More than a thousand students have enrolled in the leftist indigenous group’s la escuelita de libertad to learn about the Mexican rebels’ life philosophies; a Canadian teenager protests Monsanto by eloquently refuting a bumbling TV host; meanwhile, same-sex marriage is garnering immense support in Latin America. These discoveries and more below.
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The Zapatistas’ First School Opens For Session
Last December, tens of thousands of indigenous Zapatistas mobilized, peacefully and in complete silence, to occupy five municipal government office buildings in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
14-Year Old Activist Destroys TV Host on Monsanto, GMO Labeling
This 14-year old Canadian girl, Rachel Parent, is tremendous. Watch her clean the clock  of the TV host who bad-mouthed opponents of Monsanto and their GMOs and those who support the “Right to Know” campaign to require genetically modified foods to be labelled as such.
The App That Turns Tourists Into Locals
When Paul Brogna and Pete Stam returned to the University of Syracuse from a semester abroad, back in fall 2008, they noticed they’d had a better time than most of their classmates.