Michael Bueckert is Vice President at Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME).
He has a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy from Carleton University in Ottawa. His dissertation explored the Canadian opposition to boycott movements, and this research involved travel to Palestine and South Africa.
He is co-editor of Advocating for Palestine in Canada (Fernwood Publishing, 2022), has published in Radical History Review and Studies in Political Economy, and has written for publications including Africa Is A Country, Jacobin, and Briarpatch. His research has been cited by the Washington Post, Buzzfeed News, CBC Ottawa, the South African Broadcast Corporation, the Electronic Intifada, +972 Magazine, and Mondoweiss.
Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology with a Specialization in Political Economy (2020)
Carleton University, Ottawa ON
Master of Arts, Political Economy (2013)
Carleton University, Ottawa ON
Bachelor of Arts, International Development Studies (2010)
Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg MB
Advocating for Palestine in Canada: Histories, Movements, Action, co-edited by Emily Emily Regan Wills, Jeremy Wildeman, Michael Bueckert and Nadia Abu-Zahra. Published by Fernwood Publishing in 2022. Available in the US from Columbia University Press.
Academic journal articles
Bueckert, M. (2019). Boycotts and Revolution: Debating the Legitimacy of the African National Congress in the Canadian Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1969-1994. Radical History Review, 134, 96-115. Special issue: "The Politics of Boycotts." https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-7323420
Bueckert, M. (2015). CIDA and the Capitalist State: Shifting Structures of Representation under the Harper Government. Studies in Political Economy, 96, 3-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/19187033.2015.11674935
Bueckert, M. (2022). Singled Out: South Africa, Israel and Accusations of Unfair Criticism. In E. Wills, J. Wildeman, M. Bueckert & N. Abu-Zahra (Eds.), Advocating for Palestine in Canada: Histories, Movements, Action. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood Publishing.
Bueckert, M. (2016). Solidarity With Whom? Occupy Wall Street and Responsibility to the Other(s). In W. Carroll & K. Sarker (Eds.), A World to Win: Contemporary Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony (pp. 327-341). Winnipeg, MB: ARP Books.
Canadian Anti-Apartheid Oral Histories Project
The Canadian Anti-Apartheid Oral Histories Project consists of interviews with activists, aid workers, diplomats, and politicians, who volunteered to discuss their personal experiences as part of the anti-apartheid movement in Canada.
The project was produced in association with the 3rd Annual Institute of African Studies Conference & Festschrift in honour of Linda Freeman, "Solidarity and Shifting Patterns of Hegemony in Southern Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives," which was held on March 1st and 2nd, 2018, at Carleton University.
"Amnesty report on Israeli apartheid demands debate on Canada's role," Canadian Dimension, February 2, 2022
"Canada has become a rogue state on Israeli apartheid," Passage, June 30, 2021
"Did Canada’s former governor general have closer ties to apartheid South Africa than previously reported?" Canadian Dimension, February 1, 2021
"Yes, the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is intended to censor political expression," Canadian Dimension, January 31, 2020
"Canadians Overwhelmingly Want Israel Investigated For War Crimes," Passage, September 28, 2020
"Canada is wrong to welcome the UAE-Israel deal," Canadian Dimension, September 9, 2020
"Trudeau's response to Israeli annexation is already failing," Ricochet, June 22, 2020
"Jagmeet Singh must support the right to boycott Israel," Passage, February 20, 2020
"Linda Ronstadt is still playing Sun City," Africa is a Country, January 29, 2020.
"When is it antisemitic to criticize Israel?" Africa is a Country, March 26, 2019.
"The war on boycotts," Briarpatch Magazine, January/February 2019.
"The post Trump fortunes of South Africa's white nationalists," Africa is a Country, September 10, 2018.
"Flight of the Boers," Africa is a Country, May 29, 2018.
"No platform for Apartheid," Africa Is A Country, April 3, 2018.
"Searching for white genocide in South Africa," Africa Is A Country, February 26, 2018.
"Paul Kagame and Benjamin Netanyahu are enablers of each other's worst behavior," Africa Is A Country, February 6, 2018.
"Verwoerd in Jerusalem," Africa Is A Country, December 8, 2017.
"Release the Trolls," Jacobin Magazine, July 18, 2017.
"Centre-right student associations are hiring bogus, expensive audit firms and then firing unionized workers," Rabble.ca, April 21, 2017.
“Choice and Capitalism: Lessons from Ecological Marxism,” Geez Magazine, Issue 27, Fall 2012.
Select media coverage and interviews
+972 Magazine, Mission failed: How Israel's anti-BDS app went belly-up, Natasha Roth-Rowland (25 April 2022)
Jerusalem Post, Wine from settlement at VP Harris’s Seder sparks political controversy, Tovah Lazaroff, (17 April 2022)
CTV News Montreal, 'It's absurd': Debate over cancelled performance by Russian pian prodigy in Montreal, Selena Ross (10 March 2022)
Middle East Eye, Israel-Palestine: How social media was used and abused, Rayhan Uddin (21 May 2021)
Yahoo News, 'Very disappointed with Canada's response': Palestine-Israel turmoil exposes Canada's 'empty both sides approach,' expert says, Sakeina Syed, (18 May 2021)
Radio Canada International, Canadian NGO calls on Ottawa to cancel purchase of Israeli drone, Levon Sevunts (16 February 16 2021)
Canadian Press, NDP MP’s post on Israeli vaccinations in West Bank sparks social media dust-up, (4 January 2021)
Mondoweiss, "When Israel's military begins to attack, so does its army of online trolls" by Michael Arria (15 November 2019)
Press Progress, "Conservative Witness for Online Hate Hearing was a Recent Guest on a White Nationalist YouTube Channel" (3 June 2019)
Ricochet, "Ottawa defamation lawsuit latest flashpoint in campus 'free speech' battles" by Kevin Metcalf (27 March 2019).
Ottawa Citizen, "Analysis: Province cuts tuition by 10 per cent, but lets college and universities figure out how to pay for it" by Joanne Laucius & Vito Pilieci (17 January 2019).
Middle East Eye, "Pro-Israel activists seek to 'manipulate' online response to Gaza violence" by Areeb Ullah (13 November 2018).
CBC, Interview: "'White Genocide' in South Africa," CBC Ottawa, All in a Day (12 November 2018).
Buzzfeed News, "How an App Funded by Sheldon Adelson is Covertly Influencing the Online Conversation About Israel" by Ishmael Daro (20 September 2018).
Washington Post, "Trump's racist coda to a terrible week" by Ishaan Tharoor (24 August 2018).
SABC News, Interview: "Trumps Tweet Causes a Stir," South African Broadcasting Corporation (23 August 2018).
Media Matters, "With Trump’s South Africa tweet, Tucker Carlson has turned a white nationalist narrative into White House policy" by Christina Lopez and Talia Lavin (23 August 2018).
Right Wing Watch, "Tucker Carlson Injected White Nationalist Propaganda into the President’s Brain" by Jared Holt (23 August 2018).
Electronic Intifada, "How Israel Promotes the Cyberbullying of US Students" by Nora Barrows-Friedman (9 May 2018).
Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) - "2018 NDP Convention - Peter Van Dusen Recaps Day 1" [Interview starts at 16:30] (16 February 2018).
Toronto Star, "NDP addresses harassment policy, 'precarious' finances as national convention begins in Ottawa" by Alex Ballingall (16 February 2018).
Ottawa Citizen, “Carleton groups file no-confidence motions against board” by Aidan Cox (19 April 2016).
Ottawa Citizen, “Top bureaucrat’s past comments on ‘brownshirts’ spur protest” by Mark Kennedy (25 January 2016).
CBC News, “Carleton University student, staff groups demand governance changes: ‘We saw this as an attack,’ says student representative about proposed changes to board of Governors” by Elyse Skura (4 December 2015).
The Mondoweiss Podcast, “The changing role of Palestine in Canadian politics” (September 9, 2021)
49th Parahell, “Series Finale (with Karen Geier, Nora Loreto, Sam Knight and Michael Bueckert” (August 13, 2021)
Talking Radical Radio, “The many forms of solidarity with the Palestinian people” (June 29, 2021)
LB Podcast, "To the NDP, With Love," (5 February 2021)
Harbinger Society Presents, "(UNLOCKED) Foreign Policy Failures: Canada in the Middle East," (11 Dec 2020)
Sh!tpost, "UNLOCKED: People's Party of Canada ft/ Michael Bueckert" (14 Oct 2019)
DOOMED with Matt Binder, "76: Canada's Far Right, Maxime Bernier, and Dave Rubin Comes to Town (w/ Michael Bueckert)" (29 September 2019)
Electronic Intifada Podcast, "Episode 7: Behind Israel's troll army" (5 July 2019)
Qanon Anonymous, "Episode 44: Redpilling feat Christian Picciolini & Michael Bueckert)" (16 June 2019)
49th Parahell, "Episode 26: Fordpocalypse II -- Assault on Academia (with Michael Bueckert)" (19 January 2019)
QAnon Anonymous, "Episode 21: Shadowban Warrior feat Hasan Piker of The Young Turks & Michael Bueckert" (23 December 2018)
Sh!tpost, "Episode 25: South Africa Is For... (8/27/18) ft/ Michael Bueckert" (28 August 2018)
49th Parahell, "Episode Nine: The Southern Strategy (with Michael Bueckert)" (24 August 2018)
49th Parahell, "Episode One: Fordpocalypse (with Michael Bueckert)" (15 June 2018)
Sh!tpost, "Episode 15: Internet Outrage Mobs (6/4/18) ft/ Charlie Warzel, Rob Rousseau & Michael Bueckert" (4 June 2018)
News You Can Use, "Episode 55: Meet The Old Free Speech Debate, Same As The New One (feat. @mbueckert)" (18 April 2018)