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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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Public action and a lifeline for rural workers: an interview with Jean Dreze

Jean Dreze is an economist and activist who teaches at Allahabad University's Department of Economics. He has written on famines with Amartya Sen, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics for work on the issue. I met him in India earlier this year and interviewed him over email.

Justin Podur (JP): I think perhaps you are best known for your work with Amartya Sen on famines and hunger. Can you talk a bit about that, how that work came about, and your findings?

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

On July 25, 2013, at Hart House, at the University of Toronto, Justin Podur presented some background notes and observations on the indigenous (adivasi) struggle in Central India and the Kashmir conflict.

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Free, Tarek and John

by Justin Podur and Dan Freeman-Maloy

Note: this is a rather long article. If you prefer a PDF version, it is linked here.

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Touchwood PR

As the emergency contact for Tarek and John, I was happy to field media calls and requests. Now the emergency is over, and media are being handled by the most excellent and wonderful Touchwood PR. If you wish to schedule an interview with Tarek and John, pleaes contact Touchwood at press@touchwoodpr.com.

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tarekandjohn.com

When Tarek and John were arrested on August 16, we were taken by surprise. We used whatever tools we had to hand to get the message out. As their emergency contact, I used my own blog and my own twitter handle, and became one of their official spokespeople. In the intervening 50 days, we set up a change.org petition, and a dedicated website, tarekandjohn.com. The plan was always to make the transfer so that tarekandjohn.com was the only place to go for news about them, but events kept moving quickly and we did not have a moment to pause to make the transition.

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Tarek and John are free

Oct 6/13

Tarek and John are out of jail.

Thank you to everyone who followed, supported, wrote letters, helped, worked, and kept going when this thing ended up going so much longer than we thought it would.

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Tarek and John end hunger strike

Oct 2/13, 8pm

We learned today that Tarek and John have ended their hunger strike. They have resumed eating solid food under medical supervision. They saw a doctor, as well as staff from the Canadian Embassy, today.

Tarek and John commenced their hunger strike on September 16, a month after their arrest, to call attention to their unjust and arbitrary detention leading up to their scheduled hearing on day 45 (September 30). Their secondary demands were the improvement of the conditions of their imprisonment and increased exercise time. These were won.

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Tarek and John Update: Time to close the loophole

Oct 1/13, 10pm

Time to close the loophole

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PM Stephen Harper calls for immediate release

Sept 29, 10:20pm

The families of Tarek and John are pleased to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper's statement that Tarek and John should be released immediately.

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Egyptian authorities extend detention of two Canadians for a further 45 days

September 30th, 2013

For immediate release –

45 days after their initial arrest while seeking Egyptian police help returning to their hotel at a checkpoint, Canadians Dr. Tarek Loubani and John Greyson have had their detention extended for a further 45 days by Egyptian prosecutors.

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