Our Times 3

Yves Engler

  • Where does the NDP really stand on NATO?

    Does the NDP want Canada to ratchet up tensions with Russia? Unfortunately, this seems to be the notion at the heart of a recent statement by the party’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Critic. In an interview on April 14, McPherson said the Canadian government ought to promote Ukraine’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and that Ottawa should expand its military presence in the eastern European nation.

  • Does Canada’s unilateral sanctions regime violate international law?

    In recent years the Canadian government has adopted unilateral sanctions against a host of countries including Venezuela, China, Russia, Nicaragua and others. Sanctions constitute a form of collective punishment and could be considered a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention. This begs the question: does Canada’s unilateral sanctions regime violate international law?

  • Why Canada should leave NATO

    By all accounts, NATO is a bad influence on Canada, and the alliance has proven to strengthen the worst tendencies of our political culture. Not only does it heighten pressure on the federal government to boost socially and ecologically damaging military spending, NATO has drawn Canada into various deadly foreign expeditions while continuing to prevent this country from pursuing an independent foreign policy.

  • Why the NDP needs a new defence critic

    What should progressive Canadians expect from the defence critic representing the country’s only left wing party? An easy answer might be legitimate criticism of cost overruns within the military, or the army’s participation in dubious combat operations at the behest of our southern neighbour. Yet, in the case of the New Democratic Party, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

  • Canada’s aid to Yemen is just a humanitarian band-aid

    Beyond specific campaigns, we need social movements and political parties to challenge Canada’s destructive arms economy and the upward flow of wealth spurred by intellectual property rights accords and other forms of exploitation. We need urgently to build a peaceful, fair world where aid is given—not to maintain existing conditions, but to upend them completely.

  • Pro-Israel lobby group has no credibility to lecture NDP on racism

    With a month to go before the NDP convention, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has twice attacked Palestine solidarity and members of the left of the party. In a recent Twitter threat, CIJA promoted the idea that Svend Robinson and Libby Davies are “anti-Semitic” for sponsoring a resolution against the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism.

  • Racial capitalism and the betrayal of Haiti

    The day after his already paper-thin constitutional legitimacy completely eroded, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse gave significant amounts of the country’s land to a light-skinned tycoon working with Coca-Cola. Why would the state offer land to a firm producing for Coca-Cola rather than invest in local food production in a country where nearly 42 percent of the population, or four million people, are experiencing acute hunger?

  • The trouble with Canadian aid

    The primary objective of Canadian overseas aid and international development activities has long been to advance Western interests, particularly with the intent of keeping the world’s poorest nations tied to the US-led global order. Initially conceived as a way to blunt radical decolonization in India, Canadian aid is primarily about advancing Ottawa’s geopolitical objectives.

  • The dark side of Canada’s role in Haiti

    After forcing Duvalier out, Haitians struggling for a more just and democratic society face a similar predicament. They not only have to contend with the power of their own ruling elite, but they are also up against Canada and the US. Canadians of conscience should support those mobilizing in Haiti today against creeping Duvalierism. It is the least we can do to make up for the shameful role this country has played in that impoverished nation.

  • How Ottawa is helping wealthy corporations grab Guyana’s oil

    Recently, Canadian officials have been publicly critical of Venezuela’s position regarding its territorial dispute with Guyana, all while laying the groundwork for dozens of partnerships between Canadian and Guyanese private sector organizations in the oil and gas sector. Why is Canada pushing Guyana, an impoverished nation of 800,000 people, into conflict with Venezuela while helping multinational corporations grab its oil?

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