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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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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.

My Red Wedding Story

SPOILER ALERT: This article, like many of my conversations, contains massive spoilers about George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books and the HBO Game of Thrones series.

I was handed George R R Martin's Game of Thrones in 1997, by a friend who has recommended many of the books I've read over the years. He warned me that it was a little different, and that he was curious about my reaction.

Eleven things India must change in Kashmir

http://kafila.org/2013/05/28/eleven-things-india-must-do-in-kashmir-justin-podur/

Evicting the Gandhians: An Interview with Himanshu Kumar

[First published at http://kafila.org/2013/05/03/evicting-the-gandhians-justin-podur-interviews-himanshu-kumar/]

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