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Americas

Guatemalan Government’s Apology Leaves Unanswered Questions

{mosmedia} On July 18th, Guatemala's Vice President, Eduardo Stein, flew to the remote village of Plan de Sanchez to formally apologize for the government-directed 1982 massacre of more than 200 Achi Mayans in that region.  "We are here today to ask forgiveness in the name of the Guatemalan state from all of the victims of the conflict," the Vice President said.

Stein confessed that the army had "unleashed bloodshed and fire to wipe out an entire community," and told the residents that the Berger administration was committed "to push the investigation into the events that occurred to allow for the clarification of what happened and permit us to identify, try and punish the intellectual and material authors of these offenses."

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Middle East

A People’s History of Iraq

Nearly 140,000 U.S. troops are currently in Iraq trying to influence Iraqi history by waging an imperialist war on behalf of U.S. corporate interests. Yet most people in the United States probably didn't learn very much about Iraqi history in their high school social studies courses. Some knowledge of pre-1950 Iraqi history may be of use to U.S. anti-war activists when arguing with opponents of an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.

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Global Notebook

Global Notebook 7-27-05

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Theroux blames big oil for Ecuador ‘catastrophe’

CAPE CODE, MA – Describing a trip through the oil towns of Ecuador, writer Paul Theroux recently called the area an “ecological and social catastrophe” that includes spilled oil, brothels, gun running, deforestation, poverty and displaced people. In an interview with HalliburtonWatch.org, he placed the blamed on Occidental Petroleum and Halliburton, accusing both of exploiting the region and damaging the ecosystem. read more

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Activism

An Interview with Chris Crass

 

{mosmedia} In his book A Language Older Than Words, Derrick Jensen articulates the dilemma of following one’s passions while surviving in a capitalist society: “Wishing away the wage economy did not make it cease to exist, and my determination to stop selling my hours did not lessen my need for food, nor for a place to stay. In other words, despite my highfalutin philosophy, I still had to find a way to earn some cash.”  Chris Crass is a political organizer who has grappled with this dilemma for years. 
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Globalism

How Trade Trumps Culture

I come from New Zealand. Most people here will know that New Zealand has three main objectives in international trade and the World Trade Organization (WTO) - they involve agriculture, agriculture and agriculture. However, despite two decades of neoliberal policies that have radically changed our country, there is still more to life in New Zealand than butter, sheep and export markets.

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Americas

Argentina: Hope in Hard Times

"Imagine you lost your job and the government closed down the banks, so you couldn't get out your savings.  What would you do?" asks the narrator of the new film, Argentina: Hope in Hard Times.  In the case of Argentina's economic crisis in 2002, the situation brought about a renewal in grassroots democracy. This film covers the social movement that broke out in Argentina during that crisis, taking the viewer on a wild ride to street protests, worker-controlled factories, barter fairs and a Citibank transformed into a community center.  It discusses the rise and fall of a country that, in a matter of days, went from being one of the richest nations in the region, to one of the poorest.