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Yves Engler

  • Canadian foreign policy nationalism must be named and challenged

    It is easy to love your country. The messages encouraging patriotism are everywhere, and they fulfill a need to belong. But nationalism in Canada’s foreign policy is a major obstacle to a more just world. Indeed, the prevailing notion that Canada is a leader in global peacekeeping operations presents a stark example of how nationalism stunts common sense.

  • Canada’s membership in the Five Eyes alliance promoting conflict with China

    In recent weeks movements in different countries have toppled statues and put the police and other institutions upholding systemic racism on the defensive. Yet, amidst unprecedented protests against racism, there has been remarkably little interest in the white supremacist foreign policy alliance currently driving conflict with China.

  • Should Canadian foreign policy be enmeshed with mining interests abroad?

    Should Canadian foreign policy continue to be enmeshed with mining interests abroad? That is one of ten questions put forward in an open letter calling for a “fundamental reassessment of Canadian foreign policy” following Canada’s second consecutive defeat for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

  • In the struggle against racism and police violence, we can’t forget the victims of imperialism

    In the struggle against racism and police violence we need to enlarge our circle of those who deserve our support to the entire world. The “cop problem” we face is intimately tied to the wealthy imposing their will on the majority. Reforms of the police are doomed to fail until we overthrow the unjust global economic order that requires force to maintain minority rule.

  • International community rejects Canada’s bid for a seat on UN Security Council

    The international community’s rejection of Canada’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council is not a surprise. In the below introduction to Yves Engler’s new book, House of Mirrors: Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy, the author details how Liberal foreign policy has largely mimicked that of Stephen Harper, who lost a bid for a Security Council seat in 2010.

  • Trudeau’s path to a UN Security Council seat runs through Africa

    Justin Trudeau understands that his path to a UN Security Council seat runs through Africa. But African countries should not fall for Justin Trudeau’s friendly rhetoric. Until Canada begins to act like a friend, rather than a neocolonial power, it doesn’t deserve the continent’s votes for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

  • Do black lives in Haiti matter to the Canadian government?

    Unbeknownst to many, the Trudeau government has provided financial, policing and diplomatic support to the unpopular government of Jovenel Moïse in Haiti. The Liberals have also supported the violent suppression of the popular will in that country, and continued a two-decade-old Canadian policy of undercutting Haitian democracy.

  • #NoUNSC4Canada thrusts critical discussion of Canadian foreign policy into mainstream

    The #NoUNSC4Canada campaign has thrust critical discussion of Canadian foreign policy into the mainstream. It has also pierced through a stultifying ‘team Canada’ variant of nationalism that infests much of the left. While the historical record suggests otherwise, it is widely assumed that Canadian power is a force for good in the world.

  • Ottawa’s ties with far-right Colombian president undermines human rights rhetoric on Venezuela

    Trudeau’s alliance with Colombian President Iván Duque is difficult to align with the Liberal’s stated concern for and rhetoric on human rights in Venezuela. The same can be said for Ottawa’s failure to condemn the recent invasion attempt. The Trudeau government should be questioned on whether it was involved or had foreknowledge of the recent plot to invade Venezuela.

  • ‘Same old, same old’: How corporate Canada puts profit above all else

    Those who ‘own’ the economy wield substantial power over any government’s domestic policy and overwhelming control over foreign policy where there are few democratic checks and balances. Based on accumulated evidence there is little difference in this regard between Liberal and Conservative governments. Certainly, the Trudeau regime has pushed corporate interests through various forums.

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