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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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A beacon of democracy in the middle east

Israel and the United States, currently competing to see who can bring more democracy to the Middle East, have achieved notable triumphs in the area of press freedom. Israel, for example, shoots and kills journalists (like the UK's James Miller and over a dozen Arab journalists who die even more invisibly than people like Miller) and international observers (like the UN's Ian Hook) and activists (like the US's Rachel Corrie). Israel bombs radio stations -- it did so as part of its latest attack on Rafah, for example.

Peace in Sudan?

A peace accord has been signed in Sudan. For those who know a little bit about the conflict, it seems that the settlement is along the lines of what the Southern rebels have been demanding all along.



I prefer attributed to anonymous sources, but in a context like Colombia where hundreds of union leaders, human rights activists, journalist, lawyers and the like are killed every year for speaking out, I believe exceptions can be made.

Homelessness in Rafah

I am reproducing below a very short press release from the United Nations refugee agency. It is self-explanatory.

Latest Israeli Operation Leaves 575 Palestinians Homeless

Gaza - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has completed its initial assessment of the numbers of homes demolished or damaged beyond repair during the latest Israeli military operation in Rafah.

The Canadian Election!

It's to be on June 28. I'm really not sure how much interest there is in this among you, my dear blogreaders. The nature of the election means that the implications for the world are rather small.


Evacuate Gaza, but kill 1000?

Another one that's tough to verify, this one comes via the News Insider. Apparently Israel's got a list of 1000 people to kill in Gaza before 'withdrawal'.

Dispensing with the paramilitaries in Colombia

It is official -- Colombia is dispensing with its paramilitary units.

From now on, the Colombian Army will do the killing itself.

Brazil and Haiti

For those of you who will watch the Bush address tonight, I wish you well on the masochistic enterprise. I am capable of reading the texts after the fact, but mental health preservation precludes me spending too much time watching these people on television.

Other things to report. The Brazilian commander of the UN 'peacekeeping mission' in Haiti that is to take over the occupation of that country soon was interviewed for Correio Brazilense and the interview was translated into english. It is interesting, and quite sad, to hear a Brazilian answering a question like this:


blogging about blogs

I have linked to Zeynep Toufe's blog, 'Under the Same Sun', which promises to have interesting content (being crazy about the colour scheme is not obligatory). I've read pretty much everything Toufe has presented, and she strikes me as brilliant, principled, and very independent.

The Nasayuwe of Colombia at the United Nations

First things first. I've just published a photo essay on the indigenous movement in Northern Cauca. Please check it out.

On the subject, representatives from the Nasa indigenous communities of Northern Cauca, Colombia, were at the United Nations last week. Everyone should have their day at the UN, and the Nasa got five minutes, because they won the UNDP's Equatorial Initiative Award for Sustainable Development back in February 2004.


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