23 January, 2009


I'm still deciding what to do with this blog and whether to make the hiatus more permanent. I currently have only one active course blog, which you can follow here if you are interested. It's for a large survey course that is organized around the Yasukuni Shrine controversy. I am also planning to do more for my PM Press blog. If you read Japanese, Hoshino Tomoyuki continues to post some really amazing stuff on his online journal.

12 January, 2009

Meanwhile ....

Fujimori trial enters final stage

It's been a while since I've posted about him. For those of you who were kids or who don't remember, Fujimori was the president of Peru in the 1990s. On April 22nd of 1997 (the 23rd in Japan), Fujimori's administration ordered Peruvian Special Forces to storm the Japanese Embassy. They shot and killed all fourteen members of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) who had been holding 72 hostages inside the embassy since December. They were reportedly shot execution-style (from behind) after surrendering, and this appears to be part of case against Fujimori now. The Tupac Amaru members were demanding that the government release political prisoners and put a halt to the neoliberal trade policies that were (are) devasting poor and indigenous communities. The Tupac Amaru members entered the embassy during a swanky party celebrating the Japanese emperor's birthday. There were hundreds of people at the party at the time, and all the women and the men who were not connected to Fujimori's government were soon released (including several Canadians, among them the Canadian Ambassador Anthony Vincent). The others were held for four months until the siege.

07 January, 2009

BART shooting in Oakland

Joey Calugay of the Centre for Philippine Concerns speaking at McGill next week

The "Meet the Neighbours!" brown bag series continues this semester.

Cooking up revolutionary storms in the East: International recipes for supporting national liberation movements of oppressed peoples and nations

12pm, Wednesday 14 January, Room 434, Education Building, 3700 McTavish

A “Meet the Neighbours !” Brown Bag Lunch Seminar on Community Education, Research, Knowledge Production and Social Change


Joey Calugay, Centre for Philippine Concerns

For several generations up until today’s movement to oust the bloody US-backed Arroyo regime, international solidarity has played a major role in the Philippine people's struggle for genuine freedom and democracy. The Filipino diaspora have contributed to the building of solidarity organizations such as Solidaridad in the late 1800s started by Filipino students in Europe calling for an end to Spanish colonialism in the Philippines. Today, the Centre for Philippine Concerns - founded in the 1980s in Quebec by a university professor forced to flee the Marcos dictatorship - continues this long tradition of solidarity work for the Philippines.

Joey Calugay, an independent filmmaker and community organizer, is a long time member of the Centre for Philippine Concerns. He will talk about the role of international solidarity and the important task of the organizer as public educator in relation to the current issues facing the people's movement in the Philippines.

This series of informal brown bag lunch seminars aims to make connections, join dots, spark debate and reflection, as we hear from community educators, organizers and independent media practitioners about the education, research and action components of their practice.

Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students are all welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Dr Aziz Choudry, Assistant Professor, International Education, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University. Phone: 514 3982253 or email: aziz.choudry@mcgill.ca

06 January, 2009

march from hamra to egyptian embassy friday 1/2/09 (photos by Nate George)

Nate George is a former student and a filmmaker who is in graduate school at AUB in Beirut now. If you click on his name under the label below, you can read more about him. (Scroll down to read about his work as an undergraduate student.) If you click here and look at the 3rd entry, you can download his documentary film, The Patch, which exposes the frequency of false positive results with PharmChem “PharmChek” sweat patches. Trace amounts of cocaine found in the environment in many parts of the U.S. can land someone who hasn't used cocaine in Federal Prison. Nate made this film as an undergraduate student. I really like Nate's dad a whole lot too. He is a very sensitive and gentle person. So Nate's film Chloe From 3 to 5 am, which he also made as an undergraduate, always makes me cry. You can watch it here. But here's Nate's warning:
WARNING: Contains an intense death scene. This video chronicles the last hours of the filmmaker's miniature schnauzer, Chloe. The filmmaker and his father must decide what is best for the dog- whether there is still valuable life yet to be lived or to end it before it gets much worse.

The following are more recent photos Nate sent from Lebanon.

beirut, outside the egyptian embassy 1/4/09 (photos by Nate George)

05 January, 2009

Read these instead!

The hiatus will be continuing and things may be migrating.

In the meantime, please read:

Nate! On the March! (Click on "Nate George" under the labels below for more on Nate.)

An Economy of Love


And the IRA blog, of course.