Friday, September 7, 2012
Exactly nine years ago, in August 2003, EZLN’s support bases announced the organization of 38 autonomous municipalities in rebellion. The process of the new geography of the Zapatista territory had gotten started 10 years ago, on December 19, 1994, the date on which they broke the military siege, launched a new political offensive and made the autonomous boundaries of their territory known. Since then, 213 months have passed, four –almost five–presidents of the Republic, and seven governors, and not once have the communities that dared to challenge the State by demanding liberty, democracy and justice for all of Mexico, allowed themselves to be assaulted, whether by the military or by paramilitary groups, by counter-insurgent government programs or by organizations protected by the State.
Last month the attacks increased, as they do at the end of every six-year presidential term and state government term. The land the Zapatistas recuperated with the armed uprising in 1994 has been placed in dispute, prompted and sponsored by the government; they buy loyalties, they offer territory that doesn’t belong to them, and they sow discord from positions of power. Nothing is new for these communities that will be in resistance for 19 years, but in spite of this the everyday hostilities against their life plan have not stopped being serious and alarming.
Far from giving up or being intimidated, the Zapatistas have responded through recent reports by autonomous authorities, that although “they have assaulted us without reason, and they think that because of this we are going to give up or sell ourselves to be among their ranks of thieves, criminals and traitors headed by them. If they think this, they are wrong because these injustices they do to us, far from leading us to think about giving up, fill us with anger and indignation.”
“Enough with so many provocations and injustices against us,” add the authorities of the autonomous governments. “We are letting you know that we will not back down, and we warn you that if you do not stop provoking us, we will take more serious measures,” stated the Board of Good Government with headquarters in La Realidad.
For the past decade, a nationwide tuberculosis program involving millions of health workers and volunteers has made slow but significant progress in battling the disease in India and has been hailed as a public-health success story. But any sense of complacency was dispelled in December when a doctor in Mumbai, Zarir Udwadia, discovered a strain of the disease that did not respond to any of the 12 frontline drugs. He declared a handful of patients at his chest clinic in Mumbai to be suffering from “totally drug-resistant TB.”
Her father and mother support her decision, but have been on edge ever since Andrea took her stand, worrying the school will try to expel her or punish her.
Americans, quarantined to militarized districts, become a population ripe for tyrannical control.
Fearmongering, terrorism, police state, martial law, war, arrest, internment, hunger, oppression, violence, resistance -- these are the new terms by which Americans define their existence. Neighbor is turned against neighbor as the value of the dollar plunges to zero, food supplies are depleted, and everyone is a terror suspect. There are arrests. Disappearances. Bio attacks. Public executions of those even suspected of dissent. Even rumors of concentration camps on American soil.
This is the backdrop to an unfolding story of resistance. American militias prepare for guerilla warfare. There are mass defections from the military as true Patriots attempt to rally around the Constitution and defend liberty, preparing a national insurgency against federal forces, knowing full well this will be the last time in history the oppressed will be capable of organized resistance.
It is a time of transition, of shifting alliance, of mass awakening and mass execution. It is an impending storm, an iron-gray morning that puts into effect decades of over-comfort and complacency, and Americans wake up to an occupied homeland. It is a time of lists -- black list, white list, and those still caught in the middle, those who risk physical death for their free will and those who sell their souls to maintain their idle thoughts and easy comforts. It is in this Gray State that the perpetuation of human freedom will be contested, or crushed.
Is it the near future, or is it the present? The Gray State is coming - by consent or conquest. This is battlefield USA.
Daniel Hopsicker reports for Mad Cow Morning News:
The PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s new President, doesn't’t take office for another three months. But he has already been embroiled in two major drug trafficking scandals—just since they stopped counting the votes.
First came the arrest in Spain in August of Rafael Celaya, a lieutenant for the Sinaloa Cartel, who was charged with importing 337 kilos of cocaine to Spain while setting up a new European beachhead for Drug Lord Chapo Guzman.
When busted drug smuggler Celaya turned out to be an operative for Pena Nieto’s political party, it was a public embarrassment.
Then, when pictures of Celaya and the newly-elected President looking like Best Friends Forever turned up on Facebook, it turned into a political hot potato.
But the war of words that ensued pales in comparison to what the new scandal suggests about the very legitimacy of the election about to catapult Pena Nieto into office.
Mr Arafat died at the age of 75 in the Percy military hospital near Paris in November 2004 from an unexplained illness. There was no autopsy and the French doctors who treated him never announced the cause of his death.
New evidence emerged from an investigation in July by the Al Jazeera TV network when the Institut de Radiophysique, in Lausanne, Switzerland, said it had discovered significant traces of the rare radioactive element polonium-210 on the late leader's clothing and toothbrush provided by his wife, Suha.
They're supposed to show just how comfortable the West used to be with President Assad - and how the media is currently being manipulated to villify him.
The whistleblower made his comments during a rare interview with a South American TV network - while he's holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange criticized Washington's harassment of Wikileaks - saying speaking the truth should never be considered a crime. He also mentioned how the West is turning into a surveillance mega-state - which he believes makes a mockery of human rights. Assange predicted he would stay for up to a year at the embassy surrounded by British police - until either a diplomatic solution is found, or the case against him is dropped.
For more, RT interviews Paul Wiffen from the United Kingdom Independence Party.
Dystopian sci-fi flick Branded has a super-twisted premise: A marketing genius discovers that advertising is actually warping people’s minds. He then decides to raise hell to save humanity.
In the Branded clip above, marketing whiz Mikhail (played by Ed Stoppard) approaches the leaders of a dim sum restaurant and asks them how far they’re willing to go to get the Russian market that’s just out of their grip. It’s just the beginning of Mikhail’s scorched-earth campaign against the marketing machine, co-writer/co-director Jamie Bradshaw told Wired.
“He’s gone to meet with these guys in a very interesting effort to make them a deal that he hopes will start a war with the powers that be and change the world forever,” Bradshaw said in a phone interview.
Mikhail’s realization that marketing has been messing with people’s minds is complicated, since he knows the marketing system is one he’s been complicit in. But his discovery of marketing’s devilish deeds may not come about in a way audiences will expect.
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