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Delhi pogrom

India’s sectarian citizenship law set off months of protests that were met by government-incited mobs sacking markets, neighbourhoods and mosques as police looked on. We are joined by Kavita Krishnan to discuss the Delhi pogrom and right-wing nationalism in India.

Episode: 007 Delhi pogrom
Date: 30 March 2020 | Length: 55:13

Briefing Notes

How Delhi’s Police Turned Against Muslims [NYT 12/3]

Delhi’s Muslims despair of justice after police implicated in riots [Guardian 16/3]

Vigilante Groups Attack Minorities (Human Rights Watch 2019)

Krishnan. Fearless Freedom (Penguin 2020)

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Bernie 2020

Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid has run into a wall, as the COVID-19 pandemic puts the Democratic Party primary campaign into suspended animation. We are joined by George Ciccariello-Maher to discuss grassroots mobilization and electoral politics.

Episode: 006 Bernie 2020
Date: 21 March 2020 | Length: 38:18

Briefing Notes

Ciccariello-Maher. We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution (Duke 2013)

Ciccariello-Maher. Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela (Verso 2016)

Ciccariello-Maher. Decolonizing Dialectics (Duke 2018)

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Afghanistan Papers

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In December, The Washington Post published a trove of internal documents and interviews with those in charge of the war in Afghanistan. The takeaway? They knew they were losing and they lied about it from the first days of the 20-year war and occupation.

Episode: 005 Afghanistan Papers
Date: 17 March 2020 | Length: 52:49

Briefing Notes

The Afghanistan Papers (Washington Post 2019)

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Taliban pact

The Taliban and the White House have signed an agreement that would ultimately see US troops withdraw from Afghanistan. After two decades of war, tens of thousands killed, and trillions spent – the US stands to leave a ruined Afghanistan in defeat.

Episode: 004 Taliban pact
Date: 11 March 2020 | Length: 50:58

Briefing Notes

The Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan (US State Department 29/2)

Press Briefing by US officials on Taliban agreement (State Department 29/2)

ICC authorizes Afghanistan war crimes investigation (Amnesty International)

The Afghanistan Papers (Washington Post 2019)

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Blockade standoff

Police move in on the Mohawks at Tyendinaga, setting off a further wave of blockades, disruptions and direct action from coast to coast. Anna Zalik joins us to discuss the oil and gas industry (begins at 8:18), and Gord Hill talks indigenous resistance (begins at 38:38).

Episode: 003 Blockade standoff
Date: 29 February 2020 | Length: 65:23

Briefing Notes

Map of Wet’Suwet’en Solidarity Economic Disruptions and Actions.

Arrests, travel disruptions as Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests spread across Canada. (CBC 25/2)

Behind CN, CP’s quiet deal to skirt railway blockades and keep Canada’s vital goods moving (CBC 25/2)

Gord Hill. 500 Years of Resistance. (Arsenal Pulp 2010)

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Blockades expand

After the RCMP raided and dismantled the Wet’suwet’en roadblocks, rail, port and transportation blockades have spread across Canada in solidarity.

And they are growing.

Episode: 002 Blockades expand
Date: 15 February 2020 | Length: 27:21

Briefing Notes

Map of solidarity actions

CN, VIA rail traffic shutdown (CBC 13/2)

Shipping vessels stalled off B.C. coast (CBC 15/2)

History of Canadian Wealth (Myers 1914)

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Pipeline blockade

The Wet’suwet’en evict Coastal GasLink, who are trying to build a gas pipeline through their territory. We discuss the context of their struggle against the Canadian state and corporations, and talk with Jeffrey Monaghan, author of Policing Indigenous MovementsDissent and the Security State.

Episode: 001 Pipeline blockade
Date: 5 February 2020 | Length: 58:23

Briefing Notes

Unist’ot’en camp    Gidimt’en checkpoint

Yellowhead Institute national study on injunctions (Nov 2019)

Monaghan and Crosby. Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State (Fernwood)

Office of the Correctional Investigator report on indigenous prison population in Canada 2020

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