Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Black Book on Canadian Foreign Policy - Book Launch

The Toronto Haiti Action Committee,
Students in Solidarity with Haiti,
Venezuela We are With You and
Latin American Solidarity Present:


When: Thursday, May 7, 7pm
Where: Bahen Centre (40 St. George Street at University of Toronto) Room 1130

Presentation and book signing with author Yves Engler
Introductory Remarks by Rick Salutin

Yves Engler's The Black Book on Canadian Foreign Policy is the first serious critical overview of Canadian foreign policy and will challenge popular mythology of Canada as the peacekeeper and honest broker on the world stage.

Early Reviews:

We bear responsibility for what governments do in the world, primarily our own, but secondarily those we can influence, our allies in particular. Yves Engler's penetrating inquiry yields a rich trove of valuable evidence about Canada's role in the world, and poses a challenge for citizens who are willing to take their fundamental responsibilities seriously. - Noam Chomsky

Engler has done for Canadian foreign policy what I tried to do for United States foreign policy in my book "Killing Hope" -- cover each region of the world, showing how "peaceful, benevolent, altruistic Canada" has, on numerous occasions, served as an integral part of Western imperialism, particularly the American version, helping to keep the Third World down and in its place. From Vietnam to Haiti, Canada has served the political and economic demands of US foreign policy and the multinational corporations. The picture that emerges is not the image of Canada the world has long admired. - William Blum

Yves Engler is a Montreal area activist, author and independent journalist. He is the author of two previous books: Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority (with Anthony Fenton) and Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical.

Rick Salutin is an award winning Canadian novelist, playwright, critic and widely read columnist for the Globe and Mail.

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