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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Continue reading “Handmade in Colombia”
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.
Continue reading “The Government’s Mask Comes Off In Chiapas”
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.
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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.
Continue reading “Welcome to the Nightmare”
A photo essay by Justin Podur for ZNet, August 3, 2002
Continue reading “Occupied Palestine in Photos 2002”
[Interviewed by Cynthia Peters]
Tell me about Gaza.
Continue reading “A Conversation with Justin Podur in Gaza”
[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.
Continue reading “Turning the West Bank and Gaza into Prisons”
It’s disturbing to see how neatly nationalism dovetails into fascism. While we must not allow the fascists to define what the nation is, or who it belongs to, it’s worth keeping in mind that nationalism, in all its many avatars-socialist, capitalist and fascist-has been at the root of almost all the genocides of the twentieth century. On the issue of nationalism, it’s wise to proceed with caution.
Arundhati Roy, April 2002
Continue reading “Instead of Nation States”
“A dignified President, doctor Alvaro Uribe Velez, has been elected conclusively and consciously in the first round, by and for a Fatherland that wants to make itself peaceful and to grow in solidarity.” — Salvatore Mancuso, Commander of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, May 26, 2002
Continue reading “Prepare for 4 years of the Uribe Model”
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?
Continue reading “Movements of Resistance in the Americas”