IV with Subcomandante Marcos Now Translated
June 1, 2006
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An important interview with Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos conducted by Sergio Rodriguez Lascano for Rebeldia magazine in Mexico came out this week. While translating it to English, we divided it in four parts:
- Part I: The Extra Element: Organization
...in which the rebel spokesman offers his observations after traveling through 20 Mexican states and listening to the words of the people who struggle, in the countryside, in the cities, and with an interesting discussion of what he learned from indigenous workers, primarily women, displaced from their communities and now working in sweatshops in urban Mexico...
- Part II: A Message for the Intellectuals and their “Magnificent Alibi to Avoid Struggle and Confrontation”
...in which Marcos answers the complaints by intellectuals about the “correlation of forces” (offering a counter-critique about those who theorize as an excuse to do nothing) and their critiques of the Other Campaign’s call to topple the government and take back the means of production from the rich...
- Part III: A Different Path for Latin America Rides Through Mexico
...in which Marcos Speaks of a Country Called América, and names names: Lula, Kirchner, Tabaré, López Obrador, Evo and Chávez... and asks, “So, What is the Path?”
- Part IV: “If You Listen, Mexico 2006 Seems a lot Like Chiapas in 1992”
...an analysis of the attack on Atenco, the counter-attack through the mass media, the simulation of upcoming elections in Mexico and why Mexico in 2006 seems a lot like Chiapas in 1992...
This interview, one of just five conducted this year by the Zapatista spokesman (the others with La Jornada, Televisa, CNN and TeleSUR) is the most detailed in explaining the strategic and tactical decisions that the Other Campaign in Mexico has made, as well as their theoretical and practical bases. It is, in fact, the most detailed interview he has granted in more than five years.
If over the past five months you've been watching the Other Journalism coverage of the Other Campaign but are still scratching your head wondering what is behind all of this, this interview is a good place to catch up.
It also provides some hints about where the Other Campaign goes from here, beyond Mexico's July 2nd elections, including along the US-Mexico border and with "the Other Campaign on the Other Side" in the United States.
All the interviews, of course, are linked from page one of Narco News and from the Other Journalism page:
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