Ottawa book launch: The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 22:00

Yves Enlger will debunk myths regarding Canada's historic role as
peacekeeper on the world stage, giving particular emphasis to Canada's role
in Afghanistan in light of a wider context of Canadian imperialism.

This book could change how you see Canada. Numerous studies have found that
Canadians' self-appraisal of their country's foreign policy is more positive
than any other country. Most believe Canada's primary role has been as
peacekeeper or honest broker in difficult-to-solve disputes. But, contrary
to the mythology of Canada as a force for good in the world, The Black Book
of Canadian Foreign Policy sheds light on many dark corners of Canadian
foreign policy: From troops that joined the British in Sudan in 1885 to
gunboat diplomacy in the Caribbean and aspirations of Central American
empire, to participation in the UN mission that killed Patrice Lumumba in
the Congo, to important support for apartheid South Africa, Zionism and the
US war in Vietnam, to helping overthrow Salvador Allende and supporting the
Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, to Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan today.

Sponsored by nowar-paix, OPIRG

University of Ottawa Montpetit Hall Room # 202
550 Cumberland St
45° 25' 31.4004" N, 75° 41' 7.5372" W
Student Coalition Against War

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