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Imperial Abduction: The Globalization of Residential Schooling

August 29, 2014 by


The following is an extract from my chapter, “Imperial Abduction Lore and Humanitarian Seduction,” which serves as the introduction to Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 1-34: In Canada, there have been official government apologies for the abuses committed during the residential schooling era (which lasted until 1996), […]

Targeting Lev Tahor, from Israel to Canada

April 26, 2014 by


We Will Hunt You Down Philippe Couillard, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and recently elected Premier of Quebec, was supposedly criticizing the soon to be defeated Parti Québécois‘ proposed Quebec Charter of Values (official website, legislation, brochure, poster), part of a xenophobic campaign to undertake the ethnic cleansing of all public services of minorities […]

Encircling Empire: Report #22—Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights, and Ice Cream

June 25, 2013 by


Freedom, democracy, and human rights–concepts deployed by the officialdom and corporate media of American Empire as if they were to be understood as singular and universal, with the U.S. cast as the zenith of achievement on these fronts, are concepts that heavily mark many of the unfolding events that have transpired since the last report. […]

Getting It Right: Hugo Chávez and the “Arab Spring”

April 14, 2013 by


Some opening vignettes might set the right tone for properly appreciating the question of “who was right” about the so-called Arab Spring. (The notion of there having been an “Arab Spring,” a term first coined by U.S. neoconservatives such as Charles Krauthammer back in 2005, is one that has been subject to radically diverse interpretations, […]

A War for Human Rights?

December 31, 2012 by


Originally published by The Political Bouillon on December 8, 2012. Republished on Global Research as Destroying Libya: A War for “Human Rights”? Adapted, translated and republished  on Tiempos de furia as ¿Qué pasó en Libia? SOS por un país arrasado The war in Libya never happened. At least that is what one might think, considering the dearth of serious analysis […]

Complying with “Counter-Terrorism”: State Securitization of Canadian Academia (part 3)

July 23, 2012 by


(Part 1) (Part 2) Complying with “Counter-Terrorism,” Practicing Domestic Counterinsurgency Canada has a very long history of practicing various forms of counterinsurgency (military, political, and even religious), first against Indigenous Peoples, then against the citizens of other nations such as Afghanistan, and now against its own citizens at home. The place that inspired Apartheid, has […]

Complying with “Counter-Terrorism”: State Securitization of Canadian Academia (part 2)

July 23, 2012 by

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(Part 1) Taking Hostages: Research Funding to “Prevent Terrorism” Earlier this year, on January 25, 2012, Canada’s rather infamous and unpopular Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, announced the first call for proposals for the Kanishka Project, “a multi-year investment in terrorism-focused research by the Government of Canada”. (It’s somehow both chilling and comical: that […]

Complying with “Counter-Terrorism”: State Securitization of Canadian Academia (part 1)

July 23, 2012 by


Insidious Security Recently I was contacted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), to serve as a peer reviewer for research grant proposals submitted under the new “Connection Program”. Having publicly criticized the structure and uneven geographical and institutional distribution of SSHRC funding in the past (see [1], [2], [3], [4]), […]


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