The Canadian media has mostly ignored recent Palestinian efforts to non-violently disrupt a half-century old occupation. They've barely reported on a prisoners' hunger strike and associated solidarity protests, let alone Canada's effort to suppress popular protests in the West Bank. Around 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons have been on hunger strike since April 17. In the... Continue Reading →
Canada’s long history of missionaries abroad has lessons for NGOs
For more than a century Canadians have gone abroad to do “good” in poorer parts of the world. Whether they spurred positive change or simply became foreign agents should be of interest to international non-governmental organizations. Last week the Globe and Mail reported on the Canadians Christians who set off to proselytize in China in... Continue Reading →
‘Repressive regime’ in Ethiopia no ‘sea of stability’
Last Tuesday members of the Ethiopian community in Winnipeg called on Canada to sanction the North East African country. The protesters are angry about the regime’s violent crackdown in the Oromiya and Amhara regions of northern Ethiopia. Hundreds of peaceful protesters have been killed and many more jailed since unrest began over a land dispute 10 months... Continue Reading →
Canada in Haiti: Is this how friends act?
Reading the comments below a recent Toronto Star op-edreminded me of an important, if rarely mentioned, rule of Canadian foreign policy: the more impoverished a nation, the greater the gap is likely to be between what Canadian officials say and do. In a rare corporate daily breakthrough, solidarity activist Mark Phillips detailed a decade of antidemocratic Canadian policy... Continue Reading →
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