Engler, Yves

2020 Feb 18 - 3:21am
“Qui se ressemble, s’assemble.” The English saying is “birds of a feather flock together.” Translated from Spanish: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” The folk wisdom that who we hang out with tells … Continue reading →
Tags: Canada in Haiti, Latin America, Venezuela
2020 Feb 17 - 1:43am
Should peace groups challenge Canadian militarism by pushing clear, principled, demands or by promoting a militarist government’s bid to rebrand itself through a “peace” institute? In a recent blog headlined “New Peace Centre needed to balance defence industry-funded think tanks”, … Continue reading →
Tags: Activism, Justin Trudeau, Military, NGOs, Peggy Mason, Peter Langille
2020 Feb 14 - 12:52am
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) exists primarily to lobby for increased aid. As a result, the NGO umbrella group broadly aligns with Canadian imperialism. When Justin Trudeau recently set off for an African Union Summit to build support … Continue reading →
Tags: aid, Imperialism, NGOs, Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Nicolas Moyer
2020 Feb 12 - 10:21pm
Justin Trudeau wants us to know he’s buddies with Africa’s most ruthless dictator. At the recent African Union Summit in Ethiopia Trudeau met Paul Kagame. The Prime Minister’s press people released a photo of him laughing with the Rwandan President … Continue reading →
Tags: Canada in Africa, Justin Trudeau, Rwanda, James Kabarebe, Paul Kagame
2020 Feb 11 - 9:27am
Canada is celebrating the agents of Palestinian misery. Last month the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv held an event to celebrate Canadians fighting in the Israeli military. They invited all 78 Canadians in the IDF to the ambassador’s residence to … Continue reading →
Tags: Canada and Israel, Justin Trudeau, Middle East, Beit Halochem Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Deborah Lyons
2020 Feb 6 - 8:30am
What’s more likely to shape Canadian policy in the Hemisphere: human rights and democracy or bankers’ bottom-line? Last week Venezuelan politician Juan Guaidó was fêted in Ottawa. The self-declared president met Canada’s Prime Minister, international development minister and foreign minister. … Continue reading →
Tags: Justin Trudeau, Latin America, Venezuela, Brian Porter, juan guaido, Nicolas Maduro
2020 Jan 20 - 4:13am
While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US Empire geo-political … Continue reading →
Tags: Iran, Justin Trudeau, Middle East
2020 Jan 16 - 8:05am
To understand where you are, it is necessary to know where you have been. To understand current Canadian policy towards the 18th most populous country in the world, it is necessary to look at the history of Ottawa’s relations with Iran. … Continue reading →
Tags: Iran, Middle East, Export Development Canada, Lester Pearson
2020 Jan 12 - 2:19am
Ten years ago Sunday an earthquake devastated Haiti. In a few minutes of violent shaking hundreds of thousands perished in Port-au-Prince and surrounding regions and many more were permanently scarred. It’s important to commemorate this horrifying tragedy. But this solemn … Continue reading →
Tags: Canada in Haiti, Haiti
2019 Dec 23 - 5:26am
The Canadian media gets a failing grade when it comes to its coverage of chemical weapons in Syria. Among the basic principles of reporting, as taught in every journalism school, are: Constantly strive for the truth; Give voice to all … Continue reading →
Tags: Middle East, Chrystia Freeland, OPCW, Sabine Nolke, Tareq Haddad, White Helmets
2019 Dec 7 - 3:15am
Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that the sun never sets on the military their taxes pay for. This country is not formally at war yet more than 2,100 Canadian troops are sprinkled across the globe. According to the … Continue reading →
Tags: Military
2019 Dec 1 - 8:27am
Why would an alternative media website that questions government and corporate policies about climate change and the environment have so much trouble understanding that the same sort of skepticism is necessary regarding Canadian foreign policy? Imagine a self-declared progressive media … Continue reading →
Tags: Uncategorized, bolivia, Canadian Press, Haiti, Linda Solomon Wood, National Observer