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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 June 27
Yves Engler | Built with public subsidies, a Montreal firm can shift its head office to a tax haven and its workforce abroad, but Ottawa will continue to advance its reactionary international interests.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 9
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Yves Engler | While Canadian companies exploit African resources for their own benefit this country’s charities call on us to join Africa “hope” walks.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 16
Yves Engler | Beyond Israeli apologetics, the Nazi Holocaust/anti-Semitism are increasingly invoked to attack Leftist political movements.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 5
Canadian-owned opencast mine in Yatela, Mali.
Yves Engler | A "spin-sploiter": a Westerner who publicly professes humanitarian ideals all the while exploiting Africa.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 18
Yves Engler | Without an intervention of some sort, the Jewish community risks having future dictionaries defining "anti-Semitism" as "a movement for justice and equality."
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Yves Engler | The world's largest privately held security firm, Garda is open about its need for repressive leaders as it rents out bands of armed men to protect clients.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 25
Yves Engler | Benin City was the site of the largest earthworks carried out prior to the mechanical era, and a Canadian helped sack it as part of pacification of West Africa in 1901.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 15
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Yves Engler | In the most cited example of a Canadian leader (supposedly) opposing U.S. militarism, Lester Pearson described "U.S. peacekeeping and peacemaking policies in Vietnam."
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 28
Yves Engler | Canada's preeminent left-wing foreign policy think tank has spurned demilitarization and anti-imperialist voices to promote the views of the liberal end of the military.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 23
Unnamed man with Sahrawi national flag
Yves Engler | PotashCorp and Agrium have partnered with Morocco's state owned OCP to export phosphate mined in occupied Western Sahara.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 13
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Yves Engler | Unbeknownst to its owners, Manitoba Hydro has stirred significant controversy in helping privatize Nigeria's electricty system
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 4
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Yves Engler | Canadian unions have generally deferred to the business class regarding much of the social, cultural and even economic sphere.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 2
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Yves Engler | Geoffrey York has done important work detailing Kagame's government violence, but Canadian columnist Gerald Caplan has justified its repression and echoed Kigali's position on regional conflicts.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog January 14
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Yves Engler | Canada's connection to the carnage in northern Nigeria from the British colonial project to the recent military intervention in Libya.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog January 1
Yves Engler | Romeo Dallaire's public persona is based on an extremely one-sided media account of his role in the complex tragedy that engulfed Rwanda and Burundi two decades ago.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 24
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Yves Engler | While portraying a rather modest week of solidarity events as hateful, a reporter ignored how a well-funded Concordia institute has engaged in an effort to erase Palestinians from historical memory.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 7
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Yves Engler | Any progressive author writing about Canada's foreign affairs betrays his readers if he ignores the bad this country has done and feeds the benevolent Canadian foreign-policy myth.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 25
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Yves Engler | Canadian mining companies have engendered a great deal of violence across Africa. Is Justin Trudeau prepared to defy Canada’s powerful mining industry and adopt legislation to constrain their abuses
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 16
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Yves Engler | While “free market” advocates trumpet increased competition the TPP significantly strengthens many “government imposed barriers” to free exchange
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 9
Yves Engler | The First World War had no clear and compelling purpose other than rivalry between imperial powers. Support for the British Empire was Ottawa’s primary motive in joining the war.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 3
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Yves Engler | Canada's main Jewish organizations use Nazi Holocaust to serve Israel and power more generally
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 30
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Yves Engler | Those citing R2P to pressure Trudeau to continue bombing Iraq-Syria are demonstrating an acute, but cynical, understanding of the doctrine.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 27
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Yves Engler | Auto companies conspired to keep the population in a toxic haze and change the face of urban landscapes across North America back in the 1930s.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 23
Yves Engler | Fifty years ago this month Indonesian Major General Suharto began a wave of terror that left hundreds of thousands of Communist Party members dead.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 21
Yves Engler | Canada has been quick to denounce corruption in Africa, but has lagged behind the rest of the G7 countries in criminalizing foreign bribery.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 17
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Yves Engler | Why would the Green Party take a more environmentally regressive position on an important issue than Stephen Harper?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 2
Yves Engler | Since the mid-2000s Canada's special forces have steadily expanded because these elite units have close ties to their U.S. counterparts and the government is not required to divulge information.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 21
Yves Engler | Pro-Israel lobbyists have had it good in Canada. But the election this fall may turn out to be the zenith of Israeli influence.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 18
Toronto Caribana Festival, 2011
Yves Engler | While the most obvious source of this racism is the legacy of justifications for enslaving Africans, Toronto has made a distinct contribution as well.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 16
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Yves Engler | In the last decade of European colonialism in Africa, Canada delivered a huge amount of weaponry to the colonial powers through NATO's Mutual Aid Program.

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