This week we explore the possibility of US partnership rather than dominance, look in on Civil Society testimony before the Foreign Affairs Committee and consider how we can stop a shocking new CBC management initiative to disguise “paid content” – advertising – as news.
We examine the corrupting influence of an out-of-control “military-industrial complex” in America and troubling signs of the same mechanism at work in Canada, undercutting our diplomatic efforts abroad.
Today’s blog examines the UN’s explicit call for Canada, Iran and others to cease fueling the deadly Yemeni conflict through arms transfers. Then we examine shocking DND plans to potentially partner with Israel in the production of armed drones even as that country is using these weapons for manifestly illegal purposes.
Canada’s rationalizations for continued arms exports to Saudi Arabia fly in the face of UN Expert Reports, evidence from Canadian and international NGOs working in Yemen and the far more restrictive practices by most of our western allies.
Canada’s welcome initiative to build international support for a global ceasefire lacks credibility so long as we keep fanning the flames of conflict in Yemen through our continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Resumption of the Liberal minority Parliament on 27 January offers a golden opportunity for the Prime Minister and his government to build a progressive coalition in favour of tougher gun regulations, resumption of diplomatic relations with Iran and an export control policy that strengthens human rights and international law.