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Justin Podur: Haiti’s New Dictatorship

Review by Stephen Roblin. Podur’s insightful and concise overview of Haiti’s recent history is an important work of revisionist scholarship that contains valuable lessons, particularly for outsiders who want to contribute constructively to the ongoing struggle for freedom and dignity in Haiti.

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Justin Podur: The Mumbai Attacks and Regional Implications

The Mumbai attacks of November 2008 claimed nearly 200 lives and left hundreds wounded. Although they were far from the only terror attacks in South Asia this year, their military sophistication and their political incomprehensibility were remarkable. They were part of a troubling trend of attacks that maximized civilian deaths without making demands, a pattern Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Rise and Fall of “Counterspin”

O n Wednesday May 12, 2004, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Newsworld station broadcast the very last episode of “Counterspin,” an innovative TV debate show that, according to its producer Paul Jay, was still enjoying very high ratings. The title of the show—“The State of Democracy”—was fitting for the final episode of a program that tried Read more…

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Justin Podur: Elections in Pakistan

Z ia Mian is a scholar and activist on South Asian and disarmament issues at the Center for Science and Global Security at Princeton University in New Jersey and teaches there in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was interviewed about the implications of the first national and provincial elections in Read more…

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Justin Podur: What Happened in Jenin?

What happened in Jenin? What is happening in Jenin? The second question is more important than the first, but the two are related. With the United Nations report on Jenin published and the Human Rights Watch Report tabled some time ago, the official voices have spoken.  The United Nations report is so “balanced” it is Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Coup in Venezuela: An Interview with Temir Porras

Justin Podur On April 11, 2002, the elected President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, was overthrown in a military coup. The coup started with a business-called general strike and a media campaign against Chavez. Demonstrators marched on the presidential palace and, according to several eyewitness accounts, exchanged gunfire with Chavez supporters and some—probably mostly Chavez supporters—were Read more…

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Justin Podur: Differing Agendas in South Asia

Podur Once again, India and Pakistan are on the brink of war. The two countries have fought wars with each other in 1947, 1965 and 1971, and fought smaller clashes in 1999 and various other times. This time both states have nuclear weapons. The current crisis began December 13, 2001, when a group of terrorists Read more…

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Justin Podur: Non-Reformist Reparations for Africa

Justin Podur The arguments against reparations for Africa are in the details: How can you possibly measure, and repay, for millions and millions of shattered lives over centuries? When a figure is settled on, and paid, is it all over? Can there be adequate compensation for centuries of slavery, colonization, and destruction? Can one group Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Way Out for Colombia

Justin Podur Who in the U.S. benefits from fumigating Colombians?” the man asked me pointedly in the crowded community hall in a paramilitary-controlled part of Putumayo. Putumayo is a southern department of Colombia where the guerrilla insurgency is strong, where much coca is grown, where paramilitary massacres, disappearances, and assassinations are frequent, and where Plan Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Way Out for Colombia

Justin Podur Who in the U.S. benefits from fumigating Colombians?” the man asked me pointedly in the crowded community hall. The community was in a paramilitary-controlled part of Putumayo. Putumayo is a southern department of Colombia where the guerrilla insurgency is strong, where much coca is grown, where paramilitary massacres, disappearances, and assassinations are frequent, Read more…

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