Category: El Salvador

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Tim Wise: Famous Last Words

Every now and then a lesson comes easy. Other times we learn things by accident, if at all. And inevitably it seems, the lessons that matter most, often come from the least likely sources, and at the most inopportune moments. So much so, that if we aren’t paying close attention, we’ll miss them altogether. Such Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Is There A Truth About Rigoberto Menchu

  My friend the anthropologist says there is no such thing as truth. She says that she’s interviewed people in the field who completely contradict each other. One says the volcano erupted and the other says it didn’t. They both say it with equal conviction. I say: one of them is wrong. Either the volcano Read more…

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Edward Herman: All the Book Reviews Fit to Print

Books are a relatively open avenue to dissent in the United States. Critical voices of the left are rarely heard on TV or in the leading news magazines and dominant newspapers, and never at the length (or with the repetitions) necessary to overcome audience unfamiliarity and cognitive dissonance. Left-of-center books, by contrast, are published frequently, Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Reinventing Solidarity Activism

Since the January 1, 1994 Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico, EZLN* leaders have been quite forthcoming about what solidarity means to them, be it domestic or international. Their articulation of the revolution they envision is poetic in its clarity, as is the applied strategy they hope will achieve their aims — one reaching well beyond Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Pres. Clinton’s Visit to Central America

President Bill Clinton just completed a four day visit to Central America. In Nicaragua and Honduras, he briefly visited areas most devastated by Hurricane Mitch in late October, 1998. In Posoltega, Nicaragua on March 8, near two villages that were buried by mud, killing 2000 people, he promised small amounts of aid, and announced the Read more…

Daniel Faber: Central America: A Disaster That Was Waiting to Happen

  Hurricane Mitch was the deadliest disaster to ever strike Central America. More than 11,000 people have died. In Honduras, the hardest hit country, one in every 1,000 is dead or missing. Millions of Central Americans are homeless; and millions more face disease and starvation. Entire neighborhoods have disappeared, and most of the crops have Read more…

James Petras: The New Revolutionary Peasantry

Latin America The New Revolutionary Peasantry The growth of peasant-led opposition to neoliberalism By James Petras   I was invited to give one of the inaugural speeches at the Second Latin American Congress of Rural Organizations (Congreso Latinoamericano de Organizaciones del Campo, CLOC) that took place in Brazil November 3-7, 1997. There were approximately 350 Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Too Many Young Males

Hotel Satire Too Many Young Males By Lydia Sargent    Welcome to Hotel Satire where we have been sickened by the sex scandal in the White House. We agree with the Christian Coalition that Clinton is Satan and are hoping that Kenneth Starr appoints the very moral and upstanding Dan Quayle as president, the Constitution Read more…

Daniel Burton-rose: Long-Distance Running

Being Left Long-Distance Running An Interview with Staughton and Alice Lynd By Daniel Burton-Rose   In the process of putting together their classic work of oral history Rank and File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers, Staughton and Alice Lynd met several extraordinary workers from Youngstown, Ohio. These men, Ed Mann and John Barbero, were, as Read more…

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Edward Herman: Their Terrorists and Ours

Their Terrorists and Ours By Edward S. Herman   On July 12 and 13, 1998, the New York Times had successive front-page articles on the career of Luis Carriles Posada, a world class terrorist who had been trained by the CIA in the 1950s in preparation for the Bay of Pigs invasion, and who thereafter Read more…

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