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

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

(26) 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'?

(159) 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

(10) 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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Ottawa-Funded Journalism Casts Canada As Benevolent Global Actor

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2016 | 1:08 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 | 1:53 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

(37) Comments | Posted July 29, 2016 | 11:55 AM

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 | 2:47 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 | 11:49 AM

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

(5) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 1:17 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

(24) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 5:42 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 | 11:29 AM

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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