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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, 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, 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.
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.
(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 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.
(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 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 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.
(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 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 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.
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.