Welcome to Justin Podur’s site, now called the Anti-Empire Project, at podur.org. You will find many different media (dreams, fictions, articles, videos, podcasts), about many different parts of the world (Palestine, Venezuela, Colombia, DR Congo, Haiti, Canada, Kashmir, India, Pakistan…) and many different topics (War, Occupations, Coups, sure, but also Ecology, Education, Writing… ), with the main cross-cutting themes being (and I admit that I’m risking sounding grandiose or ridiculous):
- The celebration of people and the planet;
- Opposition to the Empire and the way it destroys the potential for the future;
- The idea that understanding and learning can help us challenge the Empire and make a better world.
This is the basis of what I call “leftism”, and I offer it in the hopes of building a little community on it.
A short bio:
Justin Podur is a Toronto-based writer.
A longer bio you can use:
Justin Podur is the author (with Joe Emersberger) of Extraordinary Threat: The US Empire, the Media, and 20 Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela (Monthly Review 2021), of America’s Wars on Democracy in Rwanda and the DR Congo (Palgrave Macmillan 2020) and Haiti’s New Dictatorship (Pluto Press 2012). He has contributed chapters to Empire’s Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan (University of Toronto Press 2013) and Real Utopia (AK Press 2008). He is an Associate Professor at York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.
In fiction Justin is the author of three novels: The Path of the Unarmed (self-published on Wattpad 2020), Siegebreakers (Roseway 2019) and the Demands of the Dead (self-published 2014).
A fellow of the Independent Media Institute’s Globetrotter project, he has previously reported from India (Kashmir, Chhattisgarh), Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico (Chiapas), and Israel/Palestine for ZNet, TeleSUR, rabble.ca, Ricochet, and other publications.
Email: justin (at the domain of this blog)