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Body Count

By: 
Cawill James
Date Published: 
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, Iraqbodycount.net 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.

Sudan, Darfur, and Hypocrisy

By: 
Justin Podur
Date Published: 
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.

El Alto: Epicenter of the New Bolivian Resistance

By: 
Jim Straub
Date Published: 
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.

Life After Capitalism

By: 
Francesca Fiorentini
Date Published: 
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.

The Zapatistas: Beyond the Ballot and the Bullet

By: 
Sylvia Romo
Date Published: 
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?

Engaging the State: Today and Tomorrow

By: 
Michael Albert
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    If another world were possible, ideally its political institutions would not resemble the alienating individualism and unaccountable representation of the current state. What kinds of alternative political institutions are the being imagined? What gains can be fought for now in service of this larger political vision? Most importantly, how can movements, in their organizing structures and strategies, prefigure a future society based on solidarity, diversity and democracy?

To engage the state one must answer two key questions. What do we want now? What do we want later?

“Walking We Ask Questions”: An Interview with John Holloway

By: 
Marina A Sitrin
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    There are new politics rising throughout the world. Unlike thirty years ago, these politics are not centered on the idea that in order to make change, movements must acquire state power. Rather — in recognizing the state’s inability to provide true self-determination — they relocate power in the ability of communities to create change in the present, without narrowing or bureaucratizing visions for the future. In the following interview, Marina Sitrin and John Holloway observe and articulate these new political — or “non-political”— tendencies.

    John Holloway is the author of Change the World Without Taking Power and co-author of Zapatista!

Broadcasting Freedom on Radio 194, Dheisheh Refugee Camp

By: 
Nora Barrows-Friedman
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    As the mainstream corporate media continues its vilification of Palestinians, the next generation of Palestinian journalists is ready to counteract the lies.

As the world focuses on the ragged details of whether or not the illegal Israeli settlers will “disengage” from the occupied Gaza strip, Ariel Sharon’s genocidal policies are moving ahead at full speed in the occupied West Bank. Settlements are being built around the clock, the suffocating apartheid wall is snaking through people’s land, and the Israeli military with its aggressive tactics continues to kill innocent children and civilians.

Caterpillar Free Zones, Murals, and Flags: Palestinian Solidarity in Ireland

By: 
Matt Bowles
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    1969. The Bogside. Occupied County Derry, Ireland. Barricades are erected by the Bogside residents around their community to defend against violent police raids, loyalist attacks, and recently re-deployed British occupation forces. The area inside the barricades is declared “Free Derry,” a no-go area for police and British troops and a direct affront to the authority of the Stormont Parliament.

Free Derry challenged the sovereignty claims of the British government and their ability to occupy and control the six counties. Graffiti was scrawled on the gable wall of a House that read, “You Are Now Entering Free Derry.” That defining sign was later turned into a monument that would remain forever at the entrance to the Bogside.

Labor for Palestine

By: 
Lauren Anzaldo
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    Disgusted by the national labor establishment’s blind support for US foreign policy in the Middle East, trade unionists and Palestinian-liberation activists have initiated a campaign called Labor for Palestine.