Zapatistas on Red Alert

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Since Sunday 19 the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) has been on general red alert with EZLN troops called into the mountains of Chiapas, and Zapatista communities advised to flee by their Juntas de Buen Gobierno (Governing Councils), amid fears that war in Chiapas is likely to resume. The Zapatista “Caracoles” or “centers of zapatista autonomy” have also been closed [Pics of the Caracoles La Garrucha and Morelia]

A communique from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee General Command (CCRI-CG) of the EZLN declared a general red alert throughout all Zapatista territory. Members of the autonomous administrative bodies are being evacuated from the various autonomous municipalities and internationals are being urged to leave.

On Monday 20 another communique explained the red alert as a precautionary defensive measure in response to the Mexican governments continued attacks and betrayal, stating that the EZLN is ‘returning the word it gave on the first of January of 1994’.

On Tuesday 21 the next communique reassured that the Zapatistas have re-organised so as to survive an attack on their clandestine leadership by government forces or paramilitaries: ‘the CCRI-CG of the EZLN is letting it be known that conditions are in place to continue leading the Zapatista struggle even if it were to lose, be it through jail, through death or through forced disappearance’. On the same day, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos addressed the national and international civil society with another “letter of explanation and/or, perhaps, farewell” that, amongst other things, states that the Zapatistas are not preparing a military ofensive. It starts with: ‘This is not a letter of farewell. At times it is going to seem as if it is, that it is a farewell, but it is not. It is a letter of explanation. Well, that is what we shall attempt. This was originally going to go out as a communique, but we have chosen this form because, for good or for bad, when we have spoken with you we have almost always done so in this most personal tone.’

On Sunday 26 another communique is published by the EZLN which states that “The CCRI-CG of the EZLN is informing you that it has finished consulting with tens of thousands of support bases.” and that “The results were that more than 98% approved the new step, and less than 2% decided not to support the EZLN’s proposal.”

On Wdnesday 26 the Six Declaration of the Selva Lacandona is published by the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The text does a balance of the last 12 years of Zapatista struggle for autonomy and indigenous rights, and points to the fact that “we have reached a point where we cannot go any further, and, in addition, it is possible that we could lose everything we have if we remain as we are and do nothing more in order to move forward”, and that “the hour has come to take a risk once again and to take a step which is dangerous but which is worthwhile”.

Worldwide Week of Action Against Poverty to Launch Friday

The Global Call to Action against Poverty marks its first global White Band Day mobilization on Friday 1st July

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© www.whiteband.org
Some of the world’s most famous landmarks will be adorned with huge white bands on 1st July, as part of a curtain-raiser to a week of global action during which campaigners and the public in 72 countries will use their voices to call for an end to global poverty.

As part of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), the world’s largest anti-poverty movement, landmarks including Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge, Rome’s Trevi Fountain, a huge mosque in Indonesia, St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and a famous cotton tree in Sierra Leone will simultaneously be wrapped in oversized white bands – the symbol of the global campaign.

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Worldwide Week of Action Against Poverty to Launch Friday

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Famous global landmarks wear giant white bands

The Global Call to Action against Poverty marks its first global White Band Day mobilization on Friday 1st July

Bush lying about rise in Aid to Africa

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POLITICS-AFRICA:
Bush Exaggerates Increase in U.S. Aid
Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON, Jun 27 (IPS) – U.S. President George W. Bush has been significantly exaggerating the amount of money his administration has provided in aid to sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new study released here Monday.

Instead of a tripling of U.S. aid to Africa between 2000 and 2005, as Bush has frequently insisted, Washington has increased aid by only 56 percent in real terms, according to the report by the Brookings Institution.

France to Be Site of World’s First Nuclear Fusion Reactor – New York Times

France to Be Site of World’s First Nuclear Fusion Reactor – New York Times
PARIS, June 28 – France won an international competition today to be the site of the world’s first nuclear fusion reactor, an estimated $12 billion project that many scientists see as essential to solving the world’s future energy needs.

The Complete Bushisms – Updated frequently. By Jacob Weisberg

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some of these are too hard to believe and yet…they come out of the president’s mouth.. for example

“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”—Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

The Complete Bushisms – Updated frequently. By Jacob Weisberg