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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 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.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 2
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Yves Engler | Its time to look at the vast organizational and financial ecosystem smearing critics of Israeli policy
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 23
Yves Engler | In a recent CFIA decision on wines produced in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, free trade trumps Canadian law.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 20
A leaching pond at the Mufulira mine in Zambia
Yves Engler | A big beneficiary of internationally sponsored neoliberal reforms, First Quantum Minerals is the largest foreign investor in the copper-rich southern African nation.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 15
Yves Engler | Israel lobby groups' response (or lack thereof) to NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton’s recent support of Palestinian rights suggests they believe previous criticisms backfired.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 10
Banro mining site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image: Flickr/USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
Yves Engler | The Globe's failure to even mention Canada's role in impoverishing Congo reflects its bias and helps to explain why Canadians are so confused about their country's role in the world.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 30
A Light Armoured Vehicle patrol on August 14, 2016 at Petawawa, On. Image: Flickr/4 Cdn Div / 4 Div CA - JTFC/FOIC
Yves Engler | The sober reality is Trudeau represents a continuation of his predecessor's foreign policy. I might need to redo my 2012 book "The Ugly Canadian," with the tagline "Justin Trudeau's foreign policy."
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 29
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Yves Engler | Canada's 150th anniversary offers a unique opportunity to shed light on some darker corners of Canadian history. One of the dustier chapters is our contribution to one of the most barbarous regimes
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 23
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Yves Engler | Media commentators who complain about Russia ignore clear-cut Canadian meddling elsewhere and the history of US interference in other countries’ elections, including in Canada
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 16
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Yves Engler | Foreign policy is a truth-free, fact-free zone. What do most Canadians know about our government’s actions in Afghanistan or Haiti?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 14
Image: Wikimedia Commons/United States Navy
Yves Engler | The military's internal ideological capacity has a wide reach. The newspaper at the naval base rejected an ad from a law firm seeking to represent CF members who had been sexually harassed/assaulted.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 8
Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Yves Engler | This week Liberal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced a 70 per cent increase in military spending over the next decade. Progressives need to oppose this direction in defence policy.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 3
Banro mining site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Yves Engler | Banro operates in a region that's seen incredible violence over the past two decades and the secretive company has been accused of fuelling the conflict.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 30
Snowbirds. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Frank Kovalchek
Yves Engler | Each year the Snowbirds participate in some 60 air shows across North America. Part of the military's massive cultural outreach.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 27
Image: Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO​
Yves Engler | No matter what Trudeau says, Zionism and anti-Jewish prejudice have little to do with each other. Historically, many anti-Jewish Canadian politicians backed Zionism
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 23
Demonstration in support of the independence of Western Sahara in Madrid
Yves Engler | Recent seizure of phosphate from a Moroccan state company in South Africa and Panama is a blow to corporate Canada, victory for national independence struggles and should embarrass Canadian media.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 20
Yves Engler | CIBC is a major player in the region and has been linked to various tax avoidance schemes. Ottawa shaped post-independence Caribbean banking regulations.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 18
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Yves Engler | Proposing Canada acquire Turks and Caicos or rule Haiti may be outlandish, but it's not benign. They enable politicians to pursue ever more aggressive policies in the region.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 15
Jonathan Kay
Yves Engler | In addition to the recent cultural appropriation scandal, Walrus editor-in-chief Jonathan Kay has repeatedly smeared Arabs and Muslims.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 11
Graffiti against Barrick Gold corp
Yves Engler | If it had to justify its existence beyond making money for capitalists, Barrick Gold would have ceased to exist.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 8
The Gardiner Expressway in Toronto
Yves Engler | To build a healthier, safer, more pleasant and ecologically sustainable city Toronto needs to jettison a significant share of its current "public space."
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 5
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Yves Engler | Canadian media has mostly ignored recent Palestinian efforts to non-violently disrupt a half-century old occupation or Canada’s effort to suppress “popular protests” in the West Bank
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 4
Yves Engler | The Globe and Mail's close ties to the Munk Debates and University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs should worry journalists and everyone who cares about foreign policy discussion
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 2
Canadian soldiers perform an exercise in Hawaii in 2008
Yves Engler | A pro-militarist think tank with influential backers, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute is increasingly influential in shaping the foreign policy discussion in this country.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 27
Image: Facebook/Israel Day Rally in Montreal
Yves Engler | A significant proportion of Israel rally will be from Montréal's 15 Jewish Day schools where the young are taught to support Israeli violence and expansionism
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 25
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Yves Engler | Canadian missionaries aggressively supported colonial officials. 2,500 Canadian missionaries were proselytizing in Africa and Canadian churches raised large sums to support mission stations
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 22
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Yves Engler | Many find it easier to imagine the collapse of civilization than the replacement of a transportation and urban planning system based on private cars.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 18
Contingent of Nepalese Peacekeepers Arrives in Juba from Haiti, 2014
Yves Engler | UN abuses in Haiti aren't an unfortunate outgrowth of a well-meaning peacekeeping effort. Rather, MINUSTAH was established to consolidate the U.S., France and Canada's anti-democratic policies.

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