UVic Harry Hickman Bldg 105
free admission to book launch:
A PROPAGANDA SYSTEM
How Canada's Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation
Engler's latest book reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation. He details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada's foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers.
A Propaganda System traces the long history of government information control during war, including formal censorship, as well as extreme media bias on topics ranging from Haiti to Palestine, investment agreements to the mining industry. The book also details the corporate elite's funding for university programs and think tanks.
Written for ordinary Canadians interested in the structures impeding understanding of this country's role in the world, the book should be of interest to journalists curious about the institutions seeking to 'spin' them, development workers dependent on government funds and academics interested in the foreign-policy establishment's influence on campus.
Organized by the Victoria Peace Coalition
with help from co-sponsors:
UVic Social Justice Studies
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Victoria Friends of Cuba
Central American Support Committee
Women in Black
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Council of Canadians (Victoria Chapter)
Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network
Mining Justice Action Committee
Camosun Human Rights and International Solidarity