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First World, Ha Ha Ha! [Paperback]

Elaine Katzenberger
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6 Mar 1995
The Zapatista Army emerged from the jungle on New Year's Day, 1994, and provoked a national crisis in Mexico. At a demonstration in Mexico City, over 100,000 people marched together and shouted, First World, HA HA HA!-a defiant declaration of solidarity with the rebels, an insurgent army of indigenous campesinos who have challenged the direction of Mexico's future. The Chiapas uprising was internationally hailed as a direct attack on the new world order. It was a milestone in the continuing history of indigenous resistance in the Americas, and an important development in the growing worldwide struggle against global policies of economic colonization. In this collection, writers from Mexico and the United States provide the background and context for the Zapatista movement, and explore its impact, in Mexico and beyond.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Books; Pencil Underlining edition (6 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872862941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872862944
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,335,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First World, HA! The Zapatista Challenge 30 July 1998
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This was definitely a wonderful book, with a five star rating. After I was first introduced to this subject, I was overwhelmed by the subject, and this was the first book that I had. I scraped up some 13 dollars or so, and rushed to the book store with nothing but the 13 dollars, and an inch of backround on Mexican history. After I had rushed home, within a day I was finished with the book. I had enough knowledge, that I performed a speach at my school, since then I have been active in protesting US military aid to Mexico. I have been writing letters to congress, calling the local mayors office, organizing protests, and group meetings to discuss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a review from a third world person 10 Aug 1999
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This book is a pretty good exemplary to explain someone who wants to have a first contact with the sad but true situation of poverty and injusticy that the world leaders (like money and personal interests in a "capitalist way of life")have created to inocent people who doesn't have the chance to study (or even to eat). This is the NAFTA, MERCOSUL, ONU plain to play with my people with eyes blindfold. But there're still people who believes in change although violency is nescessary. This book contains the root of the problem and how some revolts are still holding the torch of revolution. It opens our eyes to the blind submission that exists in the "Brand new world".
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5.0 out of 5 stars a review from a third world person 10 Aug 1999
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This book is a pretty good exemplary to explain someone who wants to have a first contact with the sad but true situation of poverty and injusticy that the world leaders (like money and personal interests in a "capitalist way of life")have created to inocent people who doesn't have the chance to study (or even to eat). This is the NAFTA, MERCOSUL, ONU plain to play with my people with eyes blindfold. But there're still people who believes in change although violency is nescessary. This book contains the root of the problem and how some revolts are still holding the torch of revolution. It opens our eyes to the blind submission that exists in the "Brand new world".
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5.0 out of 5 stars a review from a third world person 10 Aug 1999
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This book is a pretty good exemplary to explain someone who wants to have a first contact with the sad but true situation of poverty and injusticy that the world leaders (like money and personal interests in a "capitalist way of life")have created to inocent people who doesn't have the chance to study (or even to eat). This is the NAFTA, MERCOSUL, ONU plain to play with my people with eyes blindfold. But there're still people who believes in change although violency is nescessary. This book contains the root of the problem and how some revolts are still holding the torch of revolution. It opens our eyes to the blind submission that exists in the "Brand new world".
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First World, HA! The Zapatista Challenge 30 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was definitely a wonderful book, with a five star rating. After I was first introduced to this subject, I was overwhelmed by the subject, and this was the first book that I had. I scraped up some 13 dollars or so, and rushed to the book store with nothing but the 13 dollars, and an inch of backround on Mexican history. After I had rushed home, within a day I was finished with the book. I had enough knowledge, that I performed a speach at my school, since then I have been active in protesting US military aid to Mexico. I have been writing letters to congress, calling the local mayors office, organizing protests, and group meetings to discuss.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for someone you love 15 Dec 1999
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For awhile now, I've been reading everything I can get my hands on regarding the situation in Chiapas, which, though most of us in our relative comfortability might not yet realize, WILL affect us all, just as it currently affects our brothers and sisters in the Mexican Southeast.
People I've spoken to are typically interested in the Zapatistas, but not yet interested enough to wade through whole books of statistics and background. Finally, I've got the book for them: a perfect introduction to the struggle -- a 3-D, communal mural painted from many angles. And it's enjoyable as hell to read.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a review from a third world person 10 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a pretty good exemplary to explain someone who wants to have a first contact with the sad but true situation of poverty and injusticy that the world leaders (like money and personal interests in a "capitalist way of life")have created to inocent people who doesn't have the chance to study (or even to eat). This is the NAFTA, MERCOSUL, ONU plain to play with my people with eyes blindfold. But there're still people who believes in change although violency is nescessary. This book contains the root of the problem and how some revolts are still holding the torch of revolution. It opens our eyes to the blind submission that exists in the "Brand new world".
4 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all 19 May 2000
By Paco Calderón - Published on Amazon.com
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First World, ha! ha! ha!
Yep! Mexico deserves to remain in the Third World where it belongs: mirred in poverty, with no future for its children, divided against itself, alienated from the rest of the world, with the army out of its barracks, with violence in every headline and blood spilling in every street just so Mr. Marcos can enlighten the Club Med-Left on the merits of armed revolution as opposed to mere burgeois elections. Thanks a lot! It's painfully obvious you don't live here, never read the man nor care at all about MY country!
Mexico in the First World? HA! Who do they think they are!
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