Mesoamerica with the Zapatistas

In an ideal world we would have continued our journey overland from Cusco in Peru to the Northern coast of South America and from there through Central America. We wanted to visit anarchist groups in both Colombia and Venezuela. In Bogota, an anarchist skinhead group called RASH had existed for a number of years as…

The indigenous heights

Bolivia contains the world's richest, most unique and most varied ecology, geography and the greatest complexity and historical depth of interacting human social structures with distinct origins. The Westernmost third of the country is the altiplano – a great plateau in the middle of the widest part of the Andes at an elevation of just…

The turbulent Southern Cone

I - On to Latin American Having scoured much of sub-Saharan Africa, the next stage of our journey in search of anarchists and archaeology took us to Latin America. It is probably fair to say that socialism never had much influence in Africa beyond small groups of urban educated intellectuals and a few trade unions…

The ruins of apartheid

I Pretoria Pretoria was established by a gun-loving, white-supremacist Christian fundamentalist sect – the Boers – who migrated into the interior in the early 19th century to occupy the temperate and fertile highveld plateau and establish their own settler colony unencumbered by the constraining hand of the British who now ruled Cape Town. The Boers…

Zimbabwe tries to kill me

We reluctantly dragged ourselves away from Cape McClear, the land of the mystical philosophers where marijuana grows in cobs, and set out for the last phase of our trip. The battered and cramped hi-ace vans that took us back to Balntyre were the last time we would enjoy the intimacy of this type of public…