Monthly Archives: March 2014

SPAIN: The People’s Struggle and the Role of Adolfo Suárez

Adolfo Suárez González (1932–2014) was a Spanish lawyer and politician. He was Spain’s first democratically elected prime minister after Franco’s dictatorship, and the key figure in the country’s transition to ‘democracy’. Born into a rural, middle class Catholic family, he … Continue reading

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The True Face of the Venezuelan Opposition

Many media outlets portray Venezuela’s youthful opposition as “peaceful protesters”, similar to those in the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, or other movements in Latin America. They are, however, very different, and it is important to highlight some of the … Continue reading

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Coca Production and ‘Progress’ in Bolivia

Doña Silvia, of the Federation of Organic Coca Producers, has to walk for hours and hours on foot through the jungle to reach her coca plantation. Roads, hospitals and schools promised by the government haven’t yet reached her community. Some, … Continue reading

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Indigenous Peoples from 5 Mesoamerican Countries Form Front Against Mining

Originally posted on Chiapas Support Committee:
AGAINST THE IMPERIALISM AND NEOCOLONIALISM OF MINING COMPANIES, THE CURRENT BATTLE OF THE PEOPLES A New Store for Zapatista Women’s Cooperative ** Organization is required to win, NGO’s from several countries point out in…

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The Zapatistas Redefined Themselves. The Mexican Government Did Not.

Patrocinio González was governor of Chiapas between 1988 and 1993 – a period in which the Zapatistas were preparing to reveal their existence to the world. Whilst recognising the injustices faced by indigenous communities in Mexico, he claims that the … Continue reading

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Bishop Samuel Ruiz on Injustice, Political Consciousness & the Zapatista Uprising

Speaking in 2004 about the Zapatistas, Bishop Samuel Ruiz echoed what Raúl Vera said in the article https://ososabiouk.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/bishop-vera-on-the-ezln-their-proposal-is-peace/ about the injustices perpetuated by the Mexican government and the role of progressive Catholics in encouraging a greater political consciousness among indigenous communities. … Continue reading

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When the Earth Becomes a Commodity

Originally posted on dorset chiapas solidarity:
When the Earth Becomes a Commodity / Cuando la Tierra Se Convierte En Mercancía The Destruction of the Basis of Life of the Indigenous Peoples in Chiapas, Mexico. This documentary portrays the threat to…

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What are the Mexican Autodefensas and Community Police Forces?

In around 5% of Mexican territory – at least 11 states and 106 municipalities – there are community self-defence groups, which have grown in response to extortion and violence at the hands of drug traffickers. Around 77% of these groups … Continue reading

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