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Yves Engler's Blog

Dubbed "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), Yves Engler has published nine books. His latest is A Propaganda System: how Canada's government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation.

Blog - Yves Engler's Blog January 2
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Yves Engler | The individuals driving Jewish studies and anti-Semitism lessons in Canada overwhelmingly back Jewish and white supremacy in the Middle East.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 27
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Yves Engler | Instead of fearing a populist backlash for supporting tolls, progressive need to recognize their strategic interest in promoting pedestrian, bike and mass transit scale urban spaces
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 23
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Yves Engler | Structuring transport and urban landscapes around the private auto entrenches class and wealth divisions and negatively impacts poor people.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 21
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Yves Engler | As auto interests have pocketed stupendous profits over the past century they've also pushed to socialize huge amounts of urban land.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 19
Yves Engler | Despite issues with Toronto's proposed road tolls, they're still the best way to upend our dependence on individually owned automobiles.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 14
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Yves Engler | Recent commentary about Canada’s policy towards southern Africa’s liberation struggles distorts history that should inform debate over Canada’s planned military deployment to the continent today.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 7
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Yves Engler | Israel nationalists' attacks helped solidify overwhelming support for Palestinian rights in the Green Party of Canada. Leader Elizabeth May downplays BDS's role.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 5
Yves Engler | Drawing attention to the Nazi Holocaust and anti-Semitism in Canada today often reinforces, rather than undermines, oppression. This perverse reality was on display in Toronto last week.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 26
Yves Engler | While Ottawa's position towards Cuba was far more progressive than Washington's, it was also more complicated than some are likely to suggest following Castro's death.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 22
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Yves Engler | It's hard to tell Canada's political parties apart when it comes to enabling Israeli oppression of Palestinians.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 11
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Yves Engler | Rather than supporting the militaristic, jingoistic, nationalism of the Legion, Canadians of good conscience should support peace organizations' white poppy campaign to remember all victims of war.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 7
Yves Engler | From the Cold War era on, there is a substantial record of nominally left-wing organizations effectively supporting imperialism by failing to look closely at what particular UN missions actually do.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 29
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Yves Engler | Canada's most influential global studies program is the brainchild of a mining magnet with a significant personal stake in a particular foreign policy.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 25
Yves Engler | What do we make of a Canadian foreign policy discussion dominated by individuals with ties to the decision-making structures they study?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 23
Yves Engler | French-speaking Quebeckers and Jews share a sense of victimhood far out of proportion to Canadian experience, which blinds many to their own religious and ethnic supremacism.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 11
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Yves Engler | Canadian left remains in debt to Palestinians and must make up for all the one-sided support it gave to the Zionist project over the decades.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 4
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Yves Engler | Within the prevailing structural constraints, journalists have some flexibility in whether they "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" or serve power.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 28
Tabakoto North Underground Gold Mine - Mali, West Africa
Yves Engler | Public money masquerading as "foreign aid" has financed private interests through mine-related educational activities abroad, mollified resistant communities and liberalized local legislation.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 22
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Yves Engler | A recent Canadaland podcast simultaneously highlighted anti-Palestinian media bias and the fear liberal journalists' face in discussing one of the foremost social justice issues of our time.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 16
Yves Engler | Car advertisers have conquered nearly every sphere of human consciousness. In a world breaking monthly temperature records, they should be illegal.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 13
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Yves Engler | What should we make of the Trudeau government's plan to join a UN stabilization mission in Mali, Congo, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic or South Sudan?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 11
Yves Engler | Canada's aid agency has doled out tens of millions of dollars on media initiatives they expect will portray their operations sympathetically.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 6
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Yves Engler | Where does Trudeau stand on Ethiopian repression? He can start by reversing his government's near total silence about recent repression in the African country.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 1
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Yves Engler | While the three-page spread included an undated photo of Sonja Bata and her husband on the "African continent," it ignored how the Toronto company took advantage of European rule to set up shop.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 24
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Yves Engler | The primary public use of "anti-Semitism" today is to denigrate those defending a people facing the most aggressive ongoing European settler colonialism.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 13
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Yves Engler | Much of the Canadian left is highly nationalistic, wedded to the idea this country is both a U.S. "dependency" and an international "peacekeeper."
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 28
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Yves Engler | The Green Party should support the principles underlying a half-century-old Supreme Court of Canada decision outlawing discriminatory land-use policies.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 14
Congo's first democratically elected PM, Patrice Lumumba
Yves Engler | Canada played a significant role in ONUC and Congo PM Patrice Lumumba's assassination, which should be studied by progressives demanding Ottawa increase its participation in UN "peacekeeping."
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 12
Yves Engler | In many parts of the world the face of Canada has become the ruthless multinational that bullies workers, ignores environmental standards and 'buys' politicians.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 29
Yves Engler | The campaign to revoke the JNF's charitable status is simply a call for the Canadian state to stop subsidizing an explicitly racist, colonial, institution.