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  • Climate Wars - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    had several million of their own climate refugees to resettle inland and public patience with ever growing illegal immigration from Mexico snapped The White House gave the order to fortify the border and within a week Congress had voted the funds The decision to close the border was a catastrophe for Mexico The big cities were already a pressure cooker and that shut off the safety valve The military coup of early 2024 ended Mexican democracy and by now many shantytowns were effectively no go zones for the army Television images of desperate Mexicans being killed while trying to cross the border alienated the one fifth of the population whose families originally came from Mexico or Central America After 2024 the United States was an angry and divided society I can tell you how to build a border that will stop any illegal immigrants cold First you put up razor wire three meters high and you electrify it Behind that you dig a ditch about three meters deep and ten meters wide and you put your motion detectors down there Then you build another three meter high fence behind that and on top of it you put your video cameras your floodlights and your remote controlled machine guns Maybe you put landmines down in the ditch too Three thousand kilometers of that kind of fence along the US Mexican frontier would cost about six months worth of the Iraq War And now you have built an almost impregnable wall provided you re prepared to kill people who try to cross it Selected excerpts from Gwynne Dyer s book Climate Wars which outlines a devastating sequence of future scenarios and issues a wake up call that s impossible to ignore Check out Climate Wars or Dyer s other books at gwynnedyer

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/climate-wars/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Wake Up Temacans - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    in the works for years but it was only revealed in 2007 that three towns would be flooded Acasico Palamarejo and Temaca The government initially told the residents that if the majority of them agreed to it they would be relocated and compensated for their homes and property When the townspeople said no the government s tone changed They said that if the people did not go willingly their land and homes would be expropriated and they would receive nothing In Acasico and Palmarejo fear turned into submission and most people agreed to leave Temaca however is a different story The town s opposition to the reservoir first became visible on its walls A couple of years ago graffiti was foreign to Temaca but suddenly the phrase no a la presa no to the dam appeared on every street corner and lamppost Soon complicated signs were designed printed and posted on every surface Religious images appeared alongside with defiant messages reflecting the Temacans strong belief that a higher power accompanies their fight We feel a grief so deep it is like constantly mourning a loved one says Isaura one of the town matriarchs She is 90 years old and doesn t like to drive but she got in her truck and went to eight neighboring towns to ask their mayors to sign a petition in opposition to the reservoir She was successful in every instance Isaura also filed the first successful appeal against the reservoir on the grounds of unconstitutionality While her win is no guarantee it will delay the building process Attorneys working pro bono on the case plan to file 500 appeals one for each Temacan The Temacans concern goes far beyond their individual homes they see a heritage that needs to be preserved The idea of flooding their basilica and their revered Christon the rock is nothing short of sacrilege They are trying to get both declared National Cultural Heritage sites which would offer them some legal protection Archeologists have also found vestiges of human settlements in Temaca dating back to the 6th century and the villagers are trying to get support from universities to stop the loss of valuable historic artifacts Women are at the forefront of the fight They spend the night before each protest preparing meals to share the next day Every time government prospectors come to town to measure homes and calculate their value a group of widows quietly lets the air out of their tires and writes go away on their windshields Martha a young mother of three has simple reasons for wanting to save her town If I m here in Temaca and I have no money I can go to the store and get a kilo of tortillas on credit and my children will be fed If I have to move to the city and go through difficult times nobody will help me out She understands that by flooding their town the government will not only be taking away their

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/wake-up-temacans/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Mónica López, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    before debt Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced that his government will default on 3 9 billion in foreign commercial debts Wake Up Temacans February 4 2009 by Mónica López Tags Mexico Temaca The Mexican government wants to flood their town but the people are resisting Crime Pays January 21 2009 by Mónica López Tags Mexico Mexico is headed down a dark path as violence intensifies corruption worsens and the gap

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/author/monicalopez/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Crime Pays - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    make up the base of the PAN party and don t want to see much about the country change On the other hand there is the lower class a mostly dark skinned mass of more than 80 million people Barely literate and constantly struggling to survive these are the people who work as the maids cooks and drivers of the upper class López Obrador was their great hope a champion of the working class When he lost the election by such a narrow and questionable margin Mexican society become irreparably fractured On a political plane the Congress and Senate are divided in such a way that no party has a majority vote and no important legislation can be passed without two of the three major parties forming an alliance a political feat not easily accomplished Mayors and governors from the PRD have refused to acknowledge Calderón as the legitimate president which means that they have trouble getting federal funding and there is little cooperation between the different levels of government When Calderón took office in December 2006 he announced three main projects Fiscal Reform Energy Reform and the War on Drugs After months of battling to obtain support from the parliamentary houses a diminished version of Fiscal Reform was passed which translated into the middle income bracket paying more taxes than ever before Energy Reform is really a euphemism for the privatization of state owned oil company PEMEX Members of the PRD as well as many citizens fear that this would mean yet another loss of wealth for the country with profits from extraction and refinery going to private pockets instead of the common good So far this privatization has been avoided since the PRD legislators have not allowed the federal government s proposal to make it to the voting floor prompting the mainstream media and a large portion of society to accuse them of kidnapping the Congress They tried to make this process more democratic and organized citizen consultations in the cities where they hold power Over 90 percent of voters were against the Energy Reform but the federal government declared that asking citizens for their opinion was unconstitutional Calderón s final project the War on Drugs is directly related to the current surge of violence He declared at the beginning of his term that the activities of drug cartels would no longer be tolerated and he would use all branches of the military to carry out this enormous task It has been a long standing rumor that every Mexican president has negotiated with the leaders of the drug trade allowing them to maintain their business if they agree to keep violence to a minimum This corrupt bargin has trickled through every local government and law enforcement agency down to local cops whose loyalty can easily be bought But once Calderón broke this unwritten pact heads began to literally roll Fighting the cartels is a noble endeavor but I fear that the war can t be won Mexican law

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/crime-pays/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Simon Critchley: What Is Normal? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the power of finance capital What is so inspiring about the various social movements that we all too glibly call the Arab Spring is their courageous determination to reclaim autonomy and political self determination The demands of the protesters in Tahrir Square and elsewhere are actually very classical they refuse to live in authoritarian dictatorships propped up to serve the interests of Western capital corporations and corrupt local elites They want to reclaim ownership of the means of production for example through the nationalization of major state industries The various movements in North Africa and the Middle East and one is simply full of admiration for their individual and collective courage and peaceful persistence aim at one thing autonomy They demand collective ownership of the places where one lives works thinks and plays Let s be clear it is not just democracy that is being demanded all across the Arab world it is socialism And the tactics that have been developed to bring it about are anarchist There is a deeply patronizing view of these protests common among Western politicians and their intellectual epigones namely that they want what we have the liberal democracy and neoliberal economics of our fine regimes On the contrary the movements in North Africa and the Middle East should be held up as a shining example for European and North American societies of what suddenly seems not only possible but increasingly probable that another way of conceiving and practicing social relations is not just possible it is practicable Politicians in the West should be scared very scared The clock is running down What we see emerging across our societies with increasing boldness coherence and clarity are movements that refuse the separation of politics and power and who want to take power back through the invention

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/simon-critchley-what-is-normal/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Simon Critchley, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Critchley on invisibility opacity resonance Occupy s Perfect Storm April 16 2012 by Simon Critchley Tags 101 Occupy resistance Why do we have a general feeling of powerlessness Simon Critchley What Is Normal December 14 2011 by Simon Critchley Tags 99 politics Occupy corruption The surprising power of the political imagination What s Left After Obama November 12 2008 by Simon Critchley Tags All this talk of change may amount

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/author/simon-critchley/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Pankaj Mishra, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    116 Twilight Imperialism Universalism Nation States Absolute power corrupts goes the old truism But more importantly it provincializes and isolates its wielders from the experience of the vast majority of humankind the relatively powerless This explains the wishful thinking Pankaj Mishra August 30 2013 by Pankaj Mishra Tags India china Islam Europe religion east west 109 world war modernity Non western modernity and the revolt against the West Pankaj Mishra

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/author/pankaj-mishra/ (2016-02-09)
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  • India Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    in India October 24 2014 Pankaj Mishra by Pankaj Mishra Non western modernity and the revolt against the West August 30 2013 Arundhati Roy by Arundhati Roy Re imagining a world beyond capitalism and communism February 18 2013 India by Arundhati Roy Imagining another world May 3 2012 An Insurrection by adbusters A revolution is not a dinner party August 27 2009 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/tag/india/ (2016-02-09)
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