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It’s with this quote by the great physicist Stephen Hawking, that we’ll begin a series of posts about the top censored news of the history.


At Project Censored, we examine the coverage of news and information important to the maintenance of a healthy and functioning democracy. We define Modern Censorship as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story – or piece of a news story – based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions).


In our view, the only valid justification for declining a news story is that in a medium limited by time and space, another news story was simply more important to the people of the community, whether local, national or international. While admittedly a subjective process, it is nonetheless, a process to be undertaken by the news people themselves (the investigative journalists and editors), NOT by the managers and CEOs of their “parent company.” No professional journalist or researcher should ever have to face the destruction of his or her career (or life) simply because they wanted to tell the truth. While no two people will always agree on what story is more important than another, a system where the working reporters and editors run the newsroom would at least provide a fertile environment for debate, dissent and critical thinking.

The growth of independent media and journalism in recent years shows that people throughout the world yearn to hold not only their leaders accountable, but their media sources as well. For that reason, the Project Censored research program continues, in its small way, to support and highlight those who tell the truth about the powerful (no matter the consequences) and are relentless in their quest to hold Big Media accountable for their decisions.

[from Project Censored]

Stay Tuned my friend.

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The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) is an armed revolutionary group based in Chiapas, one of the poorest states of Mexico. Their social base is mostly indigenous but they have some supporters in urban areas as well as an international web of support. Their main spokesperson is Subcomandante Marcos (currently a.k.a. Delegate Zero in relation to the “Other Campaign“). Unlike other Zapatista comandantes, Subcomandante Marcos is not an indigenous Mayan.

The group takes its name from Emiliano Zapata, the anarchist commander of the Liberation Army of the South during the Mexican Revolution, whose forces were colloquially known as the Zapatistas. The EZLN see themselves as his ideological heirs.

In 1994, they declared war “against the Mexican state.”

Some consider the Zapatista movement the first “post-modern” revolution: an armed revolutionary group that has abstained from using their weapons since their 1994 uprising was countered by the overpowering military might of the Mexican Army. The Zapatistas quickly adopted a new strategy by trying to garner the support of Mexican and international civil society. They try to achieve this by making use of the Internet to disseminate their communiqués and to enlist the support of NGOs and solidarity groups. Outwardly, they portray themselves as part of the wider anti-globalization, anti-neoliberalism social movement while for their indigenous base the Zapatista struggle is all about control over their own resources, particularly the land on which they live.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, also Delegado Cero (Delegate Zero) in matters concerning the Other Campaign, describes himself as the spokesman for the Mexican rebel movement, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).

Subcomandante Marcos insurgente, Mexico, Chiapas

The nick-name “Marcos” is the name of a friend killed at a military road checkpoint. It is not, as presumed, a nominal acrostic of the communities where the EZLN first rose in arms: Las Margaritas, Amatenango del Valle, La Realidad, Comitán, Ocosingo, and San Cristóbal

The Mexican government alleges Marcos to be one Rafael Sebastián Guillén Vicente, of Tampico, Tamaulipas. Born in Mexico to Spanish immigrants, Guillén attended high school at Instituto Cultural Tampico, a Jesuit school in Tampico, where he presumably became acquainted with Liberation Theology. Guillén later moved to Mexico City where he graduated from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), then received a masters’ degree in philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and began work as a professor at the UAM, after which he left. While Marcos has always denied being Rafael Guillén, Guillén’s family are unaware of what happened to him and they refuse to say if they think Marcos and Guillén are the same person or not. Guillén’s family is deeply involved in Tamaulipas politics. Guillén’s sister, Mercedes del Carmen Guillén Vicente, is the Attorney General of the State of Tamaulipas, and a very influential member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, the party that governed Mexico for more than 70 years. During the Great March to Mexico City in 2001, Marcos visited the UNAM and during his speech he made clear that he had at least been there before.

Like many of his generation, Guillén was radicalized by the events of 1968 and became a militant in a Maoist organization. However, the encounter with the outlook of the indigenous peasants of Chiapas transformed the Marcos’ ideology and he has embraced an approach to social revolution that has important parallels to the revisionist Marxist ideals of Antonio Gramsci, which were popular in Mexico during his time at the university.

When asked about his first days in Chiapas in the documentary A Place Called Chiapas, Marcos said:

Imagine a person who comes from an urban culture. One of the world’s biggest cities, with a university education, accustomed to city life. It’s like landing on another planet. The language, the surroundings are new. You’re seen as an alien from outer space. Everything tells you: “Leave. This is a mistake. You don’t belong in this place.” And it’s said in a foreign tongue. But they let you know, the people, the way they act; the weather, the way it rains; the sunshine; the earth, the way it turns to mud; the diseases; the insects; homesickness. You’re being told. “You don’t belong here.” If that’s not a nightmare, what is?

Also in this documentary by Nettie Wild, one is allowed to listen to the powerful rhetoric of the Zapatistas. This is conducted in Spanish, not the native Mayan tongues. With only his eyes and pipe being visible he addresses the film maker: “It is our day, day of the dead“. Marcos reveals the Zapatista belief that he is a dead-man and so are the Zapatistas,

In the mountains of Chiapas, death was a part of daily life. It was as common as rain or sunshine. People here coexist with death, death of their own, especially the little ones. Paradoxically, death begins to shed its tragic cloak, Death becomes a daily fact. It loses its sacredness. You see it as someone you sit down with at the table, like an old acquaintance. You don’t lose your fear of death, but you become familiar with it. It becomes your equal. Death, which is so close, so near, so possible, is less terrifying for us than for others. So, going out and fighting and perhaps meeting death is not as terrible as it seems. For us, at least. In fact, what surprises and amazes us is life itself. The hope of a better life. Going out to fight and to die finding out you’re not dead, but alive. And, unintentionally, you realize you are walking on the edge of the border between death and life. You’re walking on the edge of the border between them.

The Mayans speak of Marcos as “the man with pale skin [who] came to Chiapas twelve years ago”. A Mayan woman and matriarch featured in the documentary says of him,

We don’t see his face like we see ours. Ours we see clearly, but his stays covered. We can’t see him. Whatever the poor eat, he eats. When he’s here, is he going to eat better food? What we eat, he eats. We eat vegetables, he does too. We don’t believe he’s from the city. We can’t believe it.

The Mexican government has speculated that Marcos is a professor of philosophy and communications. Marcos’ response is that the Zapatista movement is more about ideas than bullets. In an interview he says to reporters about their struggle and faceless opponent,

The only way to get their attention is to kill or be killed. If you ask us what’s going to happen in the near future, we have no fucking idea. Sorry for using the word ‘idea.’ We are ready to go to war or move on to peace.

Much of his writings – articles, poems, speeches and letters – have been compiled into a book: Our Word is Our Weapon. In 2005 he wrote a novel called Muertos incómodos (The Uncomfortable Dead), in conjunction with crime writer Paco Ignacio Taibo I

This words and this videos are our tribute to the last of the eroes.

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In these days we have a good debate with one of our readers: Sue Ann. We want to share we spent both and a video in response of the last comment.

  1. Sue Ann Edwards

    Knock, knock…(knocking ever so gently & softly)…


    {{cordieb}} showed me the way ‘here’.

    but I really don’t know if I will be welcome.

    I mean no offense…but I sometimes flub up when it comes to my communications. You see, I’ve already got Unity Awareness inside my head and can’t get rid of it. And it makes it ever so challenging when it comes to communicating with others who are still limited to experiences of duality and polarity.

    I’ve already made the shift the majority of us on our planet are heading through. One of the few things I’d share right now, is to say that the chaos perceived in our world quite accurately mirrors the chaos inside most of our heads. I would also add that Humanity as a Whole and the ‘Illuminati’ in particular, are too DUMB for any such things as “conspiracies”.

  2. Kassandra

    “One of the few things I’d share right now, is to say that the chaos perceived in our world quite accurately mirrors the chaos inside most of our heads.”

    I quote you and I agree with you.

    2) You haven’t to think about “Illuminati” or conspiracies in the common sense: it’s the reality that there are few people who leads international banks that can influence economical and political situation of entire countries and society. These “illuminati” people are responsible of a lot of crimes and violation of human and civil rights in USA, UK, south America, Asia and so on.

  3. Sue Ann Edwards

    Again, I repeat, there are NO victims in our World. Since the majority of our planetary population has been radiating “self denial” and retarded in areas of self worth and self esteem due to beliefs in conditional love, the monetary system is an accurate creation of this self depreciation.

    It is an accurate reflection of how much we all Love ourselves, which isn’t much. For to Love is to Value and that’s all any monetary system is anyway.

    There is a separation in your thinking patterns and this separation is being caused by a desire to separate experience from those of us having them, as if we were “victims” of something. This is a DENIAL of creative responsibility.

    As for “common sense” there isn’t too much of that going around. It’s one of the prerequisites for duality and polarity thinking patterns.

    I’m speaking from the perspective of actually *knowing* how conscious creation operates and AGAIN, I say to you, neither the Whole of Humanity or the “Illuminati” are smart enough for anything such as “conspiracies”. For they don’t even know how the quantum field works. ROFL

    But when we don’t choose to be responsible for our own insecurity issues, it sure does make a good excuse for both our lack of accountability and responsibility, as far as the ideas in heads and the way those ideas are associated, PLUS the resultant emotional states those ideas cause.

    Grinning like a Cheshire cat….”Security” is an EMOTIONAL state. It is a PSYCHOLOGICAL issue.

    And what this shift is all about, is NO longer feeding emotional and energetic vampires – those of us who do not claim responsibility for the peptide production of our own hypothalumus’ and “blame” the way and what we feel, on conditions outside of us….emotional dependents in other words.

    My feelings are mine and yours are yours, just like everybody else’s are everybody else’s. Our issues are rooted in lacks in emotional coping skills.

  4. Kassandra

    The real trouble is that people need a leader whose isn’t able to choose. We don’t love ourselves, it’s true. And in this critical times people who don’t love us but only theirselves got the power, even behind the curtain.
    My point of view is not violence in the streets or drugs in the school, but are the economical plans, the geopolitical maps behind the international scenes who leads us towards war, poverty, human rights violation, slavery.
    I suggest you to read something about what CIA did in the ‘70-’90 in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay with the tips of Milton Friedman and School of Chicago. These are not conspiracies: these are TRUTH, HISTORY.
    Read something about the interests of Carlyle group in Iraq war or of Halliburton in Afghanistan, read about why Medvedev in Russia is now the premier but Putin controls the Cremlin because they are the same people who control Kremlin Corporation.
    I don’t think about conspiracies as hidden things: these are thing really true under our eyes, we can see them if we are able to do this.
    This isn’t a joke, this is the critical situation we created by give power to these people without a revolution when they violated our trust.
    Conspiracies are not movies, are not pictures: Bush’s administration is a conspiracy, Putin’s too, Blair’s too, FMI’s too, Coke’s too, Halliburton’s too, Berlusconi’s too. They are killers.
    We aren’t victims… ok, maybe you’re right: we are suicides. But they sold us the gun we are using to shoot.

    Peace my Sue Ann, God bless you.

  5. Sue Ann Edwards

    You assume I am coming from a perspective of ignorance. I assure you, this is not so.

    If we sow “not loving” in our heads and hearts, then “not loving” is what we create for ourselves in experience.

    I also add that “fear of death” is NOT the same as Love for Life. fear of death is a judgment, assuming “death” to be a “bad” experience. This is the perspective when we have our Identity confused with our dust.

    Always embraces ALL ways, those judged as “bad” just as much as those judged as “good”. Whether happy or sad, every moment is a Present, a gift. And a lot of us don’t so much as Love life, genuinely, as much as have a bunch of judgments about experiences in it.

    ALL that Is, Was, and Will EVER BE, includes BOTH the positive AND negative experiences in Life. And while delusion has been rampant, dis-information as you say, one of the MOST deluded ideas is that of “victimization”.

    And excuse for me being so direct as to say, that while we are perceiving as you are, seeing parts in conflict instead of moving together in cooperation, then you are not at Peace and are adding to the world conflict as your individual and personal radiance.

    I respect your Liberty to do so. And *know* that with that Liberty comes responsibility for costs and consequences of your decision. If we radiate we are conflicted, then conflict is what we attract into our lives to experience.

    Have you asked yourself what emotion you are addicted to?


  6. Kassandra

    Oh my friend, you write about cooperation. Yes, I think it’s the only thing that could save us. I feel the cage They build around us, a cage for our brain, a jail’d be better.
    Did you see what’s happening in Tibet? A free and pacific cooperation transformed in a massacre, and our political leaders don’t say STOP because they know that economy depends on China.
    So: yes, I buried my peace. My work here is to report what I see and what I think. My target is to reach people like you who thinks that there is no plan behind this kind of slavery and people who thinks that with pacific cooperation the bad things could change.
    But how can a man who doesn’t know the situation try to change something?
    Here I don’t say you “do this” but “read this, I think this, and you?”. The title of the blog contains “but it could be possible a better world?”.
    I hope so. But I want to give information about this. Maybe I’m wasting my time, but I DO SOMETHING here and in the REAL WORLD, where I fight.
    But human beings are suicides: there were a lot of good things to live, now there are a few. I’d want to preserve them for my children and give them a better place, if it could be possible.


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