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New Left Review 37, January-February 2006

The torching of the French banlieues as both sequel to the No vote of May 2005 and symptom of a wider Western malaise. Rejection of official pieties of integration, and flames of revolt against an automated Europe.



Fifteen hundred cars had to burn in a single night and then, on a descending scale, nine hundred, five hundred, two hundred, for the daily ‘norm’ to be reached again, and people to realize that ninety cars on average are torched every night in this gentle France of ours. A sort of eternal flame, like that under the Arc de Triomphe, burning in honour of the Unknown Immigrant. Known now, after a lacerating process of revision—but still in trompe l’oeil.

Don Marcos of La Selva vs. the Mega-Windmill of Capitalism

Don Marcos of La Selva vs. the Mega-Windmill of Capitalism

Confronting the Greedy Grabbers that Covet Oaxaca's Isthmus of Tehuantepec
By Al Giordano

February 9, 2006

Urgent Appeal To Save Iraq's Teachers


A little known aspect of the tragedy engulfing Iraq is the systematic liquidation of the country's academics.  Even according to conservative estimates, over 250 educators have been assassinated, and many hundreds more have disappeared. With thousands fleeing the country in fear for their lives, not only is Iraq undergoing a major brain drain, the secular middle class - which has refused to be co-opted by the US occupation - is being decimated, with far-reaching consequences for the future of Iraq.

Already on July 14, 2004, veteran correspondent Robert Fisk reported from Iraq that: "University staff suspect that there is a campaign to strip Iraq of its academics, to complete the destruction of Iraq's cultural identity which began when the American army entered Baghdad."

The wave of assassinations appears non-partisan and non-sectarian, targeting women as well as men, and is countrywide. It is indiscriminate of expertise: professors of geography, history and Arabic literature as well as science are among the dead.  Not one individual has been apprehended in connection with these assassinations.
According to the United Nations University, some 84 per cent of Iraq's institutions of higher education have already been burnt, looted or destroyed. Iraq's educational system used to be among the best in the region; one of the country's most important assets was its well-educated people.

This situation is a mirror of the occupation as a whole: a catastrophe of staggering proportions unfolding in a climate of criminal disregard. As an occupying power, and under international humanitarian law, final responsibility for protecting Iraqi citizens, including academics, lies with the United States.

With this petition we want to break the silence.
1. We appeal to organisations which work to enforce or defend international humanitarian law to put these crimes on the agenda. 

2. We request that an independent international investigation be launched immediately to probe these extrajudicial killings. This investigation should also examine the issue of responsibility to clearly identify who is accountable for this state of affairs. We appeal to the special rapporteur on summary executions at UNHCHR in Geneva.
You can sign this petition by clicking:
This petition was launched by the BRussells Tribunal and is already endorsed by CEOSI (Spain), the Portuguese hearing of the WTI, (Germany), the Swedish Antiwar committee, the IAC (USA), the International Association of Middle East Studies (IAMES), the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) and the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES), and several personalities, like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, John Pilger, Michael Parenti (see more complete list underneath).
See also the call for action underneath and more information on:


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an international day against video surveillance


 19-20 March 2006

We, the undersigned, are unconditionally opposed to the use of video
surveillance cameras in public places. We are also opposed to the use of surveillance cameras that, though installed in privately owned places, are actually use to surveill the public. We believe that both types of cameras, in addition to being useless in the "wars" on crime and terrorism, are tools that all-too-frequently used to violate our rights to privacy, anonymity, dignity and political dissent.

Marcos roared on a black motorcycle - The *Other Campaign* Starts.


Subject: AP,Zapatistas Aim to Reshape Mexican Politics,Jan 01
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 14:28:57 +0100

Zapatistas Aim to Reshape Mexican Politics

Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 2 minutes ago

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico - Wearing a ski mask to protect his identity, the leader of Mexico's Zapatista rebels railed against the country's government and free trade to kick off a six-month tour of Mexico aimed at reshaping the nation's politics.

Standing in front of a mural of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata - the rebel group's namesake - the Indian rights movement's spokesman Subcomandante Marcos said Sunday the enemy "has many faces but one name: capitalism."

About 15,000 rebels and sympathizers, waving banners ranging from black and red anarchist flags to communist hammer and sickles, had accompanied him in a march to the center of the mountain city, the first stop on the nationwide tour.

It was the first time in four years the rebels have left their jungle
strongholds in southern Mexico. The group plans to travel to all 31 states and Mexico City to reach out to leftist groups across the country ahead of Mexico's July presidential election.

The rebels have pledged to move away from armed struggle and toward politics, but have not clearly defined their new political role 12 years after seizing several towns in southern Chiapas state in short-lived revolt for Indian rights and socialism.

Marcos, who has never revealed his true identity but has been identified by the government as a former university instructor in Mexico City, said the tour would consist not of big marches, but of meetings with ordinary people.

"We will listen to people in the places where they work, in the places where they are exploited, where they suffer racism," he said.

Thousands of supporters cheered earlier Sunday as Marcos roared through the village of La Garrucha on a black motorcycle with a Mexican flag tied to the back and the initials of the Zapatista military army, EZLN, painted in red on the front.

In the town's main square, regional rebel leaders offered kind words to
non-Zapatista leftist groups, some of which they have fought in the past.

"To the brothers who aren't Zapatistas, we respect all of you, whatever your organization, party or religion," said a masked man, introduced as the leader of La Garrucha. "We aren't looking for a fight with anybody."

The rebel-sympathetic village, accessible only by dirt road, is 75 miles
from San Cristobal de las Casas, where the Zapatistas started their
rebellion on New Year's Day 1994. Thousands of gun-toting Indians took over the mayor's office and declared war on the Mexican government.

A cease-fire with government forces quickly ended the uprising, but there has been sporadic violence between rebel supporters and other Indian groups in southern Mexico since. The rebels were last seen publicly outside Chiapas in 2001, when they took a tour to Mexico City in the name of Indian rights.

Former Mexico City Mayor Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party, is favored to win the July elections, but Marcos has criticized the candidate. President  Vicente Fox, whose 2000 victory ended 71 years of single-party rule, is barred from running again.

Marcos, known for the pipe and guns he often carries in public, has said the Zapatistas will not run for office or join Mexico's political mainstream.

Alejandro Cruz, a rebel supporter and 33-year-old high school teacher from Mexico City, said the Zapatistas could be looking to become an organization like the Brazilian landless peasant movement Sin Tierra, which has no candidates of its own but has a strong influence on elections.

"The tour is clearly part of a Zapatista strategy to get legal recognition," Cruz said. "Without that, they have a very uncertain future."

Ricardo Mendez, 28, a Zapatista farmer and native speaker of the Mayan tongue Tzeltal, said the rebels want to expand their influence.

"We will never die. Look how many of us there are," Mendez said, pointing to thousands of masked men and women and children in the village square.


Subject: AAFB,What is the Sixth Zapatista Declaration?,Jan 01
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 06:30:17 +0100

What is the Sixth Zapatista Declaration?
A Bit of History as the "Other Campaign" Begins in the City of San Cristo'bal
de las Casas

By Concepcio'n Villafuerte
Reporting from Chiapas for the Amado Avenda~o Figueroa Brigade
January 1, 2006

The sixth comes before the seventh and after the fifth. What was the Fifth Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle? Few remember, but the history of the Zapatistas is written through the declarations that the EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) has released, beginning with the first: the declaration of war. The second: a call to civil society. The third: a call for the creation of a National Liberation Movement. The fourth: the formation of the Zapatista National Liberation Front. The fifth: the Consulta Nacional, the great dialog with all Mexicans except the government. And now, the Sixth, the initiation of the "Other Campaign," the political struggle that exists outside the electoral farce.

In the words of Subcomandante Marcos, "Together, we're going to shake this country up from below, lift it up, and stand it on its head."

Mexico's geographic shape resembles a cornucopia, the mythological "Horn of Plenty," but in reverse; the horn's fruits tumble out toward the United States of America, toward the gringos. It is a funnel shape, the top wide and the bottom thin. Chiapas is the country's "last frontier," the north being its "first" one. But on the other hand, Chiapas forms the crown of Central America, the beginning of the great nation; Chiapas is a strategic point for North American business.

The Sixth Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle proposes realizing a national campaign for the building of another way of doing politics, for a program of national leftwing struggle, and for a new Constitution.

In order to understand what this will entail, one must review the Sixth
Declaration's twelve pages, which narrate briefly the history of the EZLN, its sufferings, its achievements, its hopes and its dreams. Later, they relate the state of the insurgent army's structure, which has divided itself into three parts. First, most of the Zapatistas will guard, support and defend the autonomy of the Zapatista villages. This is the General Command of the CCRI, (Revolutionary Indigenous Clandestine Committee). Second, another part of the CCRI will be the "Intergalactic Commission," which will take charge of the international aspects of the campaign, while a third will take charge of the national aspects. This third group has been named the "Sixth Commission of the EZLN," and it is Subcomandante Marcos who, starting
July 13, has led this fraction of the EZLN.

How will they carry out this "Other Campaign?" Principally, by listening. That essential part of the six preparatory meetings in the Lacandon Jungle will continue throughout the country. The Sixth Commission will listen, and in that way it will learn and value the real situation in the country. Contrary to what partisan candidates do - hauling out a load of people; buying them off with promises so that they listen to the candidates' speeches and, of course, cast their vote next July 2; piling on the demagogic rhetoric - Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos will just listen. That is a different way of doing politics.

Later, in the same Declaration, the Zapatistas say: "What we are going to do is ask you how your lives are going, your fight, your thoughts about how our country is doing and about what we can do so that they don't defeat us. What we are going to do is listen to your thoughts, those of the simple and humble people, and maybe we will find there the same love that we have for our country."

Later, the document relates, simply, what they are going to do. It
demonstrates with examples how they will evoke solidarity, true solidarity, with their resistance all around the world and in this way begin listening, finding points of agreement, and building a "national program of struggle" that they will follow through on.

And nearly at the end of the Sixth Declaration, the Zapatistas proclaim, "No to trying to resolve from above the problems of our Nation, but, rather, they must construct FROM BELOW AND FOR BELOW an alternative to neoliberal destruction, an alternative of the left for Mexico."

Finally, they propose brotherhood, support for resistance struggles, mutual respect, and an exchange of experiences, stories, ideas, and dreams.

The "Other Campaign" Kicks Off

The Other Campaign begins January 1, 2006, and its first phase will conclude on June 25 of the same year. This latter date coincides with the closing of official electoral campaigns, as this will be an election year in Mexico for the president, congressmen, senators, and, in some states (including Chiapas), governors.

That's why it's called "the Other Campaign," in parallel to the electoral
campaigns of the main political parties. The PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution), a leftwing party that has been severely questioned by Subcomandante Marcos, will put forward its only candidate, Andre's Manuel Lo'pez Obrador. The PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), a losing party after 70 years in power, the party of the "perfect dictatorship" as Vagas Llosa called it, will have Roberto Madrazo Pinado, a priista of dubious reputation in every sense and friend of the country's top fraudulent bankers, as its presidential candidate. And the conservative PAN (National Action Party) has the very mediocre Felipe Caldero'n, who was not the first choice of current president Vicente Fox, but was supported by his party. Not
one of the three candidates is worthwhile. Within this frame of reference, of the doubtful credibility of the political campaigns, "Delegate Zero's" Other Campaign will be the counterweight. Nobody can foresee what will come of it all.

And so, the Other Campaign kicks off on January 1 in colonial San Cristo'bal de las Casas, the city that was taken over on January 1, 1994 by some two thousand masked, armed, and defiant indigenous men and women, who from the balcony of city hall sent their message of war to the federal government.

Twelve years later, with their numbers multiplied, it is hoped that they
return peacefully to take to take the streets and avenues of this small city that, due to winter vacations, is full of Mexican and foreign tourists, in addition to the adherents to "the Sixth" who could pay for the trip to be present for the start of the Other Campaign from the cathedral plaza of this city.

There is no advance information, just like 1994. We journalists must wait to see what happens; nobody knows, and if they do, they can't say. But the rumors have been flying for some time in this little corner of the world, from which the First Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle was first read. That declaration of war is still in effect, as the peace accords were never fulfilled despite the federal government having signed them with the EZLN's guerilla leaders. The guerillas were not content with a mere signature; they demanded the fulfillment of the San Andre's Accords that the government froze in a single amendment to the Mexican Constitution, for "the development of the Indian peoples." The San Andre's Accords deserved a profound constitutional reform, a nearly total change in order to give life and the right to life to the country's Indian peoples, rather than simply reducing them to a declaration of "development."

Here in San Cristo'bal de Las Casa, the first talks were held in the
Cathedral. The fact that Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garci'a, or Tatic as the
indigenous call him, had proposed and accepted that then-President Carlos Salinas de Gortari's representative and the Zapatista delegation headed by Subcomandante Marcos meet to negotiate peace accords in the San Cristo'bal Cathedral, was denounced as an outrage to authentic "Coletos" (a local name for the city's conservative non-indigenous community). These unleashed their fury by creating a spontaneous, short-lived organization that never had a formal structure, led by then-Mayor Jorge Mario Lescieur Talavera. The violent group attacked the Bishop's house a year later, threatening to burn it down. At that time, current Mayor Sergio Lobato Garci'a was among Lescieur Talavera's followers, and he drank a good quantity of alcohol that night to give him the strength and courage to shout incoherencies in front of the Cathedral.

These passages, now part of history, will repeat themselves, but in a
different form. Now this spoiled, rude drunk is mayor of the city founded by conquistador Diego de Mazariegos, and tried to make amends with an homage to Bishop Samuel. The same mayor today offers "security and sanitation" for participants in the Zapatista march; two days before the marchers' arrival the city had installed water dispensers, latrines, and a dozen street sweepers, so that the Zapatistas wouldn't leave any litter.

While the mayor put on this unimaginative show of offering "security" to the twenty or thirty thousand indigenous that could arrive, a lower-level official, tourism director Marco Antonio Santiago, told the press that the Zapatista march will affect tourism and that "there is a very strong rumor. the question the people have is what is going to happen on January 1, the beginning of the march, which will hopefully be peaceful and calm. this has been a very important factor in people not coming to San Cristo'bal in these days." Nevertheless, the five-star hotels are all filled, there are no vacancies - even the no-star hotels are full. There are Mexican and international tourists, there are journalists on assignment; obviously there are government agents and the usual zapateurs, and all those who have arrived by any means possible and will be present. The Coletos, the city's inhabitants, aren't saying anything, they're just wanting for the Zapatistas to arrive, get set up, have their demonstration and leave, as they have done on many earlier occasions.

There has not been (among the general population of San Cristobal) much commotion in expectation of the arrival of Delegate Zero. The march began in the community known as La Garrucha, in the rebel municipality of Francisco Go'mez, seat of the Good Government Council for the Tzeltal region. The official name of the municipality is Ocosingo, and it is one of the gates to the Lacandon Jungle.

The Caravan accompanying Delegate Zero is scheduled to arrive sometime during the day. It is expected sometime in the afternoon, but they haven't specified, they can't specify, the road is so difficult to travel that the same trip can last four or twelve hours (or more in the case of a caravan, as a single car breaking down can make everyone stop). In the first caravan that visited the jungle on August 7, 1994, when civil society was invited to hold the National Democratic Convention in Guadelupe Tepeyac, the first village to receive the six thousand delegates from across the country, it was democratic insanity; democracy obliged all those present to get covered in mud, as the floor sank after the baptizing downpour that sent off the Ship that would travel through the sky, the imaginary ship the Zapatista built between the two hills of the jungle airfield where the first Aguascalientes was christened. That madness of trying to travel a road full of gaps and holes with 40-passenger busses lasted 24 hours. On the trip back, everyone left in any way he or she could.

That was the EZLN's first attempt at organizing the unorganized, at bringing together the sectarians, at joining people together and making them respect each others' differences; that was twelve years ago.

Now, the Other Campaign is once again drawing out the more measured, less adventurous opinions of some intellectuals, though those still interested are few and those who speak out even fewer. Not because Zapatismo has been extinguished, but because it is not easy to talk about lightly. Neither can these academics carry out detailed studies because the Zapatistas won't let them. It's not that they change their ways, it's just that they are very simple, very practical, and don't deal in hypocrisy, and so there is no way to make political analysis of them. The simply speak and what they say is true and that's all there is. That's how the autonomous governments of the 38 municipalities finish their communique's - they say what they have to say and conclude, that's all.

We're not like that, we mestizos, we always complicate things. The Coletos, descendants of an ancestral mixing of peoples, born in a city founded by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the Jovel valley accompanied by Indians from other parts of Mexico, installed themselves and created a feudal city. The Royal City is now called San Cristo'bal de las Casas for the first Bishop that arrived to Christianize the Indians and then became their biggest ally but was, just like Bishop Samuel Ruiz, attacked and defamed by those Coletos who had descended from the conquistadors. In this city, which has tripled in size since 1994, irregular human settlements inhabited by people from all over the world have been set up. Some come to do business, some come for adventure, but most come simply to survive. Indigenous neighborhoods in the north of the city, mostly made up of Chamulas expelled for apparently religious reasons (being dissidents from Catholic tradition) but also political dissidents, have existed since 1974, twenty years before Zapatismo.

In the 1940s, after the government of General La'zaro Ca'rdenas, the Indians began to exist as persons in government policy. This change was spurred by Ca'rdenas' pro-indigenous government, but it was also the beginning of the compromising of indigenous leaders by mestizo ones. This may seem like a separate story, but it is the same, the same story that has been going on since October 12, 1492, when the Spanish discovered Ame'rica and called its inhabitants Indians, and since March 31, 1528, when the conquistadors under the command of Diego de Mazariegos founded this city with centuries of history barely known to its current residents.

Now this city has returned to the center of the country's history. In 1994 began the indigenous uprising, which the politicians and political
scientists expected to die within twelve days. Twelve years have passed and the Indians remain, intact, complete, perhaps greater in number, because in twelve years at least six children will have been born to each of the '94 Zapatistas. and so they will not die but rather keep moving forward. Now the challenge is before the entire country, and later the whole world, and later.

The story of the last six months begins here, with the Red Alert. This Alert did indeed alarm many. When the EZLN declared itself in "red alert," there was uncertainty, a lack of confidence, puzzlement on the part of the government, suspense..

The EZLN cleared things up a few days later, announcing that the Alert was simply issued in order to bring all their troops together safely. There was some relief, but later came a series of communique's (1,2,3,4) revealing the group's positions, finally concluding with the Sixth Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle.

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Remembering Jam Echelon Day 2001/1999

Links and Resources to Echelon Information, plus the 2001 and 1999 link archive from the first Jam Echelon Day are included below for your reference:


The Other Journalism About the Other Campaign

For Authentic News Reporting of the Tour by Subcomandante Marcos Throughout the Mexican Republic
By the Amado Avendaño Figueroa Brigade
December 21, 2005
We are citizens and journalists who have joined together in the Amado Avendaño Figueroa Brigade, publishing through the Internet at news, analysis and information about the travels that Subcomandante Marcos – known as “Delegate Zero” – will conduct for the Other Campaign beginning on January 1, 2006, throughout the entire Mexican Republic.

InSite_05 brochure = game = terrorism (Part 2)

dear inSiters:
hopefully this letter would have been just to say hi to you and send best wishes, unfortunately there are as well other reasons i am writing this for:

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