Author: Justin Podur

Justin Podur is Associate Professor at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies and a writing fellow at Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is the author of Haiti's New Dictatorship (Pluto, Between the Lines, and Palgrave-Macmillan 2012), and the novel Siegebreakers. His writings can be found at

  • The People of Colombia Are Cracking Up the Walls of War and Authoritarianism

    The sustained protests are part of a larger trend against austerity and endless war. Keep reading »

  • Imagine a Free Palestine

    I wrote Siegebreakers because I can’t liberate Gaza or Palestine, but I can dream about it. I wanted it to be a proximate dream, a dream of the next step from now, not a distant dream that depends on too many unpredictable things going right. I wanted to write about how just a few things … Keep reading »

  • The US’s Favorite Weapon: Sanctions Are Genocidal

    Far from precision-guided munitions, sanctions are weapons of starvation, which target the most vulnerable civilians for slow and painful death by deprivation of food and medicine. Keep reading »

  • Women Rise Up Against Gender Violence in the Caribbean

    Justin Podur interviews Joan Joy Grant Cummings On March 11, survivors of violence against women and their allies and supporters held marches in six Caribbean countries. Started by two Barbadian women, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn, the movement had the hashtag #LifeInLeggings. In Jamaica, one of the groups marching was the Tambourine Army, a movement of … Keep reading »

  • Community Resistance to the War on the Poor: The Online Course

    Justin Podur interviews John Clarke and A.J. Withers In January 2016, John Clarke and A.J. Withers will be teaching the online course, “Community Resistance to the War on the Poor,” at the World Institute for Social Change, an experiment in online courses for the left sponsored by Znet. The course will present an overview of a … Keep reading »

  • Elections Theater

    For the past eleven years, since the coup and overthrow of the elected government in 2004, Haiti has been deemed so dysfunctional, so failed, a state, that the international community has decided to run it directly. UN troops patrol its streets. Nongovernmental organizations oversee most aspects of social provision. Donors provide the finances. The resources … Keep reading »

  • Taking Action on Gaza

    On August 1, 2014, three weeks into Israel’s assault on Gaza, people everywhere were holding fundraisers for medical aid and events to try to understand and figure out how to take action to stop the attack. This talk, given at one such event, describes the direction of Israel’s – and the West’s – politics on … Watch video »

  • The Bastar Land Grab in India

    An Interview with Sudha Bharadwaj Sudha Bharadwaj is a lawyer and a member of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (Mazdoor Karkyakarta Committee). CMM was founded in 1982 by legendary union leader Shankar Guha Niyogi (assassinated in 1991), to organize beyond union issues alone. Sudha is also part of a … Keep reading »

  • Haiti’s New Dictatorship

    What constitutes a dictatorship? Haiti had an election in 2006, which the popular candidate won. It had an election in 2011, which had one of the lowest turnouts in recent history and which was subject to all kinds of external manipulation. Given these elections, is it unfair to call Haiti, a country that suffered 30 … Keep reading »

  • Goma Falls to Rwanda

    Rebels, called the M23, have taken Goma, the main city of North Kivu, one of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s eastern provinces. Their plan is to march to Bukavu, the main city of South Kivu, and from there, they say, across the massive country to Kinshasa, the Congo’s capital. A geographical note is in … Keep reading »

  • The Regressive Politics of the Iranian-Canadian Khavari Petition

    On October 12, members of the Iranian-Canadian community sent a petition to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney expressing concern about the arrival in Canada of Mahmoud Reza Khavari, the former chairman of the largest Iranian state-owned banking institution (Bank Melli). The evidence available from Iran suggests that Khavari probably used his position to accumulate … Keep reading »

  • The Logic of Occupy Wall Street for Canada

    The Occupy Wall Street Movement and the Occupy Together movements that are inspired by it actually have a simple premise: society shouldn’t be run for the unrestricted benefit of the wealthiest. The immediate grievance is the 2008 banking crisis, in which the U.S. banks engaged in fraudulent and criminal activity and were subsequently rewarded for … Keep reading »