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“We Obey the People, Not the Government” Nahua Communities of Michoacán Warn

Facing the demobilization of the autodefensas in the state, the coastal community of Santa María Ostula, located in the municipality of Aquila, found that members of its community police won’t be registering as rural police.

“Who we obey are the people, not the federal government”, they warned.

The commander of the community guard, Semeí Verdía, will present to the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) the agreement from the meeting held on April 27 on Thursday in which they paid protest to the commanders and police of each of the 23 “managements”.

In total, 150 villagers total those who occupy this position voluntarily during the year.

The list includes the names of the people who make up the community security and the weapons that each will carry.

“The commissioner Alfredo Castillo agreed to respect our traditional forms of organization. He said that with indigenous peoples the process will be different”, Semeí Verdía said during an interview.

Only he and a few others are going to register as rural police in order to be able to move around armed and to ensure that when they enter into a “unified command”, they themselves will be the ones who will be entering the community as a security authority.

What we don’t want is for them to send people from outside.

- there’s much more to read, from borderland beat, “We Obey the People, Not the Government” Nahua Communities of Michoacán Warn

michoacan PARADOJAS. Autodefensas encapuchados registran a policías de Nueva Italia, municipio de Múgica, Michoacán. AP Paradoxes. AUC hooded policemen recorded at New Italy, Miigica municipality, Michoacan.

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Crece tensión social en Michoacán; autodefensas toman Nueva Italia

Growing social tension in Michoacán; AUC take Nueva Italia





HSBC in Mexico (cyph3r/Flickr)

drug cartel money laundering accounted for 85 percent of global economy for 2012

In a 2010 interview with the Bloomberg News, Martin Woods, the former director of Wachovia’s anti-money-laundering unit in London remarked that “It’s the banks laundering money for the cartels that finances the tragedy… If you don’t see the correlation between the money laundering by banks and the 22,000 people killed in Mexico (2014 estimates exceed 100,000 – rlr), you’re missing the point.” This connection becomes incredibly clear when we look to the connection of HSBC helping the Mexican cartels funnel hundreds of billions of dollars.

According to legal documents for the case filed in 2012, HSBC admitted that it failed to apply legally required money laundering controls to $60 trillion in wire transfers alone, in only a three year period, $670 billion of which came from Mexico. $60 trillion—that is approximately 85 percent the entire world’s GDP in 2012. In a settlement to put an end to the probe into their money laundering activities in late 2012, HSBC agreed to pay a fine of $1.9 billion. While HSBC may have been associated with the largest money laundering operation in U.S. banking history, it is by no means alone.

In 2010, Wachovia was sanctioned for failing to apply adequate money laundering controls on $378.4 billion in transfers originating from Mexico. Until HSBC was caught, it was the largest violation of the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act—which according to the U.S. Treasury Department requires that “U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering.” However, under a deferred prosecution agreement, Wachovia only had to pay a $160 million fine for its role in laundering hundreds of billions of dollars. Jeffery Sloman, the federal prosecutor who handled the case remarked that “Wachovia’s blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations.”

Bank of America has also been connected to Mexican drug money, as accounts in Oklahoma City were used to buy planes to transport cocaine, according to a Bloomberg investigation. Additionally, in 2006, the Bank of America acknowledged that it had overseen the laundering of $3 billion originating from South America in a single Manhattan branch. While the monetary figure is comparatively small in relation to the scandals that HSBC and Wachovia would later involved in, when pressed as to why no indictments were sought against the bankers involved, Manhattan district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau simply remarked “because we don’t want to put banks out of business.” This remark was later echoed by Justice Department prosecutor Lanny Breuer, who stated that “Had the U.S. authorities decided to press criminal charges, HSBC would certainly have lost its banking license in the United States, the future of the institution would have been under threat, and the entire banking system would have been destabilized.”

It has become very clear that banks such as HSBC, Wachovia, and the Bank of America are integral components of the drug trade, which operate with impunity. While El Chapo may deservedly so spend the rest of his life behind bars, there are many more in the financial sector who have similarly profited off of crime and should be there with him. Whistleblower Martin Wood highlights this connection stating that “These are the proceeds of murder and misery in Mexico, and of drugs sold around the world. But no one goes to jail. What does the settlement do to fight the cartels? Nothing. It encourages the cartels and anyone who wants to make money by laundering their blood dollars.” While pushing further on the topic of direct, multifaceted U.S. involvement in the international drug trade is a taboo subject, to ignore its role as a key source of profit for banks, prisons and the military is even more dangerous and costly.

- from NACLA - El Chapo’s Arrest: Money Laundering and Mexico’s Drug War




autodefensias in mexico: betrayed by government

Mexico is ours, not the Government’s!

This is our place, this is our land, these are our hills, these are our rivers, this is our people, this is our heaven, our parents are buried here and our children were born here.
Mexico is ours!
Yes, we want to legalize, because our movement is constitutional, that’s why we will demand to be legalized as National Guard, a force which is civil, democratic, federal and Constitutional; as it exists in all democratic countries, as it exists in countries in which you cannot be  killed with impunity, not by the Government, nor by criminals.
We’ll make ourselves heard internationally, we ask for the minimum, fundamental rights: right to live, to work, to have a family!
Is this too much to ask? Can we be guaranteed that?
Then do not deny us the right to form Autodefensas.
We are the worthy people rising and defending Michoacán, not all want to be policemen, but we all consider ourselves according to our constitutional law, soldiers of the National Guard!
Brothers and sisters remember: we do not have a return path!
We still have two paths: self-defense or sacrifice!
Mexico is ours!
Viva Mexico!
there’s so much more to this excellent post from BorderlandBeat, especially for those of you unfamiliar with the history of mexico and the people’s heroic efforts to cast away the shackles of the conquistadors, and their offspring and bootlickers.
the end of the mexican revolution of 100 years ago resulted in the most far-ranging reform of a society ever attempted, but interference from extremely wealthy foreign interests have meddled in mexico’s affairs constantly, always attacking the gains promised by the constitution so many ordinary mexican people gave their lives to create.
throughout mexico’s insurgent history, there has been one constant theme: betrayal of the people by the government.
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We have lived the oppression under two parts: one by action on the part of the Caballeros Templarios and the other by omission on the part of the Government.
Despite this, oppression develops. We have the right to oppose, we coordinate with the authority and then we sat at their tables, they called us allies, were advancing together, photos were removed with us that were seen around the world in an effort to distort, while  trying to convince public opinion that Michoacán was already controlled.
Both publicly and privately they called us valid partners, called us members of the Council of self-defense, investigated us and told us we were honest and reliable people.
They gave some protection, but they wanted one change, silence. When I was injured and convalescent, the Secretary of the Interior publicly exonerated me from any suspicion, (Chong) but when I spoke my opinion they left me lying in bed and at the mercy of murderers.
Is this how friends act? Is this how allies act?
Hipólito Mora, now a prisoner, recognized by all as the founding leader and a friend and ally of the Government, but when pressure was applied there was a breach of all agreements by the Government.
So now they are efficient and have charged Mora with 35 complaints including looting, robbery, extortion and murder. And now they come for us; they want to intimidate us, they want us annihilated.
 I wish I could retire, hopefully I could live in peace, and hopefully the Government had control of the territory, hopefully, hopefully.
But not so, Caballeros Templarios rule Michoacán. Everyday life has changed, but worse now the Caballeros Templarios, the Government, the army, Navy and all the police persecute us.
Hipolito Mora, a leading citizen self-defense groups La Ruana. / P. COMPANYS
A week ago the Commissioner was sitting at Hipólito side and knew nothing of the allegations; three days later Hipólito is a criminal. How very sad; they are very misguided, what a grand error on their part.
If the imprisonment of the leaders of the Autodefensas or our colleagues addressed the reality of the Michoacán, warmly we would willingly go to jail. Either way, we are condemned to death.
But it is not so. Although the leaders disappear, reality does not change. The Michoacán population, territory, has no Government much less any justice.
That is why brothers and sisters, we’ve been brave, if we know our destination.  I summon you to unite and to not give up, or you will pay with your life.



Call for an international week of Solidarity with anarchists facing repression in Mexico (March 17-24, 2014)

This is a call for a week of solidarity with anarchists in Mexico, who face repression, whether they are behind bars in prison or in hiding fighting for their freedom.

There Have Been several recent instances of targeted repression of anarchists in Mexico: the arrest of Mario Tripa in 2012 and his recent re-arrest in January 2014, the Ongoing detention of Mario Gonzalez, the kidnapping and incarceration of several anarchist comrades, the barring of Alfredo Bonanno from entering the country, and the torture, interrogation, and deportation of Gustavo Rodriguez. There has-been a strong response to this repression by anarchists in Mexico, Who Have Celebrated the courage of Their comrades through sustained attacks in active solidarity. Between March 17-24th, we are calling for international strength and solidarity to be shown with anarchists in Mexico facing repression. Now, at a time When the eyes of the state and Their dogs have turned towards our comrades, we are Urging the act to be returned in kind.

“However,  given the state of control there are still  those who aren’t frightened, Those who by day or by night, alone or collectively, with fire, fire-works, Blockades, explosives or firearms, show That this is not the life we want, that – At least from our perspective – this system must be totally destroyed. Their damned social peace is a myth That They attempt to impose on us. Only conflict exists … It’s clear That info we have to take Control of our lives and our spaces, to be able to Achieve it there is no way out other than Social War “.

Mario “Gut” Lopez

mexico – reposted from instinto salvaje


The Oaxaca Commune – new forms of revolution

The world as we know it has come to an end. Everywhere the foundations for an unprecedented authoritarian regime are being put in place, to replace the current political and economic system, and to take advantage of the fear, chaos, and uncertainty that marks a transition to a new era. The Zapatistas in Chiapas and the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in Oaxaca, along with many other political initiatives in various parts of the world, prefigure new forms of transformative struggle, as well as their outcome. These struggles are a determining factor in the current crisis.

The Demons of the Oaxaca Commune

From June to October 2006, there were no police in the city of Oaxaca (population 600,000), not even to direct traffic. The governor Ulises Ruiz and his functionaries met secretly in hotels or private homes; none of them dared to show up at their offices. The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) had round-the-clock watch on all the public buildings and radio and TV stations that it controlled. When the governor began sending out his goons to launch nocturnal guerilla attacks against these guards, the people responded by putting up barricades. More than a thousand barricades were put up every night at 11 p.m., around the encampments or at critical intersections. They would be taken down every morning at 6 a.m. to restore normal traffic. Despite the attacks, there was less violence in those months (fewer assaults, deaths and injuries, or traffic accidents) than in any similar period in the previous 10 years. Unionized workers belonging to APPO performed basic services like garbage collection.

Some observers began speaking of the Oaxaca Commune, evoking the Paris Commune of 1871. Oaxacans responded, smiling: “Yes, but the Paris Commune lasted only 50 days and we’ve already lasted more than 100.” The analogy is pertinent but exaggerated, except in terms of the reaction that these two popular insurrections elicited in the centers of power. Like the European armies that crushed the communards who had taken over all the functions of government, the Federal Preventive Police of Mexico, backed by the army and the navy, were sent to Oaxaca on October 28, 2006, to try to control the situation. On November 25, 2006, those forces conducted a terrible repression, the worst in many years, with massive violation of human rights and an approach which can be legitimately described as state terrorism. The operation—which included imprisonment of the supposed leaders of the movement and hundreds of others—was described by the International Commission for the Observation of Human Rights as,“a juridical and military strategy…whose ultimate purpose is to achieve control and intimidation of civil population.” For the authorities, this strategy would dissolve APPO and send a warning to all social movements around the whole country.

APPO remains a mystery, even for those who are part of it. The distortions introduced by the media and by some participants in APPO, who were using it to promote their own political and ideological agendas, exasperated the confusion. Furthermore, its innovative character is a challenge to understanding the nature, meaning, and implications of this strange political animal. (For further reading on this enormously complex situation, see: Arellano and others 2009, Davies 2007, de Castro 2009, Denham 2008, Esteva 2008 and 2009 a and c, Giarraca 2008, Lapierre 2008, Martínez 2006, and Osorno 2007).

From the day of its birth, all the demons that habitually beset what we usually call the left also beset the APPO. Like bees to honey, it attracted all sorts of groups and organizations that, like parasites, tried to direct and control the movement with their own agendas and obsessions. It was difficult to distinguish those activists from the countless infiltrators sent by the authorities to aggravate the role generally performed by the sectarian left: to disperse, divide, confront, isolate, and to create violence within the social movement.

The APPO disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. It left a quarrelsome atmosphere in Oaxaca, mixing anger and frustration with a sense of defeat. But APPO also left a sediment of experience expressed in everyday attitudes throughout the social and political fabric of the state.

The Obsession of Power

“We think,” said Subcomandante Marcos in 1996, “that you have to rethink the problem of power, to not repeat that formula which says that in order to change the world it is necessary to take power, and once in power we will organize everything in a way that is best for the world, that is, the way that is the best for me since I am in power. We thought that if we conceived of a change in the way power is seen, the problem of power, proclaiming that we do not want it—this would produce another way of doing politics and other kind of politics, other human beings that do politics differently from politicians of the entire political spectrum. (EZLN 1996, 69).

For the Zapatistas, the question is not who is in power, or how any person, group, or party achieved a position of power (through elections or any other means), but the very nature of the system of power within the nation-state, as a structure of domination and control. In drawing a line to separate themselves from the guerilla tradition, the Zapatistas show that such traditions always postpone the question of the role of the people.

“There is an oppressive power, that which decides for society from above; a group of enlightened people who decide to run the country properly and displaces another group from power, takes power and also makes the decisions for society. For us this is a struggle of hegemonies… One cannot reconstruct the world, nor society, nor the nation-states now destroyed, upon a dispute that consists of who is going to impose hegemony upon society.” (Subcomandante Marcos, March 2001)

From the most ferocious dictatorships to the purest of democracies, the nation-state has been, and is, a structure to dominate and control the population…in the end to bring it to the service of capital, using its legal monopoly of violence. The state is the ideal collective capitalist, guardian of those interests, and operates as a dictatorship even in the most modern democratic states.

- from upside down world news, New Forms of Revolution (Part 2): The Oaxaca Commune

oaxacaUDWN’s Note: In excerpts from the essay New Forms of Revolution (Mexico, 2013), Oaxaca-based writer Gustavo Esteva explores the different notions of power within the popular movement in Oaxaca, and speculates on the future on the current cycle of struggles.

Read Part 1

“Such revolution is an art. That is: it requires the courage not only of resistance but also of imagination.” – Howard Zinn.

“Survival of the human race depends on the rediscovery of hope as a social force.” – Ivan Illic


“el chapo” guzman arrested in mexico – very dangerous development in drug wars

the bush and obama adminstrations’ pet drug lord,  Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured in mexico.

Expect and update very shortly



After years on run, Sinaloa cartel chief ‘El Chapo’ Guzman arrested

After eluding capture for more than a dozen years, the legendary boss of one of the world’s most powerful and deadly drug trafficking operations was nabbed in a surprise raid on a seaside hotel-condominium tower in a bustling Mexican beach resort, authorities said.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who infamously escaped in 2001 from a high-security prison in a laundry cart, was arrested early Saturday in Mazatlan without a single shot being fired, authorities said.

A U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that Guzman, accompanied by a female, was captured in a joint operation of Mexican marines and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents that was in the works for four or five weeks.

The pressure on Guzman’s organization, the Sinaloa cartel, had been mounting for months, with Mexican authorities killing or capturing several of its most brutal lieutenants, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

The ‘El Chapo’ myth: Robin Hood or just hood?

Those operations yielded information, including cell phone and other data, that helped Mexican authorities and U.S. drug enforcement agents track Guzman down.

At a Mexico City news conference, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said authorities came close to capturing Guzman, believed to be in his mid-50s, earlier this month.

Guzman apparently moved around several Mazatlan homes connected by an elaborate network of tunnels also linked to the city’s sewage system, Murillo Karam said. The doors of the seven homes were reinforced with steel, he said, which enabled Guzman to escape via the tunnels before marines could break down the doors.

On other occasions, authorities decided against attempting to apprehend Guzman in public places at the popular beach resort.

Murillo Karam said forensic experts had “100%” confirmation of Guzman’s identity. Authorities also seized a weapons cache that included 97 large guns, 36 handguns, two grenade launchers and a rocket launcher.



Autodefensas Gain Legitimacy Where the Mexican State Has None

Organized crime’s collusion with the state has a long history in Michoacán, but the latest developments have forced issues of corruption and impunity to the fore. The autodefensas are a manifestation of civil society’s distrust of government and all the state authorities. Not only do the self-defense forces represent a challenge to the authority of state and federal government, but they have the potential to develop into a widespread social movement—a prospect that should terrify Mexico’s elites and political dinosaurs who make out so well from the chaotic, bloody, but very lucrative, status quo.

 – from NACLA, Autodefensas Gain Legitimacy Where the Mexican State Has None



Mexico: terrorism case falls. Comrades now detained under charges of damages and attacks on public peace

translated from Spanish by sabotagemedia

Yesterday February 17, marked the end of the 40 days of arraigo (arbitrary preventive detention in the Mexican justice system) decreed by the Attorney General of the Republic against our compañerxs Carlos López, Amelie Pelletier and Fallon Poisson.

During these forty days they tried to put together a case for Terrorism and Organized Crime against them, however, and despite intimidating and inquisitorial methods, they were unable to mount their case, so that at the end of the arraigo our compañerxs were released for lack of evidence. The Local Police of the Federal District has since detained them on charges of damages and attacks to public peace.

Amelie and Fallon are now in the women’s prison Reclusorio Femenil de Santa Martha and were visited by their lawyers, while Carlos called and said he is in Reclusorio Oriente, however it wont be until tomorrow that he can receive visitors.

Since the charges they are facing aren’t for major crimes, it is possible for them to reach bail, although we should remember that Mario González facing the same situation has had bail refused systematically, arguing that he is a danger for society.

Let’s continue solidarity with our sisters and brothers kidnapped by the State!

  • Freedom for Carlos, Amelie and Fallon!
  • Freedom for Mario, Salvador and Fernando!
  • Freedom for all!
  • Down with the prison walls!

related articles / articles relatifs / artículos relacionados:

  1. Mexico: Three comrades under serious charges
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  3. Montreal – Metro smoke bombs case: The terrorism charges have been dropped
  4. Statement and update on the 5E comrades
  5. Bloomington, USA: Police cars attacked in solidarity with 5E prisoners in Mexico



revolting world review

i’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but have settled for just reposting what i feel are neglected news stories. i’ve finally discovered how to do this sort of thing more efficiently than i’d envisioned it, so here goes


R.I.P. Dave Finkelman

For over 8 years as the host of Big A, Little a (and Resistance before that) on Saturday afternoons from 12-2pm, Dave delivered an eclectic look at punk “from 1977 to the present day, and everything weird and wonderful in between”.  The show considered punk not from a musical perspective, necessarily, focusing instead on the attitude behind the music, boiling punk down to its essential ethos and not its sonic trappings.  The show was well loved by our listeners and Dave’s fellow volunteers, who voted it CJSR’s best program for three years in a row.  Dave always encouraged his listeners to stick with him, even if they heard something they didn’t like, guaranteeing that they would be exposed to other ideas or sounds they might like.
Dave will also be remembered as his alter-ego Raven Connors on CJSR’s hilarious late-night goth show/radio serial The Darkness of My Soul, co-hosted by his close friend Lex McKie as Esper Banyon. Darkness of My Soul was a showcase for Dave’s sense of humour and his talents as a performer, and like Big A, little a, was an example to other DJs of what great radio could be.
please read the rest of the brief article at the above link. here’s a link to the band referenced in the obit: ENERGENIC ACTION


  • On the evening of 9th January, eight Rohingya men, who were not local to the area and may have come from Kyauktaw, were passing through the Rakhine village in  Du Chee Yar Tan. While they were passing through they were stopped by the villagers, and taken to the home of the village administrator U Aung Zan Phyu. It was  informed by a manual labourer who went to work Rakhine village.                                                   
  • On 13th January afternoon some villagers in Du Chee Yar Tan saw the dead bodies of the eight Rohingya men in grounds of the home of the village administrator. One dead body was taken by some Rohingya villagers in the evening and seen by Rakhine villagers of Kayay Myine village.  News quickly spread through the Rakhine and the Rohingya village. In the Rohingya village there was anger about the killings, and information began to be passed around Burma.
  • On 14th January 2014, in the early morning at around 12 am, a group of 7 or 8 police and security forces, entered the Rohingya village. It is believed they were there to warn people not to talk about the killings of the eight Rohingya men.

As they approached one house in the village the man in the house fled,as Rohingya men often face arrest or beatings. They entered a house and demanded valuables, money and jewellery, from the Rohingya woman living there. Just extortion from police and security forces is very common. When the woman refused to give them her jewellery, the police and security forces raped and then killed her. This took place in front of her children.  When their mother was killed the children began shouting and screaming that their mother had been killed. Local villagers heard and came to the house protesting. The police opened fire on the villagers. Three Rohingya women, three children and one man were killed and 4 people wounded by gunshots. It is likely that the policeman who authorities say  was killed at this time.

  • The police and security forces left the village, and approximately half an hour later more police and security forces returned to the village, as well as around 20-30 Rakhine civilians.
  • Police and security forces began to make mass arrests. Some Rohingya trying to resist arrest or protesting about the arrests were shot by the police and security forces. The Rakhine civilians were also attacking Rohingya, hacking and clubbing Rohingya to death. The police and security forces took no action to stop this. They were acting side by side. Rapes of Rohingya women also took place at this time.
  • Shortly after the police and security forces arrived, the military arrived in two trucks. They kept apart from the police, security forces and Rakhine mob, but some soldiers did shoot some Rohingya. They made no effort to prevent attacks against the Rohingya.
  • It is during this period, approximately between 1am and 4am on 14th January, that most of the killings and rapes took place.
  • Around 100 Rohingya are thought to have been arrested at this time, with more arrests following later. Exact estimates are difficult as most people in the village fled and are in hiding.
  • By mid-day on 14th January, the vast majority of the approximately 3,500 Rohingya living in the village had fled to nearby villages. Some remained in hiding, and some of these fled into hiding later.
  • Police and security forces in the village have committed widespread looting of property in empty homes, and livestock, since the 14th.
  • On 19th January witnesses say many dead bodies were taken by three military trucks from the Rohingya village. They say there were many children among the bodies. Estimates range from seventy to ninety bodies.
  • On 22nd January a delegation of Rakhine State Government officials visited to  Du Chee Yar Tan village. Before the visit local villagers were threatened by police and security forces that if they said they had seen killings or dead bodies they would be jailed.
  • Presidential spokesperson Ye Htut insisted that the delegation did not find any evidence of a massacre in the village and insisted that representatives were able to talk to local people, including Muslim leaders.
  • On 23rd January about 200 women and children returned to the  Du Chee Yar Tan village and some found blood at their houses and a smell which they think was from rotting bodies which had been recently moved.

see the rest of the report: Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)


Greek coastguard accused of drowning 12 refugees

The Israeli military forces backed by bulldozers entered the village of Khirbet Ein Karzaliyah on Thursday and destroyed the entire village


Thousands in Ghana Protest GMOs
ghanaThe Coalition For Farmers Rights And Advocacy Against GMOs (COFAM) a grass-roots movement of farmers, labour unions, religious, political and civil society organizations held a public demonstration against the introduction of Genetically Modified Foods and the Plant Breeders Bill on Tuesday January 28 through the principal streets of Accra.

SPAIN: Today, after forced eviction in Madrid, People chanting “Killers, get out of our neighborhood#AntonioSeQueda


Protestors chase the police, after forced eviction in Madrid.


AUSTRIA (Jan. 24): Huge #Antifa Demonstrations and blockades against Right Wing Students


above photos were taken from the twitter account Voice of the Revolution

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Jerry Koch Released After 8 Months Behind Bars For Not Talking

“Prison united all of us” russian anarchists stand strong

Moscow anti-fascists amnestied

Mongolian environmental activist Tsetsegee Munkhbayar, who was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2007 for his campaign to protect water sources from mining pollution, was sentenced on Jan. 21 together with four associates to 21 years in prison each for “acts of terrorism.” ww4report

solidarity with anarchist comrades detained in mexico

The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail

it looks like barrett brown has a blog on D magazine’s website. this is an excellent article about being in jail. he captures the sense of unreality experienced when people lose control over their lives and are forced to deal with lack of privacy and limited social interaction with people they’d rarely encounter in their lives outside of jail.

see his post: “…Yay! Cookies!”


Surveillance Video Program Proposed in San Jose

A San Jose councilman is proposing the city create a database where citizens who have surveillance systems can help police.

It’s a system that has been used unofficially.

Robotic Military Convoys Are Coming

The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and Lockheed Martin have just unveiled a series of fully autonomous convoys that can operate in urban environments. The Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System (AMAS) is an integration of low-cost sensors and control systems that allow tactical vehicles to perform autonomous operations.

shoutout to my fans at Lockhead Martin: c’mon, leave a comment!

FBI Warns that Journalism About Animal Cruelty Could “Incite Criminal Activity”

Navy’s 757-Sized Drone Will Provide Big-Time Surveillance

Israel concerned at growing boycott threat


German Television does first Edward Snowden Interview (ENGLISH)

German Television Channel NDR does an exclusive interview with Edward Snowden. Uploaded on LiveLeak cause German Television thinks the rest of the world isn’t intereseted in Edward Snowden.

La Jornada reports that as the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, Subcomandante Marcos has released a new communique reflecting on how the history of the Zapatistas – and other Mexican political figures – has been written.  Marcos dedicates the bulk of his derision to whom he calls “the criminals of the Mexican political class”, but reserves plenty for “the for-pay press.”  The paper notes that members of the press will not be permitted to attend commemorations of the Jan. 1, 1994 uprising, during which the rebel group emerged from the Lacandon Jungle and captured several towns, including the city of San Cristobal.

Sulfur combusts on contact with air to create stunning blue lava-like rivers of light in the Kawah Ijen crater on the island of Java. From National Geographic. Photograph by Olivier Grunewald

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Mexican Vigilantes Take Over Cities, Oust Cartel and Confront Police

PrintNACLA Blogger Peter Watt Talks with Voice of Russia

“By this point, people are being killed in Mexico at a rate quicker than the Guatemalan genocide. They are being disappeared at a more intense rate than during the Argentine military dictatorship. So I think people see that the apparent strategy to clamp down on organized crime and improve the security situation is completely at odds with reality.”-Peter Watt.

Watt elaborates that the civilian militia groups were formed to fill a desperate need to defend the security of individual towns, since government forces had failed to do so.

hear the interview, from voice of russia

By Brittany Peterson

WASHINGTON (VR)—Over the last year, vigilante groups have become a survival method in Mexican towns.

Yet now, they aren’t just fighting the cartel. This week, they clashed with police forces too.

Mexican federal forces seized control of the war-torn state of Michoacan Tuesday, in an attempt to reestablish public order. This comes after vigilantes surrounded entire towns over a series of weeks in a bid to oust the Knights Templar drug cartel from their communities.

Radio VR’s Brittany Peterson delves into this issue with Peter Watt. He teaches Latin American Studies at the University of Sheffield and is co-author of the book, Drug War Mexico, and also writes for NACLA.org.

MEXICO, Uspero: An armed member of the citizens’ self-protection police stands guard in a barricade in Uspero community, Michoacan State, Mexico, on January 16, 2014. On the eve, federal police and army troops said they had 17 cities and towns in western Mexico under control after clashing with vigilantes and seizing Apatzingan (population 120,000) –a bastion of the Knights Templars cartel– Uruapan (315,000) and Mugica (45,000) among others. The turmoil in Michoacan has become the biggest security challenge for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s 13-month-old administration, undermining his pledge to reduce drug violence.
Photo credit: © AFPPHOTO/Hector Guerrero

Drug War Mexico: Politics, Neoliberalism and Violence in the New Narcoeconomy, Peter Watt & Roberto Zepeda, Zed Books, 2012.

“Reports from media organizations like Televisa in Mexico, CNN in the US, and the BBC in the UK tend to present the ‘drug war’ in Mexico as a mysterious and inexplicable conflict in which the government (with the help of its ally, the United States) and the army attempt to defeat the evil tactics and poisonous influence of organized crime,” write Watt and Zepeda in the introduction. “Within this narrow and misleading representation of the drug war, state actors who perpetrate violence and abuse human rights are rarely ascribed agency, and thus are afforded complete immunity by influential mainstream media organizations. Consequently, the drug war is seldom given the historico-political context and analysis it surely merits.”
What follows in Drug War Mexico is Watt and Zepeda’s attempt to map how the intensification of violence in Mexico “did not arrive out of the blue.”


A brief history of drug cultivation, use, and state power in Mexico opens the book, which then delves into anti-drugs initiatives in Mexico from the 1970s onwards. By the time of the presidency of Luis Echeverría (1970-1976), write Watt and Zepeda, the government of Mexico was already associating “all types of political activism with criminality and frequently with drug trafficking.” Watt and Zepeda set up the national and international context at the time, painting in broad strokes the Mexico where the CIA and the DEA began to set up a “permanent drug war.”

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