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A new political novel by Justin Podur

About The Demands of the Dead

When police killed his two best friends in a supposedly accidental shooting, detective Mark Brown left the force bitter and angry, abandoning a promising career and leaving his special skills to languish. A year later, the trail of one of the killers has Mark looking south, to Mexico, just as he receives a mysterious, anonymous, encrypted message over e-mail: The dead demand much more than vengeance. Drawn into the conflict zone by the connection to the deaths of his friends, Mark finds that he has to work on both sides to solve the case, in a place where any mistake could endanger lives – or reignite a war.

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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.

Canada and the Palestine Question, by Dan Freeman-Maloy

Dan Freeman-Maloy, whose blog is notesonhypocrisy.com, has collected several significant pieces of research on Canada and the Palestine Question and published them as a single PDF (Aaron Swartz would be proud). He has also done a major talk on the same issue, that elucidates some of the main points in the PDF. For those interested in Canadian foreign policy, for those interested in the Israel/Palestine conflict and the west's role in it, Dan's work is indispensable.

The Delhi Rape and the Struggle for Space

First published at http://www.countercurrents.org/podur310113.htm

Sometimes, at night in the city where I live, in Toronto, I will be walking alone to or from the subway station. No one else will be on the street, and I'll see a woman walking towards me in the distance. My protocol is to cross to the other side of the street where I am clearly visible, and let her pass with a lot of distance between us. When I'm walking behind a woman at night, I'll do the same thing – cross the street, quickly pass so that she can see me in front of her rather than hearing me behind her.

Questioning Natural & Community Capital

A Conference at York University about Capitalizing Power, organized by Jonathan Nitzan. In my talk, I try to relate Nitzan's "Capital as Power" framework to environmentalist thinking.

Two Uprisings

A Review of Douglas Bland. 2009. Uprising: A Novel. Blue Butterfly Books.

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Joe Emersberger's review of Haiti's New Dictatorship

Joe Emersberger's got a sharp eye for discerning when media information is misleading or false. When the 2004 coup happened in Haiti, Joe published his correspondence with the Globe and Mail reporter in Haiti at the time, and very ably showed me how someone with a keen eye and decent principles can hold their own in a debate with someone with a privileged position and (undeserved) authority.

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Global Research Podcast on the DRC

A podcast interview with me on the DRC on global research.ca, conducted by Michael Welch.

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Haiti's New Dictatorship (the short version)

December 19, 2012 Socialist Project Bullet article summarizing Haiti's New Dictatorship

What constitutes a dictatorship? Haiti had an election in 2006, which the popular candidate won. It had an election in 2011, which had one of the lowest turnouts in recent history and which was subject to all kinds of external manipulation. Given these elections, is it unfair to call Haiti, a country that suffered 30 years of classic dictatorship under the Duvaliers from the 1950s to the 1980s, a dictatorship today?

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Mark Twain's Killing Train

Every time I give someone my email address, or tell them the title of my blog, I get a raised eyebrow or a shocked look. Now, telling people the title of my first book has the same effect. For that reason, I've set up this blog to have "Why Killing Train?" and an explanation about the new book very prominently available on the front page.

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