Category: Mexico

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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Mark Weisbrot: Neoliberalism Comes Unglued

Neoliberalism Comes Unglued By Mark Weisbrot   With the stock market plummeting, an economic and political crisis in Russia, and a regional depression in Asia, a lot of people are wondering if we are staring into the abyss. It’s no longer just the left, which has predicted six out of the last three world economic Read more…

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David Bacon: The GM Strike

The GM Strike By David Bacon Ending the strike of two auto parts plants near Detroit—a process which used to take just a few days—has instead lasted weeks. But delay and stubborn conflict is not the most unique factor marking this strike. It’s the fact that General Motors strikers have been forced to confront the Read more…

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David Barsamian: Navigating the Media

Ben Bagdikian is a respected critic of the media. He is winner of almost every top prize in American journalism, including the Pulitzer. His career as a reporter and editor spans more than 50 years. He is former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. His memoir is Read more…

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Elizabeth Martinez: Weaving A Net That Works

  It was lunchtime in a dusty barrio near Tijuana, Mexico, where the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ) had come to meet in July 1993. The schedule called for us to march to a transfer station for hazardous waste, one of many plants poisoning the area, and picket it. I asked how Read more…

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot’s Death In The Propaganda System

  The death of Pol Pot on April 15, 1998 unleashed a media barrage of indignation and sanitized history that illustrates well their role as agents in a system of propaganda. While Pol Pot was undoubtedly a mass killer and evil force, and deserves angry condemnation, the U.S. media’s indignation ebbs and flows in accord Read more…

Emanuel Sferios: Population, Immigration, & the Environment

  During March and April the national Sierra Club membership voted by a 20 percent margin against a ballot initiative which would have adopted a Club policy calling for a reduction in U.S. immigration. Out of the 78,069 members who mailed in ballots, a 60.1 percent majority voted to preserve the Club’s long-standing position of Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Domestic Constituencies

  Let’s begin with some simple points, assuming conditions that now prevail–not, of course, the terminus of the unending struggle for freedom and justice. There is a "public arena" in which, in principle, individuals can participate in decisions that involve the general society: how public revenues are obtained and used, what foreign policy will be, Read more…

James Petras: Our Man in Mexico and the Chiapas Massacre

  The massacre of 45 Indians in Chiapas by government-sponsored paramilitary forces has to be viewed within the broader context of regimes’ vigorous implementation of the socio-economic model and its growing political isolation within Mexican society. While there was worldwide condemnation of the massacre (over 58 cities and several parliaments in Europe) and its perpetrator Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: The American Doll

  Zoe, my six-year-old, was practically vibrating with delight when she opened the big rectangular box and pulled out her first American Girl doll. It was her birthday. She had asked for Felicity—the "colonial era" doll, but there had been a mix-up. She got Kirsten instead. This "pioneer" girl is from Sweden. Blond hair. Blue Read more…

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