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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 23
Stop the Tar Sands - Ottawa Action
Yves Engler | Found in a wealthy, heavy emitting country, the tar sands are a carbon bomb that needs to be defused.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 17
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Yves Engler | At the party's first leadership debate last weekend there wasn't a single foreign policy question despite a host of contentious recent party positions on international affairs
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 15
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Yves Engler | One hundred years ago today a popular revolt ousted the Russian monarchy. Six thousand Canadian troops invaded in response.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 14
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Yves Engler | "Charitable" JNF teaches children an exclusive, religious and ethnic nationalism while promoting war.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 7
Yves Engler | 1,000 Canadian military personnel, a naval vessel and fighter jets will soon be on Russia’s border. Canada is participating in a “game” of brinksmanship that could end badly.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 3
Yves Engler | Lester Pearson does not represent an evenhanded, let alone justice-oriented, policy towards Palestinians. He enabled the Zionist movement’s 1947/48 ethnic cleansing.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 28
Yves Engler | Montrealer Percy Girouard played key role in expanding British colonial rule across Africa.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 24
 Kwame Nkrumah memorial in Accra
Yves Engler | Following February 1966 coup against leading Pan-Africanist, Canadian High Commissioner in Accra wrote that “a wonderful thing has happened for the West in Ghana and Canada has played a worthy part.”
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 22
Yves Engler | Highlighting Russia's "propaganda system" to a Canadian audience without mentioning the one at home indicates either a journalist's ignorance or that she is part of it.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 15
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Yves Engler | A Black Lives Matter - Toronto spokesperson recently called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a "white supremacist terrorist." "White Supremacist," sure -- but what about "terrorist"?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 13
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Yves Engler | Rather than contrasting Trump's ban with Israel's openness, if Israel supporters truly embraced universal human rights they would criticize Trump for mimicking Israeli policy.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 7
Yves Engler | General Jonathan Vance claims the media's reporting on the Canadian Forces has created "very toxic narratives." Poor muffin.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 6
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Yves Engler | As the NDP race revs up expect Palestine to be debated in a way that troubles Israeli nationalists.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog January 31
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Yves Engler | The world's oceans are set to have more plastic than fish by 2050. Based on externalizing costs and privatizing profits, 21st-century capitalism is turning our seas into a plastic blob.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog January 2
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Yves Engler | The individuals driving Jewish studies and anti-Semitism lessons in Canada overwhelmingly back Jewish and white supremacy in the Middle East.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 27
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Yves Engler | Instead of fearing a populist backlash for supporting tolls, progressive need to recognize their strategic interest in promoting pedestrian, bike and mass transit scale urban spaces
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 23
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Yves Engler | Structuring transport and urban landscapes around the private auto entrenches class and wealth divisions and negatively impacts poor people.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 21
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Yves Engler | As auto interests have pocketed stupendous profits over the past century they've also pushed to socialize huge amounts of urban land.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 19
Yves Engler | Despite issues with Toronto's proposed road tolls, they're still the best way to upend our dependence on individually owned automobiles.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 14
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Yves Engler | Recent commentary about Canada’s policy towards southern Africa’s liberation struggles distorts history that should inform debate over Canada’s planned military deployment to the continent today.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 7
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Yves Engler | Israel nationalists' attacks helped solidify overwhelming support for Palestinian rights in the Green Party of Canada. Leader Elizabeth May downplays BDS's role.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 5
Yves Engler | Drawing attention to the Nazi Holocaust and anti-Semitism in Canada today often reinforces, rather than undermines, oppression. This perverse reality was on display in Toronto last week.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 26
Yves Engler | While Ottawa's position towards Cuba was far more progressive than Washington's, it was also more complicated than some are likely to suggest following Castro's death.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 22
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Yves Engler | It's hard to tell Canada's political parties apart when it comes to enabling Israeli oppression of Palestinians.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 11
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Yves Engler | Rather than supporting the militaristic, jingoistic, nationalism of the Legion, Canadians of good conscience should support peace organizations' white poppy campaign to remember all victims of war.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 7
Yves Engler | From the Cold War era on, there is a substantial record of nominally left-wing organizations effectively supporting imperialism by failing to look closely at what particular UN missions actually do.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 29
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Yves Engler | Canada's most influential global studies program is the brainchild of a mining magnet with a significant personal stake in a particular foreign policy.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 25
Yves Engler | What do we make of a Canadian foreign policy discussion dominated by individuals with ties to the decision-making structures they study?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 23
Yves Engler | French-speaking Quebeckers and Jews share a sense of victimhood far out of proportion to Canadian experience, which blinds many to their own religious and ethnic supremacism.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 11
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Yves Engler | Canadian left remains in debt to Palestinians and must make up for all the one-sided support it gave to the Zionist project over the decades.