Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in Chiapas, Mexico during the 1994 uprising against the Mexican government.
The Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional came into public view in 1994 when they released their Revolutionary Laws, declaring war against the Mexican government. Taking their name from Mexican Revolution hero Emiliano Zapata, the EZLN stands for indigenous rights, women’s rights, and workers/peasants rights. Led by spokespeople such as Subcomandante Marcos, Comandante Ramona, and Subcomandante Elisa, they espouse an ideology that combines traditional Mayan beliefs with Marxism and anarchism. They denounce economic globalization and neo-liberalism (most notably Mexico’s role in NAFTA), citing threats towards indigenous and peasant lifestyle and livelihood.
EZLN slogan: “Para todos todo, para nosotros nada” (For everyone, everything. For us, nothing)
The Choctaw Gift to the Starving Irish
I’m writing this on St. Patrick’s Day as I recall a visit I made last year to the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in Hamden, CT. In one corner there is a work of art made out of a 3000-year-old peat bog oak by Irish artist Kieran Tuohy. It shows a number of hands upraised; in their midst there are forms of humans. It was created in 2005 and entitled “Thank You to the Choctaw”.
An MD on why she left the field of medicine to pursue a PhD in Medical Anthropology. While medicine is strictly taught to be a “hard science,” many doctors and medical students are not taught the cross-cultural portion of medicine and interpersonal relations, which, beyond the general medical knowledge, is arguably the most important part in medicine.
I’m sure most people have differing opinions on this, but I do believe most people get into the medical field underestimating the humanistic portion of medicine.