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The Zapatistas’ election campaign with a difference

26 November 2005
Latin America will see 11 presidential elections in the next year. But it is the elections set to take place in Mexico on 2 July 2006 that are currently attracting most attention internationally.

Zapatistas looking to take power?

22 October 2005
One of the disasters that have afflicted different parts of the world in recent months, was Hurricane Stan, which swept southern Mexico and Central America nearly three weeks ago.

The Zapatistas launch their ‘Other Campaign’

24 September 2005
Eleven years and nine months have elapsed since the fateful New Year’s Day 1994 when the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) conquered San Cristobal de las Casas, the capital of the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Who says?

17 September 2005
"I’m going to go home and walk my dog and hug my wife and maybe get a good Mexican meal and a stiff margarita and a full night’s sleep."Michael Brown, resigning from the US department in charge of the New Orleans rescue when his lack of experience was discovered


25 June 2005

Reviews in brief

12 March 2005
Frida Kahlo photo exhibition Frida Kahlo — Portraits of an Icon is a free exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, until 26 June. The 50 photographic portraits of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo span her life, beginning with a photograph of her as a two year old and ending with the image of Kahlo on her deathbed.

'They asked if my uncle was Osama Bin Laden'

13 March 2004
BUSH AND Blair's imperialist project needs to have an internal enemy, someone to scapegoat, someone to blame for both national and international ills. Muslims are now the new bogeymen, the new Communists. I was a victim of this recently. On 9 February I was passing through the US from Mexico on a transit flight back to London.


24 January 2004
Avoiding the state Mike Gonzalez (Socialist Worker, 17 January) is right to describe how the Zapatista movement in Mexico has provided a great inspiration for activists across the world.

Ten years since the Zapatista uprising

17 January 2004
ON 1 January 1994 the presidents of Canada, Mexico and the US called a press conference to announce the creation of the North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA).

A movement springs to life

01 November 2003
MY BOOK The Fountain at the centre of the World is based in Britain, Mexico and the US. It ends with the anti World Trade Organisation riots in Seattle in 1999. I was there during the protests. It was the first time I was part of proper history.

'This is victory' say Cancun protesters

20 September 2003
PROTESTERS celebrated the collapse of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in Cancun, Mexico, on Sunday as a defeat for the global corporations and the world's most powerful governments. Commentators in Britain, from the Guardian to former New Labour minister Clare Short (masquerading in Cancun as a BBC reporter), argued that the Cancun collapse was a "blow to the world economy" and a "setback for the world's poor".

Cancun you believe it? New Labour trio junket at the summit

13 September 2003
THOUSANDS OF people were descending on the resort of Cancun in Mexico this week to protest at the gathering of world trade ministers, rich business leaders and their hangers-on at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit. The WTO delegates, who include ministers from 150 countries, will be staying in the splendour of luxury hotels with their every need catered for.

Can free trade fix global poverty?

30 August 2003
IN TWO weeks time representatives of the world's governments will gather in Cancun, Mexico, for a crucial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The collapse of the WTO meeting in Seattle almost four years ago, amid protests outside and rows inside, marked the emergence of the worldwide movement against corporate globalisation.

WTO meeting

23 August 2003
THE WORLD Development Movement is holding a public meeting on Thursday 18 September to discuss the outcome of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting which will take place from 10 to 14 September in Cancun, Mexico. Speakers include George Monbiot, Professor Yash Tandon (African delegate to the WTO), Carmen Diaz and Barry Coates.

Anti-war protests sweep the world

23 March 2003
San Francisco, Rome, Buenos Aires, Vienna, London, Sydney, Dhaka, Brussels, Madrid, Athens, Seoul, Tokyo, Mexico City, Edinburgh... and hundreds more

Fiery portrait

08 March 2003
THE NEW film Frida explores the life of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist and socialist. Frida was an artist of startling power, and was married to the artist Diego Rivera.

Bush goes a' Fox hunting

09 November 2002
ANOTHER EXAMPLE emerged last week of how the US has been using threats and bribes to get United Nations backing for war on Iraq. George Bush recently met with Mexico's president, Vicente Fox, to try to firm up his support for an attack.

Bush gang's smoking gun

27 April 2002
The US army helped the Venezuelan military to launch a coup against the country's democratically elected government earlier this month. A Mexican newspaper confirmed last week that US army officer James Rogers helped to lead the coup against the government of Hugo Chavez. The military operations were supported politically by a group of senior White House officials, all veterans of working with Latin American death squads in the 1980s.

In the Blue House: a bright tale of dark days

23 March 2002
If you are looking for an intelligent political novel you should definitely pick up a copy of In the Blue House by Meaghan Delahunt. It is a fictional account of the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky's last years in exile in Mexico.

Study proves GM genes can spread

08 December 2001
Scientists have shattered a central claim by supporters of genetically modified (GM) crops. A study reported last week in top science journal Nature showed that genes from GM maize, produced by the Monsanto multinational, had contaminated wild maize in Mexico.

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