Our Word is Our Weapon

Selected Writings

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Author: Subcomandante Marcos

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609800443

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 496

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In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes "the passion of a rebel, the poetry of a movement, and the literary genius of indigenous Mexico." Marcos first captured world attention on January 1, 1994, when he and an indigenous guerrilla group calling themselves "Zapatistas" revolted against the Mexican government and seized key towns in Mexico's southernmost state of Chiapas. In the six years that have passed since their uprising, Marcos has altered the course of Mexican politics and emerged an international symbol of grassroots movement-building, rebellion, and democracy. The prolific stream of poetic political writings, tales, and traditional myths that Marcos has penned since January 1, 1994 fill more than four volumes. Our Word Is Our Weapon presents the best of these writings, many of which have never been published before in English. Throughout this remarkable book we hear the uncompromising voice of indigenous communities living in resistance, expressing through manifestos and myths the universal human urge for dignity, democracy, and liberation. It is the voice of a people refusing to be forgotten the voice of Mexico in transition, the voice of a people struggling for democracy by using their word as their only weapon.

Our Word is Our Weapon

Selected Writings

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Author: Marcos (subcomandante.),Subcomandante Marcos,Juana Ponce de Leon

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 9781583224724

Category: History

Page: 456

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In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes "the passion of a rebel, the poetry of a movement, and the literary genius of indigenous Mexico." Marcos first captured world attention on January 1, 1994, when he and an indigenous guerrilla group calling themselves "Zapatistas" revolted against the Mexican government and seized key towns in Mexico's southernmost state of Chiapas. In the six years that have passed since their uprising, Marcos has altered the course of Mexican politics and emerged an international symbol of grassroots movement-building, rebellion, and democracy. The prolific stream of poetic political writings, tales, and traditional myths that Marcos has penned since January 1, 1994 fill more than four volumes. Our Word Is Our Weapon presents the best of these writings, many of which have never been published before in English. Throughout this remarkable book we hear the uncompromising voice of indigenous communities living in resistance, expressing through manifestos and myths the universal human urge for dignity, democracy, and liberation. It is the voice of a people refusing to be forgotten the voice of Mexico in transition, the voice of a people struggling for democracy by using their word as their only weapon.

Our Word is Our Weapon

Selected Writings

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Author: Marcos (subcomandante.)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781852428143

Category: Chiapas (Mexico)

Page: 456

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Marcos first captured world attention on New Year's Day, 1994 when he and an indigenous guerrilla group calling themselves 'Zapatistas' revolted against the Mexican government and seized key towns in the southernmost state of Chiapas. In the eight years that have passed since their uprising, Marcos has altered the course of Mexican politics and emerged as an international symbol of grassroots movement-building, rebellion and democracy. The prolific stream of poetic political writings, tales, and traditional myths which Marcos has written during this period are collected in this remarkable work. These words now form an incendiary volume of contemporary political history. An inspirational text in which we hear the voice of a people refusing to be forgotten or silenced--the voice of Mexico in transition, the voice of a people struggling for democracy by using their word as their only weapon.--Back cover.

Ya Basta!

Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising

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Author: Marcos (subcomandante.)

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 9781904859130

Category: History

Page: 687

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For ten years a voice from deep within the Mexican jungle has inspired us to fight back.

Conversations with Durito

Stories of the Zapatistas and Neoliberalism

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Autonomedia

ISBN: 1570271186

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

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'We are all Zapatistas.' Subcomandante MarcosThis book began in 1994, when Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos replied to a 10-year-old girl from Mexico City who had sent him a drawing. The ensuing collection of related tales about the warrior-beetle, narrated by his pipe-smoking, black-ski-masked human squire is an extraordinary account for the general reader of current global political struggle.Marcos created a humorous fictitious character, Don Durito, a beetle with Quixotic fantasies which regards Marcos as his Sancho Panza. In this book, Marcos creates a new political genre, so-called "postdata": ironical commentaries which he affixes to his formal communiqués or declarations. In one of them he even offers to perform a striptease for government negotiators.'We are the product of 500 years of struggle...They [Mexican government] don't care that we have nothing, absolutely nothing, not even a roof over our heads; no land, no work, no health care, no food, no education... nor is there peace nor justice for ourselves and our children. But today, we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!' First EZLN declaration of war, December 31st 1993The Zapatistas are not Marxist, Rightists, or Anarchists. They seek not to replace one infrastructure of power with another, thus rejecting the normal goal of an armed struggle. They are armed but do not use violence as a tool to expand their aims. Although a localized rebellion, the Zapatistas are unified in a worldwide struggle that transcends the mainstream media's limited perspective through eloquent dictations distributed globally via the Internet.With a fresh perspective and tactics that have never been seen in relation to an armed insurrection, the EZLN (Zapatista National Liberation Army) has changed the definition of what revolution means. From the marginalized confines of the poorest region in Mexico, a new concept of revolutionary change with a new solution to societies woes is currently being proposed.

Zapatistas

Rebellion from the Grassroots to the Global

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Author: Doctor Alex Khasnabish

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1848138067

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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In the early hours of January 1, 1994 a guerrilla army of indigenous Mayan peasants emerged from the highlands and jungle in the far southeast of Mexico and declared "¡Ya basta!" - "Enough!" - to 500 years of colonialism, racism, exploitation, oppression, and genocide. As elites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico celebrated the coming into force of the North American Free Trade Agreement the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) declared war against this 500 year old trajectory toward oblivion, one that they said was most recently reincarnated in the form of neoliberal capitalist globalization that NAFTA represented. While the Zapatista uprising would have a profound impact upon the socio-political fabric of Chiapas its effects would be felt far beyond the borders of Mexico. At a moment when state-sponsored socialism had all but vanished from the global political landscape and other familiar elements of the left appeared utterly demoralized and defeated in the face of neoliberal capitalism's global ascendance, the Zapatista uprising would spark an unexpected and powerful new wave of radical socio-political action transnationally. Through an exploration of the Zapatista movement's origins, history, structure, aims, political philosophy and practice, and future directions this book provides a critical, comprehensive, and accessible overview of one of the most important rebel groups in recent history.

Professionals of Hope

The Selected Writings of Subcomandante Marcos

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Author: Subcomandante Marcos

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780996778657

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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Literary Nonfiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Essays. Politics. Afterword by Gabriela Jauregui. PROFESSIONALS OF HOPE: THE SELECTED WRITINGS OF SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS is an anthology by the prolific and brilliant former spokesperson and strategist for the Zapatistas, who countered the Mexican government's bloody attacks on indigenous people by staging an uprising in the name of "democracy, justice, and liberty" for all. And by "all," Marcos really means everyone, including identities that resist ready-made categories. These poetic letters, speeches, and folktales counter oppression by challenging governments that plunder their own people, and declare the basic desire to bestow dignity upon the indigenous people of Chiapas through grass-roots revolution. By no means exhaustive, this book is meant to introduce readers to a sliver of Marcos's output and provide context for a struggle that still exists in Mexico, and whose existence is mirrored wherever tyranny flourishes. "Yes, Marcos is gay. Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the subway at 10pm, a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains. Marcos is all the exploited, marginalised, oppressed minorities resisting and saying 'Enough.' He is every minority who is now beginning to speak, and every majority that must shut up and listen. He is every untolerated group searching for a way to speak. Everything that makes power and the good consciences of those in power uncomfortable--this is Marcos."--Subcomandante Marcos, from Social Justice E- Zine #27

The speed of dreams

selected writings, 2001-2007

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Author: Marcos (subcomandante.)

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 365

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Since the publication of Our Word is Our Weapon- which Publishers Weekly described as "strong as dignity and as subtle as love"-Mexico's enigmatic Zapatista leader has written some of his most brilliant and complex works. From a retelling of indigenous myths and legends, to visions of the future of Mexico, from searing critiques of the US war in Iraq, to clandestine radio broadcasts from the jungles of Chiapas, here is an amazing selection of writing that gives voice to the literary and poetic genius of Latin America's greatest living writer and rebel. Subcomandante Marcos is a spokesperson and strategist for the Zapatistas.

I Write What I Like

Selected Writings

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Author: Steve Biko

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022636853X

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Like all of Steve Biko's writings, those words testify to the passion, courage, and keen insight that made him one of the most powerful figures in South Africa's struggle against apartheid. They also reflect his conviction that black people in South Africa could not be liberated until they united to break their chains of servitude, a key tenet of the Black Consciousness movement that he helped found. I Write What I Like contains a selection of Biko's writings from 1969, when he became the president of the South African Students' Organization, to 1972, when he was prohibited from publishing. The collection also includes a preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu; an introduction by Malusi and Thoko Mpumlwana, who were both involved with Biko in the Black Consciousness movement; a memoir of Biko by Father Aelred Stubbs, his longtime pastor and friend; and a new foreword by Professor Lewis Gordon. Biko's writings will inspire and educate anyone concerned with issues of racism, postcolonialism, and black nationalism.

Moltke on the Art of War

Selected Writings

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Author: Daniel Hughes

Publisher: Presidio Press

ISBN: 0307538516

Category: History

Page: 288

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Prussian hero Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke was the architect of the German way of war.

Wobblies and Zapatistas

Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History

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Author: Staughton Lynd,Andrej Grubacic

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604861851

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

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Wobblies and Zapatistas offers the reader an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist from the Balkans. Staughton Lynd is a lifelong pacifist, influenced by Marxism. They meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Marxist traditions, to discuss the writing of history by those who make it, and to remind us of the idea that "my country is the world." Encompassing a Left libertarian perspective and an emphatically activist standpoint, these conversations are meant to be read in the clubs and affinity groups of the new Movement. The authors accompany us on a journey through modern revolutions, direct actions, anti-globalist counter summits, Freedom Schools, Zapatista cooperatives, Haymarket and Petrograd, Hanoi and Belgrade, "intentional" communities, wildcat strikes, early Protestant communities, Native American democratic practices, the Workers' Solidarity Club of Youngstown, occupied factories, self-organized councils and soviets, the lives of forgotten revolutionaries, Quaker meetings, antiwar movements, and prison rebellions. Neglected and forgotten moments of interracial self-activity are brought to light. The book invites the attention of readers who believe that a better world, on the other side of capitalism and state bureaucracy, may indeed be possible.

Selected Writings

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Author: Sarah Kofman,Georgia Albert,Elizabeth Rottenberg

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804732963

Category: Philosophy

Page: 297

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The Sarah Kofman Reader is a comprehensive anthology of significant essays and book excerpts by the postwar French philosopher and theorist Sarah Kofman (1934-1994).

In the Words of Our Enemies

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Author: Jed Babbin

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 1596985232

Category: Political Science

Page: 274

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Calls for Americans to be vigilant in heeding the warning signs of radicals and terrorists worldwide, and by enemies such as North Korea and Iran, who would seek America's destruction.

Living by the Word

Essays

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Author: Alice Walker

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453224076

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 196

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In Walker’s second collection of essays, the author helps readers understand her ambitions as an artist, citizen of the world, and spiritual seeker In a follow-up to her collection of essays, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Walker takes a look at a vast range of issues both personal and global, from her experience with the filming of The Color Purple, to the history of African-American narrative traditions, to global threats of pollution and nuclear war. Walker travels broadly and maintains an eye for detail, resulting in a captivating journey of conscience by one of the most distinctive political and artistic voices in America. Readers will find inspiration and insights in even the briefest entries of this enthralling anthology. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

All Life is Problem Solving

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Author: Karl Popper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135972982

Category: Philosophy

Page: 190

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'Never before has there been so many and such dreadful weapons in so many irresponsible hands.' - Karl Popper, from the Preface All Life is Problem Solving is a stimulating and provocative selection of Popper's writings on his main preoccupations during the last twenty-five years of his life. This collection illuminates Popper's process of working out key formulations in his theory of science, and indicates his view of the state of the world at the end of the Cold War and after the collapse of communism.

Narcoland

The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers

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Author: Anabel Hernandez

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781682488

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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The product of five years’ investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico. The definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years. Hernández explains in riveting detail how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. At every turn, Hernández names names – not just the narcos, but also the politicians, functionaries, judges and entrepreneurs who have collaborated with them. In doing so, she reveals the mind-boggling depth of corruption in Mexico’s government and business elite. Hernández became a journalist after her father was kidnapped and killed and the police refused to investigate without a bribe. She gained national prominence in 2001 with her exposure of excess and misconduct at the presidential palace, and previous books have focused on criminality at the summit of power, under presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón. In awarding Hernández the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers noted, “Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with violence and impunity remaining major challenges in terms of press freedom. In making this award, we recognize the strong stance Ms. Hernández has taken, at great personal risk, against drug cartels.” From the Hardcover edition.

The Zapatistas' Dignified Rage

Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos

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Author: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849352933

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Zapatista spokesman Subcommander Marcos decreased his public appearances between 2007 and 2014, but simultaneously increased the depth of his analysis. Collected here in English translation for the first time, these talks include some of his most explicit, detailed, and inspiring criticisms of capitalism, political parties, electoral democracy, disingenuous solidarity, and much more. Subcommander Marcos was the leading spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) until 2014. Nick Henck is Associate Professor at Keio University and the author of Subcommander Marcos: The Man and the Mask. Henry Gales is a freelance translator living in Mexico City.

The Zapatista Reader

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Author: Tom Hayden

Publisher: Nation Books

ISBN: 9781560253358

Category: History

Page: 503

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Presents essays, interviews, articles, and correspondence centering on the revolutionary conflict in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

Preference, Belief, and Similarity

Selected Writings

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Author: Amos Tversky,Eldar Shafir

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262700931

Category: Psychology

Page: 1023

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Selected works by the influential cognitive and mathematical psychologist and decision theorist Amos Tversky.

A People's History of the United States

1492-Present

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Author: Howard Zinn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317325303

Category: History

Page: 744

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This is a new edition of the radical social history of America from Columbus to the present. This powerful and controversial study turns orthodox American history upside down to portray the social turmoil behind the "march of progress". Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of - and in the words of - America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of America's greatest battles - the fights for fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality - were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through the Clinton years A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, is an insightful analysis of the most important events in US history.