Twenty years after the rebellion, against the current, the Zapatistas have maintained a peaceful struggle to create other forms of living and thinking. Today, they continue to defy a Mexican political system, which despite changes in the parties that hold power, conserves many elements of the authoritarianism that existed prior to 1994.
The peace agreements are being boycotted by the far right though the FARC and the Santos government are moving towards the end of the conflict. But the main push for peace comes from the changes that come about in a society tired of war.
At some point, they will have to find a name for this new culture that is beginning to open up in places where individualism and machismo are under control. For now it is enough to recognize that there are some non-institutional movements with strong ties to base communities and a fairly horizontal organizational structure, that are renewing the political culture, with women in the lead.
Twenty years after the promoters of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) heralded a new age of prosperity, tens of millions of people in the member nations of the trinational trade and investment pact look forward to an impoverished retirement.
Our International Observatory of Women’s Human Rights and Resistance formed with the premise that women’s human rights cannot be supported in a non-democratic society and democracy cannot develop in a climate of human rights violations, such as Honduras’. We found that neither democracy nor human rights fared well in the Honduras elections.
Has globalization stalled or are we seeing “hyperglobalization”? The question is important since the choice of proposals or actions differs depending on whether globalization is retreating, stalled or moving ahead.