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Yves Engler's Blog

Dubbed "Canada's version of Noam Chomsky" (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), "ever-insightful" (rabble.ca) and a "Leftist gadfly" (Ottawa Citizen), Yves Engler has published nine books. His latest is A Propaganda System: how Canada's government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation.

Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 19
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Yves Engler | The campaign to get the Iroquois Nationals to Israel is the latest example of Israel lobby groups' work to thwart those who associate the plight of First Nations and Palestinians.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 17
Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance. Photo: Gatis Dieziņš/Latvijas armija/Flickr
Yves Engler | The military goes to great lengths to shape coverage of its affairs and one should expect stories about Canada's mission in Mali to be influenced by the armed forces.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 6
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Yves Engler | In response to Ukrainian Canadian Congress campaigning, two NDP MLAs recently convinced the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to withdraw a brand of Russian vodka from its stores.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 3
Yves Engler | Claiming to be dialoguing with both sides is a cruel joke. The NDP should heed 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists and party members' call to withdraw from Israel Parliamentary Group.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 29
RCAF Chinook helicopter on Parliament Hill. Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr
Yves Engler | A volatile leader in charge of a military behemoth prone to aggression has repeatedly attacked Canada and its prime minister in recent weeks. But the "defence" community has barely made a peep.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 27
Doug Ford speaks to a group. Photo: Doug Ford/Flickr
Yves Engler | In one of his first post-election moves Ford announced that he would seek to ban an annual Palestinian solidarity event. Ford will further link Israel campaigning and bigoted, right-wing politics.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 19
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Yves Engler | More than 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists, and NDP members are calling on the party's MPs to leave the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 2
Israeli flags. Photo: bryan/Flickr
Yves Engler | A recent incident at a Toronto high school demonstrates the depravity of the pro-Israel lobby.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 25
U.S. President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in November 2017
Yves Engler | Only a narrow spectrum of opinion about Canadian foreign policy is permitted in the mainstream media, one that assumes this country's international aims are noble.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 22
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Yves Engler | While they've made dozens of statements criticizing Venezuela, the Trudeau government seems to have remained silent on Rousseff’s ouster, Lula's imprisonment and persecution of the Brazilian left.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 19
NDP MP Murray Rankin
Yves Engler | Is it appropriate for NDP Members of Parliament to be working for "greater friendship" with a country that is killing and maiming thousands of non-violent protestors?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 11
The NORAD command centre in Colorado
Yves Engler | The 60-year-old agreement was supposed to defend the two countries from an invasion by Soviet bombers coming from the north. But the Berlin Wall fell three decades ago and NORAD continues.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 8
Justine Trudeau. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Yves Engler | The Five Eyes arrangement has made Canada complicit in belligerent U.S. foreign policy. It's time for a debate about Canadian participation in the "Anglosphere's" intelligence-sharing agreement.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 2
Paul Kagame. Image: Veni/Flickr
Yves Engler | Canada’s humanitarian hero is openly aligned with Africa's most bloodstained ruler.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 30
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Yves Engler | The Montréal police have a problem with democracy that the new progressive city council should address.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 26
Canadian soldiers point guns. Photo: Cpl Alana Morin/4 Cdn Div / 4 Div CA - JTFC/FOIC/Flickr
Yves Engler | The alleged perpetrator of Monday’s van attack in Toronto has ties to a powerful patriarchal institution that is Canada’s biggest purveyor of violence.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 19
Members and supporters of the Stop the JNF Campaign in NYC. Image: Joe Catron
Yves Engler | A number of members of the subcommittee on anti-Semitism have personal or institutional ties to the Jewish National Fund, which practices a form of discrimination outlawed in Canada seven decades ago.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 14
Yves Engler | By launching airstrikes without UN approval, the U.S. has once again flagrantly violated international law, and Ottawa immediately supported the U.S. bombing.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 12
Downtown Toronto. Image: tsaiproject/Flickr
Yves Engler | By turning public land devoted to noisy, dangerous, and polluting vehicles into social housing it is possible to put a dent into runaway climate change while improving housing affordability.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 6
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | NDP Palestine policy offers a sort of barometer by which to evaluate the party’s commitment to democracy and social justice. Right now the forecast doesn’t look good.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 1
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland in February 2018
Yves Engler | In the lead up to Venezuela's election on May 20th, the Trudeau government has worked to isolate Caracas, imposed sanctions and supported the country’s opposition.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 28
Yves Engler | It's dispiriting to see progressives echo a right-wing municipal party/dominant media campaign against curtailing car traffic through Montréal's mountain park.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 23
Jewish Federations logo. Image: schriro123/flickr
Yves Engler | Taxpayers should tell political leaders they don't want to subsidize a wealthy country in the Middle East and the Canada Revenue Agency should be pushed to investigate Jewish Federation funding.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 21
Jagmeet Singh. Photo: United Steelworkers/flickr
Yves Engler | While the media makes much of the new NDP leader's ties or indifference to Sikh violence, they've ignored Singh's leadership of a party and community that has repeatedly backed Canadian aggression.
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.

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