AzaadiNow: Palestinian Resistance! 73 years since the #Nakba

On Saturday May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am EST time / 8:30 pm IST we discussed Sheikh Jarrah, the Nakba, and ongoing Palestinian Resistance. We had three strong Palestinian voices:

Emilio Dabed is a Palestinian-Chilean lawyer and political scientist (Science Po-Aix en Provence, France) specializing in constitutional matters, international law and human rights. He is currently living in Toronto and writing a book on law and politics in Palestine. Previously, he was a Researcher and Visiting Professor at An-Najah National University Law School, Nablus, Palestine (2017-2018). In 2015-2016 he was the Palestine and Law Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School-Center for Palestine Studies. Between 2014 and 2015 he was the director of the International Law and Human Rights Program at Al-Quds/Bard College, Jerusalem, where he taught from 2011 to 2015. He also taught in Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile. His latest research and publications look at the relations between law and political and social changes, subjectivity, and identity formation, with a particular focus on the disciplinary powers of law and the discourse of (human) rights in contemporary politics.

Mark Muhannad Ayyash is Associate Professor of Sociology at Mount Royal University. He is the author of A Hermeneutics of Violence (UTP, 2019), and has published several academic articles on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle, among other things. He is currently writing a book on settler colonial sovereignty in Palestine-Israel, and writes regularly for Al-Jazeera.

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Concordia University. She was the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University for 2018/2019. Her research explores visual politics in Palestine and the Israeli state and focuses on people’s place-making and dwelling practices in contexts of settler colonialism and military occupation. She has published several academic articles in journals such as Environment and Planning E, City & Society, Visual Anthropology Review, and American Quarterly. She is a co-founding member of Insaniyyat- Society of Palestinian Anthropologists, and a co-founding member of Dalaala, Arabic-English translation collective.

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AzaadiNow: Reflecting on 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising

On Saturday May 8th at 11 am EST / 8:30 pm IST we had a live conversation focusing on the 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising.
We are joined by four strong Syrian voices: Alaa Al Soufi, Mohammad Al-Attar, Noura Ghazi, Shiyam Galyon.

Here is more about them.

Alaa Al Soufi (they/them) arrivied to Turtle Island 5 and a half years ago, and ever since, they have been working to raise awareness and integrate the Syrian Revolution into the activist scene here by being involved in various struggles such as Indigenous land back efforts, BLM, queer rights, advocating for tenant and homeless rights, as well as migrant rights.

Mohammad Al-Attar is a Syrian playwright and Dramaturge. He is considered an important chronicler of war-torn Syria. He studied English Literature at Damascus University and Theatrical Studies at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus. He also has a Masters in Applied Drama from Goldsmiths, University of London. His plays have been staged in many languages at various international theaters and in venues around the world. They include Withdrawal (2007), Samah (2008), Online (2011), Could You Please Look into the Camera? (2011), A Chance Encounter (2012), Antigone of Shatila (2014), While I Was Waiting (2016), Iphigenia (2017), The Factory (2018), and Damascus 2045 (2019) . Al-Attar has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, with a special focus on the Syrian
uprising since 2011.

Noura Ghazi is a Human Rights lawyer. She has helped over 1,000 detainees and their families in Syria. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Nophotozone, an organization providing legal assistance, empowerment, and advocacy for detainees and their families and families of those forcibly disappeared in Syria. Ghazi internationally advocates for Human Rights. Her work has been covered by the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Al Jazeera among others. In 2018 Ghazi was named by Amnesty International as one of the “8 kick-ass women standing up for our rights.” She is from Damascus, Syria. She lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

Shiyam Galyon is a U.S. based writer. She is a member of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and is the current communications coordinator at War Resisters League, the oldest secular pacifist antiwar organization in the United States.

Documentary Preview: Syria was once a beautiful country | Project Lead – Dr. Mehrunnisa Ali | Director – Cyrus Sundar Singh | Available in Arabic & English

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AzaadiNow: In Conversation with Prof. Inshah Malik

On Saturday April 10, 2021 at 11:00am EST / 8:30pm IST time, join us live on Kashmir Gulposh’s Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter for a conversation with: Professor Inshah Malik. Get to know her as a writer and hear her talk about her book ‘Muslim Women, Agency and Resistance Politics: The Case of Kashmir’! A live Q & A will follow.

We look forward to gathering with you.

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Weaving Kashmiri Women’s Resistance!

On Sunday February 28, 11:00 am EST / 9:30 pm IST time, on Kashmir Gulposh’s Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter, we held a Workshop and Storytelling get-together called: “Weaving Kashmiri Women’s Resistance!” 

The workshop entailed making a special embroidery piece that is easy to make. For this workshop, you needed a piece of fabric you’d like to embroidery on, a red (or another color) embroidery thread, and needle.

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Press Release: Kashmiris support farmers and workers resistance in India

As farmers and workers across India fight the Indian government’s handover of the control of their lands and lives over to corporations through the farm reform bills, Kashmir Gulposh is united in solidarity with our brothers and sisters against the exploitation of their lands and labor.

Kashmiris understand that land is sacred, and not up for industry to control but rather must be trusted in the hands of the farmers as stewards of the land. 

Kashmiris understand that land is sacred, that it requires stewardship and caretaking that can only be determined by the will of the people, and not by corporate elites and industry with deep pockets. Since the abrogation of Article 370 and Sec 35A on Aug. 5, 2019, and prior, Kashmiris have given no consent to the theft of their lands by the Indian state’s genocidal colonial corporate development schemes, or to change to laws governing Indigenous Kashmiri jurisdiction, or membership. 

Both before and after the illegal annexation of Kashmir, India has used militarized policing with complete impunity, and internet shutdowns to repress our resistance movement for self-determination. A genocide is ongoing in Kashmir: since the 1990s, mass rapes were ordered and committed by Indian military, hundreds and thousands of Kashmiris have been arbitrarily arrested, detained, mass blinded and maimed by police with pellet guns by Indian police, killed and disappeared. Since Aug 5, 2019, India has cut down hundreds and thousands of trees in Jammu & Kashmir, accelerated deforestation (contributing to the climate change catastrophe,) and evicted our tribal kin – the Bakarwals from their communal and forest homes. There is just no justice under India’s colonial occupation of Kashmir.

We are witnessing the same mass scale violent practices, that have been used in Kashmir, are now being unleashed by the settler colonial Indian state to suppress the demands of farmers and workers. 

It is clear to us that our liberation and freedom is connected to the freedom of farmers and workers. We are ready to co-resist the ceding of rights of farmers and workers by the fascist authoritarian regime of the Indian state – as allies. We are united, in the face of the ongoing pressures to divide our movements along lines of religious identity. We are united in rage, grief, and love.

We scream loud and clear: people before corporate profits!

We echo the demands of our farmer friends and relatives:

  • repeal the three farm bills entirely
  • stop repressing dissent and peaceful protests
  • stop violent police and military actions against peaceful protests
  • stop muzzling information and farmers+workers voices through internet shutdowns

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Kashmir Gulposh is a non-profit organization dedicated to peace, justice, and prosperity in Kashmir region. Azaadi Now is Kashmir Gulposh’s independent media platform that covers current affairs in Kashmir and Indigenous resurgence globally.


Press Release: Obstruction and criminalization of free press by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) violates our fundamental rights


OHSWEKEN  – Since July 19, 2020 a peaceful group of Haudenosaunee land defenders and Six Nations community members began the reclamation of a part of their territory, renaming it 1492 Land Back Lane.

Azaadi Now released a feature episode on 1492 Land Back Lane on Aug. 27.  We are an independent media outlet that is dedicated to creating space for Indigenous voices, and reporting on Indigenous issues by Indigenous people. Our independent media focuses on educating our community about the conditions of Indigenous relatives and kin globally. 

On early Saturday Sept. 5th, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) visited the home of one of our core production team members (who was not there at the time), without any prior communication or notice. We acquired legal counsel, and learnt through our counsel that an arrest warrant has been issued for this team member. On Wednesday Sept. 9 morning, our team member turned themselves in, was arrested, charged, and released at OPP’s Cayuga Police detachment. Since Aug. 5th, 26 individuals have been charged in relation to the 1492 Land Back Lane reclamation, 15 of these have been within the last week, including our team member.

The OPP has issued a criminal charge of ‘mischief’ and failure to comply with the court injunction order (which prohibits anyone from visiting the land back camp) against our team member. This charge and the order has the effect of preventing our team member from reporting on developments at 1492 Land Back Lane.

Criminalization of free press is a dangerous route to go for any democracy. Unfortunately, this is the direction Canada has chosen. Canada has a pattern of policing-units (RCMP, OPP) preventing journalists from covering Indigenous land defense stories. This pattern is similar to many settler-colonial fascist states across the globe, like India in relation to Kashmir. The trend continues here in Canada with the recent arrests of One Dish, One Mic’s Haudenosaunee co-host Karl Dockstader and recently, Azaadi Now’s production team member. This pattern of obstruction and criminalization of free press violates Canada’s constitutional commitments to freedom of expression guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The criminalization and genocidal removal of Indigenous land defenders from their own territories by settler colonial states is another pattern we see globally. Such actions violate Indigenous peoples rights, as set out under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, to which Canada is a signatory. 

We ask our friends and supporters to challenge these rights violations. Please contact your elected representatives and ask them to denounce the criminalization of media and Indigenous land defenders, and to drop the charges.

Media Contact: Binish Ahmed,

Kashmir Gulposh is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to peace, justice, and prosperity in Kashmir region. Azaadi Now is Kashmir Gulposh’s independent media platform that covers current affairs in Kashmir and Indigenous resurgence globally.

AzaadiNOW: Six Nations Land Defenders Speak about 1492 Land Back Lane

Welcome to AzaadiNOW. On July 19, 2020 Haudenosaunee land defenders reclaimed a part of their territory at Six Nations and ever since, have stayed there protecting the land. We speak with land defenders Myka and Dex to understand what’s happening at 1492 Land Back Lane. Interview recorded Aug. 20, 2020.

Here is what we talk about in this video: why this land is important to them; how they perceive the ‘purchase’ of this land by the housing developer from the from the Canadian government imposed ‘Indian Act Elected Band Council’; what the Six Nations community’s relationship with the Elected Band Council is; what the land defenders think of Canada’s ‘reconciliation’ efforts, the injunctions that have been imposed, and recent violent invasion by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Statement of Support from Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council. They also describe how allies can be of support, and share a message to Indigenous people protecting their land globally.

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AzaadiNOW: Kashmiri Political Prisoners & ‘(Dis)Integration at Gunpoint’ Report

Welcome to Azaadi NOW. In this episode, we are joined by guest Mirza Saaib Beg.
This is part two. We discuss Kashmiri Political prisoners and the ‘(Dis)Integration at Gunpoint’ Report (
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AzaadiNOW: India’s Domicile Law & Military Cantonments Area Policy in Kashmir

Welcome to AzaadiNOW. In this episode, we are joined by guest Mirza Saaib Beg. Listen as Mirza unpacks what India’s domicile law and military cantonment areas in Kashmir are.

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