Journalism Experience

Journalist, August 2009 - Present

Photojournalist, June 2013 - Present
SIPA Press

Journalist, June 2013 - Present
Frontline Freelance Register

Advisory Board Member, Nov 2012 - Present
Upping the Anti Journal

Co-editor, June 2010 - Oct 2012
New Socialist Webzine

Journalist, June 2010
G20 Alternative Media Centre

Founding Member and Features Editor, Sept 2008 - Aug 2009
YU Free Press (York University)

TV Appearances For

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
CTV Television Network (CTV)
Arise TV


English (native speaker)
Portuguese (fluent)
Arabic (basic)


Syria March 2013 - May 2013
Egypt October 2011 - March 2012
Israel/Palestine July 2011 - October 2011
Brazil June 2008 - August 2008

Key Areas of Focus

• Latin America
• Brazil
• Middle East
• 'Arab Spring'
• Israel/Palestine
• Egypt
• Syria
• Canadian and US foreign policy
• Radical global political economy
• Alternative models of democracy
• Globalization
• Grassroots social movements
• Intersection between arts/culture/politics
• Alternative media
• New media

Major Publications

Best of Rabble - 2012 Edition (Interview with Hossam Hamalawy)

Available Workshop and Discussion Topics

• The crisis in Syria
• Why Boycott? Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)
• Israel/Palestine 101
• Education under Occupation: The 'Right to Education' Campaign in Palestine
• 2011 Arab Uprisings
• Who are the 'Ultras' in Egypt?
• Boycott elections? The case study of revolutionary Egypt
• Revolutionary Social Movements: The Case of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil
• Alternative Media and Movement Building
• Building a New Canadian Left: Lessons from the G20 Summit
• New media


Photo Exhibit (Solo), May 2013
This Land Called Palestine
Academy of the Impossible, Toronto

• Showcased work from a recent trip to Israel/Palestine as part of the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts 2013.

Photo Exhibit (Solo), May 2012
Egypt: The Revolution Continues
Beit Zatoun, Toronto

•Held a photo exhibit featuring my photography on the Egyptian revolution and raised over $1,000 for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).

Photo Exhibit (Group), Sept 2012
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto

•Displayed work from a recent trip to Israel/Palestine at the Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF): Art Show 2012.

Panels/Workshops (Partial List)

Speaker, July 2013
What is Happening in Syria? Beit Zatoun
• Offered background, context, and original analysis on the current situation on the ground in the liberated areas of northern Syria after having visited Aleppo.

Speaker, June 2013
Syria Witness: Report-back from the front lines of the popular uprising, Beit Zatoun
• Provided a firsthand account of the current situation on the ground inside Syria after a two month trip there to cover the ongoing war and wider humanitarian crisis.

Panelist, March 2013
The Arab Revolutions & Beyond: Crisis, Resistance and Prospects Conference, York University
• Presented a paper on the 'Ultras', a group of hardcore football fans who have been at the forefront of the clashes against the ruling regime since the Egyptian revolution began two years ago.

Keynote Speaker, March 2013
The Arab Revolutions & Beyond: Crisis, Resistance and Prospects Conference, York University
• Delivered keynote speech about the current state of the Egyptian revolution two years after the uprising began.

Speaker, September 2012
DisOrientation, York University
• Discussed arguments both for and against election boycotts as a strategy of non-violent civil disobedience, and how people committed to genuine social change from below can strategically engage in electoral politics, using the particular case study of post-Mubarak Egypt.

Speaker, May 2012
Historical Materialism Conference, York University
• Provided first-hand insights and analysis of Egypt's unfinished revolution on a panel shared with Ahmed Shawki.

Panelist, May 2011
Marxism Conference 2011, Ryerson University
•Explored idea of 'Indigenous sovereignty' by examining history of apartheid policies in Canada and their export to Israel via South Africa.

Panelist, Feb 2009
Students Assembly Against War & Racism, Ryerson University
• Presented analysis about university non-academic student codes of conduct and the ways in which they undermine free speech and other Charter rights.

Guest Lecturer, Feb 2009
'Contemporary Latin America', York University
• Discussed emerging social movements in Latin America using the case study of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil, sharing my personal experience living with members of the group in the summer of 2009.

Panelist, Mar 2009
Israeli Apartheid Week, York University
• Outlined the case for an academic boycott of Israeli universities as part of the growing international BDS campaign against Israel.

Guest Lecturer, Mar 2009
'Media Culture: Journalism and Democracy', Wilfred Laurier University
• Introduced the topic of 'alternative media' to a class of first year journalism students in a 2 hour seminar, sharing my personal experience founding and managing an alternative monthly campus newspaper (YU Free Press).

Workshop Facilitator, Nov 2008
RUCKUS! Youth Activism & Anti-Racism Conference, Youth Action Network
• Facilitated a workshop educating high school students about the 'Right to Education' campaign for Palestinian students in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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