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Two Canadians, Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, arrested in Egypt

Two Canadians, doctor Tarek Loubani and filmmaker John Greyson, were arrested by Egyptian police yesterday in Cairo. They were en route to the Gaza Strip, where they are working on an academic and medical collaboration between the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the main hospital in the Gaza Strip, the al-Shifa hospital.

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The Ossington Circle: Episode 3, Suzy Harris-Brandts on Architecture, Occupation, and Resistance

The Ossington Circle is an internet talk show hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. This week we have architectural researcher Suzy Harris-Brandts, who studied and worked with the Decolonizing Architecture group in the West Bank. We discuss the limitations of negotiations, design tactics under occupation, and the responsibility of architects. For an article by Suzy Harris-Brandts, see: http://arenaofspeculation.org/2013/01/21/political-agency-of-residual-landscapes/

A tribute to Trayvon, from Delhi

Trayvon Martin

You forgot your Biblical lessons,
Dear boy; God being Light, all
Good things are white;
And Satan being the prince
Of darkness, being born black
Is a hopeless mess.

Against such black vissicitudes
Was a just law found that said
To the white killer, “stand your ground.”

Only some sixty million of your forefathers
Were murdered in the slave trade;
Too many more are still left
To be made dead. Sinners are those
That think racism is bad.

Only when non-white trash gathers
Into a common cause is racism racism;
Zimmerman is merely God’s own prism.

The Zimmerman Verdict and MMA

Misinformation about martial arts seems to have played a role in the Zimmerman verdict. Because of the mass popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), there is an assumption that people know more about martial arts than they actually do.

When the defense asked Zimmerman's MMA (mixed martial arts) trainer to demonstrate the 'mount' position and the 'ground-and-pound', the defense's theory was based on two propositions.

The future of India's conflict zones: Q/A July 25, 2013 at Hart House

For those in Toronto, I will be doing a little Q/A session at the University of Toronto's Hart House South Dining Room from 6-8pm on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Here's the description:

The Future of India's Conflict Zones - Q/A with Justin Podur
July 25, 2013, 6-8pm
Hart House South Dining Room
University of Toronto

The Ossington Circle: Episode 2, Jon Elmer on a Generation-long Civil War

The Ossington Circle is an internet talk show hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. This week we have Middle East journalist Jon Elmer, and we discuss the Egyptian Revolution, the Syrian Civil War, and the great powers and their designs in the middle east.

Kashmir: The fruits of isolation

India wants Kashmir for itself. Pakistan wants Kashmir for itself. But the effect of both countries' policies has been to isolate Kashmir.

The Ossington Circle: Episode 1, John Clarke on Austerity & Resistance

A new internet talk show begins! The Ossington Circle is hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. A news and politics show, tOC will have fascinating guests discussing international (and local) politics from a thoughtful, informed, and progressive perspective. This week we have John Clarke from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), and range over everything from the Rob Ford crack scandal to how best to face the "austerity agenda".

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Waiting for 2014 in Afghanistan

An 11-minute mini-documentary about Afghanistan's perils and prospects. Filmed in Kabul, Afghanistan in March 2013. Features Members of Parliament Ramazon Bashardost and Shukria Barackzai.

India: Struggle for Indigenous Autonomy

A mini-documentary based on a March 9/13 interview with Adivasi Mahasabha General Secretary Manish Kunjam. Conducted in Dantewada in the middle of a march for tribal autonomy.

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