Hugo Blanco – a revolutionary for life

Hugo Blanco – a revolutionary for life

Hugo Blanco is Peru’s best-known revolutionary. A leader of the indigenous people of the Andes, he was born in 1934 in Cusco, the former Inca capital. He is a lifelong environmental campaigner in defence of the natural riches of the Andean region and beyond. In the 1960s he led a successful armed peasant uprising demanding land rights. He was placed on death row and released only after a huge international campaign supported by Jean Paul Sartre. In exile in Chile he was lucky to escape death after the 1973 coup.  More recently Hugo Blanco was a Presidential candidate and was elected as a Senator in Peru. He was exiled to Mexico, where he was influenced by the Zapatistas. Still politically active today, he publishes the newspaper Lucha Indigena (Indigenous Struggle).
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We the Indians – The indigenous peoples of Peru and the struggle for land

We the Indians – The indigenous peoples of Peru and the struggle for land

by Hugo Blanco

with a foreword by Eduardo Galeano

 

Published by Resistance Books, Merlin Press and the IIRE

Available April 2018, RRP £15.99

 

ISBN: ISBN 978-0-85036-738-6
196 pages, with 12 b&w woodcut illustrations

We the Indians is issue no. 61 of the IIRE Notebooks for Study and Research

CHAPTERS: The struggle for land; More on the struggle for land; I saw blood in Pucallpa and Bagua; Reflections of a son of Pachamama (Mother Nature); Racial discrimination; Koka Mama (Mother Coke); My last Andean struggles; Walker there is no path; Paths are made by walking; Correspondence with Jose Maria Arguedas; Indigenous culture and neoliberalism – Jose Maria Arguedas and Mario Vargas Llosa; Another world is possible.

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Facing the Apocalypse – Arguments for Ecosocialism

Facing the Apocalypse – Arguments for Ecosocialism

By Alan Thornett

RRP £17, €20, $24; Pub. Resistance Books & IIRE
ISBN: 978-0-902869-91-2; 342pages

We are facing a multifaceted threat to life the planet. Crucial resources are running out. Pollution is choking the ecosystems. The oceans are now 30 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, coral reefs are dying at an unprecedented rate.

From a defence of the remarkable ecological content of classical Marxism – lost during the 20th century to the rise of productivism – the book is an appeal to the socialist left to take the ecological crisis far more seriously. It uncovers some fascinating stories of their lives and struggles.

Thornett engages directly with major debates such as the rising human population and carbon pricing that remain unresolved on the socialist left. His approach is to promote a transitional approach, which separates him both from both those that think capitalism will find a solution and those who think revolutionary propaganda is enough. He argues that defending the planet against this crisis today requires broadest possible movement of those – the 99 per cent – who are victims of it.

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