The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy
For a long time now, there has been a serious weakness on the part of progressive movements in the most over-developed countries of the world. The ability to recognize that so much of the privileges we enjoy, but that governments and corporations enjoy even more so, comes from years of exploitation, subjugation and extreme levels of violence towards countries of the Global South, but too often, our history and continued practice of imperialism is either forgotten or ignored. In The Ugly Canadian, Yves Engler sets out to provide "a small spark in lighting a fire of interest in Canadian foreign policy."
Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt
In his new book, Yves Engler sets to demolish the near saintly status of Lester Bowles ("Mike") Pearson in the public sphere, Canadian foreign policy circles and even on the social democratic left. And in the process, he takes on the much repeated slogan that "the world needs more of Canada."
Much like Noam Chomsky who provides a forward to Lester Pearson's Peacekeeping, the author relies mostly on the excellent but largely unread scholarship plus the former PM's own statements in Parliament and in memos to successfully establish a case.
Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism: On the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay
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Today cars are everywhere in our lives, on city streets, printed on glossy magazines pages, flickering on TV screens, referenced in pop songs and embedded in mainstream political discourse.
Power: Where is it?
Someone reading People magazine might conclude that Tom Cruise and Sandra Bullock run Hollywood. While they're certainly influential, so are the directors and producers behind the scenes as well as the financiers and studios that decide what films get made. To truly understand the movie industry, one should investigate the cultural context from which it operates and the economic principles that drive it, divorced from any individual.
YVES ENGLER--A PROPAGANDA SYSTEM: HOW CANADA'S GOVERNMENT, CORPORATIONS, MEDIA AND ACADEMIA SELL WAR AND EXPLOITATION
Canadian author, journalist and activist, Yves Engler, discusses his latest book — A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation. Q&A to follow.
Organised by Victoria Peace Coalition and hosted by UVic's Social Justice Studies Programme.