By Yves Engler
A sweeping critique of Canada’s leading Minister Stephen Harper’s international coverage, this booklet examines his position in backing brutal dictatorships and chickening out Canadian aid for renowned democratic events within the center East. The e-book additionally discusses Canada’s huge army crusade in Libya, competition to social transformation in Latin the United States, and help for a right-wing Israeli executive. With a watch to Canada’s becoming overseas isolation, it's a needs to learn should you are wanting alterations in Canada’s international coverage.
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