3×3 acrylic on boards-Pop iconagraphy aside..the following is a description of the movement : The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) is an armed revolutionary group (VNSA) based in Chiapas, one of the poorest states of Mexico. Since 1994, they have been in a declared war against the Mexican state. Their social base is mostly indigenous but they have some supporters in urban areas as well as an international web of support. Their main spokesperson is Subcomandante Marcos (currently a.k.a. Delegate Zero in relation to the Other Campaign. Unlike other Zapatista spokespeople, Marcos is not an indigenous Mayan. The group takes its name from Emiliano Zapata, the agrarian reformer1 and commander of the Liberation Army of the South during the Mexican Revolution and sees itself as his ideological heir. In reference to inspirational figures, in nearly all EZLN villages exist murals accompanying images of Zapata, Che Guevara, and Subcomandante Marcos. Their ideology combines libertarian socialism, libertarian municipalism, libertarian Marxism, and indigenous Mayan political thought. They align themselves with the wider anti-globalization, anti-neoliberal social movement and seek indigenous control over their local resources, especially land. The New York Times called the Zapatista movement the first ost-modern revolution: an armed revolutionary group that has abstained from using their weapons since their 1994 uprising was countered by the superior military might of the Mexican army. The Zapatistas quickly adopted a new strategy by trying to garner the support of Mexican and international socialist anarchist societies. They try to achieve this by using the internet to disseminate their statements and to enlist the support of NGOs and solidarity groups.
subcomandante insurgent marcos.. spokesman of the zapitista army of national liberation.
maybe longish, but here is a gem from shortly after the 1994 chiapas uprising;
September 13, 1995
The U.S. government has been wrong more than once in regards to its foreign policy. When this has occurred it is due to the fact it is making a mistake as to the man it ought to be backing up. History is not lacking in this type of examples. In the first half of this decade, the U.S. government made a mistake backing Carlos Salinas de Gortari. It made a mistake signing a NAFTA which lacked a majority support from the North American people and which meant an order of summary execution against the Mexican Indigenous people.
On the dawn of 1994 we rose up in arms. We rose up not seeking power, not responding to a foreign order. We rose up to say here we are. The Mexican government, our government, had forgotten us and was ready to perpetrate a genocyde without bullets or bombs, it was ready to annihilate us with the quiet death of sickness, of misery, of oblivion. The U.S. government became the accomplice of the Mexican government in this genocide.
With the signing of NAFTA, the U.S. government acted as guarantor of and gave its blessing to the murder of millions of mexicans. Did the people of the U.S. know this? Did it know that its government was signing accords of massive extermination in Mexico? Did the people of the U.S. know that his government was backing a criminal? That man is gone. We remained. Our demands had not been solved and our arms kept saying here we are to the new government, to the people of Mexico, to the people and governnments of the world. We waited patiently for the new government to listen to us and pay attention to us. But, within the dark circles of U.S.power someone decided that we, the insurgent Indigenous people of the Mexican South East, were the worst threat to the United States of America. From the darkness came the order: Finish them up!
They put a price on our brown skin, on our culture, on our word, because, above all they put a price on our uprising. The U.S. government decided, once more, to back a man, someone who continues with the politics of deceit of his predecessor, someone who denies the people of Mexico democracy, freedom and justice. Millions of dollars were lent to that man and his government. Without the approval of the American people, an enormous loan, without precedent in history, was granted to the Mexican government. Not to improve the living conditions of the people, not for the democratization of the countrys poltical life, not for the economic reactivation promoting factories and productive projects. This money is for speculation, for corruption, for simulation, for the anihilation of a group of rebels, Indians for the most part, poorly armed, poorly nourished, ill equipped, but very dignified, very rebellious, and very human.
So much money to finance deceit can onnly be explained by fear. But, what does the U.S. government fear?Truth? That the North American people realize that their money is hlping to back the oldest dictatorship in the modern world? That the Nort American peopple realize that their taxes pay for the persecution and death of the Mexican Indian population? What is the North American people afraid of? Ought the people of North America fear our wooden rifles, our bare feet, our exhausted bodies, our language, our culture? Ought the North American people fear our scream in demand of democracy,liberty, and justice? Arent these three truths the foundation which brought forth the birth of the United States of America? Arent democracy, libertu, and justice rights that belong to all human beings?
How many millions of dollars justify that one may deny, to any human being, anywhere in the world, his right to be free in the thoughts that bring about words and actions, free to give and receive that which he justly deserves, to freely elect those who govern him and enforce the collective goals? Should the North American people on the other hand fear money, modern weapons,the sophysitcated technology of drug-trafficking? Should the North American people fear the complicity between drug-trafficking and governnments? Should the North American people fear the consequences of the single party dictatorship in Mexico? Should it fear the violence that the lack of freedom, democracy and justice usually brings about irrevocably?
Today, the American government, which for decades prided itself in promoting democracy in the world is the main support of a dictatorship which, born at the beginning of the XXth Century, pretends to end this century with the same lie, governing against the will oof the Mexican people. Sooner or later, in spite of the support of the U.S. government, in spite of the millions of dollars, in spite of the tons of lies, the dictatorship that darkens the Mexican sky will be erased. The people of Mexico will find the ways to achieve the democracy,liberty and justice that is their historical right.
Americans: The attacks againnst the Mexican nation brought about by political U.S. personalities have been big and numerous. In their analysis they point out the awkwardness and corruption of the Mexican government (an awkwardness and corruption which have increased and are maintained under the shadow of the U.S. governments support) and they identify them with an entire people who take shelter under the Mexican flag. They are wrong.
Mexico is not a government. Mexico is a nation which aspires to be sovereign and independent, and in order to be that must liberate itself from a dictatorship and raise on its soil the universal flag of democracy, liberty and justice. Fomenting racism, fear and insecurity, the great personalities of U.S. politics offer economic support to the Mexican government so that it controls by violent means the discontent against the economic situation. They offer to multiply the absurd walls with which they pretend to put a stop to the search for life which drives millions of Mexicans to cross the northern border.
The best wall against massive immigration to the U.S. is a free, just, and democratic regime in Mexicoo. If Mexiicans could find in their own land what now is denied them, they would not be forced to look for work in other countries. By supporting the dictatorship of the state party system in Mexico, whatever the name of the man or the party, the North American people are supporting an uncertain and anguishing future. By supporting the people of Mexico in their aspirations for democracy, liberty and justice, the North American people honor their history and their human condition.
Today, in 1995 and after 20 years and tens of thousands of dead and wounded, the American government recognizes that it made a mistake getting involved in the Vietnam war. Today, in 1995, the U.S. government has begun to get involved in the Mexican governments dirty war against the Zapatista population. War material support, military advisors, undercover actions, electronic espionage, financing, diplomaticc support, activities of the CIA. Little by little, the U.S. government is beginning to get involved in an unequal war condemned to failure for those who are carrying it on, the Mexican government. Today, in 1995 and 20 years before 2015, it is possible to stop and not to repeat the error of other years. It is not necessary to wait until 2015 for the U.S. government to recognize that it was an error to get involved in the war against the Mexican people.
It is time for the people of the U.S. to keep its historical compromise with respect to its neighbor to the South. To no longer make a mistake as to which man to support. To support not a man but a peoople, the Mexican people in its struggle for democracy, liberty and justice. History will signal, implacable, on which side were the people and the government of the U.S. On the side of dictatorship, of a man, of reactionarism, or on the side of democracy, of a people, of progress.
Health and long life to the people of the United States of America
From the Mexican South East
Subcommander Insurgent Marcos
Mexico, September 13, 1995
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) is an armed revolutionary group based in Chiapas, one of the poorest states of Mexico.
The group takes its name from Emiliano Zapata, the anarchist commander of the Liberation Army of the South during the Mexican Revolution, whose forces were colloquially known as the Zapatistas. The EZLN see themselves as his ideological heirs.
In 1994, they declared war against the Mexican state.
Some consider the Zapatista movement the first ost-modern revolution: an armed revolutionary group that has abstained from using their weapons since their 1994 uprising was countered by the overpowering military might of the Mexican Army. The Zapatistas quickly adopted a new strategy by trying to garner the support of Mexican and international civil society. They try to achieve this by making use of the Internet to disseminate their communiqués and to enlist the support of NGOs and solidarity groups. Outwardly, they portray themselves as part of the wider anti-globalization, anti-neoliberalism social movement while for their indigenous base the Zapatista struggle is all about control over their own resources, particularly the land on which they live.
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Long Live The Socialist Revolution!
November 7 Anniversary
November 7, 1917 is the most decisive date in human history; for it set the course of all the events that followed on the world map, and in effect began the world socialist revolution which continues to this day. Led by Lenin the Bolshevik party assumed power in a bloodless coup and established the worlds first socialist state. Soon the Provisional Government was dissolved, the land went into the hands of the peasants and workers, factories and plants were transformed into worker communities, and the Bolshevik party went about transforming society into its mold.
The existence of this revolution proved to the world that the stinking corpse of capitalism could and would be eventually overthrown by the workers and soldiers. Only the Bolshevik vision proved victorious in Russia and Eastern Europe, which fell over to the workers revolution as well. The false and empty visions of the anarchists, democratic socialists, and social revolutionaries fell to the dustbin of history! We see these heroic workers - who after 1917 picked up their weapons and marched hand in hand through the streets of Russia defending the right to organize, protest, and live in a socialist society against the unsought of American, British, and French troops - as hero's and members of an eternal resistance that rages on to this day on the streets and in the hearts of people throughout the world!
Let us not forget these brave women and men! Let us continue their work and learn the words they pronounced and the actions they took. We must remember that because the revolution was possible it let fear seep into the mind of every capitalist on earth. No wonder the USA carried out the greatest war against the Soviet Union and all communism. Communism, not terrorism, is the single greatest threat to Capitalism. It has been so since 1848 and it is even more true today in an age of Imperialism.
Reading top left to bottom right:
George W. Bush - empty headed neo-con media prop that has yet to succeed at any of the several opportunities given him; he's never actually earned an opportunity...
Condoleeza Rice - least rich member of the Bush administration; she has an oil tanker named after her, yet she claims there is no conflict of interest; and she claims that a document written before 9/11 called: bin Laden to attack the US, meant nothing...
Dick Cheney - he has a constant snarl, and a bad habit of repeating debunked facts in order to scare the public shitless over terrorism - which should seem ironic given that he was one of the people to declare that we wouldn't allow the terrorists to cause us to live in fear...
Donald Rumsfeld - he supports the troops... with rhetoric... instead of the armor they need; our armies are stretched to the breaking point thanks to his incompetence and lack of planning, but don't worry, when we invade Iran, it looks like will have a policy in place to just use nukes instead of soldiers...
Bill O'Reilly - pompous media blowhard that claims to be a journalist; he tries to make his point, except he lies a lot, which makes his points - pointless; if you catch him lying, then that makes you evil for some reason...
Jimmy Falwell - he claims to be a religious leader, but he wishes all kinds of harm to people he doesn't like, as if God was his personal weapon; he claims that every hurricane that hits the American coast is there to wipe out homosexuals, except that a hurricane hit his own head-quarters too...
Karl Rove - he's a liar, a rumor creator, a media manipulator, and a traitor to the American nation, so of course, he's George Bush's right hand man...
Rush Limbaugh - he screams about how poor people shouldn't get help, how much of a patriot he is, how drug offenders should be punished most severely, and how privacy is only for criminals; he's taken federal handouts himself, avoided serving in Vietnam due to an 'anal cyst', was caught abusing drugs, and now wants his privacy protected from law enforcement...
Roberto Gonzalez - he's protected Bush from serving time for every illegal thing he's ever done, and now he heads the US Justice Department; though we are knee deep in two wars, terrorism, corporate fraud, and natural disasters - his main priorities are fighting 'obscenity', and fighting a federal judge that ruled the word 'God' is unconstitutional in the US pledge of alligence since you shouldn't have to be a Christian to be an American - I guess Roberto disagrees...
about 80,000 people had been killed in the fighting and that some 240,000 had been wounded.[Chechnya,1994-96]
an estimated 20,000-50,000 Bosnian Muslim women had been raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers in a systematic campaign of humiliation and psychological terror.at least 1.5 million Muslims died since 1991 in only three areas of the world,Iraq,Bosnia & Chechnya.at least 500,000 Iraqi children have died since 1990 as a result of sanctions and the effects of the Gulf War.
Palestinians have not seen their rights restored and the Kashmiris are still fighting for independence....
According to a report of the human rights body ‘LAW’ in Palestine, Zionists have captured about one-and-half million people since 1948, tortured them and jailed them without any trials. They inflicted injuries to 300,000 Palestinians out of which 40,000 were rendered permanently disabled. They expelled from Palestine its original inhabitants in so large numbers that now Palestinian refugees outside Palestine, about four-and-half million, total Israel’s whole population. Some 800,000 are living today in the refugee camps. 170 hospitals, 315 schools and seven universities have been completely destroyed; 60 percent of cultivable land of Arab territories have been burnt; 370 factories have been razed; and over 600,000 animals have been killed.
Allah does not forbid you, with regard to those who do not fight you for your Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for Allah loves those who are just. Allah only forbids you, with regard to those who fight you for your Faith and drive you out of your homes, and support others in driving you out, from turning to them for friendship. Those who take them for friends are indeed the wrongdoers. (al-Mumtahinah 60:8-9)
“Among the Believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah: Of them some have died and some (still) wait: But they have never changed (their determination) in the least.” 33:23