McGill University Should Withdraw Its Honorary Doctorate To Hillel Neuer

Following his recent appearance on the far-right Rebel Media, during which he vilified Justin Trudeau’s government for showing a modicum of compassion to Palestinian refugees, Hillel Neuer of UN Watch has launched a mendacious attack on me and Professor Michael Lynk.

Professor Lynk is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). He has meticulously documented Israel’s severe human rights abuses in the OPT, and has therefore drawn the ire of the relentlessly pro-Israel UN Watch.

Apparently, Neuer’s prodigious ego remains bruised after this past summer’s convocation at McGill University. For reasons that no one in the Palestinian solidarity movement can fathom, McGill University decided earlier this year to confer an honorary doctorate on this shameless apologist for Israeli apartheid. In protest, I and two other Palestinian solidarity activists, Yves Engler and Paul Tetrault, disrupted Neuer’s acceptance speech during McGill’s convocation:


Now, Neuer and UN Watch, the pro-Israel propaganda organ that Neuer leads, are calling for Professor Lynk to denounce me after Professor Lynk and I shared a stage at a recent Symposium on Israel/Palestinein Winnipeg.

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Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Row Obscures Canada’s Support for the Deadly War on Yemen

For The Real News, I speak to Canadian journalist and doctoral student, Anthony Fenton, about the reality of Saudi – Canada relations.

Despite all the bluster being directed by the Saudi autocracy at the Trudeau government, Canada’s government remains, and has long been, an enthusiastic supporter of Saudi Arabia’s monstrous war on Yemen.

My conversation with Anthony can be seen and heard here:

Major Banks Ramp Up Extreme Fossil Fuel Financing Despite Climate Crisis

For The Real News, I speak to Alison Kirsch of the Rainforest Action Network about a new report which shows that financing for extreme fossil fuels like the tar sands increased in 2017.

As Alison explains, the principal villains are Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and JP Morgan.

My interview of Alison can be seen here:

Is Trudeau ready for a Middle East war?

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The world is now at the mercy of a coalition of three of the most dangerous autocrats on the planet:  Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s new absolute ruler Mohammad bin Salman, a name that will become increasingly familiar as the months go by. These three “leaders” are now collaborating in an incredibly reckless plan to permanently reshape the Middle East.

The final outcome will unfold no matter what Canada does. But unless the government of Justin Trudeau gets a grip on reality, Canada will be drawn into this potential catastrophe by virtue of foreign policy positions it has already taken. Geopolitics is getting incredibly complex and there is little evidence that the Liberal government has a clue how to navigate through the dangers. The problem is that despite all the hype about “being back”, Canada’s foreign policy under Trudeau and minister of foreign affairs Chrystia Freeland is still…

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Who Funds the World’s Dirtiest Energy Projects?

For the Real News, I speak to Alison Kirsch of the Rainforest Action Network about a new report revealing that financing for tar sands projects has surged in 2017. With each passing day, we move closer to climate chaos. Many of the West’s major financial institutions seem determined to hasten our demise. As Alison explains, in Canada the leading financiers of the planet’s destruction are the Toronto-Dominion Bank and Royal Bank of Canada.

My interview of Alison can be seen here:

Exxon Climate Change Cover Up: What Did Exxon and CEO Rex Tillerson Know and What Did They Do About It?

This week, a New York state appeals court upheld a subpoena issued to Exxon’s auditors by the New York State attorney-general in his investigation of Exxon’s climate change cover-up. On The Real News, I discuss this important development with David Hasemyer, one of the award-winning investigative journalists who originally broke the story of Exxon’s suppression of the science of climate change. The interview can be seen here: