The Speed of Dreams
The Speed of Dreams
Selected Writings 2001-2007
With Canek Pena-Vargas, Greg Ruggiero




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Man in the mask returns to change world with new coalition and his own sexy novel
A bead of sweat is visible through the eyehole of his famous black balaclava. Latin America's most celebrated living rebel must be feeling the heat, but a glass of water would mean taking off the mask and that is out of the question. He makes do with a puff on his pipe, and a subject that is close to his heart...
-The Guardian May 12, 2007

"In November 2003, within the context of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and the 10th anniversary of the indigenous insurrection that shook the world, the Mexican magazine Rebeldía coordinated the Campaign EZLN: 20 and 10, The Fire and the Word.

Within the framework of these two anniversaries, a series of materials was developed that gathered works created by painters, photographers, video makers, and musicians from around the world who have been influenced by Zapatista discourse and practice. Additionally, a book on the history of the EZLN, with the same title as the campaign, was presented together with the largest and most emblematic photographic exhibit in the history of Zapatismo, the most representative musical memory of this first decade of political struggle, and a video that, like the book, brings together pieces of that history."
-Gloria Muñoz Ramírez Nov 21, 2007

Zapatista Code Red
"Nativity scenes are plentiful in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a colonial city in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. But the one that greets visitors at the entrance to the TierrAdentro cultural center has a local twist: figurines on donkeys wear miniature ski masks and carry wooden guns.

It is high season for 'Zapatourism,' the industry of international travelers that has sprung up around the indigenous uprising here, and TierrAdentro is ground zero."
-Naomi Klein, The Nation Dec 20, 2007

The Story of the Nonconformist Little Stone
"Well, this little stone was a rebellious stone, like many of the small, medium and large women that are listening to us or reading us. Let's say that is was a nonconformist little stone, because it kept nonconforming all the time."
-Subcomandante Marcos, ZNet Oct 8, 2007

Zapatistas, Compañeros
"In Chiapas, these are complicated times, in an even more complicated place. The desire for knowledge refuses simple answers and instead offers itself in the form of new questions. To a visiting traveler, valuable insights drift elusively through the air. In moments like these, expect to be disoriented, because this is a place where disparate worlds meet, mingle, or collide."
-Canek Peña-Vargas and Greg Ruggiero, ZNet Dec 14, 2007

Of sowing and harvests: Subcomandante Marcos' speech on Gaza

"Two days ago... the ineffable Condoleezza Rice, a US official, declared that what was happening in Gaza was the Palestinians' fault, due to their violent nature.

The underground rivers that crisscross the world can change their geography, but they sing the same song.

And the one we hear now is one of war and pain.

Not far from here, in a place called Gaza, in Palestine, in the Middle East, right here next to us, the Israeli government's heavily trained and armed military continues its march of death and destruction.

The steps it has taken are those of a classic military war of conquest: first an intense mass bombing in order to destroy 'strategic' military points (that's how the military manuals put it) and to "soften" the resistance's reinforcements; next a fierce control over information: everything that is heard and seen "in the outside world," that is, outside the theater of operations, must be selected with military criteria; now intense artillery fire against the enemy infantry to protect the advance of troop to new positions; then there will be a siege to weaken the enemy garrison; then the assault that conquers the position and annihilates the enemy, then the 'cleaning out' of the probable 'nests of resistance.'"

-My Word is My Weapon Jan 4, 2009

Of Sowing and Harvests: Subcomandante Marcos' speech on Gaza

"Two days ago, the same day we discussed violence, the ineffable Condoleezza Rice, a US official, declared that what was happening in Gaza was the Palestinians' fault, due to their violent nature.

The underground rivers that crisscross the world can change their geography, but they sing the same song.

And the one we hear now is one of war and pain.

Not far from here, in a place called Gaza, in Palestine, in the Middle East, right here next to us, the Israeli government's heavily trained and armed military continues its march of death and destruction."

-Subcomandante Marcos, ZNet Jan 12, 2009