Is Canada’s ‘Left’ Marching To The Beat of America’s Imperial Drum?

For the Real News Network, I speak to Canadian author and activist Yves Engler about his new book, “Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada.”

As Yves explains, the leadership of the NDP and other establishment figures of Canada’s ‘left’ have a lengthy history of vigorous support for Western imperialism.

A case in point is the NDP leadership’s attitude toward Israel and Russia: the NDP’s foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdiere has called on the Canadian government to impose harsher sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea, but at the NDP’s most recent convention, Ms. Laverdiere was opposed to holding a debate on a resolution calling for modest sanctions on Israel, which has annexed the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem in flagrant violation of international law.

The first part of my two-part discussion with Yves can be seen here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/is-canadas-left-marching-to-the-beat-of-americas-imperial-drum-1-2?fbclid=IwAR0AbNdjzt_ZBB-rjBxEU1V6_n6RTBsfukLKHjfCWuQjgfGN9mImQx8Yxp4

 

Outrage In Canada After Militarized RCMP Arrest 14 Wet’Suwet’en Land Defenders on Sovereign Indigenous Land

After militarized RCMP officers arrested 14 land defenders on the sovereign territory of the Wet’Suwet’en people, solidarity protests erupted across Canada.

For The Real News, I attended one of those protests, which took place on January 8, 2019 in front of the riding office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal.

This is my report on the Montreal protest and the public’s reaction to the arrests:

https://therealnews.com/stories/outrage-in-canada-after-militarized-rcmp-arrest-14-wetsuweten-land-defenders-on-sovereign-indigenous-land?fbclid=IwAR0Kx4UDOQxoaxF0WstoNyJDSrOcTF6lr-syxT0oBa4O7z5fjWI1NxnhrtY.

Greek Court Acquits 21 Environmental Defenders in Eldorado Gold Trial

In October 2018, I attended the opening of a criminal trial in Thessaloniki Greece against 21 environmental defenders who had resisted the open-pit gold mine of Canadian miner Eldorado Gold.

The Eldorado Gold mine is situated in a pristine forest in Chalkidiki in northern Greece.

The 21 defendants were accused of a range of serious criminal offences in connection with an arson attack at the mine.

Last month, the Greek court handed down a verdict and acquitted all defendants.

In this report, I speak to Maria Kadoglou of Mining Watch Greece about the acquittals and the Greek state’s ongoing efforts to suppress resistance to the mine.

My discussion with Maria can be seen and listened to here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/greek-court-acquits-21-environmental-defenders-in-eldorado-gold-trial

What Can Humanity Learn From The Great Law Of Peace (Part 2)

This is the second part of my discussion about the Great Law of Peace with Stuart Myiow, Wolf Clan Representative of the Mohawk Traditional Council.

In this part, Stuart explain that Western ‘democracies’ wrongly prioritize individual rights over the rights of the collective, and that, if humanity is to avoid a climate catastrophe, it will be essential that we learn from the Great Law of Peace and that we begin to prioritize the collective interests over individual interests.

My discussion with Stuart can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/what-can-humanity-learn-from-the-great-law-of-peace-2-2.

Can Canada’s Tar Sands Industry Be Profitable Without Government Handouts?

During the recently concluded United Nations 24th Climate Change Conference (COP24), the environmental organizations Stand.earth and Environmental Defense issued a report criticizing the Canadian government’s climate change policies and the role that the fossil fuels industry has played in ensuring that Canada’s government take weak action to address the climate crisis.

Among other things, the report concluded that, due in no small part to the relentless lobbying of the fossil fuels industry, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target is grossly inadequate to avoid a climate catastrophe.

For The Real News, I spoke to Stand.earth Executive Director Todd Paglia about the report. As Todd explains, Canada’s federal and provincial governments are spending billions of taxpayer dollars to prop of the dying tar sands industry at a time when we should be rapidly phasing out the tar sands in order to preserve the livability of our planet.

My discussion with Todd can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/can-canadas-tar-sands-industry-be-profitable-without-government-subsidies.