Why Canada Should Leave NATO

Yves Engler NATO is a bad influence. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization strengthens the worst tendencies of our political culture. Ricochet recently reported on internal government documents regarding a discussion about selling sensors for armed drones to Turkey. Last spring the Trudeau government approved an exemption to an arms export ban to Turkey, allowing Ontario-based L3Harris Wescam…

Canadian Economist Dispels 4 Myths About Socialism

Steve Lalla The Cuban interior ministry building in Havana’s Revolution Square,Havana. “The word ‘socialism’ sounds very scary to many people,” said Canadian political economist Radhika Desai in a recent interview. “Because of the propaganda against the idea of socialism, we’ve been made to fear socialism,” she added. Desai is a professor with the Department of…

Racial Capitalism and the Betrayal of Haiti

Yves Engler The richest Haitians Domination by multinational corporations and “light skinned” local capitalists — that’s the story of Haiti as illustrated by one recent event. The day after his already paper-thin constitutional legitimacy completely eroded Jovenel Moïse gave significant amounts of Haitian land to a light skinned oligarch working with Coca-Cola. According to most…

Labor and Repression: Contradictions Persist in the Global Labor Struggle

Nicholas Ayala Lenin recognized that at his time, imperialism was being pursued by social democrats, reformers, and progressives. Imperialism “emerged from the domestic tract of the Western trade union movement.” The social imperialists in the rich countries believed that Western workers would have to advance first and then they could lead the rest of the…

Fighting the Extreme Right, Building the Left

André Frappier Masked Proud Boys at a protest in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo by Anthony Crider/Flickr This article is a response to “Banning the Proud Boys—be careful what you ask for” by John Clarke, published in Canadian Dimension on January 16, 2021. The federal government’s addition of the far-right group the Proud Boys to the…

Zionism’s Shrewd Manipulation of African Movements

Ahjamu Umi The conscious African activist community is reacting today to the announcement that Alicia Garza – one of the original spokespersons for the rising Black Lives Matter movement in 2014 – has accepted an invitation to speak at a so-called “Jewish Values International Awards dinner during February of 2021.  To the untrained eye, it’s…

Canada: Controversial Legislation Targets Environmental, Indigenous Activists

Brendan Devlin A man waves a Mohawk Warrior flag on the Pat Bay Highway during a blockade in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, February 2020. Photo by Wolf Depner/Black Press Media. Critical infrastructure protection: Dangerous politics in Manitoba, Alberta and beyond At the close of last year’s fall legislative session, Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government introduced…

Haiti: Black Despots and White Rulers

Jemima Pierre The horror story in Haiti since 2004 is not really about despotic Black government, but is the consequence and crime of global white rule. “Moïse is the product of a broader system blocking Haiti’s democratic path and sovereignty, a system that is built and maintained by the white rulers of the world.” The…

Anniversary of African Genocide in Libya

Editorial Comment: The following article was published in February, 2019. Libya remains in turmoil today as NATO nations compete for the spoils of war and the people languish as hopes for healing, peace and justice are unrealized. A.V. Julian Lahai Samboma Men carry coffins during the burial of more than two dozen people after an…