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U.S. House Passes Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act With Little Discussion or Dissent:
Notes from the House Floor “Debate”
Will Potter, Green Is the New Red

They did it. Corporations, industry groups and the politicians that represent them rushed through legislation labeling activists as “terrorists” on the first day back from Congressional recess. Just moments ago [Nov. 13, 2006] the House passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act as part of the suspension calendar: in other words it was put on a list of non-controversial bills to pass with one swoop by voice vote.


Here’s a recap of some of my notes on the “debate” on the House floor. I apologize that this is not in a more polished form, but I wanted to get this out to you all right away.

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Massacre in Chiapas:
Six Women, Three Men, Two Children, Assassinated in Montes Azules

Al Giordano, NarcoNews

Today, Monday, November 13, presumed paramilitaries committed a massacre in the Montes Azules jungle region of Chiapas, killing nine indigenous women and men and two children.


The assassinated, according to a hand-written document received by Narco News from inside Zapatista civilian communities in the region, are:


* Marta Pérez Pérez

* María Pérez Hernández

* María Nuñez González

* Petrona Nuñez González

* Pedro Nuñez Pérez

* Eliver Benítez Pérez

* Antonio Pérez López

* Dominga Pérez López

* Felicitas Pérez Parcero

* Noilé Benítez (8 años)

* A recently born infant yet to be baptized

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WTO Announces Formalized Slavery Market for Africa:

US Trade Representative to Africa, Governor of Nigeria Central Bank Weigh in at Wharton

Hanniford Schmidt

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Conference Website

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Philadelphia — At a Wharton Business School conference on business in
Africa, World Trade Organization representative Hanniford Schmidt
announced the creation of a WTO initiative for "full private
stewardry of labor" for the parts of Africa that have been hardest
hit by the 500 years of Africa's free trade with the West.


The initiative will require Western companies doing business in some
parts of Africa to own their workers outright.

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Ellen Willis, 64, Journalist and Feminist, Dies

Margalit Fox, New York Times

Ellen Willis, the noted journalist, feminist and cultural critic, whose work ranged seamlessly through politics and religion, sex, film and rock ’n’ roll, died yesterday at her home in Queens. She was 64.


The cause was lung cancer, said her husband, Stanley Aronowitz, the well-known sociologist and progressive activist.


At her death, Ms. Willis was a professor of journalism at New York University. She also directed the journalism department’s cultural reporting and criticism program, which she founded in 1995.


As a writer, she was best known for her political essays, which appeared in The Nation, Dissent and elsewhere. She was also widely recognized for her rock criticism: she was the first pop-music critic of The New Yorker, and wrote regularly about music for Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and other publications.

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NYC Indymedia Journalist Brad Will
Shot Dead by Government Forces in Oaxaca

Calamity, NYC Indymedia

[Confirmed by La Jornada (Mexico) and Radio APPO Oaxaca]

A shooting occurred today in Oaxaca City, Mexico, leaving New York City Indymedia journalist Bradley Will dead after being shot in the chest. He died before reaching the hospital, according to La Jornada. A photographer from the newspaper Milenio Diario, who was at Will's side, was shot in the foot and reported injured, his status unknown.


Radio APPO, the radio of the Popular Assembly of the Oaxacan People, is reporting truckloads of armed paramilitaries entering the city. They are calling for people to reinforce the thousands of barricades that have been constructed for months as part of the statewide teachers' strike and popular uprising that has demanded the removal of PRI governor Ulisis Ortiz Ruiz.

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Chronicles of a Mexican Insurrection

Anonymous Comrade

The Mexican MAS (Movement Towards Socialismo) formerly Workers and
Socialista Party (POS) used to be the LIT section. Not anymore (it was expelled
couple of years back). They are very active in Oaxaca where they traditionally
had a branch, mostly composed of native zapoteca indians and some influence. You can read their positions and see some photographs:

• Cronicas, editoriales y articulos sobre la insurreccion en Oaxaca (MAS-POS)

• Solidaridad con la lucha de Oaxaca

• Periódico El Socialista

• Movimiento al Socialismo - México


Lea los articulos completos:
here.

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El Kilombo Intergaláctico writes:

Communiqué from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committe

General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation
Sixth Commission of the EZLN

[Dated September 13, 2006. Translation by El Kilombo Intergaláctico.]

To the adherents of the Sixth and the Other Campaign
To the People of Mexico

Compañeros y compañeras:

During the past months of July and August, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN has carried out a series of consultations and contacts with diverse organizations, groups, collectives, families, and individuals, all adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle and the Other Campaign. With the results from these consultations, we sent an evaluation and a proposal to our compañer@s indigenous commanders of the EZLN.

Having received the authorization of the CCRI-CG of the EZLN, the Sixth Commission will begin to make public in the next few days a series of analyses, considerations, and proposals. In these texts, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN will provide a review of the antecedents that gave rise to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, a summary of the Other Campaign at one year since its inception, an analysis of the electoral fraud that culminated in the imposition of PAN candidate Felipe Calderón as president of Mexico, our critical position on the mobilization against this roguishness, as well as a proposal to all of the adherents of the Other Campaign on the following steps for this struggle we have taken on together.

Obituary for Pierre Vidal-Naquet

Maurice Ulrich, >l'Humanité

Original French title: "Pierre Vidal-Naquet n’est plus,"
by Maurice Ulrich, translated by Patrick Bolland

An internationally recognised historian, a rigorous and committed intellectual, Pierre Vidal-Naquet was actively engaged in all the struggles for justice in his incessant and courageous search for “fragments of truth”. He died last week [July 29, 2006] at the age of 76.


“It is human beings, real people, who are killed by torture” he told Jean-Paul Montferran in an interview published in l’Humanité on 3 November 2000.

Pierre Vidal-Naquet, who fell victim to a cerebral hemorrhage last Monday passed away on Friday night. He had decribed himself as “an activist historian, determined to participate in society as a full citizen”. He directed his erudite passion to Ancient Greece where the very idea of democracy was born. He also led the most principled struggles of our own times for justice and truth.

"Capitalism Has Only Hurt Latin America"
Evo Morales, Der Spiegel

SPIEGEL: Mr. President, why is such a large part of Latin America moving to the left?


Morales: Injustice, inequality and the poverty of the masses compel us to seek better living conditions. Bolivia's majority Indian population was always excluded, politically oppressed and culturally alienated. Our national wealth, our raw materials, was plundered. Indios were once treated like animals here. In the 1930s and 40s, they were sprayed with DDT to kill the vermin on their skin and in their hair whenever they came into the city. My mother wasn't even allowed to set foot in the capital of her native region, Oruro. Now we're in the government and in parliament. For me, being leftist means fighting against injustice and inequality but, most of all, we want to live well.


SPIEGEL: You called a constitutional convention to establish a new Bolivian republic. What should the new Bolivia look like?


Morales: We don't want to oppress or exclude anyone. The new republic should be based on diversity, respect and equal rights for all. There is a lot to do. Child mortality is frighteningly high. I had six siblings and four of them died. In the countryside, half of all children die before reaching their first birthday.


SPIEGEL: Your socialist party, MAS, does not have the necessary two-thirds majority to amend the constitution. Do you now plan to negotiate with other political factions?


Morales: We are always open to talks. Dialogue is the basis of Indian culture, and we don't want to make any enemies. Political and ideological adversaries, perhaps, but not enemies.


SPIEGEL: Why did you temporarily suspend the nationalization of natural resources, one of your administration's most important projects? Does Bolivia lack the know-how to extract its raw materials?

Tariq Ali: Toward A New Radical Politics

Paige Austin, Mother Jones

Tariq Ali's books garner wildly emphatic reviews on Amazon.com, alternately adoring and scathing depending on the politics of the reviewer — the kind of polarzied reactions you'd expect for the editor of The New Left Review.

Born and raised in pre-partition Pakistan, Ali studied at Oxford, where he became a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War; later, he broadened his critique to condemn what he saw as American imperialism in much of the world, especially the Middle East and Latin America. Along the way, he faced Henry Kissinger in debate and became a lifelong friend of Edward Said.


Though a committed leftist, Ali has never been narrowly political in his work. He has published dozens of books in a nearly 40-year career, ranging from historical fiction — early Islam is his most frequent topic — to political essay. His most recent work, Bush in Babylon, took aim at the American invasion of Iraq, a war which he might call a new chapter in the intertwined histories of Western imperialism and Muslim extremism chronicled in his previous work, Clash of Fundamentalisms.

It was hardly surprising, given this background, that Ali was among several writers — including Noam Chomsky, Jose Saramago and Howard Zinn — who recently signed two letters supporting Palestinians and Lebanese in the face of what they called Israel’s campaign of “deliberate and systematic destruction.”


“Each provocation and counter-provocation is contested and preached over,” they wrote in the first, dated July 19. “But the subsequent arguments, accusations and vows, all serve as a distraction in order to divert world attention from a long-term military, economic and geographic practice whose political aim is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation.”


As well as an editor of the NLR Ali is editorial director of the leftist publishing house Verso, and he's a frequent contributor to The Guardian, Counterpunch, and The London Review of Books. He recently talked with Mother Jones about his views on the war in Lebanon, the need for an Islamic Reformation, and the rise of Latin America’s new left.


Mother Jones: In the letter that you and several other writers published on July 19, you said the “liquidation of the Palestinian nation” is proceeding more rapidly these days. How long have you felt that the possibility of Palestinian statehood is gone?


Tariq Ali: I have felt that for some years, even before these latest Israeli actions. Once it became clear to the Palestinians that the Oslo accords were a farce and that no Israeli government was prepared to implement even the limited concessions they had promised in them, then it was only a matter of time. My view has always been that either the Palestinians get a fair and just state or you have a single-state solution — there is no third way in between these two. Now, curiously, the Israelis by their own action have made a single state the only possible thing.

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