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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 The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's foreign policy.

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Canada Isolating Itself From World Opinion On Palestinian Rights

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

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

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(Photo: The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)

Remember.

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 | 12:12 PM

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 | 5:00 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 | 1:35 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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Ottawa-Funded Journalism Casts Canada As Benevolent Global Actor

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2016 | 2:08 PM

By funding international journalism projects, Ottawa shapes perceptions of Canadian policies abroad.

Last Saturday the Ottawa Citizen published a feature titled "The story of 'the Canadian vaccine' that beat back Ebola."

According to the article, staff reporter Elizabeth Payne's "research was supported by a travel grant from the...

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Ottawa Must End Canadian Aid To Africa's Most Repressive Regime

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2016 | 2:53 PM

Members of the Ethiopian community in Winnipeg recently called on Canada to sanction the North East African country. The protesters are angry about the regime's violent crackdown in the Oromiya and Amhara regions of northern Ethiopia. Hundreds of peaceful protesters have been killed and many more jailed since...

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Our Taxes Should Not Fund Israel's Discriminatory Land Policies

(55) Comments | Posted July 29, 2016 | 12:55 PM

Despite a backlash evocative of those who defended the Jim Crow U.S. South, Green Party members recently voted in favour of a resolution calling on Ottawa to stop subsidizing racist land covenants. The Greens will make a final decision on whether they support the principles underlying a half-century old Supreme...

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The 'Ugly Canadian', Kinross In Mauritania

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 3:47 PM

The 'Ugly Canadian' strikes again.

Toronto-based Kinross Gold recently suspended work at its Tasiast mine to protest an order from Mauritania's government that unpermitted 'expatriates' stop working on the massive project.

The lead foreign firm in the sparsely populated West African nation has been embroiled in a...

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This Firm Avoids Taxes Abroad - And Ottawa Still Backs It

(10) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 12:49 PM

Twenty-first century "Canadian" corporate capitalism is quite the racket.

Built with public subsidies, a Montréal firm can shift its "head office" to a tax haven and workforce abroad, but Ottawa will continue to use its diplomatic, economic and military might to advance the company's reactionary international interests.

As part of...

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The Hypocrisy Of Canadian Ownership In Africa

(10) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 2:17 PM

What is wrong here? While Canadian companies exploit African resources for their own benefit this country's charities call on us to join Africa "hope" walks.

Last week Toronto-based Lundin Mining hired the Bank of Montreal to help it decide what to do with its stake in the massive...

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

(29) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 6:42 PM

"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.

In a recent Canadian Jewish News interview long time l'Université du Québec...

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Corporate Canada And Africa's Last Colony

(7) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 12:29 PM

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...

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Unions Should Oppose Advertisements And Cars

(7) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:46 PM

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.

Alongside...

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The Globe And Mail Can't Make Up Its Mind On Paul Kagame

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:14 PM

The Globe and Mail's recent coverage of Rwanda has been schizophrenic.

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...

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Hold Canadian Mining Companies Accountable For Abuses Abroad

(4) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 11:54 AM

Two weeks ago police shot and killed an individual at Pacific Wildcat Resources tantalum mine in central Mozambique. The incident received some attention in Canada because community members responded by seizing the Vancouver-based company's mine site and setting some equipment ablaze.

One protester told O Pais newspaper this...

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Let's Honour Canada's Diversity And Remember The Victims Of Colonialism

(9) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 1:23 PM

"Trudeau unveils most diverse Cabinet in Canada's history," was how one media outlet described the new Liberal cabinet. It includes a Muslim woman, four Sikhs, an indigenous woman, two differently-abled individuals and an equal number of women and men. Half even refused any reference to God at Wednesday's...

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Canadian Silence On Netanyahu's Comments Distorts Holocaust

(21) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 2:29 PM

By blaming Palestinians for the Nazi Holocaust, Benjamin Netanyahu wildly distorted Jewish suffering for Israel's ends amid a lack of widespread comment by Canada's main Jewish organizations.

Using words that would have destroyed the political career of any mainstream North American or western European leader, Netanyahu said the...

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Will Trudeau Embrace The Responsibility To Protect Doctrine?

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 4:16 PM

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.

Last week senior...

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Lax Laws Are Turning Foreign Bribery Into a Canadian Value

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 6:10 PM

While most Canadians proudly recognize the beaver, the hockey player and the curling broom as symbols of this country, some of us would be made uncomfortable by another enduring emblem of the Great White North: a businessman wearing a maple leaf lapel pin discretely passing a plain manila envelope stuffed...

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