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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I have tried to assemble my work here for convenience and reference. The list is last updated in 2009 - everything since then is cross-posted to this blog as well as wherever it's published, usually ZNet, so I haven't updated the archiving since 2009. Contact me with questions or thoughts. The lists are long, so here are all the topics I've written on so you can jump to sections.

TeleSUR Columns
Ricochet Columns

Haiti
Democratic Republic of Congo
Canada
Israel/Palestine
Colombia
Venezuela
Bolivia
Chiapas
Iraq War 2003
South Asia
Politics: Polyculturalism, Economics, Environment, Movements
Other Material

TeleSUR columns

Colombia: Early Signs of a Violent Peace TeleSUR English Nov 18, 2014
The Colombian Peace Process TeleSUR English Oct 30, 2014
The BBC and the Rwandan Genocide TeleSUR English Oct 11, 2014
Democracy: Failed Installation in Afghanistan TeleSUR English Oct 4, 2014
The Indian Electoral System's Victims TeleSUR English Sept 21, 2014
Aristide Summoned: The courts in Haiti's New Dictatorship TeleSUR English Aug 28, 2014
Small Genocides TeleSUR English Aug 13, 2014
Q/A on Palestine TeleSUR English July 24, 2014
The Reordering of Iraq and Syria TeleSUR English July 10, 2014

Ricochet columns

A Massacre in the NAFTA Zone Ricochet Media Oct 9, 2014

Haiti

Damming the Flood zmag.org Jun 14, 2008
A Dishonest Case for a Coup zmag.org February 16, 2006
Kofi Annan's Haiti zmag.org February 10, 2006
Aristide the Film zmag.org December 13, 2005
Consolidating a Coup Frontline India November 5-18, 2005
Two Faced in Haiti zmag.org October 1, 2005
The Elections Game is On zmag.org September 26, 2005
The Polls of Bel Air zmag.org September 23, 2005
From the Embassy to the Prison zmag.org September 21, 2005

Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbours

Healing in the Congo: A Profile of Denis Mukwege. The Progressive, November 2009 (PDF).
Kigali's Boom zmag.org Jul 6, 2009
Scarcity & Plunder zmag.org Jun 30, 2009
From Bukavu zmag.org Jun 29, 2009
Getting Beyond Hypocrisy on Humanitarian Intervention zmag.org September 29, 2004
Third World Models for the Bush Regime zmag.org January 24, 2004
The Forgotten Conflicts in Sudan zmag.org March 14, 2004
The Congo Conflict zmag.org March 5, 2004
Non-Reformist Reparations for Africa Z Magazine February 2002

Canada

Uribe in Ottawa zmag.org Jun 13, 2009
Canada-Colombia FTA zmag.org Jun 4, 2009
Annotated Ignatieff on IAW Mar 9, 2009
Adil Charkaoui Case zmag.org Mar 1, 2009
Turn off Canadian Media zmag.org Jan 9, 2009
Canadian Politics Dec 2, 2008
Canadian Election zmag.org Oct 7, 2008
Canada's Political Prisoners zmag.org Mar 31, 2008
Defend the Border zmag.org Jan 6, 2008
Shawn Brant zmag.org Sept 19, 2007
The Harper-Uribe Handshake zmag.org July 22, 2007
Abandoning Hypocrisy zmag.org Sept 26, 2006
The Caledonia Residents Rallies zmag.org May 23, 2006
Six Nations Does Not Stand Alone zmag.org May 23, 2006
Wrong Direction, Canada zmag.org Jan 24, 2006
Canada in Afghanistan (with Kolhatkar) briarpatch December, 2005
War Profiteering and Us zmag.org Jan 23, 2005
Bush in Canada zmag.org Nov 18, 2004
Canada For Anti-Imperialists, Part 1 ZNet July 3, 2004
Canada For Anti-Imperialists, Part 2 ZNet July 3, 2004
Kanehsatake zmag.org May 19, 2004
After the Common Sense Revolution zmag.org October 16, 2003
The Ontario Quandary rabble.ca June 17, 2003
Canada, the US, and Health Care zmag.org June 3, 2003
Canadian Media and the Iraq War zmag.org April 14, 2003
Canadian Premiers and the Iraq War zmag.org March 31, 2003
The Pope Squat zmag.org August 7, 2002

Israel/Palestine

Not a ceasefire zmag.org Jan 18, 2009
This kind of war zmag.org Jan 6, 2009
Palestine's 9/11 zmag.org Dec 30, 2008
Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2008 Nov 8, 2008
Chasing a Mirage zmag.org Jun 22, 2008
Exchange on Academic Boycott zmag.org Dec 10, 2007
The Academic Boycott Debate zmag.org Nov 28, 2007
To Mitch Potter: On Disgusting Racism zmag.org Feb 13, 2007
N. and the Memory Wall zmag.org Aug 12, 2006
Summer Rains zmag.org June 29, 2006
Accidental Protection zmag.org Aug 1, 2005
On the Anniversary of Rachel Corrie's Murder zmag.org March 15, 2004
Palestinian Child Prisoners zmag.org February 11, 2004
Another Turn of the Spiral zmag.org January 15, 2004
A Multifaceted Fraud: Irshad Manji's 'Trouble With Islam' zmag.org December 5, 2003
Road Map Theatrics zmag.org August 12, 2003
Murdering Solidarity zmag.org May 10, 2003
Israel/Palestine and Globalization zmag.org March 23, 2003
Israel/Palestine Ironies zmag.org January 24, 2003
Anti-semitism and Anti-colonialism zmag.org January 5, 2003
Can Americans understand suicide bombers? zmag.org December 13, 2002
What Happened in Jenin? Z Magazine September 2002
Occupation and Resistance: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Frontline India August 17-30 2002
West Bank/Gaza Photo Essay zmag.org August 3, 2002
Gaza zmag.org July 1, 2002
The West Bank/Gaza Prisons zmag.org June 26, 2002
Cut through the lies zmag.org April 4, 2002

Palestine Interviews

Zahalka: A State of all its Citizens zmag.org Feb 27, 2007
Lubani: Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights zmag.org Sept 17, 2006
Fisk:The Great War for Civilization rabble.ca December 5, 2005
Francis: Palestinians in Israel's Prisons zmag.org May 19, 2005
Pappe: Mechanisms of Denial zmag.org Feb 20, 2005
CADPR: Stateless and Deported zmag.org June 6, 2004
Justice for Palestine: Justin Podur and Stephen Shalom interview Noam Chomsky" Z Magazine May 2004
Palestinians struggle against deportation rabble.ca July 16, 2003
Valentine: Solidarity with Palestinians zmag.org October 28, 2002
Valentine: The Palestinian Olive Harvest zmag.org October 16, 2002

Colombia

Colombia's magic laptops zmag.org Mar 7, 2009
Colombia & Lies Aug 30, 2008
Colombia Extraditions & the ICC zmag.org Aug 22, 2008
Ingrid Betancourt Released zmag.org Jul 4, 2008
Assassination of Raul Reyes zmag.org Mar 3, 2008
Venezuela & Colombian hostages zmag.org Jan 24, 2008
Robledo: The Para-Scandal and the Bush Visit zmag.org March 10, 2007
Morris: Views of the Other Colombia zmag.org Nov 4, 2006
The May 15 Mobilizations in Colombia zmag.org May 17, 2006
Colombian Government Counteroffensive zmag.org May 20, 2005
People Power in Colombia? zmag.org April 23, 2005
Colombia in 2004 zmag.org Jan 1, 2005
The Disappeared Mayor counterpunch.org August 30, 2004
The Nasa of Northern Cauca en-camino.org May 2004
"The Battle for Colombia" Frontline India April 10-23, 2004
Pardoning the Paramilitaries in Colombia zmag.org December 23, 2003
Colombia's Referendum zmag.org October 27, 2003
When Terrorists Talk of Human Rights counterpunch.org September 20, 2003
Uribe's Onslaught counterpunch.org July 2, 2003
How would drug legalization in the United States affect Colombia? colombiajournal.org March 17, 2003
The Other Kind of Violence zmag.org March 2, 2003
The Uribe Administration's negotiation with itself zmag.org November 27, 2002
Arroyave & Vitonas: Handmade in Colombia rabble.ca September 20, 2002
Welcome to the Nightmare zmag.org August 14, 2002
The Uribe Model zmag.org May 30, 2002
Social Movements in the Americas zmag.org May 29, 2002
Colombian Women Fight Fear rabble.ca May 7, 2002
The War Foretold zmag.org April 5, 2002
Interviewed by Stephen Shalom on Colombia zmag.org March 22, 2002
Snapshot of Colombia zmag.org January 29, 2002
We Mean Dead or Dead zmag.org October 30, 2001
A Way Out for Colombia Z Magazine October 2001
Invisible Struggles in Colombia zmag.org April 27, 2001

Venezuela

Venezuela's Constitutional Reform Fails (For Now) zmag.org Dec 4, 2007
"The Venezuelan Referendum" Z Magazine October 2004
Castellano: Venezuela's Revolutionary University venezuelanalysis.com September 22, 2004
Eekhout: Venezuelan Community Television venezuelanalysis.com September 13, 2004
The Venezuelan Referendum Ends zmag.org August 16, 2004
The Calm Before the ? zmag.org August 15, 2004
Florentino,the Devil, and the Opposition zmag.org August 14, 2004
In Caracas zmag.org August 13, 2004
Colombia and Venezuela: Clash of Two Models venezuelanalysis.com August 6, 2004
Colombia's Border Brigade and the Venezuelan Referendum venezuelanalysis.com June 20, 2004
Terrorist Plot Foiled! venezuelanalysis.com May 12, 2004
The Chavez Government's Economic Policies venezuelanalysis.com January 22, 2004
Two Venezuelan Mayors zmag.org August 3, 2003
"Venezuela in Two Winds" New Politics Summer 2003
What is the Colombian Army doing attacking Venezuela? zmag.org April 3, 2003
Valentine: Process and Strike zmag.org January 19, 2003
Valentine: Slow Class Warfare zmag.org January 12, 2003
Venezuela's 'National Strike' zmag.org December 10, 2002
The Coup in Venezuela Z Magazine May 2002
The Venezuelan Coup zmag.org April 16, 2002

Bolivia

Bolivia's Elites Seek a Media Coup Sep 15, 2008
Bolivia Backgrounder zmag.org October 17, 2003

Chiapas

Ten Years on in Chiapas zmag.org January 2, 2004
From Aguascalientes to Caracoles zmag.org September 13, 2003
The Government's Mask Comes Off in Chiapas zmag.org September 6, 2002
Vicente Fox and Globalization zmag.org October 9, 2001
Mexico's 'Modern Right' zmag.org June 11, 2001
A Long March in Mexico (with Vijay Prashad) Frontline India March 31-April 13, 2001
Onward to Mexico City zmag.org February 28, 2001
Vicente Fox and the Zapatistas zmag.org December 12, 2000
Elections in Chiapas zmag.org August 23, 2000 broken link
Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Comitan zmag.org July 18, 2000

Iraq War 2003/War on Terror

Unnecessary Concessions zmag.org Nov 18, 2004
The Atrocity Experiment zmag.org Nov 8, 2004
The Morning After zmag.org Nov 3,2004
Letter to a Zionist zmag.org November 20, 2003
The March on CNN zmag.org March 9, 2003
Another Modest Proposal on Iraq zmag.org February 21, 2003
Instead of War zmag.org February 16, 2003
Resolution 1441 zmag.org November 12, 2002
What are the Rules? zmag.org January 20, 2002
No Negotiations? outlookindia.com October 31, 2001
Common Pro-War Arguments outlookindia.com October 8, 2001

South Asia
Eelam War IV May 17, 2009
The Mumbai Attacks Jan 2009
Pakistan's Unending Crisis Radical Philosophy Nov/Dec 2008
Empires don't create rivals zmag.org Aug 3, 2008
What am I doing in Islamabad? zmag.org Jul 17, 2008
Opium-fueled insurgency zmag.org Jul 14, 2008
Pakistan's Insurgency zmag.org Jul 9, 2008
The Left in India zmag.org Aug 7, 2008
RAWA Interview zmag.org Aug 14, 2008
Mian: Pakistan in the Region zmag.org May 18, 2007
Canada in Afghanistan (with Kolhatkar) briarpatch December, 2005
Elections in Pakistan: Justin Podur interviews Zia Mian" Z Magazine February 2003
10/7 zmag.org October 7, 2002
South Asia Stiffed zmag.org September 26, 2002
Letter to South Asians outlookindia.com June 3, 2002
"Hatred vs. Humanity in Gujarat" New Politics Summer 2002
Differing Agendas on Kashmir Z Magazine March 1, 2002

Polyculturalism, Environment, Economy, Movements

Polyculturalism is a specific area of interest of mine: how different cultures can sensibly interact in this small world.

Polyculturalism and Self-Determination Jul 15, 2009
Race, Culture, and Leftists zmag.org May 21, 2006
Refugees and Citizens zmag.org Sept 5, 2005
People of Color Talk zmag.org June 29, 2005

Political Economy

The Financial and Real Economy Oct 15, 2008
Through the lens of the Shock Doctrine zmag.org Oct 21, 2007
The Things We Do For Oil zmag.org January 8, 2007
After Socialism? zmag.org December 17, 2006
"Participatory Economics: An Interview with Michael Albert" New Politics Summer 2003
A few moves ahead zmag.org May 25, 2001
Strict Discipline Key to Debt Recovery op-ed, University of Toronto Student Newspaper (The Varsity) January 26, 1998

Environmental

Ecology & Climate Change zmag.org Apr 5, 2008 (audio)
Global Warming Suspicions and Confusions zmag.org May 11, 2007
Consumption, Complicity, and SUVs zmag.org December 29, 2001

Movement Practice and Theory

Stop the Deadly Rumours zmag.org Feb 21, 2006
Stallman: Free Software as a Social Movement zmag.org Dec 18, 2005
National Sovereignty zmag.org September 5, 2004
"The Rise and Fall of Counterspin Z Magazine July/August 2004
Clarke: Drawing the Class Line zmag.org May 3, 2004
Beyond Disillusionment in Argentina Frontline India March 1-14, 2004
To a Social Democratic Youth zmag.org August 18, 2003
Nation States? zmag.org June 14, 2002
They Can Walk With Their Heads Up: Justin Podur and Cynthia Peters interview Joao Pedro Stedile" Dollars and Sense January 2002
Rules for Radicals zmag.org October 20, 2001
Loincloths, Ski Masks, and Social Movements zmag.org August 27, 2001

Translations

The lion's share of my translation work has been for the exemplary Colombian economist Hector Mondragon, who lives in exile from Colombia, on paramilitary hit lists.

Colombia's Recession Hector Mondragon May 3, 2009
Colombia's Rural Statute Hector Mondragon March 25, 2009
US-Colombia FTA Hector Mondragon zmag.org October 5, 2008
My Choice - Hector Mondragon zmag.org September 10, 2008
Uribe's Pyramids - Hector Mondragon zmag.org February 15, 2008
Colombian Fascism - Hector Mondragon zmag.org April 16, 2007
Democracy and Plan Colombia - Hector Mondragon zmag.org January 14, 2007
Apartheidland to AUC-Land - Hector Mondragon zmag.org September 16, 2006
Freedom for Mother Earth! - Hector Mondragon zmag.org January 9, 2006
Records at the Exchange - Hector Mondragon zmag.org July 27, 2005
Contrasts - Hector Mondragon zmag.org April 19, 2005
Tobirio Attacked - Hector Mondragon zmag.org April 19, 2005
A Quick Visit - Hector Mondragon zmag.org November 25, 2004
Colombia Prophesies - Hector Mondragon zmag.org June 8, 2004
The March of the Orcs - Hector Mondragon zmag.org March 30, 2004
Colombia's Para/Military - Francisco Garavito zmag.org May 3, 2004
Colombia Today - Hector Mondragon zmag.org March 5 2004
Yellow Fever - Hector Mondragon zmag.org January 29 2004
Uribe in Wonderland - Hector Mondragon zmag.org July 30 2003
Colombia and Venezuela Hector Mondragon zmag.org
Industrialists, Godfathers, Hangmen  - Hector Mondragon zmag.org June 7, 2003
A Miraculous Catch - German Castro Caycedo zmag.org May 8, 2003
South American Israel  - Hector Mondragon zmag.org April 23, 2003
Bubble and Fleet  - Hector Mondragon zmag.org March 10, 2003
Lungosand Senoritos  - Hector Mondragon zmag.org Jan 2, 2003
Struggle Against Uribe  - Hector Mondragon zmag.org Sept 22, 2002
Economics of Counterterror  - Hector Mondragon zmag.org Sept 2002
Colombia and Venezuela - Hector Mondragon zmag.org April 2002
Colombian Elections  - Hector Mondragon zmag.org March 2002
The Theatre of Good and Evil -Eduardo Galeano zmag.org September 21, 2001
Towards a 'Humanitarian Intervention'? - Hector Mondragon zmag.org July 2001
Letter to President Vicente Fox - Subcomandante Marcoszmag.org December 2, 2000
Plan Colombia: Gasoline on the Fire- Hector Mondragon zmag.org 2000

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