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Yves Engler

Writer and Political Activist

Yves Engler has been described as "Canada's version of Noam Chomsky" (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), "ever-insightful" (rabble.ca) and a "Leftist gadfly" (Ottawa Citizen). His latest book is A Propaganda System: how Canada's government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation
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First Nations At Vimy Ridge Were Victims Of Canadian Colonialism

There was nothing "beautiful" about the First World War. It was an inter-imperialist conflict that left 15 million dead. All ordinary soldiers in it were victims of the ruling classes' ambitions. And glorifying First Nations participation in imperialist wars as part of overcoming Canada's colonial treatment of First Nations is, at a minimum, ironic.
04/13/2017 10:16 EDT
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Too-Timid NDP Could Use A Shot Of Conservative Party's Boldness

Either the NDP is simply another party supporting the economic and political status quo or it is so afraid of being called "radical" by the mainstream media that it self censors to the point of political blandness. NDP members are right to deride the ideas flowing from the Conservative leadership race, but they are wrong to dismiss it as a circus. The Conservatives' boldness and willingness to amplify their agenda is something the NDP should mimic.
04/10/2017 09:27 EDT
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Is It Fair To Call Trudeau A 'White Supremacist Terrorist'?

Black Lives Matter Toronto spokesperson Yusra Khogali's description of Justin Trudeau as a "white supremacist terrorist" at a recent rally has sparked significant backlash. Shantal Otchere defended the "white supremacist" part of Khogali's statement. Labelling our handsome PM a "terrorist" may be less solid, but it's worth exploring.
02/21/2017 11:33 EST
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It's Time To Ban Car Advertisements Forever

Imagine if all the money used to sell cars were put into promoting cycling and mass transit. To even the playing field, health and environmental agencies could run public education campaigns describing the private automobiles' dangers, pollutants, space consumption, financial burdens, toll on the climate, etc. Malmö Sweden, for instance, ran a "No Ridiculous Car Trips" campaign to reduce journeys of less than five kilometres.
09/16/2016 12:34 EDT

The 'Ugly Canadian', Kinross In Mauritania

In many parts of the world, the face of Canada has become the ruthless multinational that bullies workers, ignores environmental standards and 'buys' politicians.
07/14/2016 02:47 EDT