Our Times 3

Yves Engler

  • Why a reset of Canada-China relations is more urgent than ever

    Is the surest path to victory in the Green Party leadership race, as Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith suggests, to “explicitly support Hong Kong’s right to self-determination and declare unwavering support for the independence of Taiwan”? The world doesn’t need a second Cold War. Calling for an end to Canada’s One China policy pushes us further down that path.

  • The hidden history of Canada’s influence and interference in Guyana

    Unbeknownst to many, Canadian influence in Guyana is long-standing. Those who want their country to be a force for good in the world need to pay more attention to Ottawa’s influence in this small South American nation. We must hold our corporations, politicians and diplomats accountable to the standards we demand inside Canada, at the very least.

  • Liberal’s ‘feminist’ foreign policy supports repressive Haitian police forces

    A purveyor of violence, the Canadian military is the institutional embodiment of toxic masculinity. A genuine “feminist foreign policy” would seek to rein in—not expand—the CF. The Liberals’ so-called feminist foreign policy is yet another example of this government’s “talking left and acting right” agenda that is an insult to Canadian feminists, as well as all those who believe in a progressive foreign policy.

  • Canada’s regime change efforts in Nicaragua rife with hypocrisy

    The Liberals regime change efforts in Nicaragua are part of a broader pro-US, pro-corporate policy in the hemisphere rife with hypocrisy. All those who support the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other countries must oppose these acts of imperialism against a country that has long been the victim of American interference in Latin America.

  • Trudeau’s Venezuela policy is a stain on Canada’s global reputation

    The campaign to overthrow Venezuela’s government is unprecedented in Canadian foreign policy history, as is the reaction from civil society groups, many of which campaigned against Canada’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council citing our collaboration with self-decalred interim president Juan Guaidó and other elements of the right wing opposition.

  • Our treatment of Venezuela shows Canada is long overdue for a foreign policy restart

    Trudeau and Trump’s efforts to stoke a revolt are having an ever-greater impact on the lives of ordinary Venezuelans, 40,000 of whom are estimated to have died between 2017 and 2018 as a result of punitive sanctions. At the same time, Guaidó’s chances of taking power are slimmer today than at any point since he claimed the presidency. Still, the Trudeau government has maintained its support for Washington’s regime change efforts.

  • The scandal is us, not WE

    The most concerning element of the WE Charity scandal is not that Justin Trudeau aided an organization with ties to his family, but rather the backing of an organization that is a caricature of white saviourism. The real scandal is that all of the corporations, media organizations, schools, and celebrities that enabled WE have also done so at the service of Canadian imperialism.

  • Trudeau government remains silent on corruption and repression in Haiti

    One way to evaluate the seriousness of the Trudeau government’s stated objectives in seeking to oust Venezuela’s elected government is to examine their policies elsewhere in the region. While the Liberals talk about upholding the “rules-based international order,” democracy and human rights in Venezuela, they ignore these lofty ideals in Haiti.

  • Remembering the US invasion of Haiti—105 years later

    While remembering their past has not prevented history from repeating itself, it is not possible for the descendants of the world’s first successful slave revolt to forget the trauma inflicted on them by their northern neighbours. 105 years ago today, a brutal occupation of Haiti by the United States began. It would last for almost two decades.

  • Canada’s relationship with China rooted in a century-old tradition of imperial violence

    While most of the media frame conflict with China in Manichean, us-versus-them terms, past and present actions by Canada and other Western states reveal a centuries-old pattern of colonialism, imperialism, military threats, diplomatic isolation and other forms of aggressive behaviour aimed at weakening and ‘containing’ the world’s most dynamic and populous economy.

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