History Corner

History Corner: How Murder in Mexico Birthed Online Civil Disobedience

On December 22nd, 1997, in a remote village in southernmost Mexico, members of two right-wing paramilitary groups burst into a church prayer meeting and shot dead 45 indigenous people, mostly women and children. The Acteal massacre happened because the villagers were activists for Las Abejas (The Bees), a Christian pacifist group focused on land rights for indigenous farmers. Their movement was a local one, originating from a familial property dispute and overzealous policing. But it became the target of death squads when Las Abejas stood in solidarity with the anti-neoliberal principles, but not the violent means, of the Zapatistas.

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History Corner – Oil Wells Drilled in the Niger Delta and those who Oppose them

From 1956 to Today | Nigeria With the UK government’s pre-election declaration of a moratorium on fracking, now would be a good time to look at the situation of people around the world who haven’t been so lucky and continue to bear the brunt of the energy-intensive demands of western economies. Through the process of globalisation, industrial processes and the mining of natural resources have largely been exported to the global South. It’s no accident that the strongest modern resistance movements have also arisen in these regions. As the scramble for the planet’s remaining fossil fuels intensifies, the lessons…

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Newsletter 33: Good COP Bad COP

Dearest rebels, welcome to the last XR Newsletter of the year – and indeed, the decade. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do. Whether you are a donor, volunteer, brave arrestable or quiet supporter, rest assured you are vital to the movement and XR would not exist without you. Thank you. Today we bring you another mega-issue, bursting with stories from all around the world. Firstly, the results (or lack of them) during the COP in Madrid are proof enough that our leaders have abandoned their people. As you can read below, the…

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