Handmade in Colombia

Colombian community leaders Alirio Arroyave and Arquimedes Vitonas were in Toronto last month to give talks, part of the Canada-Colombia Solidarity Campaign. rabble interviewer Justin Podur caught up with both men during their stay and spoke with them about participatory politics, direct democracy and what can happen when the people making the decisions are also the people affected by them.

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The Government's Mask Comes Off In Chiapas

http://www.zcommunications.org/the-governments-mask-comes-off-in-chiapas-by-justin-podur

Two years ago, just after Vicente Fox's election ended the PRI's 71-year long dictatorship over Mexico and just before Pablo Salazar's election as governor of Chiapas raised such high hopes of change, there was a literacy class in the Tzotzil, Abeja refugee community of X'oyep in the Altos.

The teachers, young urban university students from northern Mexico had given their students the assignment of writing a single page composition, on any topic they chose.

What Happened in Jenin?

http://www.zcommunications.org/what-happened-in-jenin-by-justin-podur

What happened in Jenin? What is happening in Jenin? The second question is more important than the first, but the two are related. With the United Nations report on Jenin published and the Human Rights Watch Report tabled some time ago, the official voices have spoken.

Welcome to the Nightmare

Alvaro Uribe Velez was being sworn in as Colombia's president on August 7 while mortar shells were hitting the presidential palace. He was swearing that his war plan, that includes the creation of a 'civilian intelligence network' of spies who are to inform on their neighbours, would make Colombians safe.

Turning the West Bank and Gaza into Prisons

http://www.zcommunications.org/turning-the-west-bank-and-gaza-into-prisons-by-justin-podur

[Interviewed by Cynthia Peters]

1. Describe what's happening in Jenin.

This is a society that's slowly being choked to death. It is marked by fear, random violence, and irrational destruction. No one is allowed peace of mind. Even the relatively well-off -- those with jobs and some money -- live in constant fear. The poor, of course, are the hardest hit.

Movements of Resistance in the Americas

A proposed view of history

Much of Latin America won independence from Spain in the 19th century. All countries that were independent faced the same problem: the former imperial powers continued to control decisive military, financial, and propaganda might. How could the newly decolonized (or, in the case of indigenous nations, never decolonized) countries prevent a recolonization?

Against Fear and Invisibility

The struggle of Colombians is a struggle against fear and a struggle against invisibility. These are two of the worst weapons used against Colombians. Fear, because it causes the silence elites need to fulfill their agendas. Invisibility, because of its isolating effect: people cannot fight alongside, or build solidarity with, those they cannot see. In this article we bring you two movements who are exemplary in their struggles against fear and invisibility: The Popular Women's Organization (Organizacion Femenina Popular), and the Black People's Process (Procesas Comunidades Negras).