A new internet talk show begins! The Ossington Circle is hosted by Justin Podur, author of Haiti’s New Dictatorship: The Coup, the Earthquake and the UN Occupation (Pluto, 2012) who is based in Toronto.
A news and politics show, tOC will have fascinating guests discussing international (and local) politics from a thoughtful, informed, and progressive perspective. In the inaugural episode Podur talks to John Clarke from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), with the discussion ranging over everything from the Rob Ford crack scandal to how best to face the “austerity agenda”.
We’ve embedded the video below. Stay tuned on the Pluto blog for more from Justin in the coming weeks.
The Coup, the Earthquake and the UN Occupation
Justin Podur. Foreword by William I Robinson
Charts Haiti’s recent history up to the present, including the 2004 coup, the UN occupation and devastating 2010 earthquake.
“The UN occupation of Haiti promised to bring stability and democracy. Instead it has delivered cholera, rape and repression. With a sharp eye and a keener pen, Justin Podur expertly exposes the abuses the gang of nations that calls itself ‘the international community’ has inflicted on one of the world’s poorest countries – from the brutal imposition of structural adjustment and the driving out of a democratically elected president to the politicisation of earthquake relief. Enough is enough.” – Greg Grandin, Professor of History at New York University
“The centuries-long torture of Haiti, and the courageous resistance of its people, is one of the most dramatic and compelling stories of modern history. It is vividly brought to life in this well-informed and highly illuminating study, which also provides valuable lessons about Haiti, about western power and ideology, and about prospects for justice and freedom in today’s world.” – Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) at MIT