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January 01, 0001

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN (Spanish versions follow)

[ Translated by irlandesa ]

Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

Mexico.

July 13, 2005

To the People of Mexico:

This is our word:

First - The EZLN has now designated a committee from its leadership in order to take responsibility for everything having to do with the work of carrying forward the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona. It will work, jointly and respectfully, with those organizations, groups, collectives and individuals who join with us in this new civil and peaceful initiative in Mexico.

February 01, 2007

It’s a new political moment for the antiwar movement.

Washington’s failure in Iraq is undeniable: even Henry Kissinger says a US victory is impossible. The Iraq war was the prime reason the US electorate delivered a huge “thumping” to George Bush November 7. The administration is openly flailing about for any possible “Plan B” (or C, or D, or E) to avert total humiliation. There are signs that the elite guardians of US imperial interests recognize that a more general foreign policy readjustment is being forced upon them.

In such a fluid situation, grassroots pressure can make a tremendous difference. Conditions are ripe to beat back the administration’s desperate and dangerous notions about “One Last Big Push” in Iraq.

Eric Tang
February 01, 2007

It’s true enough that US-based activists and organizers lucky enough to travel tend to leave their hearts in different corners of the globe. For some it was Cuba for the World Youth Summit, for others that trip down to Chiapas, Mexico. Perhaps it was the World Social Forums of Brazil and Mumbai? For me, it was Durban, South Africa, during the first week of September 2001. Two weeks before the twin towers were eviscerated, thousands of activists from across the globe gathered in Durban to participate in the World Conference Against Racism. It seemed a time for hope and optimism, but no sooner had we returned from the conference than the post 9-11 era began.

How different the world looks now.

January 01, 0001
    A popular uprising that shakes the roots of a long-held exploitive power dynamic is occurring in Oaxaca, Mexico. Not only does it threaten the corrupt and repressive government that has controlled the region for years, the movement is also creating an alternative structure for popular governance. Beginning as a teachers’ strike and evolving into a full-scale popular struggle, the movement relies on creative nonviolent direct action to incapacitate the state government and demand the resignation of the current governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz. The impact of the struggle reaches beyond the state of Oaxaca, strengthening movements rooted in the poorest classes throughout Mexico.
February 01, 2007

Israel is in crisis. The recent Lebanon War has heightened all its internal and external contradictions. Gabriel Ash looks at the economic and political foundations of this deeply militaristic and ideological state. The recent military defeat, brewing class divisions and political polarization from within, have made Israel more unstable than ever. To understand where this current crisis might lead Israel, a little historical context is needed. From the twenties on, Zionism was a project of colonial development. As economists Nitzan and Bichler brilliantly showed, the so-called Labor party was Capital’s best friend, providing cheap labor and a captive market to attract overseas investors. The establishment of the state in 1948 led to the strengthening of ties.