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 The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's foreign policy.

Entries by Yves Engler

Why Do the Conservatives Support Special Forces Operations?

(15) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Last week Defence Minister Jason Kenney said if re-elected the Conservatives would significantly expand Canada's special forces. Kenney said they would add 665 members to the Canadian Armed Forces Special Operations Command (CANSOFCOM) over the next seven years.

Why? What do these "special forces" do? Who decides when...

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Harper Government Has Supported the Mining Exploitation of Africa's Resources

(14) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Canadian policy in Africa can be summed up in nine words: Do what is good for Canadian-owned mining companies.

Despite rhetoric about aid to the poorest people in the world, the Harper Conservatives have worked assiduously to ensure that Canadian corporations profit from Africa's vast mineral resources.

Even widespread criticism...

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How Harper Won the Jewish Vote

(40) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 8:13 AM

Where are Conservatives most likely to be elected in Canada? Historically, rural and suburban white, Protestant ridings and the wealthiest parts of English-speaking cities have been where the Tories enjoyed the most success.

Certainly the Conservatives have never been the party of those marginalized for economic, social or religious reasons.

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The Conservatives Are Fawning Over One of the World's Most Repressive Regimes

(48) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Making money and monarchy are two of the Conservative's favourite things.

This could certainly explain Ottawa's continued minion-like fawning over Saudi Arabia's House of Saud.

Last week new Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson continued a Harper government tradition of lauding deceased Saudi royalty. In a release...

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Africans Should Charge Harper for Crimes Against Humanity

(6) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 5:41 PM

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.

Led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Africa Progress Panel highlights Canada and Australia as two countries that "

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The Harper Government Glorifies the Boer War

(82) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 11:52 AM

In their bid to brand Canada a "warrior nation," Stephen Harper's Conservatives seek to glorify Canadian military history, regardless of its horrors.

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,...

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Is Part of Toronto's Jewish Community Promoting Racist Militarism?

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:12 PM

From a left-wing community once at the forefront of struggles against racism, unconditional support for Israel has turned some Toronto Jews into promoters of hatred against "Arabs" and into allies of right-wing, bigoted, homophobic Christian Bible literalists.

During 15 years of activism in Montréal, Ottawa and Vancouver I...

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Why Does Harper Still Support the Repressive, Misogynistic Saudi Regime?

(8) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper claims to take "strong, principled positions in our dealings with other nations, whether popular or not." But, 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...

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Plane Crashes Make the News, But It's Cars We Should Worry About

(7) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 5:35 PM

When a plane carrying 239 people disappears and everyone is presumed dead, the world's TV networks devote hours of coverage to the tragedy. Newspapers run long and detailed stories. Experts are interviewed to discuss probable causes and remedies. Government safety boards investigate and produce reports. There seems a genuine attempt...

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How the Tories Propagate Jewish Imperialism

(6) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:16 PM

The Conservatives are trying to rally Canadian Jews to their right-wing imperialistic worldview.

At the start of the month Stephen Harper spoke to the annual Toronto gala of the Jewish National Fund, which has a long history of dispossessing Palestinians and discriminating against non-Jews. Alluding to...

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Brother, I Need a Job

(4) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 2:17 PM

A just society should provide everyone with access to a job, yet nearly 2 million Canadians can't find work.

Officially 6.9 per cent of the Canadian workforce is unemployed. But this number rises to 10.3 per cent when those who've given up searching for work are...

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Canada Has a Bad Case of Oil Sands Fever

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 9:57 AM

A clear diagnosis of the Oil Sands Fever variant of Dutch Disease may be just what the doctor ordered to rally Canadian workers in the fight against global warming.

A rapid increase in natural resource investment and revenue usually drives up a nation's currency. This generally makes other industries less...

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The Tories' Naked Self-interest in Foreign Policy

(5) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Should the primary purpose of Canadian foreign policy be the promotion of corporate interests?

Canada's business class certainly seems to think so. And with little political or ideological opposition to this naked self-interest, Harper's Conservatives seem only too happy to put the full weight of government behind the promotion of...

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Canada's CEOs Are Among the Fattest Cats

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Last week in Switzerland big money staved off an important challenge to big paychecks. But the sentiment that spurred a Swiss effort to tie executive compensation to common workers' wages will not be defeated so easily.

A Sunday ago Swiss voters said no to a referendum question that would have...

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What You Don't Know About Canada's "Aid" to Haiti

(13) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Step one for everyone trying to make the world a better place should be listening to those they wish to help.

This is certainly true in the case of Haiti, a long-time target of Canadian 'aid'. But, while Haitians continue to criticize Ottawa's role in their country, few Canadians bother...

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Will Harper Ever Pay for His Climate Crimes?

(4) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 10:01 AM

Will Supertyphoon Haiyan serve as a wake-up call for Canadians? Can environmental activists connect the dots between Harper's climate crimes and the death and destruction caused by the most powerful storm ever recorded?

In response to the thousands who have died and hundreds of thousands who have been left without...

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Why CETA is Little More Than a Corporate Bill of Rights

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 11:31 AM

What would a trade agreement intended to benefit all Canadians look like?

This is of more than academic concern right now as the Harper Conservative government will eventually unveil the full details of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

From what we know about it know this...

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The "N" in NDP Now Stands for Neoliberal

(80) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 11:43 PM

This past week may come to be seen as a watershed moment in the NDP's capitulation to neoliberal capitalism. The nominally social democratic party effectively supported a major corporate trade accord all the while opposing an International Monetary Fund call for a more progressive tax code.

Last week the NDP...

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Will Harper's Love for Big Business Turn Ugly?

(10) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 8:39 AM

The Harper Conservatives have forcefully championed the interests of international investors and corporations, but it has not been enough for the "greed is good" business pundits who earn their living pimping the interests of the rich and powerful.

Last November a Canadian Business headline asked "Is Canada...

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Why Does Canada Sanction a Charity that Practises Blatant Discrimination?

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 3:56 PM

In Canada it is illegal to restrict the sale of property to certain ethnic or religious groups but many of our business people and politicians promote an organization that does exactly that in Israel.

Into the 1950s restrictive land covenants in many exclusive neighbourhoods and communities across Canada made it...

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