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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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Why "Anti-Semitism" Is The Most Abused Term In Canada

"Anti-Semitism" may be the most abused term in Canada today. Almost entirely divorced from its dictionary definition -- "discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews" -- it is now primarily invoked to uphold Jewish/white privilege. Inward looking and affluent, the Jewish community is quick to claim victimhood. But, like an out of control child, the major Jewish organizations need to seriously reevaluate what they aim to represent in the public sphere.
04/18/2016 05:42 EDT
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Corporate Canada and Africa's Last Colony

In violation of international law, two major Canadian companies are buying the non-renewable resources of Africa's last remaining colony. Saskatoon's PotashCorp and Calgary's Agrium have partnered with Morocco's state owned OCP to export phosphate mined in Western Sahara, a sparsely populated territory in northwestern Africa that was ruled by Spain until 1975. When the Spanish departed Moroccan troops moved in and a bloody 15 year war drove tens of thousands of Sahrawi into neighboring Algeria, where they still live in camps.
02/24/2016 12:29 EST
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Unions Should Oppose Advertisements And Cars

At their finest labour unions are class conscious organizations that check the corporate elite's influence over public policy. But, even the best Canadian unions have largely failed to provide an alternative vision to the existing system and challenge the power of big business over important areas of our lives.
02/05/2016 12:46 EST
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The Globe And Mail Can't Make Up Its Mind On Paul Kagame

While South African-based correspondent Geoffrey York has done important work detailing how Paul Kagame's government has assassinated its opponents and contributed to violence in Eastern Congo, columnist Gerald Caplan has justified its repression and echoed Kigali's position on regional conflicts.
02/02/2016 12:11 EST
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Will Trudeau Embrace The Responsibility To Protect Doctrine?

Right-wing commentators are calling Justin Trudeau's decision to withdraw fighter jets from Syria-Iraq "un-Liberal" and unfortunately they're right. But, by citing the Liberal sponsored Responsibility to Protect (R2P) to justify Canadian participation in the U.S.-led bombing, these pundits are revealing the essence of this "humanitarian imperialist" doctrine.
11/02/2015 04:16 EST
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How Harper Won the Jewish Vote

If Conservative candidate Robert Libman wins in Mount Royal on October 19 it would mark a decisive end to the notion that the Canadian Jewish community is a liberal force in politics. It would also suggest that the political priority of a large number of Canadian Jews is to support a highly militarized state.
08/21/2015 08:14 EDT
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The Conservatives Are Fawning Over One of the World's Most Repressive Regimes

Last week new Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson continued a Harper government tradition of lauding deceased Saudi royalty. In a release the MP from Niagara Falls said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal" and "impressed by his distinguished career serving the people of Saudi Arabia." Of course, Nicholson omitted any mention of the former Saudi foreign minister's efforts to undermine the Arab Spring democracy movement or arm the fundamentalist opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, which has led to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
07/24/2015 12:34 EDT
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Africans Should Charge Harper for Crimes Against Humanity

Should Africans pursue Stephen Harper for crimes against humanity? The Africa Progress Report 2015 suggests they may have a solid moral, if not necessarily legal, case. Although hardest hit by climate change, the terrible irony is that Africa among all continents is least responsible for the problem.
06/16/2015 05:41 EDT
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The Harper Government Glorifies the Boer War

On Saturday Canada's Minister of Veteran Affairs released a statement to mark "113 years since the end of the South African war." Erin O'Toole said, "Canada commemorates all those who served in South Africa, contributing to our proud military history." But the Boer War was a brutal conflict to strengthen British colonial authority in Africa, which ultimately led to racial apartheid.
06/04/2015 11:52 EDT
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Why Does Harper Still Support the Repressive, Misogynistic Saudi Regime?

Even the most ardent Conservative supporters must wonder what principled position is behind the recent government-sponsored arms deal with Saudi Arabia that will send over $10 billion worth of Light Armoured Vehicles to one of the most anti-woman and repressive countries in the world. Outside its borders, the Saudi royal family uses its immense wealth to promote and fund many of the most reactionary, anti-women social forces in the world. The Conservatives have ignored these abuses, staying quiet when the regime killed "Arab Spring" protesters and intervened in Bahrain. Worse still, the Harper government's hostility towards Iran and backing of last July's military takeover in Egypt partly reflects their pro-Saudi orientation.
03/24/2014 05:26 EDT
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Plane Crashes Make the News, But It's Cars We Should Worry About

When a plane carrying 239 people disappears and everyone is presumed dead, the world's TV networks devote hours of coverage to the tragedy. There seems a genuine attempt to learn from what happened in order to prevent the same death and destruction from ever occurring again. Contrast that to the reaction of death by automobile. In 2010 1,240,000 people died in vehicle crashes across the globe.
03/11/2014 05:34 EDT
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How the Tories Propagate Jewish Imperialism

Harper and Kenney's comments certainly play well with those in the Jewish community committed to Israeli/Western imperialism, but they also spur that sentiment. Most people respect power and when leading politicians say a country is involved in a "civilizational conflict" against "a region of darkness" it tends to shape opinion.
01/08/2014 05:08 EST
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Brother, I Need a Job

Mass unemployment is a waste of people's energy and ingenuity. Imagine what the 1.8 million out-of-work Canadians could accomplish if they were mobilized to develop green energy sources or to expand mass transit and childcare services.
01/01/2014 11:17 EST