Ten years after the Marikana massacre, we must recognize Canada’s role in empowering mining companies in South Africa
While there is no direct Canadian involvement in the Marikana massacre, Canadian mining companies and the Canadian state played a sizeable role in ensuring that the post-apartheid ANC government did not radically restructure the economy for the benefit of the Indigenous black majority, and that they retained a favourable investment climate for foreign companies.
Trudeau omits Canada’s support for Idi Amin on anniversary of Ugandan Asian expulsion
Trudeau’s statement totally omits Canada’s diplomatic support for Amin’s 1971 coup against his predecessor, the left-leaning Milton Obote, or the fact that the Canadian government collaborated with Amin on business investment, notably mining, especially during the early part of his reign. This collaboration continued following Amin’s expulsion of Uganda’s South Asian population.
Documents show how Ottawa intervened in Tanzania to benefit Canadian mining firms
The documents obtained by Ottawa-based researcher Ken Rubin reveal that Ottawa still goes to bat for Canadian-based transnationals, ensuring that states in the Global South don’t move too close to the perils of what industry figures often call “resource nationalism.” It seems not to matter what abuse is committed—the primacy of capital wins out for the Canadian state.
The war in Ukraine has Canadian mining companies looking to Africa
In the context of the Russia-Ukraine war and the profitable exploitation of battery metals, Canadian politicians have stressed the need to maintain and expand access to critical minerals in Africa. Such access will have the effect of keeping the continent as a crucial supplier of the minerals with which Canada and its allies hope to blunt the economic blowback of the invasion.
Canadian mining and the tragedy in Burkina Faso
While the facts remain to be investigated, it is nonetheless essential that observers view the tragedy at Burkina Faso’s Perkoa zinc mine alongside the long history of Canadian imperialism in Africa, and acknowledge that the primary goal of Canadian companies operating in the continent is to extract profit, not to improve the lives or guarantee the safety of indigenous African workers.
Response to missing miners proves real Canadian motives in Africa
Over the past decade, Canadian aid has been used to pacify local opposition to mining projects in Burkina Faso. Ottawa has also financed various mining initiatives and signed an undemocratic investment accord to protect Canadian mining companies. All this suggests that Ottawa’s primary objective in the small Western African nation is to help Canadian firms profit from its vast mineral wealth.
Canada and the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah
In 2012, Canada’s Governor General Michaëlle Jean visited Ghana and laid a wreath on Kwame Nkrumah’s tomb. Such a commemorative gesture reads as wholly disingenuous given Canada’s role in removing the pan-Africanist leader from office and the unwillingness of Canadian leaders to acknowledge this fact, let alone assume a degree of responsibility for its historical consequences.
International criminal justice bares its colonial fangs
The inhuman manner in which the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) treats Rwandans who have been acquitted or who have been freed after serving their sentences obliges us to reexamine totally the body created by the UN Security Council in late 1994. How has this come to pass? Has the UN created its own system of judicial apartheid?
What is the value of an acquittal in international criminal justice?
A serious injustice is occurring under our noses. Canada is part of it and has the key to a rapid solution. It is the case of former Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Jérôme Bicamumpaka, who was acquitted of all charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 2011. So why is Canada refusing to allow him to reunite with his family?
Canada and the war on Tigray
If Prime Minister Trudeau wants to bring Canada’s compassionate and constructive voice back to the world stage, this is the time to do so. The Abiy government’s war in Tigray represents a decisive moment for Canada to affirm the values it proclaims guide its presence in the world, by deploying all of the economic, political, and diplomatic tools at its disposal to help bring a swift end to the humanitarian crisis.
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