Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bishop Vera on the EZLN: “Their Proposal Is Peace”

One of the latest representatives of the ‘progressive’ current of the Catholic Church, Raúl Vera López is the bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila, and was involved in the peace process after the Zapatista Uprising of 1994. Reflecting on the twentieth anniversary … Continue reading

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War: Who is it Good for?

After being charged taxes for working on their land by feudal lords, many European workers then came under the yoke of capitalists, forced to accept undignified and unsafe working conditions in factories and inadequate pay for the work they did. … Continue reading

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MEXICO: Nestora Salgado’s Unjust Captivity

With all the recent talk in Mexico about Michoacán’s self-defence groups (Autodefensas), it would be easy to forget that citizen self-defence forces have existed for a while now. For example, the Community Police (PC) in Guerrero came into being around … Continue reading

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MEXICO: San Andrés and the Unresolved Dialogue

If the San Andrés Accords at any point reflected the Mexican government’s decision to allow and contribute to the construction of indigenous autonomy, it certainly didn’t transform into reality. Instead, the pathways of dialogue became narrower and narrower. These negotiations … Continue reading

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Ukraine, Venezuela, and Bosnia: The Struggle Continues

Foreign intervention in Ukraine led to a putsch by far-right forces on Saturday. One day before, an EU truce laid the groundwork for the formation of a national unity government, leaving President Yanukovych as a ‘powerless figurehead’. But protesters, backed … Continue reading

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MEXICO: Capture of “El Chapo” Changes Very Little

Having escaped from prison in 2001, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured on Saturday in Mazatlán, Mexico by a joint Mexican-US operation. By using “bribes, safe houses and an army of cartel helpers”, the most important drug lord in Mexico … Continue reading

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Sow hunger, reap anger: why Bosnia is burning

Originally posted on WORDVIRUS:
by Chiara Milan on February 9, 2014 Failed privatizations, rampant unemployment and a thoroughly inefficient and unaccountable political system lie at the basis of the Bosnian protests. Bosnia-Herzegovina finally emerged from the sidelines, once again as…

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Venezuela: An Arena in the Global Fight Against Capitalism and Fascism

Venezuela has been an inspiration for many people in Latin America and around the world since the electoral victory of Hugo Chávez in 1998. His Bolivarian Revolution has improved working conditions, rights, and social welfare for working class Venezuelans. However, … Continue reading

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‘Caracoles’ – Schools of the ‘New Seeds’

In Los Altos of Chiapas, the Lacandona Jungle, and the Tzotz Choj area, Zapatistas live alongside political adversaries who, unlike the rebels, accept government support. This has created division in communities and even economic migration from autonomous Zapatista communities. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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EZLN Governs 250,000 Indigenous Mexicans

Over the course of twenty years, the Zapatista insurgents have founded schools, hospitals, coffee exporting cooperatives, and even banks. Their model has also inspired the growth of community police forces, forest guards, and resistance movements around Mexico. However, they still … Continue reading

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