Canada must withdraw from racist Core Group

It is remarkable how easily the Canadian government gets away with blatant racism in its international affairs. This country is part of a racist colonial alliance in Haiti yet few antiracist activists are even aware of the Core Group. Last week prominent Haitian political commentator Madame Boukman Justice 4 Haiti tweeted: “The all-white Core Group... Continue Reading →

Top 10 reasons to defund the Canadian military

10. Bloated government? Misplaced priorities? The military is by far the largest Canadian government department, employing the largest number and purchasing the most equipment. The combined budget of the Department of National Defence (DND) and Veteran Affairs is $30 billion, about 15 times Environment and Climate Change Canada’s. With 0.5 percent of the world’s people,... Continue Reading →

Fighter jet purchase fuels racism

Undoing centuries of racism requires looking at major government purchases through the lens of whether or not they challenge, or reinforce, existing structural power imbalances. For example, would spending billions of dollars on 88 new fighter jets reinforce white domination? To answer that question, one must look at history and current affairs. Historically, the Royal... Continue Reading →

Media ignore politics behind Green leader’s demise

Annamie Paul’s perspective has overwhelmingly shaped coverage of the conflict within the Green Party. The media has even uncritically reported Paul’s position that the former party leader who abused her authority to promote Paul’s candidacy is part of a conspiracy against Paul. As Green Party of Canada Supporters Facebook Group organizer and Elizabeth May critic,... Continue Reading →

Ottawa supports fascistic groups

“Fascism is imperialist repression turned inward” Zak Cope   People’s Party of Canada activists can rightly complain about liberal hypocrisy. They might ask why is the PPC odious when the federal government backs far more extreme groups all around the world? In fact, it’s almost a principle of Canadian foreign policy to support fascistic, far... Continue Reading →

The role of mercenaries in Afghan disaster

    The real story is much more than an adventure starring a Canadian hero. A CBC story about an ex-Canadian soldier who helped dozens flee Afghanistan ought to have considered the role of the private security industry in the disastrous 20-year-long war in that central Asian country. The large number of private security companies... Continue Reading →

A blow to the Israel lobby

A large campaign that forced the University of Toronto to re-offer a job to Valentina Azarova is a blow to the Israel lobby. But her rejection of the position highlights the lobby’s power to torment individuals. A year ago a University of Toronto law school hiring committee unanimously selected Azarova to direct its International Human... Continue Reading →

How foreign policy shaped election outcome

  The Canadian foreign policy status quo won Monday’s election. Of course, when it came to international and military affairs the vote had little upside. All the parties with a chance of winning seats in Parliament promote a corporate, military and Washington-centred foreign policy. But a Conservative victory would have made things worse. At least... Continue Reading →

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