AUTHOR OF CANADA IN AFRICA: 300 YEARS OF AID AND EXPLOITATION ON CANADA’S ILLEGAL WARS, MINING EXPLOITATION AND DESTRUCTION, AND THE SELF-SERVING LIE OF CANADA’S GOOD-TWO-SHOES SELF-IMAGE
Yves Engler is the author of eight books exploring injustice, Canadian-style. His latest is Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation. The book explores Canadian and proto-Canadian involvement in the European holocaust against Africa, support for apartheid in South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup in Uganda, support for overthrowing independence leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Patrice Lumumba of Congo, and destructive corporate exploitation across the continent today.
Yves Engler will be speaking at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on October 1st at 7 pm in room 158 of the Education South building (113 Street + 87 Avenue). In advance his talk, he spoke with me by Skype from his home in Montreal on September 15, 2015. Our conversation covered numerous topics including:
- The exploitative and destructive role of Canada as a global mining superpower, especially across the African continent
- The appropriate role, from Engler’s perspective, of natural resource development
- The Canadian government’s manipulative domestic reasons to fund NGOs
- What mining would look like in Canada if foreigners did to us what our companies do to them
- Engler’s take on the “trade versus aid” debate, and
- The twin sinister purposes of what people call “foreign aid.”
To put foreign aid into context, here are political representatives of Canada’s most important political, economic, and military ally. As quoted by Carol Off in her book Bitter Chocolate....
US Senator Hubert Humphrey said: “I have heard that people may become dependent on us for food.... If you are looking for a way to get people to lean on you and to be dependent on you, in terms of their cooperation with you, it seems to me that food dependence would be terrific.”US President John Kennedy said, “Foreign aid is a method by which the United States maintains a position of influence and control around the world.”And US President Richard Nixon said, “Let us remember that the main purpose of aid is not to help other nations but to help ourselves.”
I’ll let Yves Engler explore how far from—or how close to—Canada is to those declarations of policy and morality.
We began by discussing the enormous political value of one Canada’s biggest lies about itself.
Readers: Turning The Tide BookstoreBookstores and academics: Fernwood PublishingBulk orders for activist fundraisers: yvesengler(at)
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- The truth about Canadian backing of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his role in the Rwandan genocide
- Canadian General Romeo D’Allaire’s connection to Kagame’s RPF or Rwandan Patriotic Front, and
- The illegal Canadian war of aggression to destroy Libya, in the face multiple attempts by the African Union to broker peace, and in explicit violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 + 1973.
To put Canada’s unprovoked, illegal war against Libya into context, we turn to the Ibrahim Index for African Governance (IIAG), the world's leading multi-tiered annual examination of quality of life across Africa's 55 countries, surveying Safety + Rule of Law, Human Development, Participation + Human Rights, and Sustainable Economic Opportunity. It’s based on 40,000 raw data points which are analysed by an international team of experts.
The 2011 report for 2010 results says, “Libya is ranked in the bottom half of the Index in 2010. [Like] Egypt and Tunisia, Libya shows [extreme] imbalance in performance between Human Development and Participation and Human Rights… [and] rank[s] in the top ten for Human Development and in the bottom three for Participation and Human Rights. Libya’s performances in Safety and Rule of Law and Sustainable Economic Opportunity are also weak in relation to Human Development.”
To be clear, the IIAG for 2010 ranked Libya as fifth from the top for Human Development and as number one in 2009.
The IIAG defines as Human Development as:
- Welfare Regime
- Social Protection and Labour
- Social Exclusion
- Welfare Services (Health and Education)
- Equity of Public Resource Use
- Access to Water
- Access to Sanitation
- Environmental Policy
- Environmental Sustainability
- Education Provision and Quality
- Ratio of Pupils to Teachers in Primary School
- Primary School Completion
- Progression to Secondary School
- Tertiary Enrolment
- Maternal Mortality
- Child Mortality
- Immunisation (Measles and DPT)
- Antiretroviral Treatment Provision
- Disease (Cholera, Malaria and TB)