From troops that joined the British in Sudan in Reading this book could change how you see Canada. From troops that joined the British in Sudan in to gunboat diplomacy in the Caribbean and aspirations of Central American empire, to participation in the U. Paperback , pages. Published April by Fernwoof Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The title of Engler's book is indeed appropriate. What does talk of a "black book" typically mean to you? This "Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy" is a collection of historical "examples exposing Canada's role in various regions of the world as well as in international organizations. As a youngster and a Canadian citizen, I was tau The title of Engler's book is indeed appropriate. As a youngster and a Canadian citizen, I was taught to be proud of my heritage and that Canadian flag!
But, I was not well informed. Today I am not so proud. I did not expect books to lie. As per most textbooks, content can be controlled by the writer, publishers, instructors and of course, corporations who must appear admirable, trust worthy, competent and deserving of huge profits. Universities are often recipients of funding to ensure corporations continue to profit For example, how many of you in your early years, read about the horrible treatment of the First Nations people and the inhumane treatment of internees in Canada, which we are still learning about now.
Why was it hidden?
Because it was shameful! This accounting in Engler's book of Canada's atrocities was painful to read. And, it never got easier to read those pages. It is incredible to find that the "peace-keeping role" of our nation we were so proud of, really has a double meaning.
Tagged as Brazil , Canadian foreign policy , democracy , foreign intervention. This "Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy" is a collection of historical "examples exposing Canada's role in various regions of the world as well as in international organizations. This book was an invaluable resource for any student of Canadian foreign policy. Canada's deplorable role in Haiti, Syria and Cyprus are only a few examples. As Anthony Fenton has demonstrated on Twitter, Saudi backed forces have been using Canadian-made rifles and armoured vehicles in Yemen.
He proceeds to expose the myth of Canadian peace keepers with shocking but substantiated facts of Canada's complicity. Canada's deplorable role in Haiti, Syria and Cyprus are only a few examples. It is obvious that our strongest ties are with the USA at present. What questionable agreements are we honouring with them to date? Double talk was used when granting funds and making agreements with various countries. How do we separate truth from propaganda? How has this farce contributed to our economic policies? The answer is this. Our nation is helping to keep the 3rd world from progressing.
Millions of taxpayers' money is being spent annually; we do not receive an honest accounting. We now realize that oppression all over the world is mostly due to greed. Yves Engler needs to be commended for his research and activism. He tries "to inspire Canadians to demand change. In the last 8 years has anyhing changed? Was a bill ever passed to change the law? Alas, we may have to do some research ourselves Jul 02, Peter Zylstramoore rated it it was amazing Shelves: Contrary to popular perception, Canadian politics and it's foreign policy works is motivated by its support for first the British and now American empires and it's self-interest in extracting as much surplus from developing countries through it business and financial sector irregardless of democratic and social costs.
Canadian politics is dependant on funding, and therefor is beholden to the class interests of the business especially the resource sector and financial sectors and rich individu Contrary to popular perception, Canadian politics and it's foreign policy works is motivated by its support for first the British and now American empires and it's self-interest in extracting as much surplus from developing countries through it business and financial sector irregardless of democratic and social costs. Canadian politics is dependant on funding, and therefor is beholden to the class interests of the business especially the resource sector and financial sectors and rich individual donors who generally made their considerable wealth through business or finance.
Though Canada is careful to nurture it's image as independent and critical of the US and as peaceable with media complicity given its dependence on funding through the same sources , Englers book systematically looks at Canadian foreign policy all over the world over the last years, revealing a far different picture. It uncovers Canada's quiet involvement in the Vietnam war as well as in the current Iraq war, it's involvement in ousting Congo's first democratically elected president Patrice Lumumba, and it's involvement in ousting the elected Haitian president, Jean-Baptiste Aristide, etc.
A thorough and systemic look at our ugly history. Feb 01, Luke Sayese rated it it was ok.
First off, I am very sympathetic with Engler's message and thesis, but I'm not very fond of his execution and organization. In short, Engler argues that Canadian foreign policy has been pro-empire and primarily serves corporate interests at the cost of humanitarianism and democracy abroad. There are a lot of details in this book, which is both a strength and a weakness. For example, when he's discussing Canadian foreign policy in one country he'll discuss foreign policy history since the s t First off, I am very sympathetic with Engler's message and thesis, but I'm not very fond of his execution and organization.
For example, when he's discussing Canadian foreign policy in one country he'll discuss foreign policy history since the s then he'll give lists of names and connections of all the various banks, investments, contractors, and mining companies all in a span of about pages on average. These details wouldn't have been so bad if there was some clearer organization. Sometimes he goes off topic, for example when he's discussing La Francophonie in Africa he switches to Haiti then back to Africa why not include that section on Haiti in the Haiti section?
That being said, he has done some fine work about the extent of the damage that many Canadian mining companies have done to other countries, especially in Latin America. I would recommend this book on the basis that there has not been enough books available that are highly critical of Canadian foreign policy. Nov 18, Jordan McPeek rated it liked it Shelves: When Allende won the next election Canadian assistance disappeared.
Export Development Canada EDC also refused to finance Canadian exports to Chile, which contributed to a reduction in trade between the two countries.
But suspending bilateral assistance and export insurance was not enough. After he won office in Allende invited Pierre Trudeau to visit Santiago. Diplomatic support for Pinochet led to economic assistance. The federal government was surprised at the scope of the opposition, which curtailed some support for the junta.
But, they continued to support the dictatorship directly responsible for the refugee problem. Strange how some people think Canada is a colony, a victim of U. Dating to the s, Canadian banks had become major players in the English Caribbean colonies and US-dominated Cuba by the early s. National US banks were forbidden from establishing foreign branches until The Bank of Montreal has operated in the Caribbean since the late s. It was tied to British rule there and in Africa.
According to James L. With operations spanning the globe, Canadian banks are major international players. Foreigners have protested Canadian banks for at least a century. The dominant left nationalist political economy perspective frames Canada as a victim of international capitalism. Canadian Political Economy after Left Nationalism. Canadian banks have amassed significant wealth through their domestic operations and relationship to the profits generated from Tim Hortons workers, Inuit resources, oil extraction, etc.
People on the left should tell it like it is: Canada is an imperial power, our ruling class profits greatly from the exploitation of poorer countries. Tagged as capitalism , imperialism , left nationalism. Governments, like gardeners, reap what they sow. We slavishly back the odious Saudi regime and they freak over an innocuous tweet. Rather than oppose this humanitarian calamity, Ottawa armed the Saudis and openly aligned itself with Riyadh. Some of the Saudi pilots bombing Yemen were likely trained in Alberta and Saskatchewan. As Anthony Fenton has demonstrated on Twitter, Saudi backed forces have been using Canadian-made rifles and armoured vehicles in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia purchased Canadian-made Streit Group armoured vehicles for its war, which have been videoed targeting Yemeni civilians. Over a decade and a half, General Dynamics Land Systems Canada is to provide upwards of a thousand vehicles equipped with machine guns and medium or high calibre weapons. The largest arms export contract in Canadian history, it includes maintaining the vehicles and training Saudi forces to use the LAVs. The acquisition of these next-generation vehicles will help in those efforts, which are compatible with Canadian defence interests.
Canada is a major arms exporter to the GCC monarchies. Canadian companies and officials sold weapons to monarchies that armed anti-government forces in Syria. It provided aid to groups opposed to Assad and supported US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian military base in April. The Trudeau government continued to criticize Iran for their human rights abuses while regularly ignoring more flagrant rights violations by the rulers of Saudi Arabia. In the fall of , Canada again led the effort to have the United Nations General Assembly single Iran out for human rights violations.
But the Saudis are betting Canada backs down. One of the most misogynistic and repressive countries in the world, the Saudi royal family uses its immense wealth to promote reactionary social forces in the Middle East and elsewhere. The Saudi monarchy may be the worst regime in the world. The US, of course, is responsible for far more violence but it is relatively free domestically. Standing up to a wealthy international bully could be exactly what the party needs to be re-elected. But to win the big pots a poker player must be willing to gamble. Another Liberal broken promise. Before becoming prime minister, Justin Trudeau promised to re-engage with Iran.
His government has failed to do so and is beginning to echo the warmongers in Washington and Tel Aviv. Numerous Canadian sanctions targeting Iran remain and Ottawa continues to present a yearly UN resolution critical of the human rights situation in Iran. Now, Washington is threatening to sanction any country that buys Iranian oil. Demonstrating once again the hypocrisy of US complaints about other countries interfering in its elections. Harper also spoke at an event led by the Mujahedin-e Khalq, a cultish group that was previously deemed to be a terrorist organization.
In April Trump appointed John Bolton as his national security advisor. By breaking his promise to restart diplomatic relations with Iran Trudeau has enabled US-Israeli hawks.