Some recent writings

I seem to have totally sat out the Venezuelan legislative elections. Venezuelanalysis is fantastic on it and Wilpert’s comment in particular was very good.

On other topics.


I seem to have totally sat out the Venezuelan legislative elections. Venezuelanalysis is fantastic on it and Wilpert’s comment in particular was very good.

On other topics.

I recently interviewed Robert Fisk in Toronto. Between his new book, the Great War for Civilization, and Pity the Nation, I have 2000 pages of books by him, which I read in now and then. After 2000 pages he hardly needs me to comment on him. But I will say that the most striking thing about him is that he’s a straight shooter. He has a simple moral framework: war is bad, war is horrific, people don’t understand how horrific it is and the media censors it and hides it behind cliches, so people support it even though they don’t understand it. So he tries to make people understand by being the best reporter he can – going to the places, talking to the people, being on the scene, and writing about it.

Second, I had the double pleasure of writing an article with Sonali Kolhatkar and then publishing in the very nice Canadian magazine, Briarpatch. It is on Canada in Afghanistan. The same issue has great articles by friends Jon Elmer and Anthony Fenton. Check them too.

Forthcoming is a very different kind of interview, this time with one of the leaders of the ‘free software’ movement, Richard Stallman. As a preview on what that might be about, you can check his website.

Justin Podur

Author: Justin Podur

Author of Siegebreakers. Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.

One thought on “Some recent writings”

  1. Justin-
    Your work has been a

    Justin-
    Your work has been a real inspiration for me. Next to Robert Fisk I’d like to know what other journalists in places like Iraq and Haiti you’ve come to rely upon for good information. Dar Jamal has been has really been doing some groundbreaking work.
    I’m sick and tired of the “hotel journalism”, as Fisk calls it.

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