Mexico

Paranoia and terror as models of governance – Alèssi Dell’Umbria

A 2011 essay on Mexico’s descent into chaos under the blows of NAFTA and the “drug war”, whose purpose is not only to transform northern Mexico into a security zone for the U.S., but also to hasten “primitive accumulation” (driving peasants off their land—which is then handed over to agribusiness or extraction industries—and into the “colonias” where they will be prey to the drug war and intensive police and military repression) by destroying the surviving communal social forms in “a war against society” that is traumatizing the population but also generating a largely indigenous, assembly-based autonomous movement that is forming militias to defend its communities (e.g., Chiapas).

Aléssi dell’Umbria’s Istmeño—The Winds of Revolt: a documentary film about resistance against dispossession – Argelaga

A review of the 2015 documentary film about the resistance struggle against the construction of gigantic arrays of industrial wind turbines to generate “clean” energy in Oaxaca (southern Mexico), discussing the resistance movement’s historical background in Mexico’s precipitous descent into the nightmare of the accelerated expropriation of the agrarian population by the economic impact of NAFTA since 1994 and the “police-military narco-state violence” that has been used as a convenient screen for repression and elimination of dissidents, as the country is integrated into the world market and its resources are further opened to foreign exploitation.

Sanchez Guevara, Canek: Che’s anarchist grandson, 1974-2015

Canek Sanchez Guevara

A short biography of Canek Sanchez Guevara, grandson of Che.

Locked arms and open hearts: students from the Okanagan Valley mobilize for Ayotzinapa

Students from the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia organize to offer solidarity on the Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa

"From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson, the state is our enemy"

So much could be said of yesterday's large, boisterous, self-organized ‪#‎ShutItDownForMikeBrown‬ disruption of downtown San Francisco during the evening hours of Black Friday.

Iguala: state crime, class crime

What kind of “order” demands that 43 people vanish? They were killed because they defy the fundamental politics of the state regarding education and social issues. In the end all of Mexico knows it.

Death of a Zapatista: neoliberalism’s assault on indigenous autonomy

Members of the EZLN gather to remember their fallen teacher Galeano

Last month an indigenous teacher in the autonomous Zapatista region of Chiapas, Mexico, was murdered by paramilitaries. This article examines why.

The Mexican revolution - Anarchist Federation

A look at the 1910 Mexican revolution and the anarchist influences within it.

Re-remembering the Mexican IWW

Enrique Flores Magón with IWW members and family, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexi

An article by J Pierce on the history of the Mexican IWW.

The American Peace Corps: volunteers for free enterprise [extended]

Originally post on "Reflections on a Revolution"

Like many Americans, I knew very little about the workings of the American Peace Corps. It wasn’t until I met a starry eyed graduate in Bangkok, Thailand who could only wax poetics about helping the poor set up businesses and take out micro-loans, that I felt I needed to know more.