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Art for Revolution’s Sake: Voices from the EZLN’s CompArte Festival in Chiapas

August 4, 2016 Ryan Mallett-Outtrim 0

It’s not everyday that a guerrilla movement hosts an alternative art festival, but that’s exactly what just happened in southern Mexican city of San Cristobal, in the state of Chiapas. From July 23 to 30, over a thousand artists from 45 countries flocked to the city’s outskirts to participate in CompArte for Humanity, a festival of art, poetry and music organized by the left-wing militant group, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).

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Sexual Torture of Women Prisoners is Growing Epidemic in Mexico’s War on Drugs

July 15, 2016 Nidia Melissa Bautista 0

 

The majority of women polled in a recent Amnesty International study have said that they were sexually abused, beaten, electro-shocked, touched and groped during detention and interrogations. According to the unprecedented report”Surviving Death: Police and Military Torture of Women in Mexico,” a large majority of the women detained in Mexico’s prisons have been accused of organized crime or drug related charges and tortured during detention.

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The Battle of Oaxaca

June 24, 2016 Gustavo Esteva 0

This is not just another of the many Oaxacan wars. It is part of a much more profound and extensive war that is by no means contained within the national territory itself. But the battle being waged in Oaxaca has a special meaning in that war, in the larger war.

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From Within the Storm: National Indigenous Congress and Zapatista Communique on Oaxaca Teacher Protests

Faced with the cowardly repressive attack suffered by the teachers and the community in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca—in which the Mexican state reminds us that this is a war on all—the peoples, nations, and tribes who make up the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation say to the dignified teachers that they are not alone, that we know that reason and truth are on their side, that the collective dignity from which they speak their resistance is unbreakable, and that this the principal weapon of those of us below.

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Deepening Police Violence in Mexico: “Ley Eruviel,” Megaprojects and Organized Resistance

April 22, 2016 Ryan A. Knight 0

The authorities of the state of Mexico have grown impatient, or perhaps even fearful.  Faced with the well-organized and constantly growing resistance to countless megaprojects in the state of Mexico—projects driven by the ruthless pursuit of capital accumulation—political authorities have sought justification and legal protection to violently repress the resistance and see these projects through. […]

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Deepening Police Violence in Mexico: “Ley Eruviel,” Megaprojects and Organized Resistance

April 22, 2016 Ryan A. Knight 0

The authorities of the state of Mexico have grown impatient, or perhaps even fearful.  Faced with the well-organized and constantly growing resistance to countless megaprojects in the state of Mexico—projects driven by the ruthless pursuit of capital accumulation—political authorities have sought justification and legal protection to violently repress the resistance and see these projects through. […]

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More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico – A Book Review

March 29, 2016 Jen Wilton 0

More or Less Dead, author Alice Driver’s first book, is a critical and timely look at the ethics of portraying violence against women in the media. The book’s title refers to the ways that disappearances leave families in limbo, robbing the victim of even having the right to death. Although Driver focuses on the issue in the context of Mexico, the ideas and conclusions she comes to are equally applicable to other cultures and geographies.

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