously he wants to signal to CIJA and Israeli officials he'll play ball
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 7
Yves Engler | The FTA's recent flipflop on Israeli wines shows that free trade is more about protecting corporate interests than moving goods across international borders.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 2
Entrance to Tulawaka Gold Mine, Tanzania. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Hansueli Krapf
Yves Engler | Disregarding its election promise, the Trudeau government is openly backing Canada’s most controversial mining company in the country where it has committed its worst abuses.