Yves Engler
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

Entries by Yves Engler

Canadian Colonial Dreams In The Caribbean

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2017 | 12:38 PM

Can cute Canadian Caribbean dreams about enchanted islands come true? Or is reality more complicated and Canada a far less benign actor than we imagine ourselves to be?

In a recent Boston Globe opinion titled "Haiti should relinquish its sovereignty," Boston College professor Richard Albert writes, "the new...

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Barrick Gold Can't Justify Its Existence Beyond A Bottom Line

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2017 | 10:21 AM

Imagine if a corporation had to justify its existence beyond making money for capitalists. What would happen if a social balance sheet, as well as financial one, had to be filed every year and companies continually in a deficit position would eventually disappear?

Consider Barrick Gold.

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Toronto Has Too Much Public Space Devoted To Cars

(3) Comments | Posted May 9, 2017 | 9:12 AM

Does Toronto have too little or too much public space?

Depends on what the "public" space is used for.

This seems such an obvious answer but one of Toronto's best urban affairs writers can't seem to separate the private cars from the public space they destroy.

In an otherwise excellent...

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Meet The Right-Wing Think Tank Driving Canadian Policy Toward War

(14) Comments | Posted May 2, 2017 | 4:43 PM

A registered "charity" with buckets of donations from arms manufacturers and other corporate sources is aggressively trying to push Canadian foreign policy further towards militarism and the use of violence.

And the right-wing Canadian Global Affairs Institute seems to be growing in influence, or at least media prominence.

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Montreal's Auto Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2017 | 11:42 AM

I often read troubling reports about the world's unfolding climate catastrophe while working at McGill, but, ironically, steps from the university library I am reminded of Montreal's unwillingness to make the changes required to avoid civilizational collapse.

During recent construction on Sherbrooke Street police have been stationed on corners near...

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UN Occupation Of Haiti Ends, Leaving Behind Scandals Of Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2017 | 10:29 AM

Last week the UN Security Council finally voted to end its military occupation of Haiti. Instigated by the U.S., France and Canada, MINUSTAH has been responsible for countless abuses during the past 13 years.

At the same time as the Security Council voted to draw down...

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First Nations At Vimy Ridge Were Victims Of Canadian Colonialism

(27) Comments | Posted April 13, 2017 | 10:16 AM

Amidst an orgy of martial patriotism that is finally over, there was a sad irony.

In recent days the Canadian Forces, banks, politicians, sports TV networks, private foundations, news media, etc. have all promoted the idea that the centennial of Canadian troops capturing some high ground in France during a...

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Too-Timid NDP Could Use A Shot Of Conservative Party's Boldness

(16) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 9:27 AM

A leadership race is an opportunity to promote bold ideas and invigorate a political movement. Canada's right-wing party seems to understand this, the left not so much.

In recent months, Conservative Party leadership contenders have promoted a bevy of extremist ideas. Recently the spokesperson for Conservative contender Brad Trost boasted...

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For Africa's Sake, Trudeau Should Keep His Hands Off Alberta Oil

(27) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 2:16 PM

Today the lives of over 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are at risk due to a drought at least partly caused by climate change.

A study by Britain's Met Office concluded that human-induced climate disturbances sparked a famine in Somalia in 2011...

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How Will NDP Leadership Candidates Approach Foreign Policy Debates?

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 3:46 PM

Is the NDP establishment scared to have party members discuss Canada's international posture?

At the party's first leadership debate last weekend there wasn't a single foreign policy question despite a host of contentious recent party positions on international affairs.

Certainly at a time when the mainstream media is giving prominence...

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Trudeau's Anti-Russian Brinkmanship Could End Badly For Canada

(49) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 3:09 PM

Why is the Trudeau government escalating its belligerence towards Russia?

Yesterday it was confirmed that 200 Canadian troops would remain in the Ukraine for at least two more years. This "training" mission in the Ukraine is on top of 200 troops in Poland, a naval frigate...

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Canada Should Rethink Praising This Tyrant From Its Colonial Past

(28) Comments | Posted February 28, 2017 | 10:11 AM

As Black History Month draws to an end it is important to reflect on the European conquest of Africa. Is there a connection between colonial rule and the continent's impoverishment today? Should the beneficiaries of European imperialism pay reparations or at least acknowledge the injustices committed?

When thinking about these...

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Is It Fair To Call Trudeau A 'White Supremacist Terrorist'?

(158) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 10:33 AM

Can calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a "white supremacist terrorist" be justified?

Black Lives Matter Toronto spokesperson Yusra Khogali's description of Justin Trudeau as a "white supremacist terrorist" at a recent rally against Islamophobia has sparked significant backlash. Right-wing media have cited her language to attack a group that's put...

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Canada's Largest PR Machine Complains That The Media Is Being Unfair

(9) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 9:19 AM

The media is unfair to the military, according to the chief of defence staff. During a speech to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade last week General Jonathan Vance slammed "very toxic narratives" in reporting on the Canadian Forces.

"If you're paying attention to the news today,...

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21st-Century Capitalism Is Killing Ocean Life

(25) Comments | Posted February 1, 2017 | 10:35 AM

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Sea turtle lies lifeless, wrapped in plastic on the shores of Porto de Galinhas beach on January 12, 2017 in Ipojuca, Brazil. (Photo: Marcos Souza/Brazil Photo Press/Getty Images)

For 21st century capitalism the more disposable the better. Ocean life and human...

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Canada Isolating Itself From World Opinion On Palestinian Rights

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 1:41 PM

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Stephane Dion, Canada's minister of foreign affairs. (Photo: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

How can you identify a Canadian Liberal? They talk to the left, but walk to the right.

Under Justin Trudeau, "Canada is back" to isolating itself from world opinion on...

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Royal Canadian Legion Has A Dark History We Must Also Remember

(48) Comments | Posted November 11, 2016 | 10:44 AM

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(Photo: The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)


Remember that today marks the culmination of a militarist, nationalist ritual organized by a reactionary state-backed group.

Every year the Royal Canadian Legion sells about 20 million red poppies in the lead-up to Remembrance Day....

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More Transparency Needed From Schools Of Foreign Policy

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 11:12 AM

Should social scientists seek the truth regardless of whose toes may be stepped on and cite, up front, possible conflicts of interest regarding matters they study?

All academic disciplines claim that independence of thought and transparency are principles that guide good research. So, what to make of a Canadian foreign...

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Canadian 'Aid' Helps Mining Firms Exploit Foreign Markets

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 4:00 PM

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A villager searches for gold in discarded waste rock from Barrick Gold Corp's North Mara mine in the district of Nyangoto, Tanzania. Millions of pounds of waste rock are piled high around communities where almost half the people live on less than...

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It's Time To Ban Car Advertisements Forever

(9) Comments | Posted September 16, 2016 | 12:35 PM

A Metro should never be wrapped in car ads.

On this past week, the whole front of Montréal's Metro paper promoted Kia. All of page 2 and the back of a paper targeted at the city's transit riders also promoted an unhealthy, lethal, inefficient and utterly unsustainable mode of transportation.

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