“The Dead Are Alive” – Javier Sicilia

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“The Dead Are Alive” – Javier Sicilia

Javier Sicilia, Proceso, 8th June, 2014

For the Zapatista compañeros, for each of us who resist.

imagesmpjd“April,” T.S. Eliot wrote in the terrible poem “The Waste Land” that announced the horrors of the twentieth century, “…is the cruellest month.”

In the Mexico of the twenty-first century, April’s cruelty has become that of every month and every day. The nomenclature of the murdered, disappeared, displaced, has become increasingly commonplace, buried under “the dead land” of abstractions, statistical accounting and structural reforms. From time to time, one or two murders shake the conscience and, as Eliot says, “engender lilies” from the bottom of that inhospitable land that reminds us of the horror, the debt of a State that has abdicated its reason for being and that, under the transvestism of restorative rhetoric, doesn’t stop serving the crime of big business, whether legal or…

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About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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