Monthly Archives: December 2012

Meanwhile… Actual Living Mayans: Zapatistas Retake the Plazas

After months (years?) of people talking about Mayans in the past tense, as a bygone civilization that predicted the end of the world, tens of thousands of Zapatistas quietly filed out of the mountains in southern Mexico and flooded into … Continue reading

Posted in #Occupy, Bandits, City, Insurgency/Counterinsurgency, Land, Power, Race & Ethnicity, Spatiality, Territory, The State | 1 Comment

Narco-Geographies, Part I: HSBC and Global Money Laundering

Britain’s biggest bank, HSBC, recently agreed to a record $1.92 billion settlement with U.S. authorities over charges that it laundered billions of dollars tied to Latin American drug cartels, so-called “rogue states,” and foreign terrorist organizations. Although the U.S. Department … Continue reading

Posted in Drugs, Elites, Illegality, Networks, Political Economy, Scale, Security, Violence | 2 Comments

New Journal: Critical Historical Studies

University of Chicago Press is launching a new journal called Critical Historical Studies. Sponsored by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory and edited by Manu Goswami, Moishe Postone, Andrew Sartori, and William H. Sewell, Jr., the journal is actively seeking submissions. Critical Historical … Continue reading

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Interweb Motley # 12

“Show me a fifty-foot fence and I’ll show you a fifty-one-foot ladder.” Or maybe a ramp (#fail). The New Yorker brings us 2012’s most outlandish stories from the drug war in Mexico. Photo ops: Creepy photo montage of university Financial Aid offices … Continue reading

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The Solitude of Latin America

Today marks 30 years since Gabriel García Márquez won the Nobel Prize in Literature. His Nobel speech, “The Solitude of Latin America,” is itself a masterpiece. The closing lines (spoiler!) below. Full text English translation is online, but if you read Spanish, … Continue reading

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