Ya Basta!: Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising

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AK Press, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 687 pages

The world has a new kind of hero, one who listens more than speaks, who preaches in riddles not in certainties, a leader who doesn t show his face, who says his mask is really a mirror. And in the Zapatistas, we have not one dream of a revolution but a dreaming revolution. Naomi Klein

The most comprehensive collection of essays and communiqu s by Subcomandante Marcos chronicles the written voice of the Zapatista movement and its struggle to open a space within the neoliberal, globalized landscape for the oppressed peoples of the world. Complete from their first public appearance in 1994 through their 10-year anniversary celebrations and period of restructuring in 2004.

The Zapatista uprising in Chiapas was certainly one of the most dramatic and important instances in our time of a genuine grassroots movement against oppression. In this volume, the writings of Subcomandante Marcos give eloquent expression to this movement, revealing both its philo-sophical foundations and its tactical ingenuity. I believe his words and the statements of the Zapatistas can inspire a new generation of activists and let them understand that it is possible for ordinary people, without military power, without wealth, to challenge state power successfully on behalf of social justice. [This] fantastic collection of Marcos words conveys the spirit of the Zapatistas as no other book I know has done. Howard Zinn

After over 500 years of conquest, the indigenous -people already know what the rest of us must learn about empires: that they exploit the many for the privileges of the few, that they ransack the cultures of antiquity, that they place a burden even on the mother countries. But in their actions and writings, the Zapatistas are inspiring a new generation to join the struggle for a better world. It s our world too! Tom Hayden

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Contents

FOREWORDS
11
Chiapas Symbol of Resistance
13
The Unknown Icon
15
Žiga Vodovnik The Struggle Continues 1 Conquest and Human Progress
25
Ceteris Paribus or Little has changed
27
To Solidarity Groups Meeting in Brescia
28
What Price is Dignity?
29
Of Trees Criminals and Odontology
30
History of The One and The
58
Are the Zapatista Indigenous Communities Worse off than Before the Uprising?
59
The International Consulta and the International Jornada for the Excluded of the World
60
The Little Tree and the Others
61
To Musicians all Over the World
62
We Know What Were Doing It is Worth It
63
People in the Most Unexpected Places are Participating
64
The Story of the Question
68

The Story of the Cold Foot and the Hot Foot
31
Like here in Chiapas?
32
Before the Dawn
33
Support Letter for Leonard Peltier
34
Our People cannot Continue in this Dialogue
35
The Sea Shell of the end and the Beginning
36
Waging War
37
Subcomandante Marcos 19971999 Building the World 38 The Story of the Noise and the Silence
38
Letter to Indigenous Leadership in U
39
Beneath the Mask
40
Marcos on May day Tupac Amaru and Fidel Velazquez
41
Letter to Commander in Chief Zapata
42
Marcos on Neoliberalism
43
Beads and Accounts of Numbers
44
The Tale of the Little Newspaper Vendor
45
Its up to You
46
Three Tables for The End of the Century Dinner
47
An Inverted Periscope or Memory a Buried
48
Masks and Silences
49
The History of the Measure of Memory
50
It Continues Raining Here
51
The State Government is Stealing the Humanitarian Aid Intended for the victims of the Flooding
52
Subcomandante Marcos 19941996 Spreading the Word 1 There will be a Storm
53
The Long Journey from Despair to Hope
54
These Bridges Which are Little Unarmed Paper Boats
55
will Deal with You Later
56
The Day of the Dead
57
Letter to Ernesto Zedillo
74
The Zapatistas Hike up the Price of the Indigenous Mexican Blood
83
Death has Visited us Dressed in Olive Green
86
The Retreat is Making us Almost Scratch at the Sky
90
Welcome to the Ecuador Peru Border
98
Durito II Neoliberalism seen from the Lacandon Jungle
103
Zapatistas Guadalupanos and the Virgin of Guadalupe
109
A Year of the Zapatista Government
114
Far Inside of the Cave of Desire
119
That Reason Wins Always and Never Force
125
Durito III Neoliberalism and the Labor Movement
126
A History about Herons and Eagles in the Lacandon Jungle Letter from Subcomandante Marcos to John Berger
133
Why Marcos is not at the Dialogue
138
Marcos Invites the Governments Delegates to a Community Consultation
144
Dignity cannot be Studied You live it or it dies
146
The Moon between the Mirrors of the Night and the Crystal of the Day
149
Power as a Mirror and an Image
153
Neoliberalism and the PartyState System
160
The Tale of Duritos Return
168
Neoliberalism the Chaotic Theory of Economic Chaos
171
Today ends the National Plebiscite for Peace and Democracy
177
Subcomandante Marcos 20002003 Revolution Continues
465
Chocolates Yes Injections
472
Zedillos Last Moments The Political Class
502
Recipients of the World Unite
518
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Noam Chomsky is one of the world's leading intellectuals, father of modern linguistics, outspoken media and foreign policy critic and tireless activist.

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