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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 September 21
Yves Engler | If we claim to be the "doctors without borders" of international relations, shouldn't Canada swear to "first do no harm" like MDs before beginning practice?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 19
Parking lot in Vancouver. Photo: velkr0/Flickr
Yves Engler | Even the most walkable, bike-able and mass transit-oriented neighbourhoods still require parking spots to be built in new residences.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 18
Augusto Pinochet. Photo: fpealvarez/Flickr
Yves Engler | Since it doesn't serve to justify further domination by the powerful, few in the Canadian media commemorate the "original 9/11." Even fewer recognize Canada's role in the U.S.-backed coup.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 4
Yves Engler | Canada's proportion of the world's 59 biggest banks is more than 15 times this country's share of global population.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 30
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Yves Engler | The NDP leadership's response to noted war hawk John McCain's death is shameful. Even worse, it reflects a general hostility towards the victims of Western imperialism.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 29
Canada 150 RCAF CF-18 Fighter Jet. Photo: Wilson Hui/Flickr
Yves Engler | The problem with glorifying soldiers is that veterans' organizations can use their cultural standing to uphold militarism and reactionary politics.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 15
Yves Engler | The Trudeau government has largely maintained the Conservative government's pro-Saudi policies and support for Riyadh's belligerence in the region.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 11
Yves Engler | Trudeau should see Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's diplomatic break and raise him a wide-ranging ethical challenge. Here's how.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 8
Yves Engler | If you agree that answering the question "Are we doing all that we could be doing in the world?" requires some critical voices, you may not like the way international development NGOs are funded.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 2
Yves Engler | Bernie Farber has been a leading proponent of the idea that expressing support for Palestinians is anti-Semitism, yet he has standing among some Left/liberals.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 30
Yves Engler | The military's immense resources and cultural clout enables it to attract Indigenous youth to become soldiers. But First Nations have more reason than most to be wary of the Canadian Forces.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 25
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Yves Engler | Despite abundant evidence that nothing approaching the fantasy of free market capitalism exists, the myth persists to legitimate the private appropriation of socially created wealth.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 23
Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Freeland speak with media. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Yves Engler | Before becoming prime minister, Justin Trudeau promised to re-engage with Iran. His government has failed to do so and is beginning to echo the warmongers in Washington and Tel Aviv.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 19
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Yves Engler | The campaign to get the Iroquois Nationals to Israel is the latest example of Israel lobby groups' work to thwart those who associate the plight of First Nations and Palestinians.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 17
Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance. Photo: Gatis Dieziņš/Latvijas armija/Flickr
Yves Engler | The military goes to great lengths to shape coverage of its affairs and one should expect stories about Canada's mission in Mali to be influenced by the armed forces.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 6
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Yves Engler | In response to Ukrainian Canadian Congress campaigning, two NDP MLAs recently convinced the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to withdraw a brand of Russian vodka from its stores.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 3
Yves Engler | Claiming to be dialoguing with both sides is a cruel joke. The NDP should heed 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists and party members' call to withdraw from Israel Parliamentary Group.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 29
RCAF Chinook helicopter on Parliament Hill. Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr
Yves Engler | A volatile leader in charge of a military behemoth prone to aggression has repeatedly attacked Canada and its prime minister in recent weeks. But the "defence" community has barely made a peep.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 27
Doug Ford speaks to a group. Photo: Doug Ford/Flickr
Yves Engler | In one of his first post-election moves Ford announced that he would seek to ban an annual Palestinian solidarity event. Ford will further link Israel campaigning and bigoted, right-wing politics.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 19
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Yves Engler | More than 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists, and NDP members are calling on the party's MPs to leave the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 2
Israeli flags. Photo: bryan/Flickr
Yves Engler | A recent incident at a Toronto high school demonstrates the depravity of the pro-Israel lobby.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 25
U.S. President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in November 2017
Yves Engler | Only a narrow spectrum of opinion about Canadian foreign policy is permitted in the mainstream media, one that assumes this country's international aims are noble.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 22
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Yves Engler | While they've made dozens of statements criticizing Venezuela, the Trudeau government seems to have remained silent on Rousseff’s ouster, Lula's imprisonment and persecution of the Brazilian left.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 19
NDP MP Murray Rankin
Yves Engler | Is it appropriate for NDP Members of Parliament to be working for "greater friendship" with a country that is killing and maiming thousands of non-violent protestors?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 11
The NORAD command centre in Colorado
Yves Engler | The 60-year-old agreement was supposed to defend the two countries from an invasion by Soviet bombers coming from the north. But the Berlin Wall fell three decades ago and NORAD continues.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 8
Justine Trudeau. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Yves Engler | The Five Eyes arrangement has made Canada complicit in belligerent U.S. foreign policy. It's time for a debate about Canadian participation in the "Anglosphere's" intelligence-sharing agreement.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 2
Paul Kagame. Image: Veni/Flickr
Yves Engler | Canada’s humanitarian hero is openly aligned with Africa's most bloodstained ruler.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 30
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Yves Engler | The Montréal police have a problem with democracy that the new progressive city council should address.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 26
Canadian soldiers point guns. Photo: Cpl Alana Morin/4 Cdn Div / 4 Div CA - JTFC/FOIC/Flickr
Yves Engler | The alleged perpetrator of Monday’s van attack in Toronto has ties to a powerful patriarchal institution that is Canada’s biggest purveyor of violence.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 19
Members and supporters of the Stop the JNF Campaign in NYC. Image: Joe Catron
Yves Engler | A number of members of the subcommittee on anti-Semitism have personal or institutional ties to the Jewish National Fund, which practices a form of discrimination outlawed in Canada seven decades ago.