Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2019 by floweroftheword

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1. Industrializing: the plan for Tehuantepec – This report announces the Mexican government’s intention to replace the Special Economic Zones, which apparently were not very popular, with six industrial parks located on land across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. A railroad train would cut across the Isthmus transporting freight from the port of Coatzacoalcos on the Gulf of Mexico of Veracruz to the port of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, on the Pacific Ocean, thus creating an alternative to the Panama Canal. A graphic shows that the entire industrial area would affect 46 municipalities of Oaxaca and 33 in Veracruz with 11 indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples living there. The plan also includes tax breaks for corporations. The CNI-CIG and the EZLN have denounced this project and I think it’s safe to anticipate strong resistance.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/04/24/economia/018n1eco

2. Farewell to neoliberalism?Raúl Romero discusses whether AMLO’s decree that neoliberalism is ended in Mexico is realistic by examining the structural (legal) adjustments that were made to accommodate neoliberalism. Sadly, he concludes that AMLO’s declaration is not correct. This is an excellent article!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/06/16/opinion/010a1pol

3. CNI-CIG-EZLN Call to Join the Campaign for Life, Peace and Justice in the Mountains of Guerrero– The Zapatistas and the CNI-CIG make a call for donations of food, medicine and money for the CIPOG-EZ communities that are currently surrounded by the narco-paramilitaries that murdered 4 of its members in May. A Caravan will leave Mexico City for Chilapa on July 12 with the food, medicine and money collected.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/06/12/convocatoria-del-cni-cig-y-el-ezln-a-la-campana-por-la-vida-la-paz-y-la-justicia-en-la-montana-de-guerrero/

4. Individualized Support: counterinsurgency or social containment?– Peter Rosset discusses the consequences of AMLO’s new plan to give individual members of social organizations cash support through bank cards, rather than giving the money to their social organization to distribute as has been the past practice.

En español: https://chiapas-support.org/2019/06/23/individualized-support-counterinsurgency-or-social-containment/

5. Kana’antik k-lu’umo’ob: The Maya Horizon– Francisco López Bárcenas reports on meetings of Mayas and their social and cultural organizations held on the Yucatan Peninsula to analyze and express their resistance to the Maya Train. An important article!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/06/27/opinion/024a1pol

Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2019 by floweroftheword

1. They’ll build 3 National Guard barracks in Chiapas– These new barracks will be build in areas used by migrants as a result of AMLO’s promise to Trump to send National Guard troops to Mexico’s southern border in order to curb migration. This, of course, adds to the militarization of an already militarized state.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2019/06/en-chiapas-construiran-3-cuarteles-de-la-guardia-nacional-en-zonas-de-paso-de-migrantes/

2. For life and against war in the Zapatista communitiesGilberto López y Rivas analyzes the dangerous situation in Chiapas and other indigenous regions in resistance: militarization, counterinsurgency, paramilitary groups, federal troops entering communities saying that war is coming, and the National Guard. He concludes that there is a danger of another Acteal. A good read!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/05/31/opinion/021a2pol

3. CNI-CIG-EZLN communiqué on the violence against the original peoples– This communiqué denounces a number of violent aggressions against indigenous communities, some deadly, including the narco-paramilitary circle around communities in Chilapa, Guerrero belonging to the CIPOG-EZ, a member organization of the CNI-CIG. They call on us to be attentive to the situation in Chilapa where 4 people have already been murdered.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/06/04/comunicado-del-cni-cig-y-el-ezln-ante-la-violencia-desatada-contra-los-pueblos-originarios/

4. Marichuy: Militarization, to assure dispossession against indigenous peoples– María de Jesus Patricio Martínez (Marichuy) says that the main objective of Mexico’s new National Guard is to assure the imposition of megaprojects and the subjection of the indigenous peoples. She talks about her campaign and the fact that indigenous peoples have not yet seen any change since the new president took power. Excellent interview!

En español: https://www.contralinea.com.mx/archivo-revista/2019/05/07/militarizacion-para-asegurar-despojo-contra-los-pueblos-indigenas-marichuy/

5. EZLN—CNI-CIG: Stop the narco-paramilitary war against the CIPOG-EZ – The EZLN-CNI-CIG denounce the murder and dismemberment of 2 more compañeros of the CIPOG-EZ in Guerrero and name the paramilitary groups that are terrorizing that region of Chiapas.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/05/25/alto-a-la-guerra-narcoparamilitar-contra-el-cipog-ez-comunicado-urgente-del-cni-cig-y-el-ezln/

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE UPDATE

Posted in Uncategorized on May 8, 2019 by floweroftheword

Zapatista News & Analysis

1. Message from the Zapatista National Liberation Army– The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) issued this communiqué on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Emiliano Zapata. It describes the current counterinsurgency moves in Zapatista Territory and discusses the murder of Samir Flores. This is a must read!

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/04/10/comunicado-del-ejercito-zapatista-de-liberacion-nacional-2/

2. The Chinameca Declaration– The National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Government Council (CIG) issue a communiqué from Chinameca on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of General Emiliano Zapata, in which the CNI-CIG express their rejection of the government’s mega-projects that dispossess them of life and favor global capital, especially of the United States. An important statement!

En español: https://www.congresonacionalindigena.org/2019/04/11/comunicado-del-congreso-nacional-indigena-y-el-concejo-indigena-de-gobierno-a-100-anos-del-asesinato-del-general-emiliano-zapata/

3. Education Reform and the Fourth Transformation– Luis Hernández Navarro the neoliberal education reform passed as part of the Pact for Mexico under the former president, Enrique Peña Nieto and AMLO’s memorandum supposedly reforming it. What stands out is the situation of the rural teachers colleges (normales), like Ayotzinapa, within the education reform. This is an ongoing current national discussion in Mexico.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/04/02/opinion/015a1pol

4. The Peoples Front rejects the Huexca thermoelectric plant– Hermann Bellinghausen describes the protest at Chinameca on April 10, 2019, the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Emiliano Zapata: the opposition of the Peoples Front to the thermoelectric plant and pipeline in Huexca and the symbolic takeover (occupation) of the former hacienda where Zapata was killed, now a museum.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/04/11/politica/005n1pol

Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2019 by floweroftheword

1. Provocations, Infamy, Apologies– López y Rivas analyzes the government’s negative comments about those indigenous peoples who resist the PIM (Morelos Integral Project) and the importance of the April 9 and 10 demonstrations of resistance to the project on the 100th anniversary of Emiliano Zapata’s assassination. The National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the Indigenous Government Council (CIG) and the EZLN are focusing their energies on Morelos now, and hope to model this national and international resistance so that it can also be used against the Maya Train and other megaprojects, like the Trans-Isthmus Corridor.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/03/22/opinion/016a2pol/

2. EZLN and CNI-CIG on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec referendum– The National Indigenous Congress (CNI)-Indigenous Government Council (CIG) and the Zapatistas National Liberation Army (EZLN or Zapatistas) issued a communiqué denouncing the hastily announced referendum on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec Development Program, aka Trans-Isthmus Corridor, calling it “simulated.”

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/03/29/comunicado-del-cni-cig-y-el-ezln-ante-nueva-situacion-de-consulta-para-imponer-mega-proyectos-en-el-istmo-de-tehuantepec/

3. Burial without a corpse– Gustavo Esteva comments on AMLO’s assertion that neoliberalism is ended in Mexico, using the referendum (consulta) on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec Development Program as an example of neoliberalism alive and well. This article explains the Trans-Isthmus Corridor and it’s connection to the Special Economic Zones. An informative read!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/03/25/opinion/015a2pol

4. Marichuy: Seeking an apology from Spain, a simulation– María de Jesús Patricio Martínez (Marichuy), spokeswoman for the CNI-CIG, thinks that AMLO asking for an apology from Spain for its invasion of the land now named Mexico is just for show and it would be much better if AMLO stopped dispossessing indigenous peoples from their lands.

En español: https://www.proceso.com.mx/576942/pedir-perdon-a-espana-una-simulacion-mejor-detengan-el-despojo-a-comunidades-marichuy

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE UPDATE

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2019 by floweroftheword

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1. Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Waffles & Zapatismo10:30 am to 1 pm – Pablo González, a lecturer in the Ethnic Studies Department at UC Berkeley and long-time Zapatista supporter will talk about and lead a discussion on: What Zapatista autonomy means for us in Oakland. The presentation and discussion are from 11 am to 1 pm. Food is available at 10:30 am. Where? Chiapas Support Committee Office, Upstairs at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. (Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for discussion, meaning there is no charge to attend the presentation/discussion.)

Zapatista News & Analysis

1. CNI-CIG-EZLN Statement: Samir Lives, the struggle continues– This is the statement from the 3rd National Assembly of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the Indigenous Government Council (CIG) and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). It is an analysis of the current situation in indigenous communities throughout Mexico in relation to the AMLO government and its capitalist mega-projects. An excellent summary!

En español:

2. Puerto Madero, Chiapas, disappears due to climate change– A Chiapas scientist and academic warns that Chiapas would be one of the states most affected by climate change due to an increase in the average sea level.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2019/02/puerto-madero-desaparece-por-cambio-climatico/

3. Chiapas teachers declare that they are “in resistance and rebellion”– Chiapas teachers belonging to Local 7 of the National Education Workers Union marched in the state capital of Chiapas against application of Peña Nieto’s education reform, which AMLO said he would cancel. Teachers say it is still being applied to them in Chiapas.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/03/02/estados/025n1est

4. Film successes and contemporaneous Mexican racism– Mariana Mora discusses the racism produced in Mexico over Yalitza Aparicio’s Oscar nomination for her performance in Roma.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/02/28/opinion/015a1pol

5. Constructing the Maya Train “is going to be a disaster,” Francisco Toledo– The famous painter is concerned about the ecological damage from the train and urges the government to provide more information and to have a meaningful consultation with the indigenous communities affected to obtain their agreement.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/02/06/cultura/a03n1cul

6. Statement of the CNI-CIG-EZLN on the murder of Compañero Samir Flores Soberanes – The CNI-CIG-EZLN denounce the murder of a CNI compañero who was a leader in the opposition movement against the Morelos Integral Project (PIM, its initials in Spanish).

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/02/20/pronunciamiento-del-cni-cig-ezln-ante-el-asesinato-del-companero-samir-flores-soberanes/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EnlaceZapatista+%28Enlace+Zapatista%29

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE NEWS

Posted in Uncategorized on February 7, 2019 by floweroftheword

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Waffles & Zapatismo
Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:30 am to 1 pm
Omni Commons,
4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland
(Classes are upstairs in the Chiapas Support Committee Office)

Mario Galván from the Zapatista Solidarity Coalition in Sacramento will give a Report on the Gathering of Networks in support of the CNI-CIG and the EZLN’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Mario attended both events, which recently took place in Chiapas. The presentation and discussion are from 11 am to 1 pm. Food is available at 10:30 am. (Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for discussion, meaning there is no charge to attend the presentation/discussion.)

ZAPATISTA NEWS & ANALYSIS
1. The Maya Train: the Zapatistas are right – The author of this opinion piece suggests that López Obrador’s economic ideas are problematic and that he is pro-development in an old fashioned way that doesn’t work today in a globalized world. He discusses this in relation to the Maya Train, which he says will disrupt both the way of life and the environment in the places where the train stops. This is an important analysis regarding the Maya Train.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/01/09/opinion/016a2pol

2. EZLN: 25 years of anticapitalist struggle– An excellent analysis from Gilberto López y Rivas as to the racism revealed in the attacks on the Zapatistas and the fact that Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), has done nothing to stop these attacks. Therefore, López y Rivas concludes that the huge military display and Sup Moisés’ claim that “we are all alone” is a call for supporters of Zapatismo to pay attention and be on the alert to what might happen.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/01/11/opinion/020a1pol

3. EZLN: solidarity recognition– This is an article about the global solidarity letter in support of the Zapatistas with a link so that you can sign on to the letter and express your solidarity and support.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/01/25/opinion/017a1pol

4. The Marshall Plan and border Imperialism – This article reveals a US/Mexico “development” plan for southern Mexico and the part of Central America that people are leaving to seek refuge and asylum. It also reveals that some of the financing will come from US private investment. The article offers an important understanding of the relationship between immigration and the “development” plans for southern Mexico.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2018/12/31/opinion/014a1pol

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2019 by floweroftheword

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CSCEvents

1. Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 5 pm (doors open at 4:30pm) – Liberated Lens and the Chiapas Support Committee present ANOTHER FORM OF LIFE IS POSSIBLE, 3 short documentary films on anticapitalist resistance in southern Mexico. Two filmmakers will be available to discuss the films and answer questions. There will be an Update on the situation in Chiapas and an opportunity for questions and discussion. Join us at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA 94609. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/372069996892386/

2. Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Waffles & Zapatismo10:30 am to 1 pm – Mario Galván from the Zapatista Solidarity Coalition in Sacramento will give a Report on the Gathering of Networks in support of the CNI-CIG and the EZLN’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Mario attended both events, which recently took place in Chiapas. The presentation and discussion are from 11 am to 1 pm. Food is available at 10:30 am. Chiapas Support Committee Office, Upstairs at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

Zapatista News & Analysis

There are currently attacks against the Zapatistas throughout social media in Mexico and elsewhere from supporters of Mexico’s new president (AMLO) because the Zapatistas stated their opposition to and their intent to resist the mega-projects AMLO announced in Chiapas and other indigenous lands in southern Mexico. The following articles concern this polemic. We will also discuss this at both events listed above.

1. Words of the EZLN’s CCRI-CG to the Zapatista Peoples on the 25th Anniversary of the Beginning of the War Against Oblivion – Subcomandante Moisés speaks to the rebel insurgents, autonomous authorities, milicianos and civilian support base of the EZLN saying: “We are alone, just like we were 25 years ago” and thereby causing concern among supporters.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/01/01/palabras-de-la-comandancia-general-del-ejercito-zapatista-de-liberacion-nacional-dirigidas-a-los-pueblos-zapatistas/

2. The Fourth Transformation? – Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Mexico’s new president calls his presidential project the Fourth Transformation. Gilberto López y Rivas analyzes what that claim means and critically questions it. This is an important article for understanding the current polemic.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2018/12/28/opinion/014a1pol

3. Bertolucci in the Lacandon– Luis Hernández Navarro describes the 25th anniversary celebration and compares it to an epic Bertolucci film, a show of power from a political-military force… This is a must read!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/01/08/opinion/017a1pol?

4. Letter of Solidarity and Support for Zapatista Resistance and Autonomy– The Chiapas Support Committee signed onto this important worldwide letter of support for the Zapatistas signed by 700 intellectuals, academics, artists, activists and people of goodwill. This is an excellent letter that clearly addresses the current issues and aggressions affecting the Zapatistas.

En español: https://desinformemonos.org/ignacio-ramonet-arundhati-roy-immanuel-wallerstein-silvia-federici-otros-intelectuales-rechazan-cualquier-agresion-del-estado-los-zapatistas/