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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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Tarek and John are free

Oct 6/13

Tarek and John are out of jail.

Thank you to everyone who followed, supported, wrote letters, helped, worked, and kept going when this thing ended up going so much longer than we thought it would.


Tarek and John end hunger strike

Oct 2/13, 8pm

We learned today that Tarek and John have ended their hunger strike. They have resumed eating solid food under medical supervision. They saw a doctor, as well as staff from the Canadian Embassy, today.

Tarek and John commenced their hunger strike on September 16, a month after their arrest, to call attention to their unjust and arbitrary detention leading up to their scheduled hearing on day 45 (September 30). Their secondary demands were the improvement of the conditions of their imprisonment and increased exercise time. These were won.


Tarek and John Update: Time to close the loophole

Oct 1/13, 10pm

Time to close the loophole


PM Stephen Harper calls for immediate release

Sept 29, 10:20pm

The families of Tarek and John are pleased to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper's statement that Tarek and John should be released immediately.


Egyptian authorities extend detention of two Canadians for a further 45 days

September 30th, 2013

For immediate release –

45 days after their initial arrest while seeking Egyptian police help returning to their hotel at a checkpoint, Canadians Dr. Tarek Loubani and John Greyson have had their detention extended for a further 45 days by Egyptian prosecutors.


Detention extended another 45 days

Sept 29/13, 11:30am

We have heard from our lawyers in Cairo and can confirm that Tarek and John's detention has been extended by the prosecutor for another 45 days. They have not been charged.

The media contact today is Cecilia Greyson, cgreyson@gmail.com


Impending Charges? Tarek and John in their own words

September 28/13, 11am


A Day of Concern at York University for Tarek & John Sept 26 12:30pm Vari Hall

On Thursday 26 September at 12:30 p.m., President Mamdouh Shoukri will join other members of the York University community in front of Vari Hall to speak out for the release of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani from the Egyptian jail where they have been held without charges for nearly six weeks. They are now into their second week of a hunger strike.


Demonstration tomorrow in Montréal, family and friends call for diplomatic action

Family and supporters of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, two Canadians now a week into their hunger strike in Egyptian prison, will be protesting at the Egyptian Consulate in Montréal at 1pm this Tuesday September 24. Tarek and John have been in prison for more than a month, and supporters are demanding that calls from the Canadian government for their release be supported by real diplomatic action.


Deputy PM of Egypt in Toronto this week?

Sept 22/13, 9:30am

A good friend of Tarek and John's found this article in Bonjour Egypte:


The article, published yesterday, says that Egypt's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Cooperation, Zeyad Bahaa Eddine, is coming to Canada - specifically, to Toronto. He is coming to have "high level discussions" about "ways to support Canada-Egypt economic cooperation".



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