Category: Indigenous

Subcomandante Marcos: Zapatista Soccer

[Letter from Massimo Moratti follows] Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico May 25, 2005 To: Massimo Moratti, President of the Milan International F.C. Milan, Italy From: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos EZLN Chiapas, Mexico Don Massimo, We have received the letter in which you inform us that your football team, the International F.C., has accepted the fraternal Read more…

keith harmon snow: Rwanda’s Secret War

O n November 26, 2004, television stations in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), began broadcasting alerts that a Rwandan invasion was underway. This followed days of repeated threats by President Paul Kagame to attack Hutu rebels based in the eastern DRC. Belgian and U.S. military sources in Kinshasa said that Read more…

Samir Hussain: Canada Myths and Realities

“The faceless beast has many faces. The most dangerous face is the one that comes with a smile.”-James “OJ” Pitawanakwat [1] On November 30, 2004, there was a massive mobilisation to protest George W. Bush’s presence in Ottawa.  This event provided an insightful example of how varied (and oftentimes mutually exclusive) agendas can occasionally fall Read more…

Macdonald Stainsby: Canada and the Arctic North

Well, now it appears to be official. On October Seventh, 2004 Imperial Oil (otherwise known as Esso) has submitted an application to build the single largest mega project of industrialization in the history of the settler state of Canada. Along with several Inuit and many other Dene Nations, the Deh Cho (Dene) Nations of the Read more…

Bill Weinberg: Indigenous Opposition to Plan Puebla Panama

On July 21, leaders of indigenous, campesino and grassroots organizations from throughout the Central American nations and Mexico gathered in Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, for the Mesoamerican Forum, fourth in a series of meetings aimed at defending ecological culture throughout the isthmus–and opposing the Puebla-Panama Plan (PPP), an isthmus-wide mega-development scheme aggressively promoted by the Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Chiapas, the Thirteenth Stele

The zapatista indigenous communities have been committed for several years now to a process of building autonomy.  For us, autonomy is not fragmentation of the country or separatism, but the exercise of the right to govern and govern ourselves, as established in Article 39 of the political Constitution of the United Mexican States. From the Read more…

Calvin Tucker: Chavez On The Offensive

I t is one of life’s little ironies that the impending reopening of that symbol of American capitalism, McDonalds, which is still on “strike” against the Venezuelan government, will be hailed as a victory for President Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. But perhaps we should not be too surprised. This is, after all, the country Read more…

Jan knippers Black: Independence For East Timor?

The first time East Timor declared its independence, after Portuguese colonizers withdrew in l974, it was immediately overrun by Indonesian troops. Their occupation, until 1999, wiped out a third of the population, but not the independence movement. In the 1999 UN-sponsored referendum, the vote for independence was overwhelming; but the Indonesian armed forces and their Read more…

Sara Desantis: Genetically Modified Organisms Threaten Indigenous Corn

In November 2001, Ignacio Chapela and David Quist, scientists from the University of California at Berkeley, published an article in the scientific journal Nature revealing that indigenous corn in Oaxaca, Mexico was contaminated with DNA from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The biotech industry has been working ferociously to discredit this research. Many of the anti- Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: On Becoming a Wal-mart Greeter

Charles Leach describes himself as a 62-year-old, silver-haired, overweight, wing tip shoe-wearing president of a small company that manufactures textile screen printing inks – “not exactly the ‘neo-hippie anarchist’ the media picks out as the typical WTO protester.” It’s not that Leach was in the streets of Seattle protesting the WTO in 1999. He lives Read more…

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