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Haiti's New Dictatorship

Praise for Haiti's New Dictatorship

"...one of the most dramatic and compelling stories of modern history... vividly brought to life in this highly illuminating study." Noam Chomsky

"Podur offers a timely overview of the whole period of post-Aristide Haiti." Peter Hallward

"Podur's book explains how a country that is nominally democratic suffers under the yoke of a 'New Dictatorship' in which international actors and their Haitian elite partners leave the majority of Haitians with little effective influence over their own economic and political affairs." Brian Concannon

Get the book from BTL / Pluto / Palgrave-Macmillan

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An interview with activist Eva Bartlett about the siege of Gaza. Posted Feb 21, 2014.

The Bastar Land Grab: An Interview with Sudha Bharadwaj

[First published in Kafila: http://kafila.org/2013/04/20/the-bastar-land-grab-an-interview-with-sudha-bharadwaj/]

This intervew with SUDHA BHARADWAJ of Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha was conducted by JUSTIN PODUR in Raipur on 5 March 2013

JP: As a lawyer and an activist, how do you see the relationship between legal work and activism?

To break a siege: A review of Nirmalangshu Mukherji's Tribals Under Siege

[First published at kafila.org]

http://kafila.org/2013/04/03/to-break-a-siege-justin-podur/#more-17722

This is a review by JUSTIN PODUR of Nirmalangshu Mukherji’s book Maoists in India: Tribals Under Siege (Pluto Press 2012)

Folklore. Normal Life.

KABUL - Marjan, may he rest in peace, was a lion and is the most famous resident of Kabul Zoo. Born in 1976, he was brought to Kabul just before the Soviet invasion. He survived those years, killed a man who snuck into his cage, was blinded by grenades thrown by the man's brother (the brother was then killed by persons unknown). They say he died the day of the US invasion October 7, 2001, but Wikipedia says he survived all the way to January 2002.

Why the Taliban is unlikely to win

KABUL – Floated for three years, reconciliation with the Taliban is now official policy in Afghanistan, endorsed by US Secretary of State John Kerry in his joint press conference with President Karzai two days ago. The Taliban plan to open an office in Qatar and come out into the open. Ultimately, perhaps the Taliban will join the government and appear in Parliament like the other warlords.

Kerry in Kabul

KABUL - US Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a joint press conference in Kabul this evening. There were three main issues discussed.

The first was an agreement for the US Forces to make a phased withdrawal from Wardak province. Announced five days ago, Wardak has been called a test case for the 2014 withdrawal. Karzai has been criticizing US behaviour in the villages, and the agreement over Wardak was presented as a move to respect Afghan sovereignty.

Foreign-imposed ideologies and report wars

KABUL - It's raining in Kabul so I spent a quiet day indoors, reading and watching television, surfing the 30 some Afghan channels. Yesterday the winner of Afghan Star (basically Afghan Idol), Sajed Jannati, sang a song for New Year's. Another New Year's concert took place today, and the singer was Farzana Naz, who has even given a concert in the southern province of Helmand.

Waiting for 2014 in Kabul

KABUL - An article in Safi Airways magazine, which I read on the flight from Delhi, reports that while 10-12% is a good return on investment in the US, 50% and more is possible in Afghanistan. Waiting for luggage to come around at Kabul airport, looking up at the empty billboards offering advertising space for sale, it's easy to forget that this is a land of opportunity for businesses, contractors, and NGOs. But, although it is not clear that they'll leave very much behind when they leave, it is.

Hugo Chavez, Presente

I only started paying attention to Hugo Chavez and Venezuela at the time of the 2002 coup. At the time, I was deeply engaged with the Canada Colombia Solidarity Campaign. Friends I was making were on the run, living underground, trying to work in a context of disappearances and massacres, assassinations and torture, in a country that was being reshaped by a massive military program called Plan Colombia.

My lecture at Jamia on Aid Politics and Foreign Policy

The Jamia Journal did a nice little report and audio recording of my lecture on Feb 25/13 in the Poli Sci Department of Jamia Millia Islamia, here in Delhi.

You can see it here.

Can 1.7 Billion Dollars Imagine Wrong?

21 February, 2013
Countercurrents.org

A review of Nandan Nilekani's Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century (Penguin Books 2009)

If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?

It's a daunting task to critique a book by a billionaire. JK Galbraith once wrote that conventional wisdom has it that wealth is correlated with intelligence. By that logic, the author whose book I'm reviewing, Infosys founder (net worth $1.7 billion) Nandan Nilekani is exponentially smarter than me.

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