6/09 - 7/09
Honduras: La Resistencia
BlackOpHn-T3AM (en español, de Anonymous HN)
Consejo Civico de Organizaciones Populares e Indigenas de Honduras - COPINH
Defensores en Linea
Quotha - A. Pine
Upside Down World
Honduras: la narco elite
Radio Globo - live audio
Garifuna Empowerment Movement
Central America Media
Central America Daily
Honduras Cities & Provinces
Portal de Desarollo Sostenible
US based Media
Central America Daily
El Nuevo Herald
Google: Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean list
South America Daily
Europe based media
BBC Mundo - América Latina
Honduras anti-coup (now dated)
Comité para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos en Honduras - CODEH
Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH)
Frente Nacional contra el Golpe de Estado with Twitter Feeds from the field
Honduras Coup 2009
Los Necios - OPLN
Machetera - in English
Mirada de Halcón
Honduras This Week
Secretaria de Defensa - FFAA
Honduras' General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez and the Narcotraffickers, 11/1/09
Cartas desde Tegucigalpa, 29/9/09
Unconventional Weapons in Honduras: the Israeli Factor, with updates
Col Edward Cutolo's tale - prelude to Honduras, 2009?
Cyberattack on the "Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe" site?
General Romeo Vasquez Velasquez and the Gobierno del Reino: Theocracy in Honduras?
Hospital Garifuna de Ciriboya with updates
Cuban Culture News
Cuba: Race & Identity in the News
Central American NewsIsrael’s Hand in Guatemala’s Genocide 1/14/2014 Consortium News: “As we saw it, they [Guatemalan military authorities] were targeting all non-white villagers who were sitting on fertile lands that the white Guatemalans wanted,” he said, adding that when he reported this information to his superiors, “the Israelis rolled their eyes [in dismay] but said, ‘this is what our friends in the Reagan administration want.’”
Dirty War in Honduras Fuelled by West's Drive for Clean Energy (...minerals, cheap clothing, tourism enclaves, oil and gas, etc.) 1/7/2014 Rights Action: "The west's drive to reduce its carbon footprint cheaply is fuelling a dirty war in Honduras, where US-backed security forces are implicated in the murder, disappearance and intimidation of peasant farmers involved in land disputes with local palm oil magnates. More than 100 people have been killed in the past four years, many assassinated by death squads operating with near impunity in the heavily militarised Bajo Aguán region, where 8,000 Honduran troops are deployed, according to activists. Farmers' leader Antonio Martínez, 28, is the latest victim of this conflict. His corpse was discovered, strangled, in November."
A Mission Gone Wrong 1/6/2014 New Yorker: "“The story that was out there at the time was entirely different from what we saw.” Later, having become more familiar with the shooting, the Senate aide said, “I am not aware of anyone in the Honduran government or the State Department who, after reviewing the case, believes that the evidence establishes that the people in the boat fired at the agents.”
Absences. Graciela Suazo, and words to describe losing her. 12/27/2013 Quotha: "But the story serves two purposes: it obscures the possible political motive of the murder in the context of a wave of post-election extrajudicial assassinations of mid-level LIBRE candidates and activists, and it directly blames Suazo for her own violent death. I traveled to Suazo's home in Barra Patuca for the funeral, and have been here since. I have not found a way to write about the pain that her death has caused here, not publicly at least. That inability has also made it difficult for me to write about anything else, despite all of the things that so badly need to be written."
Honduras Dam Project Shadowed by Violence 12/22/2013 Upside Down World: ""The army has an assassination list of 18 wanted human rights fighters with my name at the top. I want to live, there are many things I still want to do in this world but I have never once considered giving-up fighting for our territory, for a life with dignity, because our fight is legitimate. I take lots of care but in the end, in this country where there is total impunity I am vulnerable… when they want to kill me, they will do it." The threats, she told Al Jazeera at her home in the pine-covered mountains of La Esperanza, are from private security guards working for the dam company, as well as the police and army protecting the project."
In Post-Election Honduras, Challenges and Opportunities for the Resistance 12/21/2013 NACLA
Electoral fraud in Honduras? 12/19/2013 Al Jazeera: "Much of the international press have based claims of transparency on reports issued by the election observation missions of the European Union, the Carter Centre and the Organisation of American States all of which concluded that the election was transparent. This was despite the fact that their own observers reported irregularities such as a lack of transparency in campaign financing and electoral lists which included dead people. Other election observers were not so forgiving and many reported far more lengthy and serious lists of fraudulent behaviour, including bribery and vote buying; violation of the right to secret voting; pre-marked ballots; the militarisation of the electoral process and a lack of oversight in some voting centres causing the militarised police to take charge. "
Honduras: Accusations by Military Endanger Activist 12/19/2013 Human Rights Watch: "The United States allocated over US$50 million in security aid to Honduras from 2010 to 2012 through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) – an ongoing program to provide security aid to countries in the region – as well as nearly US$17 million in US Defense Department security assistance in 2011 and 2012. US legislation granting military and police aid to Honduras states that 20 percent of the funds will be available only if the US State Department reports that the Honduran government has met several human rights requirements. “Given its ongoing cooperation with Honduran security forces, the US government should use all the tools at its disposal to call a halt to verbal attacks on activists by senior Honduran military officials,” Vivanco said. “Whether directed at human rights defenders or campesino leaders, such accusations only add to a climate of fear and intimidation.”"
Honduran Military Colonel Makes False And Threatening Accusations Against Annie Bird, Co-Director Of Rights Action 12/19/2013 Rights Action: "Last week, School of the Americas (SOA) graduate and Honduran military Colonel German Alfaro made outrageous accusations against a leading U.S. human rights defender, Annie Bird, Co-Director of Rights Action (USA), which is based in Washington, DC. Colonel Alfaro declared that the military is investigating Annie for alleged subversive activities with campesinos, including filing false reports about military abuses of human rights. One of the Honduran newspapers, La Tribuna, picked up the story and even ran a picture of Annie, putting her at further risk.* The allegations are completely trumped-up and dangerous given the pattern of violence in Honduras, of which Alfaro himself is a propagator."
Honduras' Flawed Election: The Case of El Paraiso 12/15/2013 Truth Out: "Although it is generally difficult to directly link election results to acts of voter intimidation, the case of El Paraíso provides an interesting example. El Paraíso, in the Copan department of Honduras, is located directly on what is known as the “road of death.” The road is a well-known drug trafficking route which travels through Honduras and on to Guatemala. The presence, and influence, of Mexican drug cartels has steadily been rising in the area."
Inside the Honduran Elections 12/12/2013 Counterpunch: "You would not know how massive these irregularities were if you only relied on the mainstream press. News outlets such as The Washington Post and the AP’s man in Honduras , Alberto Arce, both declared JOH the winner before the counting process was complete and the fraud investigated thus promoting the neo-liberal agenda that has devastated this country. Arce bases his opinion on what he calls the lack of concrete evidence of fraud and puts his full faith and confidence behind the words of Lisa Kubieski, US Ambassador to Honduras, Ulricke Lunacek, the head of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM), and the Organization of American States (OAS) all of which declared the elections transparent and free of fraud while many were calling for an investigation."
International Election Monitors in Honduras: Do They Ensure Clean Elections or Whitewash Fraud? 12/11/2013 Upside Down World: "Prior to the Honduran election it was announced that NDI would have 100 election observers in the country. Our delegation did not run into any of them and there is no statement on their web page. Either they didn't go, or the fact that a slim majority of Democrats in the House have signed letters to the State Department calling for changes in US policy toward Honduras may have caused them to keep their heads down after witnessing so much fraud. Likewise, I can't find an official report from the Organization of American States observer delegation, although there were statements applauding the “transparency” in the Honduran media election night and the next day. I was on a radio show with Mark Weisbrot on Dec. 9 and he stated that thus far only a few Latin American countries had officially recognized the Honduran election results. Perhaps the OAS is lying low as well. The European Union has shown no such hesitancy. Its official statement heaped praise on the process. However, its endorsement of the “transparent” election was quickly undermined when one of its monitors held a press conference in the Tegucigalpa airport as the delegation was leaving the country. He criticized the official report and said the actual election monitors did not agree with the report written by the leadership. He said it resulted in a “heated exchange” but that the leadership refused to budge."
Ceremonia Religiosa Elecciones 2013 12/9/2013 Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras: "Recientemente autoridades militares llevaron a cabo un acto religioso en el cual agradecieron a Dios haber culminado con éxito la misión de apoyo al tribunal supremo electoral (TSE) en las pasadas elecciones generales."
Report from Honduras: How the Election Was Stolen 12/9/2013 NACLA: "TSE officials advised us that they allocated an equal number of blank credential documents to each party, but could not control what the parties did with them later. This practice, which has been strongly criticized by the EU and the OAS, allowed the National Party to consolidate control over the voting tables where critical decisions (such as whether a voter is eligible to vote, or how to count a ballot) are made by majority vote. Members of our delegation saw the popular National Party discount card—another mechanism used to influence the electoral outcome—being offered to voters at party tents outside polling places. The card, which lowers the cost of groceries, pharmaceuticals, cell phone plans, and other goods and services, reportedly identifies the bearer as a National Party member and is good for four years. Whether or not this constitutes bribery, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) calls it a hidden campaign financing source which may directly violate Honduran election laws, for businesses having contracts with the government."
Honduras: A Heavyweight for Foreign Relations 12/6/2013 Huff Post: by Marco Cáceres - "Marco Cáceres is the senior space analyst for the Teal Group, a defense and aerospace consultancy just outside of Washington, DC. He writes about satellites, launch vehicles and spaceports, and forecasts the future of space markets. He is the editor of Honduras Weekly and cofounder of projecthonduras.com, an international network of volunteers involved in Honduras, and the annual Conference on Honduras in the town of Copán Ruinas in northwestern Honduras. Marco is the author of the book, The Good Coup: The Overthrow of Manual Zelaya in Honduras. His follow-up book, The Wolf We Feed: Post-Coup Honduras Under Pepe Lobo, is scheduled for publication in March 2014. He is originally from Tegucigalpa."
Call on the State Department to stop legitimizing fraudulent Honduran elections 12/4/2013 SOA Watch
Why the world should care about Honduras' recent election 12/3/2013 Guardian: "First is the compilation of votes by the Libre party, released on Friday. The parties are able to do their own vote count after the election because their observers receive copies of the tally sheets, which they sign, at the polling centers. The Libre party was able to salvage 14,593 of the 16,135 tally sheets (some Libre observers were reportedly tricked or intimidated into turning their copies over to the electoral authorities). They compared these tally sheets to the official results posted on the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) web site, and found enormous discrepancies: for example, an 82,301 overcount for the National Party, and a 55,720 undercount for the Libre party. This by itself is more than 4.6% of the total vote, well over half of the National Party's lead in the official tally."
Meanwhile in the Aguán, More Military Terror Campaigns Against Campesinos 12/3/2013 MCRGC: "The persecuted are leaders Santos Marcelo Torres and Leodan Cartagena Castillo both MCRGC members who have been active in land recuperation in the Finca Paso Aguán which is in the possession of the landowner Miguel Facusse . Alexis Mirinda, also a campesino leader, was arrested this afternoon by members of the army. He received psychological torture to pressure him to give information about the whereabouts of the above mentioned peasant leaders."
Thousands protest election result in Honduras 12/2/2013 Al Jazeera: "Honduras' defeated leftist presidential candidate, the wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, has led thousands of supporters onto the streets of Tegucigalpa to protest an election result she has called fraudulent. The ruling National Party's Juan Hernandez, who is head of Congress, won last week's election with 36.8 percent of the votes, according to the country's election tribunal. Xiomara Castro ran as the candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE) - a coalition of leftist politicians, unions and indigenous groups founded by her husband. She came second with 28.79 percent of the vote."
Testimony of militarization and poll worker intimidation in Copán 12/2/2013 German Espinal Zúniga: "After a moment, when I had taken possession of my position as president of Voting Station 2686, in the Minerva School, there was a verbal altercation between the police officers and Mr. Pinto that reached the point where Mr. Pinto and his cronies ended up intimidating and kicking out the members of the community police force. Once we were without police protection, they began to threaten my compañeros and me, telling us we should leave the voting stations and the polling place. They confiscated the national identity card and electoral worker credential of one of my compañions by threatening to kill her, and they tried to intimidate me at gunpoint to sign the tally sheets and ballots before leaving the table, which I did not agree to, and finally they forced me to give them my electoral worker credential and national identity card."
La operación #StopFraudeHN, que protesta en contra del resultado de las elecciones 12/2/2013 Habla Honduras
Resultados Presidenciales de Centros de Votación: El Paraiso 11/30/2013 Tribunal Supremo Electoral
Member of official EU delegation denounces EU elections report 11/29/2013 Quotha
The Results of the Elections in Honduras were Changed, Says European Union Observer 11/29/2013 Upside Down World: "I can attest to countless inconsistencies in the electoral process. There were people who could not vote because they showed up as being dead, and there were dead people who voted. It was also clear that there was a huge mess at the voting stations, where the hidden alliance between the small parties and the National Party led to the buying and selling of votes and [electoral worker] credentials [note: by law each party has the right to have an election worker at each mesa electoral or voting station, but as Gabriel notes, in many voting stations, the smaller parties sold their rights to the National Party]. During the transmission of the results there was no possibility to find out where the tallies where being sent and we received reliable information that at least 20% of the original tally sheets were being diverted to an illegal server that they kept hidden."
From David Dougherty at TRNN: Alleged Voting Irregularities Mar Honduran Elections 11/27/2013 Real News
Honduran Elections: Live Blog 11/26/2013 CEPR: "Honduras has a flawed electoral system with many deficiencies including control of the process by political parties, unregulated and undisclosed campaign financing, and inadequate resources, training and voting facilities that disadvantage poor communities. In addition Honduran electoral law provides for no run-off election. Without a runoff election in which a majority of voters choose leadership, the electoral aspirations of two-thirds of Honduran voters who voted for change, are frustrated, and the winner of a mere plurality is denied a real mandate."
Venezuela’s Maduro Rejects US “Intervention” in Honduras 11/26/2013 Venezuela Analysis: "Yesterday Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro criticised US “intervention” in the internal affairs of Latin American countries, and in the Honduran elections. US Ambassador to Honduras, Lisa Kubiske, said minutes after the third preliminary announcement from the TSE (Electoral Supreme Court), that she “recognised and respected” the results, as they “coincide” with the reports of US governmental observers. The final results with the full count had yet to be announced at the time, and the LIBRE party and Anti Corrupcion have stated they don’t recognise the results, as they say they have proof of irregularities committed during the voting process."
Honduras Presidential Elections in Dispute as Activists Defy Violence to Back Ousted Leader’s Wife 11/25/2013 Democracy Now
Canadian electoral observers question the legitimacy of the Honduran election results 11/25/2013 Rabble: "After careful consideration of our own observations of the electoral process in Honduras, we find the presidential elections to be inconsistent with democratic principles and rife with fraudulent practices. We are not surprised that the LIBRE party rejected the preliminary projections of the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE)."
Military Presence at Radio Globo 11/24/2013 Honduras Solidarity: "Reporters at Radio Globo are commenting live on the air (at the time of this post) that the military has established a presence at the site of the station’s transmitter in Cerro de Canto Gallo. Radio Globo is one of the strongest voices on the airwaves. The broadcast on via TV and radio."
Mensaje de Berta Caceres a la población hondureña 11/24/2013 Observatorio de las Mujeres: "Berta hace un llamado a la resistencia para poder enfrentar el fraude electoral que se venia pronosticando y hacer frente a la oligarquía del país que quiere destruirlo. Proclama continuar con la unión de las personas, para continuar con la refundación del país juntos y a no dejarse vencer;seguir en la lucha "sin darle tregua a la presión" Para escuchar su mensaje…
Agents in ski masks intimidate foreign election observers 11/23/2013 Quotha: "Today around 10:30-11am in Hotel Suites Aurora in Tegucigalpa 5 men and 1 woman armed civilians dressed men with ski masks offered no identification, another 3 were wearing Immigration t-shirts, who went to reception. and they asked for passports for the people in the lobby who were here, as well as asked for all International Observers to come to the lobby, asked them questions and looked through their passports and took personal records. They took 2 passports from Brazilian international observers without explaining why. When they asked why, they say “because yes we can”. They explained they were tourists and still they took passports without credible cause."
Political Repression Intensifies Ahead of Honduran Presidential Election 11/23/2013 Real News: "Jesse Freeston: Violence and political repression by western-backed Honduran military raises questions if Sunday's presidential election will be open and fair."
List of attacks directed against political activists during the electoral process 11/22/2013 Habla Honduras: "Below is the link to the COFADEH list of attacks, including murders, death threats and police raids, directed against political activists in the context of the electoral process. It shows that, contrary to a number of reports in the Honduran press, which seem to wilfully ignore the facts, the victims are overwhelmingly from the LIBRE party."
Roger Noriega accuses Honduran candidate’s husband of drug-trafficking links 11/22/2013 Tico Times: "Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, a leading candidate in Sunday’s presidential elections in Honduras, is an inexperienced politician whose husband – the ousted former president Manuel Zelaya – has links to well-known drug traffickers. That’s according to retired U.S. diplomat Roger Noriega, a former lobbyist for the interim government that replaced Zelaya. Noriega made the drug-trafficking claim on Nov. 19 in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing Washington think tank."
Honduras: Bertha Cáceres teme que la asesinen luego de elecciones generales 11/19/2013 SiBCI: "El pueblo indígena Lenca ha recibido ataques y amenazas de muerte por parte del Ejército y la Policía Nacional de Honduras. La última agresión ocurrió a principios de noviembre, cuando un grupo de policías, con pasamontañas y sin identificarse, ingresó violentamente a la comunidad de La Tejera en Río Blanco. La denuncia la confirmó Bertha Cáceres, coordinadora del Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (Copinh), durante el programa Caribe Nuestro de la Radio del Sur. Ella explicó que los policías encañonaron a los residentes del poblado. “Llegaron con armas gringas, israelíes, sin identificación, sin orden de cateo, entraron a las casas, amenazaron a las ancianas y ancianos, los golpearon, les botaron sus enseres, los niños vivieron momentos de mucho terror”. Los policías amenazaron con realizar una matanza en esa comunidad indígena si los Lenca seguían oponiéndose al Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Agua Zarca en el Río Gualcarque. “Las amenazas son reiteradas."
Xiomara de Zelaya cuenta con la simpatía de los empresarios "golpistas" 11/13/2013 El Faro: "El presidente de la influyente Asociación Nacional de Industriales (ANDI), Adolfo Facussé, quien se manifestó a favor del golpe del 28 de junio de 2009, ha dado la sorpresa: declara simpatías hacia la aspirante del partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre), fundado por Zelaya. "Tenemos empresarios de todos los partidos. Libre tiene algo que me atrae mucho a mí que es la promesa del cambio. El país definitivamente tiene que cambiar", afirmó a la AFP el influyente empresario, quien calificó al actual gobierno de Porfirio Lobo como "un desastre"."
Context of the Honduran Electoral Process 2012-2013: Incomplete list of Killings and Armed Attacks Related to Political Campaigning in Honduras - May 2012 to October 19, 2013 10/21/2013 Rights Action: "As the November 24, 2013 General Elections approach in Honduras, a discussion of human rights violations surrounding the electoral process is paramount in understanding the historical and political context in which the elections will take place. This report is intended to promote that discussion by providing a list of killings and armed attacks against candidates, party and campaign leaders, and their families since May 2012, six months prior to the November 2012 Primary Elections. The purpose is to draw attention to the context of violence, insecurity and apparently politically motivated killings that are occurring in the lead up to the 2013 General Elections."
Berta Cáceres Is Still Alive 10/20/2013 Truth Out: "Honduran authorities want Berta Cáceres in prison. Even more, they want her dead. Berta, as she is fondly known by her many friends in Honduras and beyond, is a Lenca indigenous woman, and one of the founding directors of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). She is now the face of social movement resistance in Honduras, which in recent months has seen an escalation of state repression against social movement leaders, indigenous peoples’ organizations, environmentalists, and political dissenters. She went into hiding on September 20. But as I write, against all odds, Berta Cáceres is still alive. COPINH, one of the strongest voices in Mesoamerica for the defense of indigenous peoples’ rights, was founded in the early 1990s to fight logging companies in the territories of the Lenca people. After decades of struggle, COPINH has expelled dozens of logging operations from Lenca territories, recovered over 100 indigenous communal land titles, and served as a critical voice in international forums advocating for the right of indigenous communities to give or withhold their binding consent to any megaprojects planned for their territories. Today, COPINH is struggling against a mega-complex of four large dams in the Gualcarque River basin, called the Agua Zarca dam project, being undertaken by a Chinese corporation called Sinohydro and a Honduran company called Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. (DESA)."
Honduras on the Brink of Change 9/13/2013 Counterpunch: "LIBRE also proposes to promulgate a set of laws that protects indigenous people, Afro-descendants, and Garifuna communities, long time marginalized groups that rarely figure into political party politics except to perform dances of rituals as a spectacle for national holidays and special occasions. Now important members of The Resistance, these groups would have a voice and legal protections. Similarly, there are hopes for protections of the environment and natural resources, a national patrimony? eroding under hydroelectric plants construction and resorts and villas for tourists, as people are caught in the middle between protest, death or migration."
COMPAÑEROS DE HONDURAS ASESINADOS POR LA POLICÍA 8/20/2013 Observatorio Critico: "Reproducimos la noticia leída en la naciente revista libertaria Atentados, vocera del grupo salvadoreño La Revuelta, sobre el asesinato de dos compañeros asesinados en Tegucigalpa por la policía hondureña. Esperemos que acabe en algún momento la situación represiva y la criminalización de la protesta que se vive en Honduras."
John Perry: Enjoy your Nutella 8/13/2013 Quotha: "Last week, the RSPO held its fourth Latin American sustainable palm oil conference in Honduras. Alongside the WWF and other proponents of sustainability, a prominent organiser and exhibitor was the local palm oil company Dinant, currently seeking RSPO certification. The company is led by Miguel Facussé, the largest landowner in Honduras. He’s also been called the ‘oil palm grower of death’. Much of the palm oil development is taking place in the lower Aguán valley where there is a worsening conflict between large landowners and thousands of landless peasants. In the 1990s, Dinant and other landowners ‘used a combination of fraud, coercion and violence’ to take land given to peasant farmers under agrarian reform laws. Farmers’ organisations are demanding that these ‘sales’ be declared void. They are under constant threat. At least 80 people have been killed."
Narco-jet in Costa Rica scandal tied to Iran Contra figure 8/12/2013 Mad Cow Morning News
Honduras: Where the blood flows and the rivers are dammed 8/6/2013 Al Jazeera: "Dams funded by foreign investors are threatening the cultural heritage and livelihood of Honduras indigenous peoples."
Garifuna Music Survives and Thrives 'Against All Odds' 8/6/2013 KQED: "Garifuna music is a perfect example. Music fans around the world know about the Garifuna's enthralling sound because of a series of acclaimed albums that feature the Garifuna Collective, a group of musicians hailing from Belize and neighboring countries, where their families have lived for centuries. The Garifuna Collective is touring the United States -- including a stop in San Francisco on Wednesday, August 7 -- and is showcasing songs from its new album Ayó, which was released last month and means "goodbye" in the Garifuna language."
Expanding Palm Oil Empires In The Name Of 'Green Energy' And 'Sustainable Development' 8/5/2013 AP: "From 6th-8th August, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is holding its 4th Latin American Conference on so-called sustainable palm oil in Honduras . (Conference website: http://rspo2013.com/). Environmental and social campaigners have been shocked to learn that one event sponsor is the palm oil company Dinant Corporation, owned and controlled by Miguel Facusse, the largest landowner in Honduras [and one of the larger drug traffickers]. They are calling on World Wildlife Fund WWF and three other organisations to withdraw from and denounce the conference being held in Honduras due to the Dinant’s sponsorship of the event and the serious human rights implications ."
Honduras, LIBRE is predicted to win the general elections in November 7/1/2013 Resistencia Honduras: "Honduras doesn’t need patches, but changes from the roots”, Castro stated. She questioned the moral authority of Parliament’s former president who has force people pay thousands of millions of Lempira for the so-called “margin of security” which never arrived. Immediately afterwards she lamented that the two-party system has driven Honduras into “a State for narcotics traffickers and paramilitaries”. “The two-party system has made the country into a stage for narcotics traffickers and paramilitaries where justice is bought and sold. What has the two-party system brought us? In the first place, violence, the greatest in the world, furthermore, ignorance, hunger, inequality and other sufferings, it has left us a fiscal abyss that has not precedent in our country."
State Department stymied probe into shooting of four Hondurans, whistleblower says 6/12/2013 NY Post: "According to an internal 2012 document, the DEA agents were under the authority of the State Department chief of mission in Honduras, funded by a counternarcotics program, and were “subject to investigation” by State investigators. But when those inquiries began, “despite requests by the US ambassador to Honduras and congressional pressure, DEA reportedly [was] not cooperating.”
Honduras: When Will the US Stop Funding Death Squads? 6/4/2013 Al Jazeera: "A resurgence of death squad activity targeting suspected gang members and others is exacting a mounting toll in Honduras, a country already wracked by violence and impunity. As documented in a series of AP investigative reports, it is increasingly apparent that US-funded Honduran National Police are dispatching summary justice to gang members, in a policy of "social cleansing", with complete impunity. Since evidence has surfaced linking the Honduran police to death squad activity, US support for the police would violate the "Leahy Law", which mandates withholding aid to foreign security forces when credible evidence exists that they have committed human rights abuses."
Indígenas violadas narran horrores en jucio contra Ríos Montt 4/3/2013 CubaDebate: "Con los rostros cubiertos con mantos, diez mujeres de la etnia maya ixil testificaron este martes ante una corte de Guatemala los atroces abusos sexuales y torturas que sufrieron a manos de soldados durante el régimen (1982-83) del exdictador Efraín Ríos Mott, procesado por genocidio."
Periodistas y abogados, víctimas de violencia en Honduras 4/3/2013 CubaDebate: "Periodistas y abogados están entre las mayores víctimas de la violencia en Honduras durante la administración del presidente Porfirio Lobo, según un informe del Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (Conadeh), citado hoy por medios locales. En los 35 meses de gestión del mandatario Lobo murieron en forma violenta alrededor de 80 profesionales del Periodismo y el Derecho, revela el documento."
A Look at Who Gets Left Out of Black History Month 2/3/2013 Alternet: "We have just celebrated the reelection of our first black president, Barack Hussein Obama. Yet my students have been unable to answer the question, "Who was the first black President in North America?" None thought to mention Jean-Jacques Dessalines, as first head of state of a liberated Haiti. But if we are defining North America as Canada, the U.S. and Mexico (excluding the Caribbean), there is little excuse to be ignorant of the historic figure of Vicente Guerrero, who became Mexico's second president on April 1, 1829. His father, Pedro Guerrero, was an Afro-Mexican and his mother Guadalupe Saldaña, was indigenous."
Rios Montt on Trial for Genocide 1/30/2013 Counterpunch: "Efraín Rios Montt, Guatemala’s former dictator, may yet face the consequences of his actions. Last Monday, Judge Miguel Angel Gálvez announced that both Montt, 86, and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, another former general, must “stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity,” Elisabeth Malkin wrote in the New York Times. Her article, in accordance with Times standards, left a few things out, among them the fact that Montt completed coursework at the School of the Americas (SOA) three decades before taking power. (The school is now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC, but “there are no substantive changes besides the name,” one of its former instructors testified shortly after the rebranding.) His 14 months in charge were brutal, even by the standards SOA grads have set: “an estimated 70,000 unarmed civilians were killed or ‘disappeared;’ hundreds of thousands were internally displaced,” according to Amnesty International. And his “Operation Sofia” was “aimed at massacring thousands of indigenous peasants,” the National Security Archive website explains—and was quite successful, given the 600 Mayan villages it destroyed."
Honduras: La remilitarización del país profundiza la violación a los derechos humanos 12/21/2012 Prensa Indigena: "El Cofadeh (Comité de familiares de detenidos desaparecidos en Honduras) presentó ayer (13/12) en conferencia de prensa cuatro casos emblemáticos de violación a los derechos humanos, que en las próximas horas serán sometidos al conocimiento de la justicia internacional, "en los que concurren elementos graves de impunidad y factores hegemónicos de seguridad hemisférica de Estados Unidos”, se lee en un comunicado de dicha organización. De acuerdo con el análisis del Cofadeh, el proceso de progresiva remilitarización de la región centroamericana, impulsado por Estados Unidos en aras del ‘combate al narcotráfico y al crimen organizado’, Honduras ha devuelto a las Fuerzas Armadas "instrumentos legales y facultades discrecionales” que en sólo tres meses de 2012 ha provocado esos cuatro casos emblemáticos, "envueltos por mecanismos institucionales y presiones externas en la absoluta impunidad”."
Death Squads, Swastikas and "Medieval Methods" of Torture - Honduras’ Post-Coup Elections 11/20/2012 Counterpunch: "She expressed concern that many LIBRE voters would not vote today out of fear, and that many people could not vote for LIBRE, because they would lose their jobs. We later learned that a notice came out in a newspaper Saturday that any state worker who voted for LIBRE would be fired."
US-Backed Honduran Soldiers Chase Down, Murder Innocent Teenager 11/15/2012 AntiWar: "Ebed Yanes, 15, was killed the night of May 26 after driving through a military checkpoint. His father, Wilfredo Yanes, a mild-mannered organic food supplier, tracked down the soldiers, eventually uncovering an allegedly high-level attempt to hide evidence. Further, his quest led to new information reported this week that the unit in question was supported by the U.S."
Mexico’s New President Set to Empower a “Devil’s Cartel” 11/10/2012 NarcoNews: "Baruch Vega, a long-time CIA operative, has raised a red flag over the incoming president of Mexico’s decision to employ the former head of the Colombian National Police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, as his security advisor in the war on drugs. “I do not think Naranjo will be running a war against drugs,” Vega contends. “He will be running a war to protect Mexican drug traffickers.”"
Presidente panameño anula Ley de venta de terrenos en Colón 10/28/2012 Cuba Debate: "El presidente de Panamá, Ricardo Martinelli, firmó este domingo el decreto que formaliza la derogación de la Ley 72 que permitía la venta de los terrenos de la Zona Libre de Colón, luego de que la Asamblea Nacional aprobara el proyecto de Ley 541 que restablece la Zona Libre tras nueve días de intensas protestas populares que dejaron cuatro muertos y decenas de heridos."
VII ENCUENTRO DE LA RAÍZ AFROMEXICANA 10/21/2012 Cimaronajesss
Honduras: De mal en peor 10/21/2012 Cuba Debate: "Desde que se quebrantó la constitucionalidad hace tres años y se instauró otro régimen al que la loba feroz del Estado de Florida (la congresista Ileana Ros-Letienen) vertió su agua bendita, las cosas no han dejado de ir de mal en peor. Contrariando su gusto, en este reciente capítulo, la mayoría de los magistrados determinó que el proyecto de llamadas “ciudades modelo”, viola el principio de soberanía e integridad territorial, mientras la oposición acusa al gobierno de querer vender el país a pedazos a capitales internacionales."
Mitt Romney’s “Pinochet Moment” 9/20/2012 Mad Cow Morning News: "Speaking about US policy towards Honduras, Romney accused President Obama of backing a "pro-Marxist" leader in Honduras, faulting him for not more quickly and enthusiastically supporting the military coup in 2009 that deposed the elected President of a fledgling democracy. That Romney chose to say anything at all about a small nation in Central America was somewhat surprising, especially since he hasn't been specific about much else. But, as he must know, Honduras is important to US foreign policy for only one reason: Controlling Hondurus is important to controlling the drug trade."
Romney Campaign Calls Obama Foreign Policy 'Confusing' and 'Amateur Hour' 9/14/2012 ABC: ""When Honduras and their supreme court removed the president of the country -- a pro-Marxist, anti-American president -- and he insisted, our president, President Barack Obama insisted he get put back. That sent a message to the world," Romney said, igniting applause from the 900 attendees."
Mainstream Media Attends -- Then Ignores -- U.S. Caravan for Peace 9/14/2012 Alternet: 'A minimum of 60,000 drug prohibition related deaths have been recorded in Mexico in the last 5 years of Calderon's presidency and at least 10,000 others have been “disappeared”. Yes, a few stories broke in local markets but not one word was shared via national news programs in the US."
Rising Violence in Post-Coup Honduras - Central America’s Newest “Death Squad Democracy” 9/14/2012 Counterpunch: "As Mariam Herrera, an Afro-Honduran woman told me yesterday, “The politics of this country are shitty. The laws are shitty, and everybody violates them. Half the Congress violates the laws.” Do you hold the United States responsible for part of that? “Yes, because the guns come from the United States. Honduras don’t manufacture guns, we have machetes. Guns – they come from the United States.”
Romney broadens criticism of Obama on Middle East violence 9/14/2012 Detroit News: "The Republican presidential candidate offered a series of criticisms, attacking Obama for refusing a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, backing a "pro-Marxist" leader in Honduras, failing to support protesters in Iran and mismanaging the alliance with Egypt."
Honduran jet fighter shot down DEA drug plane 9/11/2012 MadCow Morning News: “The U.S. agreement with Honduras for sharing radar intelligence specifically prohibits shooting down civilian aircraft. We are merely seeking better controls for its militarized approach to combating drugs in Central America,” said the spokesman. “The decision came after two separate incidents in July, when civilian aircraft were shot down off the coast of northern Honduras. We don't have information about the occupants or their cargo."
EEUU garantiza inmunidad a Ernesto Zedillo ante la matanza de Acteal 9/8/2012 CubaDebate: "El último presidente del PRI de la vieja era, el mexicano Ernesto Zedillo, actual profesor de economía y política de la universidad de Yale, puede respirar tranquilo. El Departamento de Justicia de EEUU le ha otorgado inmunidad diplomática y, por tanto, no enfrentará los cargos que se le imputan en un tribunal de New Haven (Connecticut) donde se le pretendía procesar como responsable intelectual de la matanza de Acteal, el asesinato en 1997 de 45 indígenas de ese pueblo de Chiapas (entre ellos mujeres embarazadas y niños) a manos de un grupo, también de indígenas, supuestamente armado por el Estado."
US suspends anti-drug radar support in Honduras 9/7/2012 AP: "The United States has suspended sharing of radar intelligence with Honduras because the Central American nation's air force shot down two suspected drug planes in violation of agreements with Washington, the State Department and U.S. military confirmed Friday. The decision came after two separate incidents in July, when civilian aircraft were shot down off the coast of northern Honduras, said William Ostick, spokesman for the State Department's Western Hemispheric Affairs Office. The U.S. agreement with Honduras for information sharing specifically prohibits shooting down civilian aircraft."
“Pepe” Lobo confirma derribo de avioneta 9/7/2012 Nuevo Herald: "El presidente de Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, admitió que hubo un derribo de una avioneta por parte de una autoridad nacional sin respeto a un “protocolo”, y dejó entrever que el incidente le costó el puesto al exjefe de las Fuerzas Aérea Hondureña (FAH), Ruiz Pastor Landa. El gobernante tampoco precisó qué incidente fue y en qué fecha. EL HERALDO informó esta semana, en exclusiva, que la aeronave fue derribada en las proximidades de Guanaja."
Honduras signs deal to create private cities 9/5/2012 AP: "The project is opposed by civil society groups including indigenous Garifuna people who say they don't want their land to be used for the project. The developers say the fears are unjustified."
Avión derribado en Guanaja creó fricción con EE UU 9/5/2012 El Heraldo, Honduras
Mexico’s new President owes election to “Narco-Televisa” 9/5/2012 MadCow Morning News: "The first to question what had quickly become the official story—that the busted Mexicans had merely been posing as journalists—was a local publication called The Digital Reporter. While offering no proof, the Digital Reporter insisted that the crew in custody—charged with money laundering and organized crime—were under the direction of Televisa, and that the convoy of vehicles belonged to Televisa as well. Ringleader Raquel Correa Alatorre, as well as three or four other detainees, were working for the Mexican television giant, the publication asserted. The publication, it was later learned, was getting leaks from Nicaraguan military sources, who indicated that there was a senior executive at Televisa—a corporate vice president—also involved in the case."
Se reanuda el Proceso de Remedición de las Tierras de Vallecito, Colón 9/5/2012 OFRANEH: "Como parte del reclamo del pueblo Garifuna sobre la usurpación de Vallecito, Colón, nuestra organizacion emprendió la semana pasada una jornada cultural y política en el territorio usurpado, que tuvo como ambientación traqueteos constantes de armas automáticas, con el proposito de intimidarnos y disuadir el proceso de remedición prometido en diversas ocasiones por el Instituto Nacional Agrario, I.N.A y que una vez no se llevó a efecto."
URGENT ACTION on Vallecito, from OFRANEH - Process of Land Remediation is Renewed on the Garifuna Lands of Vallecito, Colon 9/4/2012 Quotha: "Any action suffered by the Garifunas will be the responsibility of the paid gunmen of Reinaldo Villalobo and of Miguel Facusse, as well as the government itself." [Facusse is one of the wealthiest men in the country and a large scale drug trafficker.]
Honoring Dr. Alfonso Lacayo, first Garifuna MD from UNAH 9/2/2012 Quotha: "This is from back in April, but I came across it recently, and loved the son's recollections of his father, who said he would always say that él no era un profesional de la medicina, sino que era un obrero de la salud. He was not a medical professional; he was a healthcare worker."
Honoring Dr. Alfonso Lacayo, first Garifuna MD from UNAH 9/2/2012 Quotha
U.S.-funded/trained police going on witch hunts 9/2/2012 Quotha: "Last week police raided a woman's house in Choloma and found evidence of a traditional Garifuna medicinal drink, Guífiti (El Tiempo, whose reporters went along for the raid, puts "guífiti" in scare quotes), which they confiscated as evidence of witchcraft along with, allegedly, pictures with pins in them. And something that is presumed to be marijuana. They also arrested a suspected witch. For allegedly being a witch."
Romney's El Salvador Death Squad Ties 8/28/2012 Common Dreams: "In a book entitled “The Country Between Us,” the noted US poet Carolyn Forché writes about the brutality in El Salvador during those years. In a short vignette called The Colonel, Forché tells of being invited for dinner at a Colonel’s house. “What you have heard is true. I was in is house,” writes Forché. “…The parrot said hello on the terrace. The colonel told it to shut up, and pushed himself from the table. My friend said to me with his eyes: say nothing. The colonel returned with a sack used to bring groceries home. He spilled many human ears on the table. They were like dried peach halves. There is no other way to say this. He took one of them in his hands, shook it in our faces, dropped it into a water glass. It came alive there. I am tired of fooling around he said. As for the rights of anyone, tell your people they can go fuck themselves. He swept the ears to the floor with his arm and held the last of his wine in the air. Something for your poetry, no? he said. Some of the ears on the floor caught the scrap of his voice. Some of the ears were pressed to the ground.”"
Alert: Urgent request for solidarity as Day 2 of Land Recovery begins over the presence of armed men in expensive vehicles 8/28/2012 Honduras Eyewitness: "Since yesterday, many communications have been sent to the current government administration, about the menace and threats directed at the representatives of the Garifuna communties, awaiting the process of land title remediation, of the associative (Garifuna) businesses of Vallecito."
Nicaragua seizes $7m from fake reporters 8/25/2012 AAP: "Granera said the suspects told police about 25 bundles hidden in the vans contained the cash. She said the elaborate ruse was intended to smuggle the cash through Nicaragua to the neighbouring nation of Costa Rica to the south. Mexican drug cartels frequently buy Colombian cocaine to ship north to the US market, and often must smuggle cash proceeds from the drug sales back down south to pay the Colombian suppliers."
The moral economy of a floating crate of cash 8/23/2012 Quotha: "Within Ángela's community, at least, such finds are necessarily redistributed in a way that strengthens, reaffirms, and creates kinship ties. In her poor extended family—ranging from extremely poor to middle-of-the-road, getting-by-fairly-well and university-educated poor like Ángela—a Limited Good model of wealth distribution seems to guide the discourses of the poorest family members, who see the relative wealth of their less-poor kin as having been accumulated at their expense. Meanwhile, the less-poor family members tend to employ a Protestant ethic/developmentalist logic, blaming the extreme poverty of their family members on poor choices, bad morals, a disdain for formal education, and excessively high fertility."
Collateral Damage of a Drug War 8/15/2012 CEPR: "On May 11, 2012, four boat passengers were shot dead during a counternarcotics operation that involved Honduran and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. Although Honduran authorities announced that drug traffickers had been killed after agents had fired in self-defense, survivors of the incident, as well as local authorities, insisted that innocent people had been killed, including two women, a fourteen year-old boy and twenty-one year old man. In late July of 2012, analysts from Rights Action and CEPR visited the region where the shooting took place. This report summarizes and analyzes the extensive testimony and other information obtained during the visit. It presents detailed narratives of the sequence of events on May 11 and provides detailed background profiles on the boat passengers who were fired upon as well as on key witnesses. It also describes the region and context in which the shooting incident occurred, in order to better understand its impact on the local community. Finally, it offers a series of key findings and formulates recommendations of measures that the U.S. government and international community should take to address the May 11 incident as well as the broader consequences of U.S.-sponsored drug policies in Honduras and the Central American region."
The US and Honduras - Is the US lending financial support to a police force and army linked to a campaign of extra-judicial killings? 8/14/2012 Al Jazeera: "Honduras has become the newest front in the US war on drugs in Latin America. The US has provided financial support for both the police and the military there in spite of its deep corruption issues. Furthermore, members of both institutions have been linked to a range of killings. Political dissidents, human rights workers and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have all been killed at alarming rates."
Fault Lines: The US and Honduras 8/14/2012 L Jazeera: Interviews with survivors of the DEA massacre.
Honduras cooperating with US human rights probe 8/13/2012 AP: "Despite repeated U.S. criticisms that law enforcement agents have murdered and tortured people, an in-house State Department report sent to Congress Wednesday certifies that Honduras meets U.S. human rights requirements to receive all $56 million appropriated by Congress. But the report said no U.S. military or law enforcement aid - including $1.3 million in foreign military assistance, and another $1.7 million in peace and security funding - can go to anyone working under Bonilla until he is cleared."
Pics of new Mexican President with Sinaloa cartel lieutenant 8/10/2012 MadCow Morning News: '“Rafa" Celaya, the new Mexican President’s friend, wasn’t living rough in the mountains of Sinaloa. Instead, he is a long-time functionary in Mexico’s ruling PRI party who has worked in mid-level positions in state and municipal government in Hermosillo, including a half-dozen years in Sonora State’s Ministry of Finance. The arrested man is the nephew of Victor Hugo Celaya Celaya, an influential politico in Sonora, according to Mexico City newspaper Proceso. In addition to pictures with the president, Rafa is shown in photos with Emilio Gamboa, the newly elected leader of the PRI in the Senate, and influential Mexican Senator Manlio Fabio Beltrones."
Honduran President Puts “Tigers” Police Force on the Streets 8/7/2012 IPS: "But Yuri Sabas, a lawmaker with the opposition Liberal Party, told IPS that the creation of the Tigres should be studied in depth. “A few years ago, we created another elite force in the police named Cobra, which has now been implicated in criminal activities,” he said."
Por represas inminentes, pobladores de Concepción, Intibucá, se acercan al movimiento de resistencia indígena 8/2/2012 Defensores en Linea
Es “hipocresía” decir que Honduras es aeropuerto de la mafia: Pepe Lobo 7/23/2012 La Prensa, Honduras: “Yo lo que pediría a todos, al Departamento de Estado, es que revisen si están haciendo lo suficiente, y si es justo que aquí en Honduras, en lugar de hacer programas sociales, apoyar a los productores a que siembren más o resolver muchos problemas... si es justo que estemos invirtiendo recursos en esa lucha (contra el narcotráfico)”, expresó el mandatario. A su juicio, el asunto no es de estarse “tirando la bola”, porque al final la única realidad es: “qué pasaría si nosotros no estuviésemos en el corredor entre donde se demanda y donde se produce”.
Hunden en Nicaragua "narcolancha" que se dirigía a Honduras 7/23/2012 La Prensa, Honduras: "Una lancha rápida cargada con droga que viajaba de Panamá hacia Honduras fue hundida el fin de semana en aguas del Mar Caribe por la Fuerza Naval de Nicaragua tras un intercambio de disparos entre los supuestos narcotraficantes y militares."
Mexico’s Peña Nieto hires US propaganda firm 7/22/2012 NarcoNews: "CLSA is the same US image-building firm that was retained in the fall of 2009 by the Honduran regime led by “de facto” President Roberto Micheletti in the wake of its coup d'état in that Central American nation."
Nicaragua denuncia que cárteles de Colombia equipan a narcos en Honduras 7/20/2012 La Prensa, Honduras: "Lo que está claro es que los medios venían procedente de Colombia con destino a la Mosquitia hondureña (zona indígena del Caribe), donde se han asentado unos cárteles de narcotraficantes muy peligrosos que tienen altas vinculaciones con elementos colombianos", aseguró el jefe de inteligencia militar, Adolfo Zepeda."
Policía colombiana se lleva de Honduras a capo 7/20/2012 La Prensa, Honduras
Will Gutting Honduras’ Police Force Get to the Root of Corruption? 6/15/2012 COHA: "Ironically, Bonilla has been accused of the same iniquity that he pledges to eradicate from the police force. In a report released 10 years ago by former State Prosecutor Maria Luisa Borjas, Bonilla was accused of killing three people and named as a suspect in the murders of 11 others. Bonilla was formally charged in only one of these cases, but legal action was halted when law enforcement officials refused to cooperate with the prosecutor. All charges against Bonilla were subsequently dropped after Borjas’ husband was attacked and Borjas received multiple death threats from unknown assailants thought to be operating on behalf of Bonilla."
The Massacre in the Moskitia - The DEA and the Return of the Death Squads 6/15/2012 Counterpunch: "I first heard of the tragedy while in the process of preparing for a human rights delegation to Honduras coordinated by the Alliance for Global Justice and led by Karen Spring from Rights Action. The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Associated Press have all published stories glorifying the role of the DEA in seizing a huge quantity of drugs in the incident. They not only down played the killing and injuring of innocent people (some reports even questioned if there even were casualties), but also some of the news reports stated that those shot were actually involved in drug trafficking. In typical mainstream media fashion there was over-the-top anonymous quoting of US and Honduran officials and not much fact checking."
Víctimas inocentes 6/13/2012 El Heraldo, Honduras
CNN acts as SOUTHCOM's propaganda agent on Honduras 6/10/2012 Quotha: "This article about an imaginary Honduras where people don't give a shit about DEA massacres on national territory cites as its two "expert" sources the Monologue's Michael Shifter and FIU prof Eduardo Gamarra, both of whom have recently been paid quite a bit of money to write reports for SOUTHCOM (through Florida International University) and unspecified Intelligence agencies (at least in Shifter's case with his work for WHEMSAC)."
Honduran Miskitos Caught in Anti-Narcotics Crossfire 6/9/2012 Repeating Islands
Legal Questions Remain in DEA Miskitia Attack 6/8/2012 Honduras Weekly
Taiwan-Honduras ties remain strong despite criticism 6/7/2012 Focus Taiwan: ""Our relations with Honduras are very stable," Deputy Foreign Minister Tung Kuo-yu said in a question-and-answer session at the Legislature's foreign affairs and national defense committee. Tung's remark came amid blasts from lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that China is helping Honduras establish a US$300 million hydroelectric power plant. Furthermore, the Chinese national flag has been seen flying at the construction site, DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang said, describing the incident as a diplomatic crisis."
La masacre en Mosquitia, Honduras: “Sólo los agentes de la DEA pueden disparar desde un helicóptero que por otra parte, es suyo” 6/5/2012 Dick Emanuelsson: "Habla agente de la policía antinarcótica del Ministerio Público."
Video of COFADEH press conference on DEA massacre in Ahuas 6/5/2012 Quotha: "Graphic image warning. Skip to 1:30 if you don't want to see the horrifying photographs of how the DEA destroyed the bodies of the indigenous Miskitu people whose brave relatives are present at the press conference that begins at that time mark. Video by Dick and Mirian Emanuelsson."
Drug interdiction: The U.S. wades more deeply into Honduras 6/4/2012 Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "To Americans of a certain age, the picture of U.S. drug advisers, flying in State Department helicopters and operating in a small jungle country in support of the corrupt security forces of a questionable president, is all too familiar. It is also entirely inappropriate, particularly as innocent civilians die as a result of their work."
URGENT ACTION: Honduran State Discriminates Against Victims of the DEA 6/4/2012 Quotha: "The child WILMER LUCAS WALTER (14) and youth LUCIO ADAN NELSON QUEEN (22), who were traveling in the boat that was fired on by the DEA and Honduran agents, have been hospitalized since May 11 en regional hospital centers and to date have not received the surgical attention required to treat their serious injuries. Wilmer is at risk of losing his left hand due to negligence and lack of attention and Lucio is weakened by infection as he waits for orthopedic intervention in his right arm. In the midst of the so called “war against drugs” the principal victims are the indigenous, Misquito villagers including children and women; the principal actor responsible for these serious actions is the State."
Dana Frank on This is Hell 6/3/2012 Quotha: "Click for Dana Frank’s 40-minute interview on the DEA attack in Honduras on the Northwestern University program “This is Hell”, a weekly, 4-hour political analysis program broadcast each Saturday morning."
Annie Bird: USA/DEA Killings in Ahuas 5/30/2012 Quotha: "The Patuca River is like a highway for over 25 Miskitu, Tawaka and Pech communities that live on its shores; there are no roads in this part of the Gracias a Dios department. But the river is much more than a road, it is their source of life. Communities farm rice, beans, yucca, and plantains on its shores, and fish the waters. They leave their towns in planting and harvest seasons to spend weeks at a time in huts along the river shore close to their fields. Though most make their life from the river, the main source of outside employment is working on the commercial fishing boats that pick up Miskitu men at mouth of the river and take them to sea for weeks at a time. For over 20 years, Lilda Lesama has coordinated divers and fishermen for the commercial boats, transporting them by canoe from Ahuas to Barra Patuca."
Death in Miskitia Land and the Search for Justice 5/28/2012 COHA: "On May 11, death came to the Miskitia from U.S. State Department-owned helicopters manned by contract Guatemalan pilots, members of a special Honduran Police Unit, along with U.S. DEA agents. Reports concerning the botched anti-narcotics operation barely survived three news cycles before expiring in the face of an indifferent public. During week one, a number of initial news reports (with the notable exception of the coverage by the Huffington Post) offered a defaming criminal profile of the local Miskito population using anonymous “official” U.S. government sources. During week two, when the voice of the Miskito community was beginning to be heard more clearly, some news reports offered a more humanized version of the people of Ahuas and surrounding villages. By May 17, the question of U.S. accountability began to lose steam when State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland deferred the responsibility of carrying out an investigation to the notoriously corrupt Honduran authorities. Despite the current paucity of news about this incident, the struggle for justice in the Miskitia continues."
Informe Preliminar de Verificación - Caso Ahuas 5/24/2012 COFADEH: "Del 20 al 24 de mayo de 2012, una Comisión de verificación conformada por tres personas del Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras, COFADEH, con el acompañamiento internacional de representantes del Programa de Acompañamiento Honduras PROAH y de Acción Permanente por la Paz, visitó los municipios de Ahuas y Puerto Lempira en el Departamento de Gracias a Dios y también La Ceiba en el departamento de Atlántida, con el objetivo de documentar los hechos trágicos del 11 de mayo de 2012."
DEA Facing Fallout from Deadly Honduras Raid 5/22/2012 Stop the Drug War: "In the Honduran village where four residents were killed last week by gunfire from a helicopter on a US-backed anti-drug operation complete with DEA agents on board the chopper, feelings continue to run high. On Monday, they told the Associated Press that DEA agents also accompanied Honduran commandos who stormed into homes and mistreated residents after the raid, but the agency denies that."
US agents on deadly Honduran military operation 5/16/2012 AP: "The leaders of the Masta, Diunat, Rayaka, Batiasta and Bamiasta ethnic groups said in a press statement that "the people in that canoe were fishermen, not drug traffickers." "For centuries we have been a peaceful people who live in harmony with nature, but today we declared these Americans to be persona non grata in our territory," the statement continued."
¿Mamá por qué no puedo llevar trenzas a la escuela? 5/9/2012 Negra Cubana: "¿Sabías que en Panamá han prohibido el uso de trenzas y drealocks en los centros escolares? La respuesta a tal prohición no se ha hecho esperar pues la Coordinadora Nacional de las Organizaciones Negras Panameñas (Conegpa) ha designado el 21 de mayo del 2012 como el “Día de la Trenza” en ese país centroamericano. Tal designación tiene como objetivo reivindicar la identidad afrodescendiente y el respeto a la cultura negra, especialmente en la niñez y adolescencia."
Los afros veracruzanos y su cultura 5/1/2012 Caliban
Carbon Blood Money in Honduras 3/10/2012 Common Dreams: "Small farmers in this region have increasingly fallen under the thumb of large landholders like palm oil magnate Miguel Facussé, who has been accused by human rights groups of responsibility for the murder of numerous campesinos in Bajo Aguán since the 2009 coup. Yet Facussé’s company has been approved to receive international funds for carbon mitigation under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)."
Then and Now - Guatemala’s Reign of Terror 2/6/2012 Counterpunch: "Dr. Reinaldo Pons heads the Cuban Medical Brigade active in Guatemala since Hurricane Mitch in 1998. His report last year epitomizes an approach to international outreach that serves people’s needs, not the wealthy few: 332 Cuban doctors were caring for 13.1 percent of the Guatemalan population. They included 57 eye surgeons associated with Cuba’s multinational Operation Miracle, 81 working in 23 hospitals, and the rest carrying out primary care in 29 departments and municipalities. In areas where they worked, infant mortality had fallen to eight deaths in the first year of life per 1000 births, down from 30-40 deaths elsewhere. Guatemalan students pay nothing to attend Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine; 345 had graduated as of 2007."
Panama police, indigenous clash over blockade 2/5/2012 AP: "Police fired tear gas Sunday to clear blockades of the Pan-American highway by indigenous groups protesting changes to the mining law. One person was killed and 39 injured in the resulting clashes. Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino said police broke up the blockades after members of the Ngobe-Bugle tribe in western Panama refused calls for dialogue. Protest leader Liborio Miranda said a 26-year-old indigenous man was shot dead in the chest."
En Honduras, un desastre hecho en los E.E.U.U. Friday, 27 January 2012 14:04 Administrador 1/27/2012 Defensores en Linea: "Cuando prominentes figuras han salido ha acusar a la policía son acribillados por escuadrones de la muerte y narcotraficantes, el más famoso acusador fue el antiguo comisionado de policía, Alfredo Landaverde. El fue asesinado el 7 de diciembre, hasta ahora el gobierno ha comenzado hacer significativos arrestos de oficiales de policía… Porque el Departamento de Estado se ha lanzado detrás de la administración Lobo a pesar de las evidencias de la corrupción del régimen? En parte porque ha sido enterrados por la circunscripción Cubana-Americana de la Representante Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, la Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y sus aliados. Ellos han sido feroces sobre Honduras como un primer dominó con el que pueden empujar contra la línea gobiernos de izquierda y centro-izquierda que han ganado elecciones en América Latina en los últimos 15 años. Con su base militar aérea Americana, Honduras es crucial para la estrategia militar de los Estados Unidos en América Latina."
In Honduras, a Mess Made in the U.S. 1/26/2012 NYT: "When prominent figures came forward to charge that the police are riddled with death squads and drug traffickers, the most famous accuser was a former police commissioner, Alfredo Landaverde. He was assassinated on Dec. 7. Only now has the government begun to make significant arrests of police officers… Why has the State Department thrown itself behind the Lobo administration despite brutal evidence of the regime’s corruption? In part because it has caved in to the Cuban-American constituency of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and her allies. They have been ferocious about Honduras as a first domino with which to push back against the line of center-left and leftist governments that have won elections in Latin America in the past 15 years. With its American air base, Honduras is also crucial to the United States’ military strategy in Latin America."
Honduras says US personnel to help stem violence 1/19/2012 AP: "Honduran President Porfirio Lobo says the United States is sending people to help Honduras battle the violent crime that led to the withdrawal of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers this week. Lobo says the Americans will work on analyzing the problems. Lobo told the HRN radio network Thursday that "soon there will be U.S. personnel here ... and that will contribute to the tranquility of the Honduran people."
A State of Siege in Northern Honduras: Land, Palm Oil and Media 1/12/2012 Upside Down World
What Lies Ahead for the Xicaques, Kunas, Garífunas and Mayas? 1/10/2012 Envio: "Whither the future of these indigenous communities of Central America? Does it lie in finding themselves assimilated into national culture or, at the other extreme, ending up with their own autonomous governments?"
Marching Towards the Past in Guatemala 12/30/2011 Counterpunch: "In Guatemala, former military officers and their supporters have filed legal charges against human rights activists, journalists, and surviving victims of State repression, even as a former general, Otto Perez Molina – himself implicated in Guatemala’s genocide – prepares to assume the Guatemalan presidency on January 14, 2012! Moreover, Perez Molina has named high ranking trainers of the brutal Kaibil forces to the top three military command positions. Kaibil’s were directly implicated in the very worst of the State repression and genocide of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, and some today have direct links to the Mexico-based “Zeta” narco-trafficking cartel."
Honduras: Falleció la Madre de la Canción Tigarigu Nanigui 12/27/2011 Legado Afro: "Prensa ODECO – La organización de desarrollo étnico comunitario desde La Ceiba, Atlántida, Honduras, manifiesta su pesar por la desaparición física de la Señora Andrea Amaya Rochez (Doña Dade) y declara días de duelo en su honor."
Honduras: Asesinato de Guillermo Norales Herrera sigue en la Impunidad... 12/22/2011 Legado Afro: "Por tercera vez el tribunal de sentencia de la ceiba aplaza celebración de juicio oral y publico en caso del pescador garífuna Guillermo Norales herrera, asesinado por miembros de la fuerza naval el 24 de septiembre de 2008."
US Supported Honduras’ Ascent in the Cocaine Business Chain: Putting 2 & 2 & 2 Together 11/1/2011 Boiling Frogs: "Long an impoverished backwater in Central America, Honduras has become a main transit route for South American cocaine.”Honduras is the number one offload point for traffickers to take cocaine through Mexico to the U.S.,” said a U.S. law enforcement official who could not be quoted by name for security reasons. A U.S. State Department report released in March called Honduras “one of the primary landing points for South American cocaine.”
Drug Trafficking in Honduras (Crime Part III) 10/21/2011 La Gringa
WikiLeaks Honduras: US Linked to Brutal Businessman 10/21/2011 The Nation: "New Wikileaks cables now reveal that the US embassy in Honduras—and therefore the State Department—has known since 2004 that Miguel Facussé is a cocaine importer. US “drug war” funds and training, in other words, are being used to support a known drug trafficker’s war against campesinos…. Miguel Facussé’s power base lies in the lower Aguán Valley, where campesinos originally settled in the 1970s as part of an agrarian reform strategy by the Honduran government, which encouraged hundreds of successful campesino cooperatives and collectives in the region. Beginning in 1992, though, new neoliberal governments began promoting the transfer of their lands to wealthy elites, who were quick to take advantage of state support to intimidate and coerce campesinos into selling, and in some cases to acquire land through outright fraud. Facussé, the biggest beneficiary by far of these state policies, now claims at least 22,000 acres in the lower Aguán, at least one-fifth of the entire area, much of which he has planted in African palms for an expanding biofuel empire."
Post-2009 Coup, Honduras a 'Narco-Storehouse' 9/23/2011 In Sight: "With the state's focus fixed elsewhere and crucial support from the U.S. missing, criminal groups took advantage of the disorder. During Micheletti's brief time in office, up to 1,000 tons of cocaine may have traveled through Honduras by land, sea or air, according to analyst James Bosworth."
Court Pleadings Point to CIA Role in Alleged “Cartel” Immunity Deal 9/11/2011 NarcoNews: "The fingerprints of the CIA have surfaced in a controversial federal criminal case pending in Chicago against Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, an alleged kingpin in the Sinaloa “drug cartel.” ...“That is a very reasonable conclusion [that the CIA is likely involved in this case in some way],” says a former federal agent familiar with national security procedures. “Seeking CIPA protection, yup, there is hot stuff to hide.” Zambada Niebla, extradited to the US in February 2010 and now facing narco-trafficking charges in federal court in Chicago, claims in pleadings in his case that the US government entered into a pact with the leadership of the Mexican Sinaloa narco-trafficking organization that supposedly provide its chief narcos with immunity in exchange for them providing US authorities with information that could be used to target other narco-trafficking organizations."
The Sweet Deal With ‘El Narco’ 9/7/2011 Counterpunch
Revelan lazos de magnate hondureño con el narco 9/3/2011 Dick Emanuelsson: "Obviamente, si bien Facussé tiene varias preguntas incómodas que responder a partir del contenido de este cable, los Estados Unidos harían bien en explicar cómo, si durante más de ocho años han tenido acceso a esta información, nunca actuaron sobre ella."
DRUG PLANE BURNED ON PROMINENT HONDURAN'S PROPERTY 9/3/2011 Wikileaks: "Post's JIATF-S TAT provided information to the HAF March 14 about a known drug trafficking flight with a 1,000 kilo cocaine shipment from Colombia, which resulted in a fruitless air interdiction attempt. Separately, a law enforcement source provided information that the aircraft successfully landed March 14 on the private property of Miguel Facusse, a prominent Honduran, who is one of the nation's wealthiest individuals, leading industrialist, and uncle of former Honduran President Carlos Flores Facusse."
Honduras: killings continue as Aguán becomes "new Colombia" 8/30/2011 WW4 Report: "African oil palms have replaced bananas as the main commercial crop in the valley, and tensions increased as landowners like Facussé saw the potential for the palms in the biofuel business, which could attract carbon credits and international financing. To maintain their estates, the landowners have hired private guards and supplied them with arms. Campesino groups consider the guards paramilitaries and blame them for most of the 51 killings of campesinos that they say have taken place in the past two years. Meanwhile, narco traffickers and other criminals have reportedly moved into the area."
Honduras: Cumbre mundial de Afrodescendientes contra la exclusión 8/25/2011 La Guarura: "Del 18 al 21 de agosto se realizó la Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes en la ciudad de La Ceiba, que congregó a representantes de 44 países de América, África, Europa y Asia, junto a organizaciones españolas que participaron como afrohispanos y África activa. El cónclave fue convocado por la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario (Odeco), con sede en La Ceiba, bajo el auspicio de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)."
Are Foreign Criminal Gangs Driving Honduras Land Conflict? 8/24/2011 Honduras Weekly: "Drug traffickers are certainly a powerful presence in Colón, but other reports have tied them to palm oil plantation owners, rather than to the peasant movements. The state, located on the Caribbean coast close to Nicaragua, is a key transit location for trafficking groups moving drugs from South America towards Mexico and the United States. A statement released by representatives of the Catholic Church in Honduras said that drug traffickers are in the process of becoming big landowners in the region, and that they dominate Bajo Aguán, flaunting their wealth. Similarly, the palm oil landowners have themselves been accused of using foreign firepower, with allegations after a series of killings in November 2010 that Facusse had hired 150 Colombian paramilitaries to form a private army and attack the peasant movements. Land conflicts in other parts of Latin America, driven by the accumulation of land to grow monocrops such as palm oil, have tended to feature organized criminal groups on the side of big landowners, rather than on the side of the peasants. In the 1990s and 2000s Colombia saw mass displacements carried out by paramilitary groups, who would remove peasants from their land on behalf of big agribusinesses like palm oil."
World Summit Celebrates People of African Descent in the Americas 8/24/2011 US State Department: by Zakiya Carr Johnson. "Summit participants included civil society, government, and international organizations from more than 30 countries. I headed the Department of State's delegation. The U.S. delegation also included several staff from the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as officials from the U.S. Embassy in Honduras. Participants in the opening ceremony included President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala, Vice-President Alfio Piva of Costa Rica, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps in Honduras, central government ministers, the mayor of La Cieba, representatives of 34 international delegations, and the local community. President Lobo stressed, "Racial and ethnic discrimination in whatever type is intolerable…There is no exception."
More Narco airplanes land in Honduras 8/21/2011 Canal 10
A propósito de la cumbre mundial afrodescendiente en Honduras 8/20/2011 Matriz del Sur: Por Pedro de la Hoz - "Pero sucede que tanto el lema como la agenda están viciados desde el mismo punto de partida. El reconocimiento de las contribuciones de la diáspora forzada de las poblaciones africanas tiene que pasar por la admisión de la deuda histórica contraída por las antiguas potencias coloniales con los esclavos y la consecuente reparación de los daños físicos y morales infligidos por la infamante trata. La valoración de las culturas originarias y las que nacieron de complejos procesos de transculturación y mestizaje deben trascender las márgenes espurias de la exhibición folclorizante y la explotación turística. Las políticas de inclusión, formalmente establecidas en algunos casos de la región, se contradicen y anulan en el contexto de las democracias representativas que no toman en cuenta la real participación ciudadana."
Honduras instala I Cumbre de Afrodescendientes 8/18/2011 El Heraldo, Honduras: "Más de 800 representantes de 40 naciones iniciaron el jueves en Honduras la Primera Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes para combatir el racismo y la discriminación y hacer prevalecer los derechos milenarios de ese grupo étnico. La cita fue inaugurada por el presidente Porfirio Lobo en la sede de la Universidad Nacional en La Ceiba, 450 km al norte de Tegucigalpa. En su discurso, el mandatario hondureño abogó para que la Cumbre, que definió como "un evento histórico, el primero de su tipo de la ONU" logre "importantes avances en las reivindicaciones de los pueblos indígenas y afrodescendientes".
Drug Trafficking: Central America’s Dark Shadow 8/17/2011 Honduras Weekly: "Drug-related corruption has thoroughly infiltrated Central American governments and business elites. Cartels have penetrated key state institutions throughout Central America, including the police, army, executive branches, and judicial systems."
A drug trafficker's paradise 8/15/2011 Al Jazeera: "When cameraman Alfredo DeLara and I travelled to Colon, Honduras, we were surprised to see what this rural province has become. Everyone is armed: we saw drug dealers with AK-47s and revolvers in Toyota cars, farmers with submachine guns and gunmen in trenches within the perimeters of the palm oil plantations."
Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes 8/14/2011 Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes: "La Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes se realizara del 18 al 21 de agosto de 2011, y es convocada por la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario, ODECO, que tiene su sede en la ciudad de La Ceiba, Honduras, Centroamérica."
Pueblos negros de Honduras Denuncian Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes por excluir comunidades 8/10/2011 Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular: "Lideres y lideresas de unas veinte organizaciones de los pueblos negros de Honduras rechazaron hoy que la “Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes” sea representativa de los pueblos negros, por excluir a representantes de las comunidades garífunas, al mismo tiempo que anuncian la celebración entre el 18 y 21 de agosto del Foro “Acaparamiento de tierras y territorios en África y América Latina”. Miriam Miralda, Coordinadora de la Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (OFRANEH) dijo que el Foro sobre “Acaparamiento de tierras y territorios en África y América Latina”, paralelo a la Cumbre Mundial, tiene la clara intención de darle la palabra a los excluidos del evento internacional organizado por la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario (ODECO), una ONG que recibe financiamiento estatal, y el gobierno de Porfirio Lobo Sosa."
¿Que hay detrás de la Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes de Honduras? 8/5/2011 Blog Fosforito: "Primero, específicamente sus dos o tres líderes visibles, buscan el beneficio personal y han vendido su alma al diablo. Segundo, el imperialismo norteamericano a través de USAID, la NED, Open Society y la derecha rancia europea, saben que 150 millones de afro en América Latina es un capital político importante para planes futuros de endeudamiento económico a través de la Banca internacional y sobre todo la desestabilización política hacia los avances progresistas en nuestros países. Tercero, la derecha hondureña intentará tapar sus crímenes con el golpe de estado apoyado por USA., Aquí en Colombia algunas veces los árboles lloran sangre y la Ceiba no escapa de esa mitología."
Honduras Catches First Narco-Sub 7/15/2011 In Sight: "Honduras' Navy intercepted a semi-submersible vessel, containing between three and five tons of cocaine, in the Caribbean Sea. The drug trafficking craft was spotted off the Mosquito Coast, close to the border with Nicaragua. The military gave chase, but the crew reportedly abandoned the semi-submersible and tried to sink it to destroy the evidence."
Honduras: Narco-trafficking threatens Plátano River Reserve 7/15/2011 InfoSur
Primera Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes. La Ceiba, Honduras, 18 - 21 Agosto 2011 . 6/30/2011 Facebook
InSight gets it wrong, again 6/17/2011 Quotha: "InSight, based (sadly) at my university (where I love working, but fear I am rapidly losing my shot at tenure), recently published a piece by Jose Luis Flores called Honduras Mass Grave Found, Amid Gang's Peace Offer, in which great weight is given to government claims that the mass grave recently found in La Lima is a Mara 18 burial ground for its victims. InSight further authoritatively states that this undermines Mara 18's attempts at negotiations with the police. Anything InSight publishes, as well as any claims by Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, should be viewed with deep suspicion, if not discarded out of hand as pro-neoliberal crime control propaganda. A large part, if not a majority, of so-called "street violence" in Honduras is perpetrated by the police force and military, which regularly orchestrate massacres that are then blamed on gang members (and in which the victims are posthumously blamed for their deaths for having been involved in gangs or drugs themselves, when this is more often than not patently false)."
Honduras Re-Admitted to the OAS: 3 killed; 2 kidnapped in the Aguan 6/16/2011 Honduras Human Rights: "There are reports that approximately 400 private security guards, employed by African palm producers in the region, are being trained in the Rio Claro base in Tocoa, Colon , home of the 15th Army Battalion. The security guards reportedly are from the Orion security company, employed by the Exportadora del Atlantico, and others are employed directly by the Dinant palm oil and derivatives company. The trainers wear Honduran military uniforms, and rarely leave the base though they have been reported to participate in forced, illegal evictions. During these evictions security guards have been reported to change into military uniforms; close collaboration between police, military and security guards has been reported. Local informants claim the trainer’s accents, stature and coloring lead people in the region to believe they are not Honduran. Many suspect they are Colombian. In October 2009, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the use of Mercenaries, Private Security and Paramilitaries reported the Honduran African palm producers were recruiting security forces in Colombia particularly among former AUC members – a right-wing paramilitary group. There have also been reports of Chinook helicopters flying to and from the Rio Claro base, which leads many to believe US troops maintain a presence on the base. On January 8, 2011, Juan Chinchilla, a Honduran land rights activist, was kidnapped and tortured. Able to escape the evening of January 9, while being moved from his illegal detention center, Chinchilla reported that participants in his torture spoke English and another language he was not able to identify." [Israeli?]
Miguel Facussé Blinks 6/11/2011 Honduras Culture and Politics: "His recent actions suggest he has reached the end of his rope. In short order, he has sued prominent critics; taken out self-promoting newspaper ads, including one in which he sought to unilaterally renegotiate the terms of a settlement with the Honduran government over disputed land in the Bajo Aguan; and continued his campaign of seeking police enforcement of judicial orders against campesinos living on land he refuses to cede."
Zelaya ya está en Honduras 5/28/2011 Cuba Debate
Negev Security, NED, the misuse of culture within the FNRP, & more 5/26/2011 Qotha: "NED was the organization that financed, organized, and sent the bulk of "observers" to legitimize the illegitimate and fraudulent 2009 elections — since the EU, UN, OAS and Carter Center had declared them illegal and thus prevented the legal possibility for the presence of international monitors."
Honduras en el laberinto 5/3/2011 ArgenPress: "El reciente encuentro del presidente de Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, del presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez Frías, y del continuador de la política golpista hondureña Porfirio Lobo, ha sido una decisión que todavía trata de ser interpretada en las filas de la Resistencia Hondureña y de los movimientos populares colombianos, pero también por quienes hacemos del latinoamericanismo y del internacionalismo nuestra particular manera de estar en este mundo."
Predators: Miguel Facussé Barjum, businessmen and landowner , Honduras 4/15/2011 Reporters without Borders: "A community radio station launched on 14 April 2010 in a fertile region coveted by the “oil palm magnate,” La Voz de Zacate Grande has been the constant target of physical attacks, censorship and persecution by private security guards in Facussé’s pay, with the police and army acting as accomplices. The same goes for the Afro-Honduran Radio Coco Dulce, a community radio station on the Atlantic coast. Ten journalists were murdered in Honduras in 2010. A probable or proven link to the victim’s work as a journalist exists in three of the ten cases. All are still unpunished."
Drug Trafficking in La Ceiba, a Honduran Caribbean City 3/7/2011 CoLab Radio: "The core area of drug trafficking is indeed the Department of Colon and the Mosquito Coast area, east of La Ceiba. There, the landing of Colombian avionetas transporting cocaine is common, as are 4X4s and SUVs."
With Increased US Aid, Honduras Militarises Anti-Drug Fight 2/22/2011 Upside Down World: "Javier Aguirre, a young man from Juticalpa, told IPS that things there are tense. "The traffickers walk about freely, flaunting their weapons and their bodyguards, and there are places where you can't go after 8:00 at night, because they shoot you if they don't know you. "The problem is that there is complicity between the police and the 'narcos'. Leaders of the cartels can often be seen going into the police station to 'fix' things with the police, using drugs or money," he added. The stories coming out of Olancho are shocking. For example, after the frequent shootouts and killings, groups of heavily armed thugs often show up before the forensic experts can identify the bodies, to burn the corpses so they won't be recognised. But such incidents are rarely covered by the press. A journalist from that area who spoke to IPS under condition of anonymity said reporters there engaged in self-censorship because they would not be "the first killed for talking."
Honduras Human Rights Abuses Worse One Year After President Lobo Took Office 1/27/2011 Common Dreams
Nombran jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas al general que capturó a Zelaya 1/26/2011 Aporrea: "bo, cumplió este jueves un año de gestión en medio de protestas contra su gobierno y nombró jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas al general René Osorio Canales, quien dirigió la captura y el destierro del mandatario constitucional Manuel Zelaya durante el golpe de Estado del 28 de junio de 2009."
Denunciation of Facussé and el Cardemal 1/15/2011 Quotha: "That in July 2009 we presented a formal complaint to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor requesting an investigation and determination of whether the ex-President, Carlos Roberto Flores Facusee and Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez were responsible for Abuse of Authority and diversion of public funds, because, through an executive agreement in December 2001, the ex president authorized payment of 100 thousand lempira to the office of the cardinal monthly and permanently. This executive agreement was published in the newspaper La Gaceta and the Cardinal has publicly acknowledged that the money was received at least once by the archdiocese of Tegucigalpa."
Sus captores hablaban en inglés e idioma que Juan Chinchilla no reconoció 1/11/2011 Dick Emanuelsson: "Según la primera declaración de Chinchilla, los secuestradores eran guardias de Miguel Facussé, que incluso hablaban en inglés y en un idioma que no reconoció, posiblemente israelita que son expertos tanto en “consultoría de terrorismo estatal” como en ejecutar “acciones especiales” al servicio a los Poderes Facticos del mundo, pero siempre por un buen precio."
Interview with Juan Ramón Chinchilla, MUCA 1/11/2011 Quotha: [Israeli Mercs] - "On the afternoon of Sunday the 9th. They got me up and showed me a table with torture instruments on it. They began talking among themselves. They said, “What are we going to do first? Are we going to pull out a fingernail or burn him? Then they began to strike me in the face. They burnt my hair. They told me they were going to pour gasoline on my head and burn me. They beat me on the back with a club. There were several foreigners. Some spoke English and another spoke a language that I was not able to understand."
Pro-Coup Lobbyist Lanny Davis' Game Plan For Honduras 1/3/2011 NarcoNews: NarcoNews publisher Al Giordano is allergic to any discussion of the Israeli role in Honduras, this article does not discuss the fact that Davis is a Zionist neocon.
Organized Crime in Central America 12/14/2010 Wilson Center: "According to consultant James Bosworth, Honduras, like El Salvador and Guatemala, has experienced the effects of organized crime in Mexico, especially with respect to illicit trafficking. In recent years, the country has recorded one of the highest (if not the highest) homicide rates in the world, upwards of 60 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. Honduras has also become one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. However, Bosworth said, what distinguishes Honduras from its Central American neighbors is the 2009 coup against President Manuel Zelaya. The coup facilitated the expansion of organized crime in the country and demonstrated to the international community the incompatibility of goals of democracy promotion and public security."
Zacarias dirigió el asesinato de tres diputados ARENA que viajaban con $5 millones 11/17/2010 Contrainjerencia: "Jean-Guy Allard.- El venezolano Victor Rivera Aguaje, alias “Zacarias”, viejo colaborador de la CIA y socio de Luis Posada Carriles , fue parte de la estructura criminal que mató a los tres diputados salvadoreños asesinados en Guatemala en febrero de 2007, revela la investigación que también descubrió que los representantes del partido ARENA llevaban consigo cinco millones de dólares."
Honduras: Asesinados 640 jóvenes durante el régimen de Lobo 11/12/2010 Aporrea
U.S. ratchets up Contra War II against Nicaragua 11/3/2010 UniverCIA22: by Wayne Madsen
Honduras: Indigenous Peoples Ready to Mobilize Against Hydro Dams 10/29/2010 IntercontinentalCry: "Indigenous and Black Peoples from across Honduras have said they are ready to mobilize against 41 dam concessions which they say violate their rights, threaten the environment and endanger their communities. Representatives from several organizations and members of the Tulupanes, Pech, Miskito, Maya-Chortis, Lenca and Garifuna Peoples met from October 2-3, 2010 to discuss the current state of human rights and the environment in Honduras."
Narcotraficante Villela Meza, hermano de Armida de López contreras y cuñado de Federico Álvarez, será extraditado a EE.UU. 10/18/2010 Vos el Soberano: "Miguel Ángel Villela Meza es hermano de la lidereza de la fascista Unión Cívica Democrática UCD Armida Villela Meza de López Contreras, esposa del Canciller de la dictadura michelettista Carlos López Contreras. Así mismo, el capo de la droga y también traficante de armas, es cuñado del Supernumerario del OPUS DEI en Honduras, el costarricense Federico Álvarez, analista estrella del Diario La Tribuna."
Partners in Crime: The U.S. Secret State and Mexico's "War on Drugs" 9/17/2010 Global Research: Good links.
Honduras since the coup: Drug Traffickers’ Paradise 8/31/2010 CIP: "In his book El Narcotráfico en América Latina (English: Drug Trafficking in Latin America), Adalberto Santana indicates that in the seventies and eighties, during some of which time Honduras was under military rule, the Central American country became a US ally against communism in the isthmus. Santana states that the US tolerated drug trafficking that even the highest ranks of the military government were involved with. The author cites a report – “El Narcotráfico en Honduras 1982-1988” (English: Drug Trafficking in Honduras 1982-1988) – from the Honduras Data Centre, according to which drug trafficking there between 1982 and 1987 made revenue of 12 billion dollars."
Arming Aid: Costa Rica, the US Military and the Ongoing “War” on Drugs 8/17/2010 Upside Down World: "The US will begin sending warships to Costa Rica as early as August 20 despite the fact that the Costa Rican Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging its constitutionality. The court will hear the challenge to the Costa Rican legislative assembly's decision to permit the US to move 46 warships (with the capacity to carry 7,000 troops and 200 helicopters) into Costa Rican territory. While initially there were reports that the court’s agreement to do so would delay the arrival of US military personnel at least until they ruled, the US will begin to utilize the permission unabated."
Honduran Peasant Leader Assassinated 8/13/2010 Upside Down World
Who Is Behind the 25,000 Deaths In Mexico? 7/23/2010 The Nation: "Yet the daily torrent of local press accounts from Ciudad Juárez makes it clear that most of the murder victims are ordinary Mexicans who magically morph into drug cartel members before their blood dries on the streets, sidewalks, vacant lots, pool halls and barrooms where they fall dead, riddled with bullets… General Jorge Juárez Loera, the first commander of the Joint Operation Chihuahua, put it this way: "I would like to see reporters change their articles and instead of writing about one more murder victim, they should say, 'one less criminal.' "
Honduran women reject US military presence 7/16/2010 Prensa Latina: "Honduran women rejected the increased US military presence in the country and the installation of two new bases in the Caribbean Wednesday. “There are clear intentions by Washington to continue extending its operational range and to demonstrate from our territory its hegemony to wage a war that the peoples, do not want,” warned the Visitacion Padilla Movement of Women for Peace."
Washington Strikes out on Honduras 7/2/2010 Scoop: "President Obama’s Latin American policy scarcely differs from President Bush’s and his regional team has had few successes in rehabilitating Washington’s flawed image throughout the hemisphere."
Mexico's Gaza 6/15/2010 Counterpunch: "Today, nearly a quarter century after the initial Amnesty International report, the death toll in the Triqui region has mounted to over 400."
Statistical Analysis and Visualization of the Drug War in Mexico 6/15/2010 Diego Valle-Jones: "While the first joint army operations in 2006 and 2007 lowered the homicide rates in Michocán and Guerrero, later military operations in Chihuahua, Durango, Nuevo León, Veracruz and Durango have coincided with increases in homicides and attempts by the Sinaloa cartel to take over drug trafficking routes from rival cartels."
El Paso 'Cat and Mouse' Turns Fatal 6/12/2010 Consortium News: "One eyewitness told El Diario from Juarez, “I was at the flagpole on the [Paso del Norte] bridge waiting for my wife, and I suddenly saw the boys entering the American side. Immigration agents chased them, as they returned back. The boys were on the Mexican side, and an immigration officer or a police officer on a bicycle shot at the boys.” Another eyewitness, 53-year-old Bobbie McDow, was walking across the Paso del Norte bridge as well. She paused to watch the young men crossing back to Mexico. She said that the border patrol agents arrived and detained two men, but the others escaped back to Mexico. McDow said the 14-year-old teen was slain on the Mexican side of the border and was not throwing stones."
U.S. Military has Special Ops "Boots on the Ground" in Mexico 6/12/2010 NarcoNews
Human Rights in Cuba and Honduras, 2010: The Spring of Discontent 5/19/2010 Cuba L Analysis
Commentary: Growth of prominent Garifuna village in Belize will be doomed 5/15/2010 Caribbean Net News: "Due to the beautiful beaches that Hopkins possesses, rich Belizeans and foreign nationals have been buying up lands in the village and surrounding areas to open up tourist resorts. Many residents of Hopkins have and are migrating to the United States to join their family members, pursue higher education or to improve their economic situation. While this is occurring, there is a significant drop in the population growth among the Garifuna people and an increase in the population of the newcomers. A majority of the government land is being sold by the government and private landowners for residential and commercial purposes. When some members of the village experience economic hardship, they lean to sell their properties to foreigners for a huge amount of money."
Commentary: Investment in the southern part of Belize is long overdue 5/8/2010 Caribbean Net News: "How come suddenly they are interested in coming to live in the south not only from the northern part of our country but also from the neighboring republics? This is a question that I am grappling with every day of my life and sometimes I am wondering whether it is happening by design or accident. The industrialization of the south can only occur when the government decides to give this region its fair share of revenues that it has been deserving for years due to the amount of people that now reside in the south. Dangriga town is in need of about four factories in the immediate vicinity, to supply employment to its unemployed citizens. If we can help to provide these industrial facilities for our citizens, it will reduce the burden on the government."
Out of the Past, a New Honduran Culture of Resistance 5/3/2010 NACLA
Something fishy in Seine Bight? 4/27/2010 Amandala: "Amandala has received multiple reports from residents of Seine Bight, Stann Creek, alleging that the business of land transactions in the Garifuna fishing village has been riddled with irregularities: for instance, a lot being sold to one party when another party holds the lease for it; double issuing of leases for the same lot; and the issuance of lease land where a house built as a part of a community project now sits."
Activist speaks on human rights violations 4/15/2010 Bay State Banner: "In 2007, Luther Castillo was part of a team of Cuban-educated doctors who opened a hospital in Ciriboya, a community of Garifuna — the descendants of Africans and Arawak and Carib Indians that live on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. Things went well for the first two years, as the hospital grew and treated 378,000 patients in the impoverished coastal area. Then, a day after the June 2009 right wing coup in which the country’s military ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, soldiers broke down the doors of Castillo’s hospital, stole medical supplies and intimidated doctors, most of whom left."
Genocidal pressures 4/13/2010 Amandala: "Two hundred years ago the black forestry worker was a prized commodity in the forestry–dominated economy of the settlement of Belize. It was around the same time that the Garifuna people had experienced genocidal pressures in Balliceaux and Roatan after waging war against the British and the French on St. Vincent. In Belize, the black forestry worker was indispensable to the mahogany trade, and therefore that worker enjoyed a certain status, although many such workers were technically still slaves. Meanwhile, the Garifuna people had been humbled by their genocidal experiences in St. Vincent, Balliceaux and Roatan, and they were no longer interested in a direct confrontation with white supremacy. They were seeking other ways to survive. Today on the Southside of Belize City, the descendants of Belize’s forestry workers have been drastically marginalized and they are experiencing genocidal pressures. As a result, we are seeing gang battles being fought by young boys and young men armed with automatic weapons and grenades. In some areas of the old capital, just to grow up on a certain street will mean that you are gang-affiliated, or viewed as such, especially if you are a healthy male. The gang battles in the old capital have been going on for more than two decades, and they have reached the point where “civilians” in certain areas have become fair game."
Honduran physician speaks here tonight 4/13/2010 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Luther Castillo, a Honduran physician now leading a large international health mission in Haiti, will speak tonight (April 13) at 7 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St."
Disappearing the Truth in Honduras - "National Reconciliation" & the "Truth Commission" Provide Cover for Repression Aimed at Destroying the Demand for a New Constitution 4/9/2010 NarcoNews: "While the US and Canadian governments, corporate lobbyists in Washington and even WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America), a Washington based human rights NGO, assist the Honduran government in creating the illusion of “reconciliation,” death squads assassinate journalists, teachers and unionists."
Honduras: el peligro de informar la verdad 4/9/2010 PL: "Con cinco reporteros asesinados en el último mes, Honduras encabeza hoy la lista de países más peligrosos para el ejercicio del periodismo, sector fuertemente golpeado desde la ruptura del orden institucional en junio pasado. Las víctimas pertenecen a diferentes medios de prensa y a disímiles regiones del país y el único punto en común hasta ahora es que todos los crímenes permanecen impunes."
Report condemns Honduras violence 3/9/2010 CNN: "An Organization of American States commission condemned Monday the slayings last month of three Honduran political activists opposed to a military-led coup that removed the elected president in June. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights also said it deplores the kidnappings, arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violations and illegal raids that the panel maintains other members of the political resistance have suffered since the June 29 coup."
III Congreso Mesoamericano de Areas Protegidas 3/8/2010 ODECO
Clinton Seeks Better Honduras Ties in Central America 3/5/2010 Bloomberg: "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on her first trip to Central America since the June coup in Honduras, announced the U.S. is restoring aid to the country and urged its neighbors to normalize ties following the election of a new president. The U.S. backs moves by President Porfirio Lobo “to promote national unity and strengthen democracy,” Clinton told reporters today in Guatemala City ahead of a meeting with five Central American and Caribbean leaders."
Honduras After the Coup: Fear and Defiance 3/4/2010 Inside Costa Rica: "I learned that a group of international volunteers were helping to rebuild a community radio station, so I took a bus north to spend a few days helping. There I met Alfredo Lopez, a leader of the Garifuna community along the north coast of Honduras. Alfredo was imprisoned for seven years on a false drug charge, because of his work in opposing developments of luxury vacation resorts that threaten to destroy communities and disperse the Garifuna people. Now, Lopez is back in his community, organizing a string of community radio stations that have a key role in informing and mobilizing the struggle against the well funded developers who covet their beautiful beaches."
Brasil en contra de pronta normalización de relaciones con Honduras 3/3/2010 Granma
Bicentenario Garifuna +13, Mes de la Herencia Africana en Honduras 2010 3/3/2010 ODECO
Thousands of Zelaya Supporters Renew Protests in Honduras 2/27/2010 Global Research: "Tegucigalpa -- Thousands of supporters of ousted Honduras president Manuel Zelaya took to the streets of the capital Thursday for the first time since President Porfirio Lobo took office last month, AFPreported. Lobo, who was elected in controversial polls held under the de facto regime, took power on January 27 and granted Zelaya safe passage to the Dominican Republic. Zelaya, a centrist who swung to the left while in office, had spent several months holed up in the Brazilian embassy after secretly returning to the Central American nation. Thursday's protesters called for reform of the constitution and denounced corruption and rights abuses since Zelaya was ousted last June. Some 10,000 people set off from the capital's main university but were blocked by soldiers from nearing the presidential palace and diverted to the parliament in the city center instead, according to organizers."
Sepultada Claudia Larisa Brizuela.. 2/26/2010 ODECO: "El día ayer en horas de la tarde fueron sepultados los restos mortales de la sra. Claudia Larisa Brizuela, asesinada por desconocidos el pasado miércoles. La solidaridad y la indignación fue multitudinaria, la exigencia de justicia y la demanda de captura de él o los asesinos fue unánime por parte de los cientos amigos, amigas, dirigentes del movimiento popular y miembros de la Resistencia Nacional que hicieron acto de presencia acompañando a su Padre Compañero Pedro Antonio Brizuela. Queda pendiente la honesta, ágil y oportuna actuación de la Policia Nacional, así como de los órganos de justicia, para que el asesinato de Claudia, no sea otro caso mas que quede en la impunidad."
Photos of yesterday's massive march by Mario Ardón Mejía 2/26/2010 Quotha: "The first massive march to reject the continuation of the coup d'etat in Honduras. The golpistas are still in power. There is no one in the government who is not a golpista. Primera marcha multitudinaria para rechazar la continuidad del Golpe de Estado en Honduras. siguen los golpistas en el poder. No hay nadie en el gobierno que no sea golpista."
Congreso español rechaza reconocer de forma expresa las elecciones hondureñas 2/25/2010 El Libertador
In Solidarity with Pedro Brizuela in Honduras 2/25/2010 NarcoNews: "Yesterday afternoon between two and three o’clock gunmen knocked on the door of the home of Claudia Larisa Brizuela in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. When she answered the door, they assassinated her on the spot. Claudia, 36, was a member of the civil resistance movement in Honduras, and the daughter of Pedro Brizuela, union organizer, political strategist, radio host, columnist and good friend and collaborator of Narco News."
ROHRABACHER CODEL 2/24/2010 Cablesearch.org: "Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) visited Honduras January 31-February 2 and called on Hondurans to "turn the page" on the political events of the summer. Congressman Rohrabacher commended the Honduran people for their commitment to democracy and said he would urge the U.S. government to re-instate revoked U.S. visas. Congressman Rohrabacher expressed concern that establishment of a "truth commission," as called for by the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord, would have the effect of continuing to divide Hondurans. Congressman Rohrabacher, who was accompanied by several American businessmen and investors, endorsed US investment and particularly lauded the benefits of the development of biofuel industry in Honduras. He enthusiastically promoted a start-up biofuel company, SG Biofuels... In his conversation with President of Congress Juan Orlando Hernandez on February 1, Congressman Rohrabacher told Hernandez that he was an emissary of Honduras' friends in Congress, in particular member of Congress Ileana ROS-LEHTINEN."
Garifuna Collective Returns from Performance at Winter Olympics 2/22/2010 7 News Belize: "The Garifuna Collective and Umalali Singers flew into Belize today after a two week North American tour. They crisscrossed the west coast of the United States with stops in Seattle, Washington, San Diego in California, and the jetted across to the east coast for shows in Boston and New Hampshire. But the highlight of the tour was a performance at the Cultural Olympiad as part of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. We met the band at the airport this morning and got their reaction to the tour – where – strange as it sounds - for the first time they got to play to audiences who were sitting down. Desiree Diego told us how the Women’s Collective got them to stand up."
Empresa Hidroeléctrica en Sambo Creek 2/22/2010 ODECO: "El día de ayer se celebró una importante reunión entre las Juntas Directivas de los Patronatos, las Juntas de Agua Sambo Creek y Corinto con los miembros de la Sociedad Hidroelétrica La Ensenada, con el propósito de establecer una aproximación sobre las eventuales consecuencias positivas y/o negativas derivadas de la posible implementación de un Proyecto Hidroeléctrico sobre los rios Cuyamel y Sambo Creek."
Pepe Lobo appoints his daughter as Central American Bank Honduras Director 2/21/2010 Quotha
The Honduran Dam Controversy and Micheletti’s Legacy 2/20/2010 America's Quarterly: "Just before relinquishing power, Micheletti and the Congress rushed to approve a $160 million contract to operate and improve the José Cecilio del Valle Dam (better known as the Nacaome Dam). In January, the Honduran Congress sped through the process of granting the contract to a Honduran-Italian consortium. Then-President of the Congress, José Alfredo Saavedra, argued that Congress had recently fast-tracked laws, including the general amnesty passed in January, so the contract should not raise concerns. After the congressional vote, Roberto Micheletti signed the contract into law in his last cabinet meeting. Almost immediately after Micheletti left power and Congress changed hands, however, the contract came into question. Only days after President Porfirio Lobo took office, the new government placed a hold on the publication of the decree in the country’s official newspaper, La Gaceta. Two weeks later, however, it became clear that La Gaceta had published two versions for January 22, 2010, with the same issue number. One version contained 16 pages, with no mention of the dam contract; the other included an additional 16 pages covering the dam contract and the creation of a new government office of criminal investigation. To make matters worse, the office in charge of publishing La Gaceta, Empresa Nacional de Artes Gráficas (ENAG), apparently only published 20 copies of the second version, and then denied publishing them at all once these copies had disappeared."
Organismos de derechos humanos pide a Presidente Lobo revierta la violencia desatada contra Resistencia 2/18/2010 El Libertador
Colombia's Uribe Signs Security Pact with Honduras' Lobo 2/16/2010 Latin American Herald Tribune: "He added that both Honduras and Colombia are harmed by drug trafficking and terrorism, scourges that destroy “morality and ethics” while creating in society “an attitude of contempt for the law.”" [Uribe was cited in a DIA memo as a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar.]
Julio Funes Benítez, another resistance member assassinated 2/16/2010 Quotha: "Just hours ago on this Monday February 15th, our compañero in resistance JULIO FUNES BENITEZ, of the Union of Aquaduct and Sewage Workers SITRASANAA, was murdered. The assassins shot at him in a cowardly fashion from a taxi, near the Brisas del Norte colonia [neighborhood] of Comayagüela."
Alleged Kidnap Plot Shows Intel Chief's Hostile Intent, 2/9/2010 Cablesearch.org: "On February 2, Vice President Varela told Ambassador that Alfaro had complained to Martinelli that the Embassy had not provided any help in the kidnap investigations. Alfaro believed this demonstrated that the USG is not a reliable security partner. As a result, Varela said, Alfaro had moved to bring in Israeli security consulting firm GLOBAL CST to advise on setting up a new protective detail for Martinelli. Senior GOP leaders had previously engaged GLOBAL CST in late 2009 to conduct a security study, but disengaged from the company after being advised of the USG's experience with GLOBAL CST in Colombia and Ecuador (ref B). "
Pepe Lobo, Imperialism and the Resistance - Consolidating the Coup in Honduras 2/5/2010 Counterpunch