Exclusively in the new print issue of CounterPunch
PARIS, THE NEW NORMAL? — Diana Johnstone files an in-depth report from Paris on the political reaction to the Charlie Hebdo shootings; The Treachery of the Black Political Class: Margaret Kimberley charts the rise and fall of the Congressional Black Caucus; The New Great Game: Pepe Escobar assays the game-changing new alliance between Russia and Turkey; Will the Frackers Go Bust? Joshua Frank reports on how the collapse of global oil prices might spell the end of the fracking frenzy in the Bakken Shale; The Future of the Giraffe: Ecologist Monica Bond reports from Tanzania on the frantic efforts to save one of the world’s most iconic species. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair on Satire in the Service of Power; Chris Floyd on the Age of Terrorism and Absurdity; Mike Whitney on the Drop Dead Fed; John Wight on the rampant racism of Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper;” John Walsh on Hillary Clinton and Lee Ballinger on the Gift of Anger.
Zapatista Girl

Maestra of the Escuelita

by PETER LINEBAUGH

Jenny took my heart,

The fourteen month Zapatista girl.

Jenny took one step, gained momentum

And fell into the loving lap of the EZLN.

Jenny stretched out her arms

Finding balance in Chiapas’s muddy mountains.

Jenny plopped flat on her rear

Only to find in the kernels on the corn cob

A multitude of companeros y companeras.

Jenny walked again across the hard, earth floor,

Flirting with the gringo tata from the Great Lakes.

O Jenny, Jenny, Jenny!

Maestra of the escuelita!

“Rattle, rattle” go the helicopter blades.

“Clink, clink” fall the coins at the shops.

“Honk, honk” go the cars in the traffic jam.

Oh Jenny I have a headache again.

Jenny won’t you dance with me?

Peter Linebaugh teaches history at the University of Toledo. The London Hanged and (with Marcus Rediker) The Many-Headed Hydra: the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. His essay on the history of May Day is included in Serpents in the Garden. His latest book is the Magna Carta Manifesto. He can be reached at:plineba@yahoo.com