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All Powers Against Zapatista Autonomy

Army, police and paramilitaries are surrounding and intimidating the Zapatista autonomous communities in Chiapas, provoking them and fabricating incidents between indigenous people and peasants. These aren’t isolated events; the increased armed pressure is alarming, as is the lack of concern from the powers responsible for stopping them. This summary by Jorge Alonso from Envio journal […]

U.S. university students sleeping in Zapatista educational center in Chiapas, Mexico.

Zapatismo Urbano

Radical theorist John Holloway reflects on the allure of Zapatismo for urban activists whose reality is so different from the conditions of the inhabitants of the Lacandon jungle. Our experiences–writes the author–are far removed from those of the Zapatistas of Chiapas. Our living conditions are very different from those of the Zapatistas of Chiapas, and […]

Zapatista women

Celebrating the Caracoles

In this uplifting 2005 essay, John Ross reports on the “Juntas de Buen Gobierno” (JBGs or “Good Government Committees”) from the Oventic Caracol. While darkness reigns in the political realm north and south of rebel territory–writes John–the Zapatistas, as their old revolutionary hymn proclaims, keep advancing on the horizon.

Indigenous Autonomous Municipalities

An in-depth look at the structures of the Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities in 1998 as they faced intense repression from the government. Mariana Mora interviews indigenous Zapatistas in the Morelia region and learns about the everyday workings of the newly initiated municipalities.

Video Interview with Marcos, 1997, with English Subtitles

Published on Apr 21, 2012 A video of an interview with Subcomandante Marcos, spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), by Kerry Appel from January, 1997. What does the Zapatista rebellion, a struggle for the recognition of indigenous rights in Mexico, have to do with US political, economic and military policies? What does […]