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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, February 29, 2016

Galeano (Marcos) 'And in the Zapatista Communities?'


And in the Zapatista Communities?
Zapatista Army for National Liberation
To the compañer@s of the Sixth:
To whom it may concern:
Compañeroas, compañeros and compañeras:
Now we are going to tell you a little bit about the Zapatista communities, where the bases of support resist and struggle.
What we are going to share with you now comes from reports by the Zapatista compañeras and compañerosin the communities who are coordinators for their commissions (for example, health, education, young people, etc), autonomous authorities, or other organizational coordinators. But along with the compas of theComité [CCRI] we checked to make sure this information wasn’t a lie, that things hadn’t been altered so that the good things would appear and bad things would remain hidden. The work of these writings is not to lie to our compas of the Sixth nor to those who support us and are in their solidarity. We won’t lie to you, to them, nor to anyone else.
If things are going badly we will tell you so clearly, but not so that you feel even more sad on top of everything that is happening in your own geographies and calendars. We tell you because it is our way of being accountable, of letting you know what’s happening and so that you know if we are on the path we said we were on or if we have wandered off that path, perhaps repeating the same vices we criticize.
But if we are on the right track, well we want you to know that too in order to bring joy to the collective heart that we are.

McCarthyism: The new face of journalism

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The McCarthyism that destroyed careers and lives of filmmakers, writers and journalists, is the same as what is happening today, just in a different form. 
The truth-tellers are being silenced. Whether it is done with an economic torch, forcing journalists into unemployment and poverty, or whether it is done by billionaires or the casino industry purchasing and controlling the media that once gave them a voice, the truth tellers are vanishing.
On Facebook, the financial profiteers are scamming readers by seizing real journalists content and placing it on webpages loaded with advertising. This violates copyrights and is illegal profiteering from others hard work. It is part of the dissolving of real journalism and the diluting of truth.
The pullout of Al-Jazeera America, which was broadcasting some good coverage in Indian country, was said to be for financial reasons. Well, for whatever reasons the plug was pulled, it was one of the few media outlets that was actually showing up in Indian country, instead of staying home and plagiarizing.
Casino-funded media has proven to be the death of real journalism in Indian country.
Corporate billionaires have proven they can take control of any existing media.
Where does this leave us all? Looking for a new form, a new way for truth telling.

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