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Illusory Differences

By: 
Mickey Z
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    Now I’ve drawn closed the curtain
    in this little booth where the truth
    has no place to stand
    and I am feeling oh so powerless
    in this stupid booth with this useless
    little lever in my hand.

    —Ani DiFranco, “Birmingham

Did the last year’s anti-war protests occur because Bush is a Republican and has surrounded himself with the likes of Rumsfeld, Cheney, Powell, Rice, and Ashcroft while Clinton, a purported liberal, enjoyed more freedom to commit war crimes?

Bush demonized Hussein as the “next Hitler” in order to attack him. The Left demonized Bush with Hitler comparisons. I’ve written many articles criticizing US policy towards Iraq and have received countless e-mails of support.

Don't Just [Not] Vote, Get Active

By: 
Don't Just Vote (dot) Com
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

We are calling for a national campaign to take advantage of this election year to emphasize the power of direct action and to present direct democracy as a viable alternative to representation. This campaign will include literature distribution, postering and stickering, demonstrations, educational events, and other forms of community outreach, both in our own communities and around the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. It will culminate in a nationwide day of direct action on November 2, election day.

Alerta Roja: EZLN Declares Red Alert

By: 
Melissa Mundt
Date Published: 
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from Chiapas Peace House

In the past few days the EZLN has issued four communiqués declaring a state of Red Alert in autonomous zones in Chiapas as a "precautionary defensive measure." Significantly, this means that members of civil society have been asked to leave Zapatista territory as the EZLN circles the wagons in preparation for an internal consultation. The Peace House and many other groups in Chiapas are monitoring the situation for further developments. Currently, there has been no call for international human rights observers.

In the first communiqué, Subcomandante Marcos strongly criticizes Mexico's political parties; notably, he compares leftist presidential candidate Lopez Obrador to Salinas de Gotari, neoliberal president from 1988 to 1994.

Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona ( part 1 )

By: 
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the E.Z.L.N.
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Originally published in Spanish by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

[ Translated by irlandesa (Original Spanish follows) ]

Zapatista Army of National Liberation. Mexico.

Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona

This is our simple word which seeks to touch the hearts of humble and simple people like ourselves, but people who are also, like ourselves, dignified and rebel. This is our simple word for recounting what our path has been and where we are now, in order to explain how we see the world and our country, in order to say what we are thinking of doing and how we are thinking of doing it, and in order to invite other persons to walk with us in something very great which is called Mexico and something greater which is called the world.

Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona ( part 3 )

By: 
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the E.Z.L.N.
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
[ Translated by irlandesa ]

Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico.

V - What We Want To Do

We are now going to tell you what we want to do in the world and in Mexico, because we cannot watch everything that is happening on our planet and just remain quiet, as if it were only we were where we are.

What we want in the world is to tell all of those who are resisting and fighting in their own ways and in their own countries, that you are not alone, that we, the zapatistas, even though we are very small, are supporting you, and we are going to look at how to help you in your struggles and to speak to you in order to learn, because what we have, in fact, learned is to learn.

Two Communiques on the National Initiative

By: 
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the E.Z.L.N.
Date Published: 
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.

A New Moment

By: 
Max Elbaum
Date Published: 
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.

Bringing It Back Home, Building the 2007 US Social Forum

By: 
Eric Tang
Date Published: 
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.

Oaxaca: Confronting Power, Building Alternatives

By: 
Rochelle Gause
Date Published: 
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.

Whither Israel?

By: 
Gabriel Ash
Date Published: 
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.