Author: Ali Mustafa

Ali Mustafa was a Toronto-based freelance photojournalist, activist and writer. His work and politics spanned from local organizing in Toronto to working with the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, and later to freelancing as a photojournalist in Palestine, Egypt, and Syria. Ali was killed along with seven others on March 9th, 2014 in Aleppo, Syria in an aerial bombing carried out by the Assad government. He had returned to Syria to continue his work exposing the depths of a human tragedy that he believed the rest of the world could no longer afford to ignore. His old blog is at and a blog in his honor is maintained at

  • Aftermath of the Port Said Massacre: Ultras Strike Back

    From Beyond The Margins. On February 1, 2012, 74 people were killed and over 1,000 more injured in a stadium riot following a football match between rival clubs Al-Masry and Al-Ahly in Port Said, Egypt. Al-Ahly fans, also known as “Ultras,” directly blamed the Ministry of Interior for orchestrating the violence. Ensuing clashes in downtown … Watch video »

  • The 2012 Toronto Palestine Film Festival: A Preview

    The 2012 Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) is finally set to hit theatres this weekend. Launched in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of al nakba, TPFF aims to showcase the vibrant cultural heritage, resilience, and collective identity of the Palestinian people through film, art, and other events. In five short years, against all the … Keep reading »

  • No Fare is Fair

    A Roundtable with Members of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly Transit Committee The Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly (GTWA) is a promising new initiative aiming to build a united, non-sectarian, and militant anti-capitalist movement in the city among a diversity of rank-and-file labour unionists, grassroots community organizers, and youth alike. Since the GTWA’s inception in early 2010, … Keep reading »

  • Tahrir Square: This is What Democracy Looks Like!

    “The more late his decision to go away is, the more creative and more beautiful the revolution. So I want him to give us some more time to make a more beautiful revolution.” — pro-democracy protester in Tahrir Square, Ali El Mashad. Since the Egyptian revolution’s first mass protests exploded throughout the country on January … Keep reading »

  • Weighing Up the G20: From Toronto to Korea to the Left

    The G20 meetings in Seoul, Korea are scheduled for November 11-12. It is clear that like the Toronto meetings of June that they will be pre-occupied with the world economy, the ongoing financial crisis, and the push for austerity against concerns of a second sharp fall in economic growth. As in Toronto, security will be … Keep reading »

  • For Venezuela, There is No Going Back

    A Discussion with Federico Fuentes and Kiraz Janicke As Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution enters a new decade of struggle and defiantly advances toward its goal of ‘21st Century Socialism,’ serious challenges to the future of the process emerging from both inside and outside the country still abound. As a result, key questions surrounding Venezuela’s mounting tensions with … Keep reading »

  • The ROM Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

    Re/Mapping Identity, Culture, & Colonial Discourse “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” — George Orwell Even before the highly anticipated six-month, $3-million collaboration between the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) showcasing the Dead Sea Scrolls was officially launched in late June, … Keep reading »