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Yves Engler

  • The red poppy is not a commitment to peace—it is a celebration of militarism

    By focusing exclusively on ‘our’ side, Remembrance Day poppies reinforce a sense that Canada’s cause is righteous. At worst, they create an ideological climate that supports never-ending militarism and future wars. To remember all victims of war, there should be nothing wrong with wearing the white poppy of peace, or no poppy at all, as a rebuke to fervent nationalism and the implicit support of militarism at home and abroad.

  • Canadian military support for nukes must be met with popular resistance

    To counteract pressure from the military, substantial grassroots mobilization is required to force the government to fulfill its expressed support for nuclear disarmament and the “rules-based international order.” For Canada to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, we need to both rekindle the anti-nuclear movement that has garnered mainstream success and revitalize anti-war and anti-imperialist activism.

  • Bolivia’s election result is a major blow to Trudeau’s foreign policy

    The recent victory of Bolivia’s Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party on October 18 was a rejection of last year’s Canadian-backed coup against Evo Morales, an event that resulted in a year of violent repression by the military-backed interim government. The vote was also a blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s complicity in the efforts of the United States to overthrow left-wing governments across Latin America.

  • Why is the Israeli military still recruiting in Canada?

    There’s a Canadian law that makes it illegal for the armed forces of any foreign state to recruit soldiers within our borders, but you’d never know it the way Israel and its supporters operate within this country. For three quarters of a century Canadians have been recruited inside this country to fight in Israel’s military. Finally, however, there is an organized effort to stop this practice.

  • Canada’s military footprint in Africa is an extension of US imperialism

    Which is more believable as motivation to send soldiers to other countries, altruism or self-interest? The Canadian Forces do not train their African counterparts out of a commitment to professionalism or democracy but to extend Canada’s influence on the continent while restoring the national security interests of the United States.

  • 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.

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