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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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A summary of #FreeTarekandJohn in Arabic

Thanks to some of our friends here, we have a summary of the case in Arabic, which we wrote on September 16. Please circulate it to readers of Arabic.

Summary of #FreeTarekandJohn in Arabic Sept 16/13


QR Code for TarekandJohn.com

You can use this QR code for posters, leaflets, etc. relating to #FreeTarekandJohn. It takes you to our website, tarekandjohn.com.


Demonstration at the Egyptian Consulate in MTL, Sept 24

Poster here (PDF)

Libérez Tarek et John! Free Tarek & John!
**Demonstration at the Egyptian Consulate**

Montréal, le mardi 24 septembre 2013, à 13h
1000 de la Gauchetière O.
(Metro Bonaventure, Rues Mansfield & de la Gauchetière)

[English version follows; facebook event page @


#FreeTarekandJohn Rally London Ontario September 24!

Poster (JPG)

Supporters of John and Tarek will be hosting a peaceful rally in London, Ontario next week.

Join them at Victoria Park at 1pm on Tuesday, September 24th, and ask for the immediate release of Tarek & John!

For more information, visit the London Emergency Medicine website, or contact Amit Shah (amit.shahATme.com) and Andrew Jones (jonesmdATgmail.com).


Tarek and John are on hunger strike

Canadians detained in Egypt refuse food to protest the arbitrary nature of their detention

September 16, 2013

For immediate release –

Canadian filmmaker, John Greyson, and emergency room physician, Tarek Loubani, have informed friends and supporters through their Egyptian lawyers that they will be refusing food beginning September the 16th to protest the arbitrary nature of their detention by Egyptian authorities.


Update on John and Tarek: Detention extended again

Sept 15/13, 3pm

After a brief meeting in Tora prison, where Canadians John Greyson and Tarek Loubani have been held for the past 30 days, the Cairo district prosecutor, Mohamed Heta, announced today that he would extend their detention period for a further 15 days.

Egyptian authorities have not provided any reason for the extension or for the ongoing detention of Greyson and Loubani. Greyson and Loubani were first arrested in the early evening of Friday, August 16th, when they approached Egyptian police officials to ask for directions in the Azbakiya district of Cairo.


Update on John and Tarek: No decision, no release

September 5, 11pm

Tarek and John had another visit from consulars and from our lawyers yesterday. We have heard more about how they are doing, which continues to be summarized as "good health and high spirits", although they have now been in for about three weeks, entirely at the prosecutor's discretion, and our own frustration and that of friends and supporters continues to grow.


Update on John and Tarek: Met with prosecutor, but no decision for a few days

August 30, 8:30am

This morning, the district prosecutor in Cairo met with our lawyers, staff from the Canadian Embassy, and John and Tarek. This was the meeting that had been set for Thursday.

The prosecutor said his own investigation was continuing and he was waiting for additional information, which he expects to come in another few days, before making his decision about whether Tarek and John would be released. Our lawyers will be checking in daily to see if the prosecutor has made his decision.

Tarek and John remain in high spirits.


Update: Prosecutor did not appear, no hearing today

Aug 29, 2013, 11am

After waiting the entire day outside the prison, and with curfew approaching, our lawyers had to leave as the prosecutor had not arrived by the end of the day. Tarek and John remain in prison. No word has come about rescheduling their appearance before the prosecutor. No other hearings took place, including for other prisoners who were up for their appearances before the prosecutor.


Update: Day 11 consular meeting

Aug 27, 5:20pm

From http://tarekandjohn.com/2013/08/27/day-11-update/

It’s Day 11, and today Tarek and John were able to meet with consular officials for a meeting. Their morale and health continues to be good, which is encouraging.

John & Tarek were also given updates about the international attention their case has received. They were very surprised and moved by all the incredible support that has poured in for them.



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