Conventional soldiers "keeping the peace" could be as fatuous as the obscene "war to end all wars" was. But apparently most Canadians like the idea of peacekeeping -- who wouldn't?
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.
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.
Trudeau's cheery offer at the UN to bring peace to the world fell flat in light of his government's "principled" commitment to sell billions in weapons and blanket militarism.
Canada's aid agency has doled out tens of millions of dollars on media initiatives they expect will portray their operations sympathetically.
UN peacekeeping is not a substitute for politics. If the political framework for peace is flawed, then the peacekeeping mission will have an uphill battle. But we must not abandon the field.
Canada's preeminent left-wing foreign policy think tank has spurned demilitarization and anti-imperialist voices to promote the views of the liberal end of the military.
Listen in as Geeta talks about why she wanted to make a "kick-ass" story about women, gender justice and how little things make a big difference.
The study, by University of British Columbia Professor Michael Byers, identifies more than $10 billion in potential savings in spending on military equipment.
Sep 23, 2014
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