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Part 2: Thoughts on Marcos and Leadership

By: 
RJ Maccani
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    (With Subcomandante Marcos currently the most visible face of the Other Campaign, I figured it would be important to discuss him a bit before moving into a discussion of the “intergalactic” aspects of the Zapatistas and their Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, which we’ll get into in Part 3…)

On February 9th, my last night in Mexico, Marcos came to speak in the Zócalo (city center) of Oaxaca City. It was a moment for which organizers and activists throughout the state had been preparing for over a month. Oaxaca’s corrupt and repressive Governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, had, since assuming office amidst charges of electoral fraud the year prior, moved the seat of executive power out of Oaxaca City and outlawed demonstration or protest in the Zócalo.

Supplement: Abolitionists to Zapatistas

By: 
Members of Critical Resistance NYC
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    [This was written to the Zapatistas in August of 2005 by several of us from Critical Resistance NYC. It serves as our collective adherence to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and can be found on the web page of the Intergalactic Commission of the EZLN, which is http://zeztainternazional.ezln.org.mx –RJ]

Dear Zapatista Sisters and Brothers,

Thank you for sharing with us your story of struggle and resistance in the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. We send you greetings and are writing to express our solidarity, and would like to share with you a little bit of our story. Critical Resistance ( http://www.criticalresistance.org ), our organization, is currently a national network with ten chapters throughout the country.

Cementing Israeli Apartheid: The Role of World Bank

By: 
Jamal Juma
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    Through the violent occupation of Iraq, the US is laying the foundations to further open the economy of the Middle East for their corporate interests. Countries once protected by oil revenues are lining up to sign bilateral agreements leading to a Middle East Free Trade Agreement. MEFTA would impose free market policies that have enslaved other regions of the global south to global capital.

The Daily Shrapnel: Dispatches from Post-War Lebanon

By: 
Zein El-Amine
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    "Gentlemen, you have transformed our country into a graveyard You have planted bullets in our heads, and organized massacres Gentlemen, nothing passes like that without account All that you have done to our people is registered in notebooks" -Mahmud Darwish

The Daily Shrapnel #1: Death in Deir Keifa Beirut Monday, October 16th My grandmother's house in the southern village of Deir Keifa sits, as all the villages around there, on a hill facing many hills and valleys extending to the horizon. Decades ago a second part of the village was built on an adjacent hill which was called Shmaise'.

Summer Lullaby for Lebanon

By: 
Jana Nakhal
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

My country was being bombed. My people were being bombed. Other than being afraid of what could happen to me, my loved ones, people I knew, people I saw on the streets, people who smiled at me at a corner, the stupid taxi driver that I cursed the other day; I was afraid for the people I never knew, the people I never met, never saw and people who in the small villages of the south, in the streets of the southern suburbs of Beirut who were agonizing, dying under the rubble of their own houses. My country has had many wars. The civil war that lasted from 1975 until 1991 was cruel and meaningless. I didn’t witness it as I was too young, and we used to escape to the back-then-safe south, to my grandmother's house.

Special Collection: Presidential Election 2004

By: 
Various Authors
Date Published: 
January 01, 2007

Left Turn magazine introduces a forum in which voices of the Left will discuss the two-party system, grassroots activism, and the 2004 electoral contest. Our hope is that these contributions help further the discourse about what role, if any, activists should play in the upcoming elections. This will be a regular section in Left Turn magazine and on our website through November, 2004.

Politics Belongs to Everyone: From Seattle to the Campaign Trail

By: 
John Nichols
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    We’re supposed to think globally and act locally, right? Well, then it makes sense that we should start campaigning locally. The other side, the corporate side, runs candidates for every office from city council to president. We have to start doing the same thing if we’re going to change the political debate on globalization.” --— Adam Benedetto, Green candidate for Dane County Sheriff, Wisconsin

When tens of thousands of activists marched into the streets of Seattle on November 30, 1999, to protest against the World Trade Organization’s policies, April Fairfield was in the thick of it.

Comments on "Politics Belongs to Everyone"

By: 
Various Authors
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Left-turn,
Thanks so much for sharing "Politics Belongs to Everyone" on your website.

I hope the feedback makes for productive discussion. My perspective is not very critical of the piece. Personally, I've seen the global justice movement spin off in so many directions. And to see that original potential realized, we must affirm the accomplishments, bravery and inherent worth of each endeavor as a continuation of our spirited mobilizations.

Our persistence did not strike fear into the WTO, but emboldened our allies among the delegates of the third world to bring it down from the inside.

The Civil Rights and Human Rights Dilemma

By: 
Elaine Cassel
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But for people of any political persuasion who care about civil liberties or human rights, the lot of Democratic presidential contenders is abysmal. I – a watcher of the Bush administration’s dismantling of civil liberties in the name of a global, and eternal, war on “terror” – have watched Democrats in the Congress vote in the USA Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act (which has received little press coverage) with virtually no debate and even less dissent.

On our side

Rep. Dennis Kucinich is the only one who could be trusted to curb the incursion of civil liberties. Though he voted for the PATRIOT Act, he has had a change of heart, at least as to some of its provisions.

Save the World—Dump Bush

By: 
Laura Carlsen
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Who would have thought the candidate who confessed to rarely setting foot outside the United States and promised a more “humble foreign policy” would be the president who put international affairs at the top of the US political agenda? The September 11th attacks changed everyone’s vision of the US in the world, but the alacrity and brutality with which the Bush administration took up the gauntlet revealed a grand strategy of US supremacy designed well before the attacks.

The National Security Strategy of George W. Bush, his cabinet, and right-wing advisers has shaken the foundations of the global polity.