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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 June 23
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Ryan Hodnett
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
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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.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 13
Image: Elders and Indian soldiers in the uniform of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Online MIKAN no. 3192219) by Library and Archives Canada / PA-041366
Yves Engler | Glorifying First Nations participation in imperialist wars as part of overcoming Canada’s colonial treatment of First Nations is, at a minimum, ironic.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 10
Image: Facebook/Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam
Yves Engler | A leadership race is an opportunity to promote bold ideas and invigorate a political movement. Canada’s right wing party seems to understand this, the left not so much.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 5
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Yves Engler | Jewish Defence League exports their violence and extremist ideology to the U.S.A. and works with neo-fascists to bash Muslims
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 2
Yves Engler | There are important differences of opinion within the NDP regarding foreign policy questions. These issues deserve to be aired.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 29
Yves Engler | Africans were held in bondage here for 200 years and the Atlantic provinces had important ties to the Caribbean plantation economies.
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
Image: Flickr/Joe Catron​
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.

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