The JDL is a violent extremist group—so we should treat it like one
Considering its influence and long history of racist violence, there’s been far too little critical scrutiny of the JDL. While the group has been banned from Facebook and Twitter on a number of occasions, politicians, police and other officials have turned a blind eye to its criminal acts, while major media outlets and anti-racist groups have generally ignored its political activities and ties to the far-right.
The high cost of Canadian military propaganda
Most Canadians would likely be opposed to plowing tens of millions into think tanks, university programs and other initiatives seeking to convince Canadians of the the CF’s role in global affairs. Indeed, if given a choice, the vast majority of Canadians would probably disagree with the military spending large amounts of public money to persuade us of their perspective. What have they got to hide?
Why is a Montréal school pushing students to join the Israeli military?
Canadian law makes it illegal to recruit soldiers within the country for a foreign state, but the line between enticing impressionable young people to consider joining the IDF and formal recruitment is blurred. Legal questions aside, should a Montréal school funnel youngsters into a foreign military engaged in a brutal 50-year occupation? And should taxpayers foot the bill?
Where does the NDP really stand on NATO?
Does the NDP want Canada to ratchet up tensions with Russia? This seems to be the notion at the heart of a recent statement by the party’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Critic Heather McPherson, who said the Canadian government ought to promote Ukraine’s membership in NATO, 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?
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