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[Republished from Yves Engler blog] Yves Engler is a Montre'al-based activist and author. He has published ten books. His newest one is Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada. Some of his other best-selling books include The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy,The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy, and Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority. Yves was born in Vancouver, where he grew up playing hockey. He was a peewee teammate of NHL star Mike Ribeiro at Huron Hochelaga in Montre'al before playing in the B.C. Junior League. After being suspended from Concordia University, he turned to research and writing, but he's still a fan of the great Canadian sport. To contact Yves email Yvesengler(at)hotmail.com. His website is https://yvesengler.com
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Is Canada a colony or imperialist power?
It seems strange to even ask this question, but some who call themselves socialists do, so it is good to revisit the it every so often. Is Canada best described as a colony or imperialist power?
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Media can't even tell the truth about foreign policy history
Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, July 15, 2019 Liberals use 'human rights' to push coup in Venezuela
The modern way to overthrow a government the capitalist world doesn't like is by claiming to do it in the name of supporting 'human rights'. This requires that the target be portrayed as a rights violator.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, May 11, 2020 Planet of the Humans Backlash
Corporate-industrial society is driving human civilization/humanity towards the ecological abyss and environmental groups have largely made peace with capitalism.
SHARE Friday, January 17, 2020 Canada Opposed Iranian Democracy
To understand where you are, it is necessary to know where you have been. To understand current Canadian policy towards the 18th most populous country in the world, it is necessary to look at the history of Ottawa's relations with Iran.
SHARE Sunday, August 18, 2019 Nelson Mandela Award Given to "Butcher of Africa" Apologist Rome'o Dallaire
At its convention in Que'bec City next week Canada's largest private sector union is set to give Dallaire its Nelson Mandela Award, which is supposed to go to an individual advancing the cause of international peace and justice. But, Dallaire is an ally and apologist of Paul Kagame, the most bloodstained African leader.
SHARE Monday, September 30, 2019 Making Foreign Policy Part of Election
there is a great deal to dislike in the foreign policy positions of all the parties likely to win seats in the House of Commons and we don't need to be funded to confront politicians with the truth. To slightly varying degrees they all support Canadian NATO deployments and giving $25 billion to the military annually, as well as the thrust of Ottawa's policy towards Israel, Syria, Haiti and Venezuela.
SHARE Saturday, August 24, 2019 Is Canada's Green Party Kowtowing to 'Establishment Politics'
While it is good May is willing to debate international issues, the devil is in the details. And if one of those details is committing to the interests of billionaire capitalists, banks and mining companies, instead of ordinary people around the globe, then the Green Party leader is just another establishment politician.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 17, 2020 International Community Rejects Canada's Bid for a Seat on Security Council
While promising to "make a real and valuable contribution to a more peaceful and prosperous world", Trudeau has largely continued the Conservatives pro-corporate/empire international policies. The Liberals have followed the previous government's posture on a wide range of issues from Russia to Palestine, Venezuela to the military.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 25, 2019 A Prominent Opponent of Hate Allies with B'nai Brith
Leftists should tread carefully with liberals who fight some forms of hate but ignore Israeli nationalist groups' role in the far right. People must ask themselves, "is it okay to be against racism, except when it is directed at Palestinians and Arabs."
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, October 28, 2019 Remarkable Haitian Revolt Targets Canada
Haiti is the site of the most sustained popular uprising among many that are currently sweeping the globe. It's also the most explicitly anti-imperialist, which is part of the reason why it has received the least coverage.
SHARE Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Trudeau government's blackface in Haiti
Trudeau is likely ignorant of the history/social reality his policies in Haiti are entrenching. But, it's unlikely he understood that blackening his face for a laugh at a party also flowed from/contributed to centuries of racial subjugation. It was just popular in the elite social circles he operated in. The same can be said of his humiliation of the impoverished black masses in Haiti today.
SHARE Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Canada celebrates agents of Palestinian misery
A top diplomat organizing an event to celebrate Canadians fighting for another country's military ought to generate criticism. Doing so while that force humiliates Palestinians at checkpoints in the West Bank, fires on protesters in Gaza and bombs Syria in violation of international law is an outrage that must be condemned.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2020 Arms Firms Swarm Decision Makers
More politically dependent than almost all other industries, arms manufacturers play for keeps in the nation's capital. They target ads and events sponsorships at decision makers while hiring insiders and military stars to lobby on their behalf.
SHARE Thursday, March 26, 2020 Trudeau Government Seeks West African Gold
During Justin Trudeau's expedition to Senegal last month foreign minister François-Philippe Champagne "attended the issuance of operating licenses for Teranga and Barrick Gold alongside the minister of mines and geology, the minister of economy, planning & cooperation as well as the minister of environment of Senegal."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 4, 2019 Does Justin Trudeau hate Palestinians?
Is Justin Trudeau a racist? He and his government certainly accept and promote anti-Palestinianism. Two recent moves reaffirm his government's pattern of blaming Palestinians for their dispossession and subjugation.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 3, 2019 Trudeau Government Squeezes Cuba
Ottawa has followed along partly because it's committed to overthrowing Venezuela's government and an important talking point of the anti-Nicola's Maduro coalition is that Havana is propping him up. On May 3 Justin Trudeau called Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel to pressure him to join Ottawa's effort to oust President Maduro.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 9, 2019 The word they won't use to describe Canada's role in Haiti
"Sixteen years ago Ottawa initiated an effort to overthrow Haiti's elected government and has directly shaped the country's politics since. Many Haitians are unhappy about the subversion of their sovereignty, undermining of their democracy and resulting impoverishment."
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 18, 2019 Trudeau Continues Push to Overthrow Venezuela's Government
The Liberals want us to believe their campaign to oust Venezuela's government is motivated by support for democracy and human rights. Yet in recent weeks the Trudeau government has deepened ties to repressive Middle East monarchies, gutted its promise to rein in international abuses by Canadian mining companies' and justified Israeli violence against those living in the open-air prison known as the Gaza Strip.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 27, 2020 Venezuela Helped Defeat Canada's Security Council Bid
Canada's work in the Lima Group caused Venezuela to lobby hard against Canada.---The Liberals' policy towards Venezuela has blown up in its face. Maduro is still in power. Canada's preferred Venezuelan politician, Juan Guaidó, is weaker today than at any point since he declared himself president a year and a half ago. And now Venezuela has undermined the Liberals' effort to sit on the Security Council.
SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2020 Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Grow
While governments' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic proves significant resources can be marshalled quickly in a crisis, there is little evidence official Canada sees global warming as a comparable emergency.
SHARE Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Is Trudeau really a climate criminal?
The Liberals spent $4.5 billion on the Trans Mountain pipeline and related infrastructure. This important government intervention is designed to expand extraction of heavy carbon emitting tar sands oil that must stay in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate disturbances.
SHARE Sunday, October 6, 2019 Canadian imperialism in Haiti in the spotlight
Sustained committed activism is unraveling the dominant media's shameful blackout of Canadian imperialism in Haiti. But, the bias against putting Canadian policy in a negative light is such that small breakthroughs require tremendous effort.
SHARE Sunday, June 7, 2020 Israel Lobby in Canada
Despite claiming to support the "international rules based order", the Trudeau government has voted against more than 50 resolutions upholding Palestinian rights.
SHARE Monday, March 2, 2020 Neo-Nazi's Arrest Highlights Ottawa's Support for Ukrainian Far Right
The recent arrest of a Canadian neo-Nazi on the run in the US should embarrass the federal government. As has been reported, it raises important questions about extremists in the Canadian military. Ignored, however, is the link between the arrest and Ottawa's support for far-right forces in the Ukraine.
SHARE Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Trudeau ignores threat of nuclear annihilation
Justin Trudeau presents himself as "progressive" on foreign affairs. The Liberals claim to have brought Canada "back" after the disastrous Harper Conservatives. But their nuclear weapons policy demonstrates the emptiness of this rhetoric.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 18, 2020 Israel Lobby's Racist Attacks Against Left-Wing Toronto Restaurant
The Israel lobby has waged a remarkably successful campaign to bankrupt a small left-wing Toronto restaurant. Despite claiming to fight bigotry, it is the Israeli nationalists who have committed the surest racism and arguably taken the most anti-Jewish positions.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Canada's Century of Imperial Violence Against China
Canada is locked in a hostage standoff with China that doesn't look likely to end anytime soon. As relations with the world's most populous nation deteriorate, it's important to consider some history shaping the conflict and the impetus for the latest dispute.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Former Israeli Soldier Sues Pro-Palestinian Toronto Restaurant
As part of a well-organized, multilayered, Israel nationalist lobby bid to bankrupt a small left-wing restaurant a prominent Toronto interior designer sued Kimberly Hawkins for $800,000. Shai DeLuca is claiming the Foodbenders owner libeled him.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 8, 2020 Bolivia General Strike Exposes Canada's Undemocratic Policy
If Indigenous lives really mattered to the Trudeau Liberals the Canadian government would not treat the most Indigenous country in the Americas the way it has.
Canada's policy towards Bolivia is looking ever more undemocratic with each passing day.
SHARE Thursday, August 6, 2020 Propaganda or Principle? Trudeau on Venezuela and Haiti
One way to evaluate the seriousness of the Trudeau government's stated objectives in seeking to oust Venezuela's government is to examine their policy elsewhere in the Caribbean. While they talk about the constitution, democracy and human rights there, the Liberals ignore their stated ideals in Haiti.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2020 The No Canada on UN Security Council (#NoUNSC4Canada) Campaign
The No Canada on UN Security Council (#NoUNSC4Canada) campaign has thrust critical discussion of Canadian foreign policy into the mainstream. It has also pierced through a stultifying 'team Canada' nationalism that affects much of the left. While the historical record suggests otherwise, it is widely assumed that Canadian power is good for the world.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 12, 2019 Challenging Canada's New Democratic Party on Palestine
Last week I interrupted Jagmeet Singh at a public event to criticize Canada's New Democratic Party suppression of Palestine solidarity activism.
Holding a placard with the words "Jagmeet, Palestinian Lives Matter"
SHARE Thursday, July 2, 2020 Canadian Foreign Policy is Enmeshed with Mining Interests Abroad
"Should Canadian foreign policy continue to be enmeshed with mining interests abroad?"
That is one of 10 questions put forward in an open letter calling for a "fundamental reassessment of Canadian foreign policy" following Canada's second consecutive defeat for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 30, 2019 Ottawa in bed with anti-democratic, hardline part of Venezuela's opposition
Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has supported the electorally marginal party for years.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 27, 2020 Neo-Nazi Bad, Left-Wing Anti-Israel Store Owner Much Worse?
As I detailed here and here, the anti-Palestinian lobby went into overdrive after Foodbenders owner Kimberly Hawkins posted to Instagram at the start of the month: "Open Now - 8 PM for non-racist shoppers #Bloordale #Bloorstreet, #Toronto, #Open, #ftp [f*ck the police] #FreePalestine and #ZionistsNotWelcome."
SHARE Friday, June 12, 2020 Palestinian Solidarity Unsettles Canadian Diplomats
The Palestinian solidarity movement is unsettling Canada's diplomatic apparatus. In the final week of their multi-year campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council they've been forced to respond to a strong, well-documented, campaign in defence of Palestinian rights.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 16, 2020 Intelligence Agencies Fail to Protect Us From Pandemic
With millions forced out of work and many more stuck at home, Canadians need to ask tough questions of organizations receiving billions of dollars to protect them from foreign threats. The country's intelligence/security sector has done little to respond to the ongoing social and economic calamity. Even worse, their thinking and practices are an obstacle to what's required to overcome a global pandemic.
SHARE Monday, June 1, 2020 For Trudeau Black (Haitian) Lives Don't Matter
Black lives do not matter much to the Canadian government.
Justin Trudeau is backing the neo-Duvalerists subjugating that country's impoverished masses.
On Wednesday the prime minister called President Jovenel Moïse and "underscored the strong friendship between Canada and Haiti."
SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Why Trudeau Wants UN Security Council Seat
Justin Trudeau is campaigning aggressively for a seat on the UN Security Council. Over the past month he has called about two dozen world leaders and recently organized calls with groupings of UN ambassadors from the Americas, Africa, Arab states and Asia.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 31, 2020 Commemorating US Occupation of Haiti
Marine Corps General Smedley Butler wrote in an article years later, "I helped make Haiti " a decent place for the National City Bank Boys to collect revenues in."
SHARE Friday, July 10, 2020 Israel Lobby Seeks to Bankrupt Progressive, Pro-Palestinian Restaurant
While it's not uncommon for Israel lobby groups to mount vicious smear campaigns attempting "cancel" their opponents, the over-the-top nature of the recent effort may reflect their unease. Israel's plan to formally jettison the two-state solution and the role Palestine played in Canada's failure to gain a UN Security Council seat has the potential to seriously shake their grip over Canadian policy on the issue.
SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2020 End the Canada Israel Free Trade Agreement
On Sunday a demonstration is planned in Montre'al against the Canada Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA). Under the banner "Against Israel's annexation of the Jordan Valley. No to the Canada Israel Free Trade Agreement!", the march is seeking to politicize CIFTA amidst Israel's plan to formally annex parts of the West Bank.
SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2020 Canada's regime change efforts in Nicaragua rife with hypocrisy
Canada is supporting US efforts to overthrow Nicaragua's government.
A recently leaked USAID document highlights "the breadth and complexity of the US government's plan to interfere in Nicaragua's internal affairs up to and after its presidential election in 2021."
SHARE Friday, October 30, 2020 Chile vote is a blow to corporate Canada and Trudeau
With Chileans voting overwhelming to rewrite the country's Pinochet era constitution it's a good moment to reflect on Ottawa's support for his coup against Salvador Allende. It's also worth looking at Canadian companies' opposition to the popular uprising that lead to the referendum on reforming the dictatorship's neoliberal constitution.
SHARE Thursday, July 9, 2020 Jewish Defence League attacks pro-Palestine restaurant
Recently an individual with the Jewish Defence League (JDL) was photographed defacing a pro-Palestinian storefront with supremacist graffiti in broad daylight. Nothing has happened to them but the anti-racist victim has faced negative consequences.
SHARE Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Racial capitalism and the betrayal of Haiti
On February 28 the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute is hosting a discussion of Haiti Betrayed, a powerful indictment of Canada's role in the 2004 coup and subsequent policy in the country. The film is available to watch for free for those who register in advance.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Canadian law; illegal to recruit soldiers for a foreign state
The Foreign Enlistment Act states: "Any person who, within Canada, recruits or otherwise induces any person or body of persons to enlist or to accept any commission or engagement in the armed forces of any foreign state or other armed forces operating in that state is guilty of an offence."
SHARE Monday, April 13, 2020 Canada Dances with Saudi Kingdom
Trudeau government announced it was lifting its suspension of arms export permits to Saudi Arabia. This is not surprising. The government set the stage for this decision when with its September review that found no evidence linking Canadian military exports to human rights violations committed by the Saudis.
SHARE Sunday, July 12, 2020 Foreign Policy Nationalism Must Be named and Challenged
Reaction to the recent United Nations Security Council vote and opposition campaign highlights "Team Canada" thinking among progressives. Some on the left seemed to fear being viewed as unpatriotic, others simply ignore their country's imperialism and still others actually believe the "world needs more Canada".
(14 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 14, 2020 Trudeau lobbies Biden to maintain climate-destroying Trump policy
Trudeau government's immediate reaction to US voters rejecting Trump was to press the president-elect to break a direct promise and maintain the worst of the Donald. Soon after Biden was declared winner Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told CBC that persuading the incoming president to build the Keystone XL Pipeline was at the "top of the agenda" for Canada.
SHARE Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Bolivia election is a blow to Trudeau's policy
Massive support for Bolivia's Movimiento al Socialismo at the polls is a rejection of last year's Canadian-backed coup against Evo Morales. The vote was also a blow to Trudeau's policy of seeking to overthrow left-wing governments in the region.
SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2021 The trouble with Canadian aid
On February 18 the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute is sponsoring a talk on "The Trouble with Canadian Aid: Reflecting on Canada's International Development Week"
SHARE Thursday, January 21, 2021 Canada isolated in opposing nuclear weapons ban
On the day the treaty enters into force the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute will be presenting a webinar with Noam Chomsky on "The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Why Canada Should Sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty".
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 13, 2019 Munk School of Global Affairs feeds anti-Iran propaganda
Justin Trudeau's government has broken a promise to restart diplomatic relations, failed to withdraw Iran from Canada's list of state sponsors of terrorism and recently accused Tehran of destabilizing the region.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 3, 2020 Israel lobby will face blowback, eventually
How much is too much? When will Israeli nationalists in North America completely discredit themselves by overusing their power to crush those defending Palestinians?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 27, 2020 The people versus war profiteers and their propaganda machine
Despite polls that suggest most Canadians do not support warplanes used to kill and destroy things around the world, the federal government seems determined to spend tens of billions of dollars to expand that capability. While there is a growing movement afoot to block the Liberals' fighter jet purchase, it will require significant mobilization to overcome the powerful forces seeking cutting edge new warplanes.
SHARE Friday, August 28, 2020 Palestinian envoy fails to criticize Canada
PA is highly dependent on Israel, the US, Canada, and other countries' "aid". Over the past decade tens (possibly hundreds) of millions of dollars in Canadian aid money has gone to training and supporting a Palestinian security force that serves as an arm of Israel's occupation. The PA has been labeled the "subcontractor of the Occupation".
SHARE Friday, December 11, 2020 Canada's Imperialist Adventures in Haiti
For those who support a truly just foreign policy comparing Canadian politicians' reactions to protests in Hong Kong and the slightly more populous Haiti is instructive. It reveals the extent to which this country's politicians are forced to align with the US Empire.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 28, 2020 Questioning Canada's "One China" policy is not progressive
In a recent commentary Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith suggested Green Party candidates' path to victory was to question Canada's "One China" policy. According to Smith, the candidates "missed an opportunity to win over the large number of Canadians who trace their roots back to Hong Kong and Taiwan.
SHARE Monday, November 23, 2020 The hypocrisy of Liberals' nuclear policy
A Vancouver MP's last-minute withdrawal from a recent webinar on Canada's nuclear arms policy highlights Liberal hypocrisy. The government says they want to rid the world of nuclear weapons but refuse to take a minimal step to protect humanity from the serious threat.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Trudeau chooses big pharma's rights over health of billions
Take a minute to write to international trade minister Mary Ng and foreign minister François-Philippe Champagne and all Canadian MPs to tell them Canada should stop opposing the "Waiver from Certain Provisions of the TRIPS Agreement for the Prevention, Containment and Treatment of COVID-19".
SHARE Friday, November 6, 2020 Canadian military support for nukes must be met with popular resistance
"Why hasn't Canada signed the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty?" is the title of an upcoming webinar featuring Liberal MP Hedy Fry, Green Party MP Elizabeth May, NDP deputy foreign affairs critic Heather McPherson, Bloc Que'be'cois MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe, as well as Setsuko Thurlow, who accepted the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
SHARE Thursday, March 18, 2021 Palestine solidarity delivers blow to JNF colonialism
Score a small, but symbolically significant, victory for pro-Palestinian and anti-racist forces. The Jewish National Fund of Canada has been forced to rebrand and distance itself from its Israeli parent organization.
SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2021 Canadian backed police support dictatorship in Haiti
On February 28 the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute is hosting a discussion of Haiti Betrayed, a powerful indictment of Canada's role in the 2004 coup and subsequent policy in the country. The film is available to watch for free for those who register in advance.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Does Stephen Lewis want Palestine to Disappear?
In an email activist Elizabeth Block challenged Lewis' omission of Palestine during a recent CBC interview that dealt with Canada's Security Council defeat. In it Brian Mulroney's former ambassador to the UN responded, "Dear Elizabeth Block: I'm glad you wrote because it allows me to provide an answer. I didn't include the Israel/Palestine issue because---
SHARE Sunday, February 21, 2021 Haitian official stashes wealth in Montre'al
On February 28 the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute is hosting a discussion of Haiti Betrayed, a powerful indictment of Canada's role in the 2004 coup and subsequent policy in the country. In the week leading up to the event the film will be available to watch for free for those who register in advance.
SHARE Friday, February 19, 2021 Can NGOs be progressive despite dependence on Ottawa?
International Development Week (IDW) highlights how a large swath of 'progressive" society has been co-opted into supporting Canada's corporate, imperialist foreign policy. NGOs funded by Global Affairs call for 'more Canada' no matter what Ottawa metes out.
SHARE Sunday, October 18, 2020 Antiwar forces need to challenge Trudeau government, not praise it
Douglas Roche's recent Hill Times column suggests the latter. In an article extolling Canada's new ambassador to the UN Roche writes: "When Canada lost its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council the second successive time last June, I thought a foreign policy review from top to bottom was the solution to get Canada back on track internationally.
SHARE Monday, October 19, 2020 Toronto schools push students to join Israeli military
Today an open letter signed by Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, filmmaker Ken Loach, author Yann Martel, former MP Jim Manly, poet El Jones and more than 150 others was delivered to Justice Minister David Lametti calling on the federal government to apply charges under the Foreign Enlistment Act against those recruiting Canadians for the IDF.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2021 The movement to abolish nuclear weapons
The movement to abolish nuclear weapons has been around for a long time, taking a torturous path through highs and lows. Another high will be achieved next week when the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty enters into force.
SHARE Thursday, December 3, 2020 Sinophobia Sweeps Canadian Politics
Paranoia, disregard for evidence and over-the-top rhetoric to encourage hate. And I'm not talking about Donald Trump's Republicans. Progressive Canadian should counter a wave of McCarthyite Sinophobia sweeping this country's politics.
SHARE Thursday, February 18, 2021 Haitians right to be angry at UN
The United Nations may be necessary to build a better world, but that doesn't mean the international body should be above criticism. The case of Haiti reveals how the UN can be part of the problem rather than the solution.