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War Zones

  • 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.

  • How neoliberalism is fanning the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia

    In a clash of ideological paradigms, Abiy Ahmed’s administration has embarked on a path of neoliberalism that has placed Ethiopia in direct conflict with the Chinese-backed developmental state initiated by former leader Meles Zenawi. In part, the military intervention in Tigray is a push by Abiy to integrate the rebellious region into the neoliberal fold and to eliminate any remaining obstacles to his Western-backed reform agenda.

  • Ethiopia and the perils of war

    What are the prospects for peace at what appears to be the beginning of a protracted civil war in Ethiopia? What can be expected from other Horn of Africa countries? Canadian Dimension put these questions to Eritrean human rights activist Paulos Tesfagiorgis, who has been carefully observing the situation by keeping in touch with many of his former comrades and friends in Ethiopia, Tigray and Eritrea.

  • 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?

  • Don’t expect Biden to do much about the war state

    Given the evidence that business-as-usual will continue in the Biden years, perhaps it’s time to take that advice from Cornel West, absorb the truth about Biden’s future national security squad, and act accordingly. There’s no top-down salvation on the agenda—not from Joe or his crew of consummate insiders. Pressure and change will flow from the grassroots or it won’t come at all.

  • Stumbling toward peace in Donbass

    Despite Canada’s long-standing support for the Ukrainian army, there has been almost no coverage of recent peace talks in the war-ravaged Donbass. More concerningly, few have analyzed the implications of stalled progress towards ending the civil war, even as the Trudeau government continues to fund a military mission in an active conflict most have all but forgotten.

  • WESCAM controversy highlights double standards in Canadian arms controls

    Despite Justin Trudeau’s promise to support a global ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems, Canadian companies continue to profit from exporting software or components for killer robots. There is still no domestic regulation around the manufacture of these technologies, and little in the way of public debate around their development and export.

  • Canada does not need more warplanes

    There are numerous reasons Canada should not spend $19 billion on a fleet of warplanes, starting with the colossal cost. In what would be the second most expensive government procurement program ever, these funds could pay for light rail infrastructure in many cities, tens of thousands of units of social housing, and guarantee healthy drinking water on every Indigenous reserve.

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