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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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Israel continues to kill, with media help

Its impunity ratified, Israel is continuing the slaughter in Gaza, and in particular in Rafah. MSNBC calls this 'forging ahead' to look for 'tunnels'. The bizarre and contorted story calls three of the people Israel killed 'militants', citing 'witnesses', then tacks on almost as an aside the fact that 'Medics said the mangled remains of two other men were found in what looked like another missile attack.' Then it goes on to cite the Army's justificaiton.

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So I am back, it's quite late, and having taken a look at my mail I despair of being able to make any sense of it. I have, in other words, lost all track of current events, and will not be able to catch up tonight. There is of course a lot going on -- stuff worth commenting on has happened in India, for example; the destruction of Gaza has escalated, if that's possible; Iraq; I have received quite a few reports on events in Haiti in the days I was away; and more. I can't cover any of that tonight.

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Gaza

I was wrong -- this needs to be blogged, despite the fact that it is all over mainstream outlets. It looks like another line has been crossed, with Israel launching a missile attack into a crowd of people in Gaza, essentially a flat out massacre of civilians, without even any kind of pretext (most Israeli massacres of civilians come with a pretext).

Kanehsatake

http://www.zcommunications.org/kanehsatake-by-justin-podur

On May 20, 2004, people from all over the Ontario and Quebec will go to the Mohawk community of Kanehsatake to show their support for a peaceful resolution to a confrontation between heavily armed agents of the state and a community that rejects them. The conflict has gone on for months, with a Grand Chief ousted by the community trying repeatedly to return to power, against community opposition, at the head of a group of heavily armed police.

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absence to may 19

Apologies -- no blogging until May 19. See you then

... and back to Gaza

After our brief excursion into optimism, let us return to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where Israel is launching missiles, artillery, and aggression into neighbourhoods. Using the IMEMC.org newswire, a valuable resource.

There was all the home destruction in Rafah.

The shelling of residental areas.

The shelling of a mosque.

India's Elections again

Thinking a little more about it, and reading Arundhati Roy and P Sainath's pieces on the subject, I have decided that I am going to take a minute and celebrate the results of India's elections. The result is only hitting me now. Readers have probably deduced that I am somewhat pessimistic.

A little blog accountability

In the interests of blog accountability, I will remind readers that I made an incorrect prediction days ago, when I followed the trends and said that India's right wing Hindu fundamentalist party, the BJP, would win the elections with a minority. Well, it looks like the BJP won't be at the head of the government after all. Instead, it will be the Congress party.

Brazil and the NYT

When the US decided it was going to add a little extra humiliation for foreigners to the process of traveling through that country (which multinational transportation networks, especially in the Americas, have made difficult to avoid) by fingerprinting and scanning them, Brazil decided to do the same to US visitors of Brazil. This was greeted with gasps all over the world. The temerity! Galeano wrote about it, eloquently as usual:

Beheading and the race war

The media will be full of stories of the beheading of Nick Berg. The implication is clear: we do horrific things to them, and they do horrific things to us, so it's all fine and even-handed and okay.

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