Backpackers who proudly sport the Canadian flag when travelling may want to think twice about the patriotic posturing.
While one of the few pillars of Canadian national identity is our perceived role as both a peacekeeper and peacemaker around the world, it's Canada's darker side local author and activist Yves Engler scrutinizes in The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, a thick account of the country's foreign policy record - one that seriously challenges the perception of Canada as a force for good in the world.
In fact, Engler's book is a reality check about Canada's role on the world stage and a shockingly dirty laundry list of our colonial ambitions and corporate marauding.
Broad in scope and packing many a punch, The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy is likely to become an important reference for international solidarity activists in Canada working to reverse the adverse affects of Canadian government policies and corporate activities abroad - especially ones that undermine our supposedly fundamental commitments to social justice, equality and liberty.
The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy: http://blackbook.foreignpolicy.ca.
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