The Zapatistas Speak As CrossRoads goes to press, representatives of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) and the Mexican government have just announced tentative agreement on a package of political and social reforms. The pact, which the EZLN states must still be approved by the peasant and indigenous base it represents, is further testimony to the rapid and profound changes in Mexican politics being produced by the Chiapas uprising. Even the New York Times, in its initial article on the agreement (March 3), acknowledged that "item by item, it read as an extraordinary admission of shortcomings in the program of rapid free- market economic change that only last fall had seemed to crown President Salinas de Gortari as the envy of governments throughout Latin America." CrossRoads coverage of this pivotal and fast-changing situation began last month with articles analyzing the unique character of the EZLN ("A Message from Deep Mexico," by Arturo Santamaría Gomez); the social and economic background in Mexico's poorest state ("Roots of Rebellion," by María Elena Martínez); and the post-uprising human rights situation ("Eyewitness Chiapas," by Gloria J. Romero). Another set of articles on the uprising and its aftermath -- including interviews with EZLN leaders -- will appear in our next issue. Our coverage will continue in future issues as well, since the impact of this first mass rebellion of the new, post-NAFTA world will reverberate throughout Mexico, the United States, and beyond for years to come.