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February 01, 2005
    Two recent research teams has shown violence has become the leading cause of death in Iraq with some 100K “excess” deaths occurring in Iraq under US occupation.

A growing record of studies indicate that tens of thousands of Iraqis, soldiers, civilians, and children had their lives cut short by the ongoing US/UK occupation. As combat continues in an endless sequence of besieged towns and cities, firebombed police stations, and villages struck from the air, these chronicles of death force the reality of war and the choices of empire onto our minds. From the beginning of the invasion, has provided a base level reading of the toll of war. As of November 25, 2004, IBC’s estimate stood at 14,515 to 16,673 civilian deaths.

February 01, 2005
    Mass-murder, rape, starvation and ethnic cleansing continues in Darfur, Sudan but the selective indignation shown by the US and western nations exposes the hypocrisy of western interventionists.

The crisis in Sudan provides an extraordinary study in hypocrisy. Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin gave a moving speech at the United Nations on September 22, 2000, “Tens of thousands have been murdered, raped and assaulted,” he said. “War crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed.” This would have been a courageous act, to say such things about US foreign policy in Iraq.

February 01, 2005
    Recent changes in the patterns of plunder in Bolivia have made the organizations, format and strategies of the current resistance strikingly different from those of the past. In contrast to the past, when strikes and workplace occupations by unions of the industrial proletariat were the engine of the struggle, today it is gremios (unions) of informal market workers, indigenous organizations and other new social sectors that are fighting an old battle, on new turf. The slum-city of El Alto is a case study in this new Bolivian resistance.

With several rebellions against corporate theft of resources like natural gas and water, Bolivia has become an epicenter of the growing Latin American backlash against neoliberalism.

February 01, 2005
    In hopes of deepening the mainstream political debate beyond “Anyone but Bush” as well as to give organizers a break from meetings and protest planning, LAC offered a space to nurture and build analysis, vision, and imagination. Sessions were woven around the themes “Contours of Capitalism,” “Perspectives on Power,” “Envisioning Another World,” and “Organizing Strategies,” giving the conference a coherent and accessible narrative that unfolded throughout the weekend.

Out of a wide array of sessions addressing everything from prisons to education, queer politics and indigenous people’s rights, the conference was ultimately not only about life after capitalism, but life after the many oppressive institutions that make up the status quo.

February 01, 2005
    “Elections pass, governments pass. Resistance remains as it is, one more alternative for humanity and against neoliberalism. Nothing more, but nothing less.”
    — SC Marcos

For the global justice movement (global justice movements?), the Zapatistas are often looked to for political strategy that extends beyond taking state power. Yet the Zapatistas were not always known for bottom-up, “lead by following” organizing. How and why has the Zapatista movement changed shape over the past ten years — from armed overthrow to autonomous schools?