Our Times 3

Yves Engler

  • 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?

  • It’s time for Canada to sign the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty

    Nuclear weapons remain a serious threat to humanity and the TPNW represents an important step toward abolishing them. Canadians of conscience must press the Trudeau government to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty. Simply put, it’s time for the Liberals to put up or shut up. Their action, or lack thereof, will prove if their anti-nuclear talk is empty rhetoric or principled opposition to one of the great scourges of humanity.

  • When will the Trudeau government finally end its embrace of Juan Guaidó?

    The Trudeau government’s policy of backing Venezuela’s self-declared “interim president” Juan Guaidó, an individual without an electoral mandate or control over any government institution, has backfired spectacularly. One can understand why the incoherent and belligerent Trump administration would continue with this farce, but why are the Liberals still going along with it?

  • Why isn’t the NDP questioning the largest military procurement in Canadian history?

    Amidst growing criticism, NDP Defence Critic Randall Garrison has said nothing regarding the runaway costs of the Canadian Surface Combatant project, the secrecy surrounding it, or the offensive weaponry set to be equipped on the warships. What is the point of having a defence critic if they are unwilling to question or challenge the largest military procurement in Canadian history?

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