Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation by Yves Engler

By Yves Engler

Yves Engler maintains his groundbreaking analyses of earlier and current Canadian international coverage. the writer of The Black booklet of Canadian international coverage, and different works that problem the parable of Canadian benevolence, records Canadian involvement within the transatlantic slave alternate, the scramble for Africa and ecu colonialism. The ebook unearths Ottawa s competition to anticolonial struggles, its help for apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin s coup, and its function in ousting independence leaders Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah.

Based on an exhaustive examine the general public checklist in addition to on-the-ground study, Canada in Africa indicates how the government pressed African nations to stick to neoliberal fiscal prescriptions and sheds mild on Canada s half within the violence that has engulfed Somalia, Rwanda and the Congo, in addition to how Canada s indifference to weather switch capability a loss of life sentence to ever-growing numbers of Africans.

one of many nice myths of Canadian heritage is that the state has basically been priceless to Africa and individuals of Black/African background, even if serving as a shelter for fugitive slaves within the nineteenth century or denouncing South African apartheid within the twentieth. Yves Engler writes with majestic readability and daunting command concerning the truths of Canada s family to Africa and Africans, from the slavery carried out colonially, from higher Canada to Nouvelle-France to Nova Scotia, to the pollutants of lands and impoverishment of peoples wrought by means of Canuck mining pursuits in Africa this day. watch out! This e-book is provoking, for it argues with really damning facts that Canada has been as a lot an imperialist abuser of human rights as have the ecu (and American) empires we so righteously hypocritically condemn. Engler has to be learn via every body who wishes fact in political technological know-how and Humanitarianism in modern international coverage. George Elliott Clarke, Ph.D., E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature college of Toronto, writer of instructions domestic: methods to African-Canadian Literature.

Canada in Africa reminds us that the draining of African blood via slavery and bare imperialism maintains this day throughout the draining of her assets. Yves Engler offers us a haunting chronicle of the bloodletting, destabilization and pillaging of Africa via brokers and governments of Canada. this could be required examining for each human with a sense of right and wrong and all those who wish to sign up for the forces struggling with for switch. Nnimmo Bassey, winner of the perfect Livelihood Award ( replacement Nobel Prize ) and writer of To cook dinner a Continent: harmful Extraction and the weather drawback in Africa."

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69 In 1887 Stairs joined the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, which was ostensibly designed to “rescue” the British-backed governor of Equatoria, the southern part of today’s South Sudan. An appointment of General Charles Gordon, the Emin Pasha was thought to be threatened by the “Mahdist” forces that displaced the British from Khartoum in 1885. The aforementioned Scottish merchant, William MacKinnon, asked famed American “explorer” Henry Morton Stanley to lead a relief effort. 71 At the time of the expedition King Leopold II, for whom he had helped carve out the “Congo Free State”, employed Stanley.

These Christian activists sometimes worked alongside Canadian colonial officials. Hundreds of Canadians administered British colonies, even rising to become governor in Ghana, Northern Nigeria and Kenya. Throughout the various stages of the colonial project, Canada provided political, military, economic and moral support. As independence struggles grew, Ottawa opposed or abstained on many anticolonial resolutions at the UN and repeatedly called for independence movements to be patient. Canadian officials regularly condemned liberation movements for engaging in armed struggle and despite delivering (free of charge) weaponry to the colonial powers, Ottawa never sold, let alone gave, arms to anticolonial movements.

26 The fish was often of such poor quality it induced illness. 30 (A century later Newfoundland’s cod industry once again shaped West African history. In 1904 France renounced fishing privileges in Newfoundland, which included the right to dry cod on land, for British territorial concessions in West and Central Africa. 33 In Halifax: Warden of the North, Thomas Raddall recalls the impact of slavery’s end on the Atlantic provinces: “It is strange to reflect that the abolition of Negro slavery in parts of the Caribbes had changed the lives of a province of free whites two thousand miles to the north.

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