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On AfroCubaWeb

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?
9-22-09

General Romeo Vasquez Velasquez and the Gobierno del Reino: Theocracy in Honduras?
with updates


Hospital Garifuna de Ciriboya with updates


Cuba News

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Cuba: Race & Identity in the News

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Afrodescendiente News

Central American News

“Es momento de que México reconozca a sus afrodescendientes”  11/8/2016 La Opinion: "A los mexicanos no les gusta reconocer su sangre negra. Lo dicen las encuestas y lo callan las políticas públicas al punto que la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos solicitó ahora una campaña nacional en contra de la discriminación de la población afrodescendiente en el país. No son muchos o al menos son pocos los que se reconocen como hijos de africanos traídos al continente en la época colonial: alrededor de 1.3 millones (1% de la población nacional), pero sus condiciones de vida son “preocupantes”, dijo Norma Inés Aguilar, cuarta visitadora de la CNDH al presentar un informe sobre la realidad de esta comunidad."

El racismo es un problema estructural complejo que afecta a millones de mexicanos  11/7/2016 Diario del Yucatan: "El racismo ha sido invisibilizado por décadas en América Latina. En las dos últimas décadas, diversas investigaciones en México han demostrado que el racismo es un problema estructural muy complejo que afecta a millones de personas. A pesar de que la ciencia ha demostrado que las razas no existen, este fantasma pervive en las relaciones cotidianas de nuestras sociedades, que junto con la ideología mestizante ocultan la diversidad y el miedo al “otro”, expresó Eugenia Iturriaga Acevedo, profesora investigadora de la Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas de la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) al dar a conocer el II Coloquio Internacional sobre Racismo que se llevará a cabo en este plantel universitario."

Cerca de 230 mil afrodescendientes viven en Guerrero  10/25/2016 Noticieros: "En el 2014 las constituciones políticas de Guerrero y Oaxaca fueron reformadas para reconocer a los pueblos afromexicanos. Sin embargo, aseguran que de poco ha servido pues no se han realizado las leyes reglamentarias para establecer cómo se tendría que ayudarles o como impulsar el desarrollo de los afrodescendientes mexicanos."

Gobierno de Guatemala aboga por reconocimiento de afrodescendientes  10/14/2016 PL: "El gobierno de Guatemala abogó hoy aquí por el reconocimiento de la población afrodescendiente con el objetivo de impulsar su inclusión social y promover los derechos humanos y el desarrollo de esas personas. 'Tenemos una oportunidad histórica de visibilizar a los afrodescendiente porque se debe valorar su historia', afirmó a la prensa el coordinador presidencial de la Comisión sobre la Discriminación y el Racismo (Codisra), Rudy Camposeco."

Tim Kaine’s Unlikely Biography  7/31/2016 Daniel Hopsicker's MadCowNews: "A 21-year old Harvard Law School student spending 1981 in Honduras as a Jesuit volunteer is as absurd as an English tutor parachuting before D-Day into Normandy to teach French children when to use “their” and when to use “they’re.” It doesn’t pass the smell test."

Down Where the Death Squads Live: the “New” Police in Honduras  7/8/2016 Counterpunch: "On June 22 Honduran Defense Minister Samuel Reyes published a response to the Guardian article, claiming that the Military Police did not have a seventh battalion, that the FBI had not trained military forces in Honduras and that the TESON (Troops Specialized in Jungle and Nocturnal Operations) training course did not have U.S. military trainers. However, the Honduran military has reported to local press that the Military Police is in the process of creating a series of ten battalions, each with slightly under 500 soldiers. In December 2014 the military reported that the fifth and sixth battalions had graduated, and by January 2016 it reported that there were 4,000 active Military Police, making it clear at least eight battalions are in operation."

Berta Cáceres's name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier  6/21/2016 The Guardian: "Berta Cáceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed. Lists featuring the names and photographs of dozens of social and environmental activists were given to two elite units, with orders to eliminate each target, according to First Sergeant Rodrigo Cruz, 20. Cruz’s unit commander, a 24-year-old lieutenant, deserted rather than comply with the order. Cruz – who asked to be identified by a pseudonym for fear of reprisal – followed suit, and fled to a neighbouring country. Several other members of the unit have disappeared and are feared dead."

Muestra fotográfica de afromexicanos ayudará contra el racismo: CDHEH  6/12/2016 El Sol de Hidalgo: ""Es relevante desde muchos puntos de vista", así califica José Alfredo Sepúlveda Fayad, presidente de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del estado de Hidalgo (CDHEH), la exposición fotográfica Lo de Candela: afrodescendientes en la Costa Chica de Guerrero y Oaxaca."

Hillary’s Role in Honduran Coup Sunk US Relations With Latin America to a New Low  6/1/2016 Counteprunch: "If Clinton’s State Department was concerned by the extent of this foreign diplomacy failure in what Washington used to refer to as its “backyard,” their emails and diplomatic cables do not hint at it. Rather, senior officials appeared to revel at having gotten one over on Brazil and other governments that wanted to see Honduras’ democratic government restored. Just after the November 2009 election results were announced, Shannon emailed Clinton triumphantly, noting, “The turnout [ … ] and the clear rejection of [Zelaya’s] Liberal Party shows our approach was the right one, and puts Brazil and others who would not recognize the election in an impossible position.”"

In Honduras, USAID Was in Bed with Berta Cáceres’ Accused Killers  5/27/2016 Counterpunch: "Less than three months before Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was brutally assassinated, the social arm of Desarollos Energeticos SA (DESA)–the Honduran company leading the Agua Zarca dam project Cáceres was campaigning against–signed a contract with USAID implementing partner Fintrac, a Washington DC based development contracting firm. The DESA representative who was present for the public signing of the USAID agreement was none other than Sergio Rodríguez, the company’s Social Investment Manager, who is now accused of Cáceres’ assassination along with another former DESA employee and individuals with military ties. The arrests also included Douglas Geovanny Bustillo, a retired military officer and the former head of DESA’s security detail. The trial against the accused murderers began on Monday."

El 14.9% de la población es afrodescendiente  5/13/2016 La Estrella de Panama: "El 14.9% de la población panameña es afrodescendiente, reveló este jueves el Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censo de la Contraloría. Son 586 mil 221 personas, entre los 3 millones 931 mil 744 habitantes del país estimados a marzo de 2015. Este porcentaje varió considerablemente con relación al censo de 2010, que arrojó que el 9.2 % de la población era afrodescendiente."

Gemelo de detenido tenía el arma que mató a Berta Cáceres  5/6/2016 La Prensa: "El Ministerio Público amplió el requerimiento fiscal por asesinato contra Emerson Eusebio Duarte Meza, hermano de Edilson Atilio Meza."

La pérdida de un amigo  4/23/2016 GarifunaWeb: por Bienvenido Rojas Silva, la Havana, hablando de Celeo Álvarez Casildo (1959-2016), lider garifuna

Garifuna leader dies in Honduras  4/13/2016 Breaking Belize News: "The National Garifuna Council (NGC) issued a press release announcing that a delegation will be leaving the country today to participate in burial activities for one of the ethnic group’s great leaders, Sasamu Celeo Alvarez Casildo."

Garifuna stalwart, Celeo Álvarez Casildo, dies at 57 from throat cancer  4/12/2016 Amandala: "Afro-descendants of Central America, and especially the Garifuna community, are mourning the loss of Don Celeo Álvarez Casildo, who became known to us at Kremandala for his leadership role in the Central American Black Organization (CABO), based in his home country, Honduras, as well as his founding role in the Organization for Ethnic Community Development (ODECO), which helped to establish CABO in the 1990s."

Cuerpo de Celeo Alvarez es velado en La Ceiba  4/12/2016 HCH TV 

Honduran Garifuna Leader, CELEO ALVAREZ CASILDO Passes Away in Honduras This Morning  4/11/2016 Being Garifuna: "Noted for his championing of the rights of Afro-Descendants, Honduran Garifuna Leader / Activist Celeo Alvarez Casildo passed away this morning in Honduras. May he Rest In Peace."

Honduras: Fallece líder garifuna Céleo Álvarez Casildo  4/11/2016 El Heraldo, Honduras: "Por su lado, el extitular de la Secretaría de Pueblo Indígenas y Afrodescendientes de Honduras, Luis Green informó que entre las 10:45 a 11:00 de la mañana se reportó el deceso del defensor de los pueblos negros hondureños, luego de estar en agonía en un centro asistencial capitalino. "Estamos un poquito choqueados con esta situación, ya nos estamos reuniendo con los hijos, hay hermanas de él que vienen desde los Estados Unidos; la decisión de los hijos es que sea velado hoy acá -Tegucigalpa- y mañana poderlo trasladar a La Ceiba y hacerlo en las oficinas de la Odeco", confirmó. Álvarez Casildo ha sido el líder más grande que ha tenido la comunidad garífuna y afrodescendiente de la nación, consideró Green."

Fallece el coordinador de la Odecoh Céleo Álvarez Castillo  4/11/2016 HRN: "Se graduó de licenciado en economía agrícola, y es considerado fundador y coordinador de la Organización Étnico de Desarrollo Comunitario de Honduras (Odecoh). Asimismo, desempeñó los cargos de presidente del Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Medicina y Similares (Sitramedys), presidente del comité consultivo de la integración Centroamericano (CECESICA), presidente de la Organización Negra Centroamericana y secretario ejecutivo de la plataforma Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes."

Muere líder garífuna hondureño Celeo Álvarez Casildo  4/11/2016 La Tribuna: "Era un connotado dirigente de la Federación de Sindicatos de Trabajadores Nacionales de Honduras (Fesitranh) y Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Medicina, Hospitales y Similares (Sitramedhys). A los 24 años, ya manejaba la dirigencia de salud a nivel nacional."

Honduras: Gustavo Castro Soto and the Rigged Investigation into Berta Cáceres’ Assassination  3/23/2016 Upside Down World: "The sole eyewitness to Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres’ assassination on March 3, 2016 has gone from being wounded victim to, effectively, political prisoner. Now Gustavo Castro Soto may also be framed as the murderer of his long-time friend."

In Honduras The Killing Of Environmentalists Continues  3/22/2016 WBEZ, Chicago: "In Honduras, less than two weeks after the murder of human rights activist and environmentalist Berta Caceres, someone from the same indigenous group has been killed. Nelson Garcia was shot four times in the face in the Rio Chiquito community. His killing is the latest of a string of assassinations of indigenous and other political activists in Honduras who’ve opposed multinational corporate projects such as the Agua Zarca Dam."

Dutch bank suspends Honduran hydro scheme after second activist murdered  3/21/2016 Global Construction Review: "The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) has suspended $86m worth of projects in Honduras after the murder of two activists who opposed a project it was sponsoring."

Another Environmental Activist Slain in Honduras  3/21/2016 Nonprofit Quarterly: "Last week, another environmental activist in Honduras was brutally murdered outside of his home, less than two weeks after the death of renowned activist Berta Cáceres. Like Cáceres, 39-year-old Nelson Garcia was a member of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The shooting came following the evacuation of approximately 150 families from the settled community of Rio Chiquito."

Another environmental activist, Nelson García, is murdered in Honduras  3/21/2016 Treehugger: "Mere days after the murder of celebrity activist Berta Cáceres, a fellow member of her group was shot and killed for his participation in the same environmental group."

For Indigenous Peoples, Megadams Are ‘Worse than Colonization’  3/14/2016 Foreign Policy in Focus: "The power and resource grab going on throughout Latin America has roots stretching back to Spanish colonization. The river Gualcarque — with its deep spiritual significance for the Lenca people — was famously defended against Spanish invaders by indigenous resistance leader and hero, El Lempira. Although the form has evolved, the struggle against powerful foreign forces in the region has continued to this day."

The US role in the Honduras coup and subsequent violence  3/14/2016 National Catholic Reporter: "U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens, reflecting the broad consensus of international observers, sent a cable to Clinton entitled "Open and Shut: The Case of the Honduran Coup," thoroughly documenting that "there is no doubt" that Zelaya’s ouster "constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup." Similarly, Ann-Marie Slaughter, then serving as director of Policy Planning at the State Department, sent an email to Clinton strongly encouraging her to "take bold action" and to "find that [the] coup was a 'military coup' under U.S. law." However, Clinton's State Department refused to suspend U.S. aid to Honduras -- as required when a democratically-elected government is ousted in such a manner -- on the grounds that it wasn’t clear that the forcible military-led overthrow actually constituted a coup d'état. Emails released last year by the State Department also show how Clinton rejected calls by the international community to condemn the coup and used her lobbyist friend Lanny Davis -- who was working for the Honduran chapter of the Business Council of Latin America, which supported the coup -- to open communications with Micheletti, the illegitimate interim ruler installed by the military."

Honduras: the White River, dyed with indigenous blood  3/14/2016 Open Democracy: "The murder of Berta Cáceres, a high-profile opponent of a hydroelectric project in Honduras, confirms the perverse connection between a private company, Chinese capital and the absolute contempt of local communities’ life."

Oxfam launches public campaign demanding company backers pull out of Honduran dam project  3/14/2016 Oxfam: "Oxfam supporters around the world are pressuring the backers of the Agua Zarca dam project in Honduras to withdraw, and demand an independent investigation into the murder of a local Indigenous leader who opposed the project."

Demonstrators demand Canadian government speak up for murdered Indigenous activist  3/14/2016 Rabble Canada: "The coalition of civil societies leading the demonstration demanded that the Canadian government, which entered into a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras in 2013, condemn the murder. An open letter signed by over 80 organizations from across Canada demanding an independent international investigation involving the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights was also delivered to ministry clerks. NDP members Hélène Laverdière, critic for foreign affairs and Cheryl Hardcastle, part of the Subcommittee for International Human Rights, were two of the signatories. "Change happens when citizens ban together and demand it," said Katarina Kahnert-Wolchak, a member of The Delta Now, a grassroots group led by students out of York University working in Solidarity with Honduran Indigenous-Garifuna communities on genocide and land rights issues."

US Activists: 'USAID Stop Funding Murder in Honduras'  3/14/2016 teleSUR: "The two D.C. residents, Jake Dacks and Nico Udu-gama, unfurled banners which read: “USAID stop funding murder in Honduras” and “Berta Caceres, Presente!” “We stand in solidarity with our dear comrade Berta and the Lenca people and all Hondurans who are valiantly resisting displacement in their territory,” said activist Jake Dacks in a press release."

Murder of mother linked to ‘green’ bank, mining companies and Hillary Clinton  3/14/2016 The Canary 

Honduras: Hay indicios para dar con asesinos de Berta Cáceres  3/12/2016 teleSUR: "Las autoridades informaron que todas las líneas de investigación planteadas para el esclarecimiento de los hechos y responsabilidades se encuentran abiertas."

Drugs, Dams, and Power: The Murder of Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres  3/11/2016 The Intercept: "Cáceres told her she was being “seriously harassed” by three local politicians who she believed were acting at the behest of Desarrollos Energéticos, SA (DESA), the private energy company behind the Agua Zarca dam. DESA is partially controlled by the controversial Honduran Atala family, whose members are involved in a variety of business ventures and suspected by many of having backed the 2009 coup. Best known among them is billionaire Camilo Atala, president of Banco Ficohsa, a regional bank that in 2014 acquired most of Citibank’s assets in the region, making it the largest bank in Honduras."

Honduras, otro régimen de terror impuesto por el imperialismo  3/10/2016 Cubadebate: "Después del golpe de Estado de 2009 contra el presidente Manuel Zelaya, planeado en la base aérea estadounidense de Soto Cano y en el Comando Sur de Estados Unidos, Honduras se ha convertido en uno de los países más peligrosos y violentos del planeta y en un paraíso para la inversión de las grandes trasnacionales y para las organizaciones criminales. El país centroamericano compite con México en cuanto a asesinatos de periodistas y activistas sociales, nunca aclarados, nunca sancionados sus ejecutores y mucho menos los autores intelectuales. Es el reino de la impunidad para los crímenes del capital imperialista."

Honduras: Deep failures in investigation into activist’s killing put many at risk  3/8/2016 Amnesty International: "The catalogue of failures in the investigation into the death of a prominent Indigenous leader last week exposes the Honduran government’s absolute lack of willingness to protect human rights defenders in the country, said Amnesty International after a visit to the Central American country. “Authorities in Honduras are saying one thing and doing another. They have told us they are committed to finding those responsible for Berta Cáceres’ death yet they have failed to follow the most basic lines of investigation, including the fact that Berta had been receiving serious death threats related to her human rights work for a very long time,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International."

Slain Honduran activist Berta Caceres remembered at Ottawa rally  3/8/2016 CBC: "Berta was an extraordinary activist in Honduras who was assassinated in her home," said Rachel Vincent of the Nobel Women's Initiative, who helped organize the Ottawa rally. "And the echoes of that assassination have reverberated around the planet."

Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres Died in Gustavo Castro Soto's Arms; Now His Life is in Danger  3/8/2016 Democracy Now: "At the time of her assassination, Cáceres was with Gustavo Castro Soto, another well-known environmental campaigner and coordinator of Friends of the Earth Mexico. He witnessed the shooting and sustained two bullet wounds. Now, human rights activists say the Honduran government is detaining Castro without cause and refusing him permission to return to his native Mexico."

Berta Cáceres: her fight for human rights in Honduras continues  3/8/2016 Ecologist: "Early in the morning on 3rd March, the day of Berta Cáceres' murder, witnesses saw hit men from DESA in a blue Ford 150 vehicle near La Esperanza, and heard them speaking ill of Berta Cáceres. • on 25th February, during the forced eviction of COPINH Lenca families in Jarcia, Guinse, Intibuca, by the police and military, a member of the National Direction of Criminal Investigation (DGIC in Spanish) police unit harassed Berta Cáceres and told her that they would not be responsible if anything happened to her. • on 20th February, during COPINH's protest against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam, the vice-mayor of San Francisco de Ojuera publicly asked that Berta Cáceres be killed."

Hidroeléctricas: Berta Cáceres, en el Día de la Mujer  3/8/2016 La Estrella, Panama: "La mataron los que no defienden el ambiente, los que miran para otro lado, los que se prestan para realizar, pagar y abalar estudios de impacto ambiental ilícitos, los que firmaron esos contratos cobrando a los concesionarios privados el uso de nuestro recurso hídrico nacional a unos vergonzosos 0.0000383 de centavos por metro cúbico, los que se reparten y aceptan coimas, los que abusan de su autoridad, los que financian los proyectos, los que se repartieron las concesiones como barajas para jugar ‘Péscalo', el que calla, el que no denuncia, el que no sanciona, el que construye las hidroeléctricas destruyendo ríos, el que no custodia nuestro patrimonio arqueológico, aquel al que no le duele que dejen como caudal ecológico un mísero 10 %; dejando sedientas las piedras, el que defiende las hidroeléctricas sabiendo que ya no son rentables, el que no hace buen uso de la electricidad y las despilfarra, el que no dice ¡basta ya!"

Berta Cáceres: Denouncing the structures of terror  3/7/2016 Huff Post: by Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy - "The point of terror, of course, is to immobilize people with fear. It is used to send a message to the peasant and indigenous communities being brutally displaced by the expansion of sugar cane, palm oil and soy plantations, by dams and by land speculators. The message is simple: do not resist."

Mexicano dice que escenario del crimen de Berta Cáceres fue modificado  3/7/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: "Y es que mis declaraciones les estorban para culpar a quienes quieren meter a la cárcel. No escuché carros llegar ni irse cuando el asesinato; el escenario del crimen fue modificado y alterado; las pruebas de sangre y otras dejaron líneas en blanco que luego pueden ser alteradas; mandan a declarar a la mayoría a gente del Copinh y no a los sospechosos tiempo atrás de estar intentando asesinar a Berta… Pero llegaron para que viera fotos y videos e identificar al asesino que me encontré cara a cara, pero lamenté que todos los videos y fotografías eran de las marchas del Copinh, para que señalara quién de ellos había sido. Pero no me han mostrado las caras de los dueños de las empresas o sus sicarios."

Gustavo Castro en riesgo en la comunidad de La Esperanza, Honduras  3/7/2016 Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo extractivo Minero: "A pesar de todas las solicitudes a distintas instancias, para que esta nueva declaración se hiciera en las mejores condiciones paran su seguridad física y psicológica dentro de la Embajada de México o en Tegucigalpa, la Fiscalía General de Honduras decidió que se tenía que hacer en La Esperanza, lo que representa un alto riesgo para su integridad física y psicológica. Les pedimos exigir junto con nosotros la seguridad de Gustavo Castro durante todo el proceso de ampliación de su declaración y durante su llegada a la Embajada de México en Tegucigalpa. Exigimos al gobierno de Honduras que cumpla con su promesa de levantar la alerta migratoria que pusieron sobre su persona para que Gustavo Castro pueda salir inmediatamente de Honduras terminado este último proceso judicial requerido sin que haya ningún otro motivo ni acción que se lo impida."

ONU destaca papel de la líder indígena Berta Cáceres  3/7/2016 teleSUR: "Durante el acto celebrado en La Paz (capital) indígenas peruanas condenaron el asesinato de la dirigente social y destacaron el valor de tantas mujeres, que como Cáceres, han tenido papeles importantes en la sociedad. La colombiana Ana Angarita otorgó de manera muy especial una mención post mortem a Berta Cáceres, una mujer que dedicó su vida a luchar por los derechos de los pueblos originarios de su país. A su juicio, Cáceres fue una "gran líder que ya había recibido amenazas de muerte por sus luchas"."

Internationally Recognized Rights Defender Berta Cáceres Murdered in Honduras  3/7/2016 Truth Out: "Berta is someone that spent her entire life struggling, not just for Lenca indigenous people, but also for the Honduran social movement, women, for afro-indigenous peoples, for campesinos, and she was always one of the most outspoken activists. It is very clear that what she was and why she was doing it. And so, her killers and the Honduran state that failed to protect her, they've made a very strategic decision to take her life."

Slain Honduran activist laid to rest as daughters call for independent inquiry  3/6/2016 CNN: "Earlier, Honduran Security Minister Julian Pacheco said police had made at least one arrest in the case and had an eyewitness to the shooting under witness protection. Honduras was the most deadly country for environmental activists last year, according to watchdog Global Witness. The country also has one of the world's highest homicide rates."

Gustavo Castro, el mexicano lesionado en ataque a líder indígena de Honduras  3/5/2016 24 hrs Mexico: "Se trata del sociólogo y ex jesuita, Gustavo Castro Soto, integrante de la Organización Otros Mundos Chiapas/Amigos de La Tierra México, la Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA) y el Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero (M4), Es autor del libro Las Aguas Negras de la Coca Cola."

Alerta: manipulación de investigación en el crimen contra Bertita  3/5/2016 Pasos de animal grande: "La Plataforma de Movimientos Sociales y Populares de Honduras (PMSPH) y la Coalición Contra la Impunidad (CI), en relación al asesinato Bertha Cáceres, ALERTA a la comunidad nacional e internacional sobre los siguientes extremos."

Berta Cáceres: Un alma indomable  3/4/2016 ADITAL: "Durante toda mi vida he estado consciente de lo que puede pasar estando en esta lucha, como también estoy consciente de que nos estamos enfrentando a un poder oligarca, banquero, financiero y transnacional, así como al mismo Estado de Honduras y a sus cuerpos represivos, que históricamente se han plegado a los intereses de las grandes empresas transnacionales. ¡No me doblegarán!” (Berta Cáceres, junio de 2013)."

Communiqué des mouvements sociaux haïtiens à l’occasion du tragique assassinat politique de Berta Caceres tuée le 3 mars 2016  3/4/2016 CADTM: "Les organisations haïtiennes exigent que les droits des peuples indigènes du Honduras soient respectés en particulier des peuples Lenca et Garifuna qui luttent pour leurs droits à la terre face aux expulsions liées aux mégaprojets et aux entreprises de prédation des entreprises transnationales. Les droits environnementaux et ceux reconnus par la Convention 168 de l’OIT qui engagent l’État du Honduras doivent être respectés. Nous exigeons la libération des prisonniers, le démantèlement des groupes paramilitaires et l’arrêt des persécutions constantes contre les défenseurs des droits humains dans ce pays. La mort de notre amie Berta Caceres doit servir de point de rupture pour mettre fin à l’impunité et à la criminalisation des militants pacifistes, écologistes et féministes."

Berta Cáceres, Honduran activist, killed  3/4/2016 CNN: "But even as authorities vowed to investigate and apprehend whoever is responsible, activists pointed to the killing as a troubling sign that officials haven't done enough. Honduran authorities were supposed to protect Cáceres, La Via Campesina -- an organization representing peasants, farmers and indigenous groups -- said in a statement. "That same state of Honduras took measures to persecute Bertha Cáceres for her struggle against foreign companies that destroy natural resources," the group said."

Assassination of Berta Cáceres sparks outrage  3/4/2016 Common Frontiers: with list of supporting organizations - "On October 1, 2014, Canada implemented a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras despite opposition from civil society and labour organizations. The deal provided diplomatic and economic backing to an undemocratic government responsible for widespread human rights abuses, political violence that has generated massive inequality. We call on the government of Canada to condemn the murder, and to call on the Honduran government to support an independent, international investigation into the murder."

Remembering Berta Cáceres, Assassinated Honduras Indigenous & Environmental Leader  3/4/2016 Democracy Now: "In our worldviews, we are beings who come from the Earth, from the water and from corn. The Lenca people are ancestral guardians of the rivers, in turn protected by the spirits of young girls, who teach us that giving our lives in various ways for the protection of the rivers is giving our lives for the well-being of humanity and of this planet. COPINH, walking alongside people struggling for their emancipation, validates this commitment to continue protecting our waters, the rivers, our shared resources and nature in general, as well as our rights as a people. Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction."

Cepal exige justicia por muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo: "Un cartel en Ciudad de Guatemala exige justicia por el asesinato de la dirigente indígena hondureña Berta Cáceres. EFE. Un cartel en Ciudad de Guatemala exige justicia por el asesinato de la dirigente indígena hondureña Berta Cáceres. EFE. Santiago, Chile La Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (Cepal) condenó el asesinato de la dirigente indígena y líder ambientalista hondureña Berta Cáceres y exigió que se haga justicia."

Cohep rechaza señalamientos por asesinato de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo: "El Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (Cohep) rechazó este viernes, a través de un comunicado, los señalamientos en su contra por la muerte de la líder indígena y defensora del medio ambiente, Berta Cáceres. Cohep reaccionó luego que en las redes sociales circulara un video donde la expresidenta de ese ente, Aline Flores, acusara a Cáceres de boicotear e impedir junto a un grupo de campesinos un proyecto de energía renovable."

Garífunas protestan por la muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo, Honduras: "Miembros de comunidades garífunas se manifestaron la tarde de este viernes en las calles de La Esperanza, Intibucá, en demanda que se esclarezca el crimen de la activista hondureña Berta Caceres. "No mas impunidad", exclamaron los manifestantes, provenientes de Atlántida y Colón, al nororiente de Honduras."

Who Killed Berta Cáceres?  3/4/2016 Huff Post: "But we need to call out the actors who share a moral responsibility for the murder of our friend and partner: • the Honduran government, which leads the country with the world's worst track record of environmental killings, and which did not protect Berta Cáceres even though it had been ordered to do so by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights; • the dam builder, Desarrollos Energéticos S. A (DESA), which has close contacts with the country's security forces and has orchestrated an intimidation campaign against Berta Cáceres in recent months; • and finally, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), FMO, Finnfund and Voith-Siemens, the funders and corporations which underwrite the Agua Zarca Project with their loans and equipment contracts."

Interrogan a tres personas tras la muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: ""Debido a la insistencia de los compañeros de que (Aureliano Molina) no atendiera dicho requerimiento, fue acompañado por su padre Aureliano Molina y su cuñado", sigue diciendo el comunicado. "En este momento el Copinh se encuentra en estado de alerta, temiendo por la integridad de Gustavo Castro y los integrantes de la organización que viven en constante acoso por oponerse al despojo de su territorio". Agrega que "fue llevado a la Jefatura Policial de la localidad y hasta el momento está detenido como supuesto sospechoso del asesinato. Se ha preguntado cuáles son los cargos que se le imputan, respondiendo a la organización que no hay dichos cargos pero se tienen 24 horas para hacer la investigación"."

Una multitud despedirá con cariño mañana a dirigente Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: "El cariño que cosechó la ambientalista Berta Cáceres con su labor en pro del medio ambiente y la defensa de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas se ve reflejada en el velatorio que se lleva a cabo en el barrio El Calvario de La Esperanza, Intibucá. Es una despedida multitudinaria. Las personas tienen que hacer fila para poder ver el férretro y decirle las palabras de adiós a la lidereza que luchó con coraje y valentía por los derechos de los demás."

Cientos de indignados activistas velan a ambientalista asesinada en Honduras  3/4/2016 Publinews: fotos

Capturan a sospechoso del crimen de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 teleSUR: "El Gobierno confirmó la captura en un comunicado emitido la noche del jueves en el que asegura que cuenta con dos testigos del suceso, entre ellos, el mexicano Gustavo Castro, director de la organización Otros Mundos Chiapas, quien se encontraba en Honduras para dictar conferencias sobre energías alternativas y resultó herido durante el ataque a Cáceres. "Un sospechoso del crimen” está bajo custodia policial, señala el reporte gubernamental, el otro testigo está bajo la figura de protección. "

Murder of activist Berta Cáceres sparks violent clashes in Honduras  3/4/2016 The Guardian: "The police initially reported the case as an attempted robbery, but the victim’s family believe the killing was an assassination ordered by people behind the dam project. Cáceres and other members of the group she founded – the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (Copinh) – have been in conflict with the operators Desa, the local mayor, police and soldiers. Last week, members of the group were detained and threatened, Copinh said in a statement."

Honduran Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Assassinated, Won Goldman Environmental Prize  3/3/2016 Democracy Now: "According to Global Witness, Honduras has become the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. Between 2010 and 2014, 101 environmental campaigners were killed in the country. In 2015 Berta Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s leading environmental award. In awarding the prize, the Goldman Prize committee said, “In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam."

Murdered While She Slept: Shocking Death of Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Leader and Activist  3/3/2016 Indian Country: "Cáceres was the Director of the National Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which has been in the forefront of protests against the dam being constructed by the DESA Company of Honduras. Cáceres and other activists assert that the Agua Zarca project would cause great harm to the Lenca community known as Rio Blanco through displacement of the people and environmental damage to an area considered sacred by the Lenca. In a press statement from 2013 Cáceres outlined the reasons for the protests. “There is a displacement of the population that has traditionally lived on those lands, practically an eviction,” Cáceres said. “...DESA [of Honduras] and SINOHYDRO (a transnational Chinese hydroelectric project builder no longer involved in the project) have exerted brutal pressure against the communities, with maneuvers such as co-opting leaders and the offering of bribes, and on the other hand repression, systematic harassment, and the occupation of the territory by the army, the police and security guards and gang members."

Berta Cáceres, una mártir más de los grupos ambientalistas  3/3/2016 La Tribuna, Honduras: "“Despertemos, despertemos humanidad”, fue el grito de la líder indígena, Berta Cáceres, durante la entrega del premio Goldman Environmental que marcó la lucha de la ambientalista hondureña."

Indigenous Activist Berta Caceres Murdered  3/3/2016 Prensa Latina: "According to sources contacted by the multi-state Telesur channel, the attack against Caceres, a coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras (Copinh), took place in the early hours of the morning, when several armed men forced down the door of her home, shot her and wounded her brother, Awarded the Goldman Prize in 2015, the highest recognition for environmental activists, Caceres was also a renowned human rights defender. She fought the expropriation of the ancestral lands of the Lenca people and the establishment of U.S. military bases on their territory, which is located in western Honduras. Her last fight was directed against a hydroelectric project in the town of Rio Blanco, approved by the government without a prior consultation."

Hypocrisy surrounds the murder of Berta Cáceres in Honduras  3/3/2016 The Guardian: "She is the latest in a long line of victims in Honduras since a coup, sponsored by the US and supported by the then secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, overthrew the reformist President Mel Zelaya in 2009. Human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, trade unionists, gay rights activists and political opponents of subsequent regimes have been singled out for abduction, disappearance, torture and murder in a climate of almost complete impunity. Particularly shocking is a femicide rate that increased by 260% between 2005 and 2013. In 2014, 513 women were killed and in 2015 it was estimated that a woman lost her life every 16 hours. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, impunity “perpetuates the social acceptance of violence against women”."

The Impact of CAFTA: Drugs, Gangs, and Immigration  3/1/2016 teleSUR: "On March 1, 2006 the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) went into effect between the United States and El Salvador, the first of six Central American nations and the Dominican Republic that would eventually become part of the deal. The agreement, modeled on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, was seen by the Bush Administration as the first step in a new way toward creating a hemispheric free trade zone after the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. CAFTA was ratified in the United States at midnight July 28, 2005. Throughout the process the trade agreement was controversial, and faced staunch opposition from Central American leftist political parties, social movements, and civil society. It also faced strong resistance from U.S. solidarity, labor, environmental, and human rights organizations, as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives where it barely won ratification 217 to 215."

Preocupación de la CIDH sobre invisibilización del Pueblo Garífuna por parte del Estado hondureño  2/26/2016 Pasos de animal grande: "En su informe especial sobre Honduras emitido por la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, CIDH, el pasado 18 de febrero, señaló que tiene preocupación porque el Estado estaría invisibilizando la identidad y la cultura, del pueblo garífuna al no llamarles garífuna, sino “afrohondureños”, además de ser constantemente víctimas de racismo según las denuncias recibidas de líderes y defensores. La visita in situ a comunidades por parte de la CIDH comprobó la precaridad de vida de los garífunas debido a la profundización de la pobreza, sin que desde las autoridades se haga algo para resolver la situación."

COPINH denuncia hostigamiento por parte del alcalde de San Francisco de Ojuera  2/20/2016 Criterio, Honduras: "DENUNCIA URGENTE :En la caminata pacifica que el COPINH está desarrollando en este momento, empleados de DESA AGUA ZARCA y la Alcaldía de San Francisco de Ojuera y del Partido Nacional están deteniendo y hostigado a más de cien compañeros que son parte de esta caminata, esto en San Francisco de Ojuera, apoyados por ejército, guardias, sicarios, policía."

Congress: End the Anti-Corruption Charade in Honduras  2/16/2016 Move On: "Millions of dollars of public funds from Honduras' health care system were funneled to the ruling National Party and the election campaign of President Juan Orlando Hernández. No charges have been brought against Hernández or other top party officials over the diversion of funds to the party. Human rights advocates in Honduras are insisting on an independent, United Nations-backed body to investigate, and 54 Members of Congress have urged Secretary of State Kerry to support this demand."

Urgen que Constitución reconozca a comunidades afrodescendientes  2/13/2016 20 minuto, Mexico: "La Constitución no reconoce a las comunidades afrodescendientes y es necesario emprender reformas para resolver esta situación, señalaron legisladoras de los partidos Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) y Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM). Las senadoras priistas Cristina Díaz Salazar, Diva Gastélum Bajo, Hilda Flores Escalera, Itzel Ríos de la Mora, Anabel Acosta Islas, Lilia Merodio Reza; y la pevemista María Elena Barrera Tapia, señalaron que un primer paso es generar políticas públicas que garanticen la reducción de la pobreza, desigualdad y discriminación en las que viven."

Fiscala fue suspendida un mes por insulto racista a compañera  2/13/2016 La Nacion, Costa Rica: "Una fiscala del Ministerio Público fue sancionada con un mes de suspensión sin goce de salario por un insulto racista a una compañera. La funcionaria castigada es Elba Elena Abarca Madriz, de la Fiscalía de Flagrancia de Goicoechea, quien, de acuerdo con el expediente, se refirió a una colega afrodescendiente como “negra hedionda”, mientras hablaba con otro compañero."

La sentencia de la Corte IDH, el derecho a la consulta y la represa en la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek  2/11/2016 Rebelion: "Tanto el río Cuyamel como el río Sambo, ubicados en el territorio de la comunidad Garífuna, han sido objetos de estudios de factibilidad para la construcción de represas hidroeléctricas, y desde el año pasado para la construcción de un acueducto destinado a suplir agua potable a la ciudad de La Ceiba. Desde el año 2006, la Municipalidad de la Ceiba ha venido participando en la entrega de los ríos a diferentes empresas, sin haber efectuado consulta previa alguna con la comunidad. Desde la familia Lafitte, hasta los Cantero Ocho y posteriormente el clan de los Ponce han pretendido construir represas en los ríos de Sambo."

Las Sentencias de la Corte IDH, el derecho a la consulta y la represa en la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek.  2/10/2016 OFRANEH: "El pasado 18 de diciembre, la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (Corte IDH) emitió dos sentencias en las que condenó al Estado de Honduras por la violación a los derechos colectivos de las comunidades Garífunas de Triunfo de la Cruz y Punta Piedra. Las sentencias son contundentes sobre las violaciones que se han dado en relación al Derecho a la Consulta en las comunidades Garífunas."

Indígenas y afrodescendientes guerrerenses por más educación  2/10/2016 Terra, Mexico: "Niñas y adolescentes indígenas y afrodescendientes de Guerrero pidieron a las autoridades mejor educación, no más discriminación ni maltrato, talleres sobre embarazo en jóvenes, maestros que hablen la lengua indígena, servicios de salud, apoyo en becas y no más violencia. "

Construcción de hidroeléctrica amenaza con desaparecer comunidad garífuna en Sambo Creek  2/8/2016 Criterio: "Hoy como hace más de 218 años, los tambores suenan en Sambo Creek, La Ceiba, Atlántida, como símbolo de resistencia, instrumento poderoso de lucha, en esta ocasión contra la instalación de una represa hidroeléctrica en el río Cuyamel, que amenaza con desaparecer la histórica y emblemática comunidad garífuna ubicada en la zona norte de Honduras."

Pueblo Garífuna enfrenta a corporaciones y al Estado de Honduras en defensa de sus tierras  2/8/2016 Radio Mundo Real: "En octubre pasado, la Alianza Estadounidense por la Soberanía Alimentaria (USFSA por su sigla en inglés) decidió distinguir a la Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (Ofraneh) con la sección internacional del Premio Soberanía Alimentaria 2015… Miriam Miranda, coordinadora de la Ofraneh, explica que el propio Estado de Honduras se ha convertido en una de las principales amenazas para el pueblo garífuna. “Sigue negándose a reconocer nuestra condición de pueblo indígena y pretende relegarnos a una condición de minoría étnica no autóctona, sin derechos jurídicos internacionalmente reconocidos”, afirmó Miranda a Opera Mundi. Esta actitud de negación trae consigo el desconocimiento del derecho ancestral que el pueblo garífuna tiene sobre sus territorios, pretendiendo así eludir la aplicación del Convenio 169 de la OIT (Organización Internacional del Trabajo) sobre pueblos indígenas y tribales."

Defensoría: Costa Rica tiene deuda en derechos humanos con afrodescendientes y migrantes  2/5/2016 La Nacion, Costa Rica: "Costa Rica está en deuda, en materia de derecho humanos, con varios grupos sociales entre los que se encuentran la población sexualmente diversa, los afrodescendientes, indígenas, migrantes y las personas con VIH. Así se desprende de un informe sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en el país, que realizó de forma independiente la Defensoría de los Habitantes."

Honduras: Pueblo Garífuna enfrenta a corporaciones y al Estado en defensa de sus tierras  2/4/2016 Pasos de animal grande: "En su planteamiento, el Estado de Honduras argumenta que los garífunas llegaron a territorio hondureño solamente en 1797 - provenientes de la isla de San Vicente - y que ocuparon ilegalmente los territorios de los pueblos Tolupán y Miskito. En más de una ocasión, funcionarios del Estado han reforzado el concepto de que los garífunas son extranjeros y, por ende, no gozan de derechos territoriales. “En repetidas ocasiones, el Estado ha actuado con una fuerte carga de racismo institucional, no solamente negando nuestra originariedad y condición de pueblo indígena, sino validando el acaparamiento ilícito y la invasión de nuestras tierras y territorios, así como el desplazamiento y expulsión de las comunidades garífunas”, dijo Miranda."

International Winner: Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH)  2/2/2016 Food Sovereignty: "The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) was created in 1979 to protect the economic, social, and cultural rights of 46 Garifuna communities along the Atlantic coast of Honduras. At once Afro-descendent and indigenous, the Garifuna people are connected to both the land and the sea, and sustain themselves through farming and fishing. Land grabs for agrofuels (African palm plantations), tourist-resort development, and narco-trafficking seriously threaten their way of life, as do rising sea levels and the increased frequency and severity of storms due to climate change. The Garifuna, who have already survived slavery and colonialism, are now defending and strengthening their land security and their sustainable, small-scale farming and fishing. OFRANEH brings together communities to meet these challenges head-on through direct-action community organizing, national and international legal action, promotion of Garifuna culture, and movement-building. In its work, OFRANEH especially prioritizes the leadership development of women and youth."

El Pueblo Garifuna y sus Luchas.  2/2/2016 ODECO: "Contexto Histórico de la Presencia Garifuna y Afrodescendiente en Honduras"

And the 2015 winners are…  2/2/2016 US Food Sovereignty Alliance: "In this moment when it is vital to assert that Black lives matter, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance honors Black and Afro-Indigenous farmers, fisherfolk, and stewards of ancestral lands and water. We especially commemorate them as a vital part of our food and agriculture system – growers and workers who are creating food sovereignty, meaning a world with healthy, ecologically produced food, and democratic control over food systems."

ODECO 2016. 24 Años haciendo historia…  2/1/2016 ODECO: "La Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario, ODECO nació en la ciudad de La Ceiba, Honduras, el 25 de enero de 1992 para luchar por el desarrollo integral de las comunidades Afrohondureñas y contribuir a la construcción de un perfil de dignidad de las mujeres y hombres de ascendencia Africana en Honduras."

Garifuna Music & Talk With DJ Labuga Presenta Omar Suazo  1/29/2016 Canal GAHFU en YouTube: entrevista con Omar Babakle Suazo

Instalación de hidroeléctrica violenta derecho a consulta en comunidad garífuna  1/29/2016 Radio Progreso, Honduras: "El pasado 28 de enero representantes de la Comunidad de Sambo Creek se movilizaron a Tegucigalpa, para protestar frente a las instalaciones de la Secretaría de Energía, Recursos Naturales, Ambiente y Minas (SERNA) exigiendo el respeto a su autodeterminación. En esta acción los garífunas denunciaron el papel que están desempeñando las autoridades de la municipalidad de La Ceiba, el Servicio Autónomo Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (SANAA) y la Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE), quienes ya están realizando trabajos en el río bajo el argumento de que la represa solucionará la crisis energética que enfrente el litoral caribe. Nahúm Lalin, coordinador de juventudes en Ofraneh, asegura que las protestas continuarán hasta detener la construcción y de no obtener resultados en el país, llevarán el caso hasta instancias internacionales."

Garífunas de Sambo Creek protestan contra construcción de represa  1/28/2016 La Tribuna, Honduras: + video "Miembros de la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek en La Ceiba, Honduras, protestaron este jueves frente a las oficinas de la Secretaría de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente (Serna), en contra de la construcción de una represa hidroeléctrica. Explicaron que la construcción de la represa es en el rio Cuyamel y que las autoridades no han consultado sobre los problemas a futuro. Aseguraron que Sambo Creek cuida sus bienes comunes porque son parte de la cultura y que las autoridades de La Ceiba permiten la destrucción también del rio Danto."

Comunidad Garífuna de Sambo Creek y la Denegación del Derecho a la Consulta Previa.  1/28/2016 OFRANEH: "Aparentemente la administración del alcalde Carlos Aguliar retomó la construcción del supuesto acueducto, ante el rotundo fracaso de la municipalidad de La Ceiba, en el manejo de la cuenca del río Danto, la que ha sido salvajemente deforestada sin que las autoridades hayan tomado cartas en el asunto, permitiendo el ecocidio de una fuente de agua de alta calidad. Mientras tanto se viene generando un proceso de deforestación de la Cordillera Nombre de Dios, existiendo la presencia de varias fincas de café, entre los ríos Cuayamel y Sambo Creek, situación que a pesar de las denuncias interpuestas nadie ha tomado cartas en el asunto… La OFRANEH demanda a la Municipalidad de La Ceiba respetar el Convenio 169 de la OIT y ceñirse a la jurisprudencia emitida por la Corte IDH, de proseguir actitud asumida por la municipalidad de La Ceiba, nos veremos obligados a recurrir al Sistema Interamericano de Justicia."

La travesía de los garífunas  1/22/2016 La Prensa, Honduras\: "La música vital de una comunidad afrocaribeña en peligro de extinción, misma que el hondureño Aurelio Martínez ha pesonificado con gran talento."

National Garifuna Council blasts Honduras over Garifuna military attack  1/16/2016 Breaking Belize News: "Belize’s National Garifuna Council (NGC) demands that the Government of Honduras stop the massacre of Garifuna in Honduras and to stop the militarization that they are imposing on Garifuna communities. This follows a December 28 attack in the village of Iriona along the coast in which two men were killed and others injured. The military responded with violence, the NGC says, as part of what it calls a concerted plan to attack and dispossess Garifuna people under the guise of the “War on Drugs,” even as drug lords are doing the same."

Concluyó en México coloquio sobre poblaciones afrodescendientes  1/15/2016 Prensa Latina: "Precisó que este coloquio es parte de los trabajos del Segundo Encuentro Internacional de la Izquierda Democrática, a realizarse del 25 al 29 de enero, donde también se abordará el tema de la desigualdad social, como uno de los ejes del debate. Sesionó en dos mesas, la primera de ellas titulada Contexto, políticas públicas y legislación para los afrodescendientes, en la cual, entre otros, participaron Sandile Nogxina y Enio Cordeiro, embajadores de Sudáfrica y Brasil en México, respectivamente. Mientras que la segunda: Historia, discriminación y censos de la población afrodescendiente en América Latina, contó con la presencia de Glenda Joanna Wetherborn, de la Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora."

Inauguran en México coloquio internacional sobre afrodescendientes  1/15/2016 Prensa Latina: "Asimismo, dijo, asistirán Glenda Joanna Wetherborn, de la Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora, y Fanny Milena Quiñones, directora de Asuntos Étnicos de la Secretaría Distrital del Gobierno de Bogotá, Colombia. Citó entre los ponentes a la presidenta del Consejo para Prevenir y Eliminar la Discriminación de la Ciudad de México, Jacqueline L'Hoist Tapia. En declaraciones a Prensa Latina, Ortega apuntó que en el estado mexicano de Guerrero "hay gran cantidad de afrodescendientes", así como en las sureñas entidades federativas de Oaxaca, Quintana Roo y Veracruz, y no solo en las costas del país como a veces se piensa."

Coloquio para atender problemática de afrodescendientes en Acapulco  1/11/2016 Terra: "“El coloquio es parte de las acciones del Decenio Internacional de los Afrodescendientes y es un Reconocimiento, Justicia y Desarrollo, 2015-2024 establecido por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)”, indicó."

Garifunas exigimos la desmilitarización de nuestras comunidades y sus territorios  1/5/2016 OFRANEH: "Desde meses atrás el corredor entre las comunidades garífunas de Limón y Plaplaya fue militarizado, existiendo una estrategia de represión hacia la población local por parte de los militares, a pesar que las Fuerzas de Seguridad poseen la información precisa de quienes integran las bandas al servicio del crimen organizado, en su gran mayoría conformada por mestizos que no habitan en nuestras comunidades."

En prisión diez militares acusados de asesinar a dos civiles en Honduras  1/3/2016 Fox News Latino: "Diez militares de la Fuerza Naval de Honduras implicados en un confuso tiroteo en el que murieron dos civiles en el departamento caribeño de Colón, fueron enviados a prisión por orden de un juzgado, informaron hoy fuentes judiciales."

Auto de prisión para 10 navales por muerte de los dos garífunas  1/2/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: "Auto de formal procesamiento dictó un juez de Trujillo a 10 elementos de la Fuerza Naval involucrados en el ataque armado contra un grupo de garífunas que dejó el saldo de dos jóvenes muertos en el municipio de Iriona, Colón. El delito que se les imputó es el de homicidio en perjuicio de los jóvenes Jairo Joel Palacios Lino (24) y Elvis Armando García Martínez (19)."

Situación de derechos humanos en Honduras  12/31/2015 OAS: "La situación de la comunidad Garífuna de Barra Vieja, que la CIDH visitó, es un ejemplo de conflicto de tierras asociados a proyectos de inversión en turismo. Los miembros de esta comunidad, en la ciudad de Tela, habrían sido víctimas de órdenes de desalojo de sus tierras para dar paso a proyectos de inversión en turismo80. El pueblo Garífuna, producto del sincretismo cultural entre indígenas y africanos, ha hecho valer sus derechos en Honduras como pueblo indígena81. En el 2013 se habría inaugurado un primer complejo hotelero y las amenazas, actos de intimidación y persecución contra los líderes y la población en general."

In Venezuela a Garifuna Student Studies Medicine and Revolution  12/31/2015 teleSUR: "Of the 27 Hondurans in the program, she is the only Garifuna student. Among her class are students selected from: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Gambia, St. Vincent, Dominica, Ecuador, Panama and Bolivia Arzu began her studies in Venezuela a month before the coup d’etat against democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya June 28 2009. In this exclusive interview with writer Jeanette Charles, she speaks to her appreciation of the Venezuelan people and their Bolivarian Revolution, learning from Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionaries whose only weapon is a stethoscope, her path to becoming a doctor and a mother as well as the plans she to return to practice medicine in Honduras as a medical profession whose experience prioritizes people over profits. This is her story."

Detención judicial para 7 navales por muerte de garífunas  12/29/2015 La Prensa, Honduras: "Detención judicial decretó el Juzgado de Trujillo, Colón, contra siete efectivos navales involucrados en la muerte de dos jóvenes garífunas la madrugada del pasado domingo en el municipio de Iriona, Colón. Los efectivos asignados a la Base Naval de Puerto Castilla fueron requeridos junto a sus armas el lunes pasado por el Ministerio Público de Trujillo, después del confuso hecho en el que se vieron involucrados la madrugada del domingo anterior, en la playa de Iriona, adonde dos jóvenes garífunas perdieron la vida, cuando los navales dispararon contra un grupo de personas que ayudaba a sacar un vehículo que se había atascado a orillas de la playa."

Dos jóvenes garífuna fueron asesinados en Honduras  12/29/2015 Ultimas Noticias, Venezuela: "Militares de la Fuerza Naval de Honduras asesinaron a tiros a dos jóvenes garífuna. Las víctimas respondían a los nombres de Jostin Palacios Lino (24) y Elvis García (19). El hecho ocurrió en el departamento de Colón, al norte del país centroamericano, donde según familiares de las víctimas los uniformados dispararon a mansalva sin previo aviso."

Muere segundo garífuna tras supuesto ataque de militares  12/28/2015 La Prensa, Honduras: "Este lunes falleció el joven garífuna Elvis Armando García Martínez (19) mientras era atendido en el hospital Atlantida de La Ceiba, producto de varios disparos que supuestamente le infirieron militares en la comunidad de Iriona en el departamento de Colón. García Martínez es la segunda víctima del hecho registrado el pasado sábado cuando estos intentaban remolcar un vehículo de la playa."

Comisión investigadora de asesinatos de garífunas es liderada por oficial de policía con antecedentes graves de violación a derechos humanos  12/28/2015 Pasos de animal grande: "Se podrá investigar a sí misma la seguridad del Estado de Honduras después de provocar en las últimas horas dos asesinatos de garífunas donde están involucrados militares de la Fuerza Naval de Honduras, si la Comisión Investigadora que se ha nombrado está al mando de un oficial de policía con graves antecedentes en su carrera policial y de acciones de violación a los derechos humanos?, es la pregunta que ya empezó a circular, desde este lunes 28 de diciembre de 2015."

This One Tiny Hospital Gives the Power of Healthcare to Thousands  12/23/2015 Next City: "When Luther Castillo Harry left his Honduran homeland for medical school in Cuba, he was breaking new ground as one of the first few members of his ethnicity, the Garifuna people of Honduras, to ever become a doctor. As one of the first few Garifuna students at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Harry helped initiate a project that has become First Garifuna Hospital, a hospital built and run by the community of Ciriboya, Honduras, which formerly had no healthcare facilities. I recently spoke with Harry, who’s the focus of the documentary film “Revolutionary Medicine.”"

Mexico “discovers” 1.4 million Afro-Mexicans in recent census  12/15/2015 Latin Correspondent: "The actual number, however, is likely to be bigger, according to Sergio Peñaloza Pérez, an activist and current president of the group México Negro. In an interview with the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, Peñaloza pointed out that INEGI did not carry out any campaigns to talk about identity and self-recognition as Afro-Mexican. Peñaloza expects the actual Afro-Mexican population remains underreported because many Afro-Mexicans don’t use the term to describe themselves. One reason they avoid doing so, he explained to La Jornada, is because of the poor treatment they’ve received because of their skin color."

Mexico Officially Recognizes 1.38 Million Afro-Mexicans in the National Census, as Black People Fight Against Racism and Invisibility Throughout Latin America  12/14/2015 Atlanta Black Star: "On December 4 and 5, the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research hosted a symposium on the Afrodescendant movement in Latin America. Entitled “Afrodescendants: Fifteen Years after Santiago. Achievements and Challenges,” the conference took place on the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the term ‘Afrodescendants’ by the Latin American Regional Conference Against Racism in Santiago de Chile in 2000. The meeting of activists, academics and agency officials examined the achievements and obstacles facing this movement in creating anti-racist policies in Latin America."

1.38 Million Afro-Descendants Are Identified on the Mexican Census for the First Time  12/10/2015 Remezcla: "And this year, a group of activists claimed a victory on the path to this recognition. Afro-Mexican advocacy organization Mexico Negro successfully fought for Afro-Mexicans to be included on the national census. According to Quartz, this year was the first time that people of African descent were able to accurately identify themselves on the census, revealing that 1.2 percent of Mexicans – 1.38 million people – are of African descent."

Se Afianza Colaboración entre ODECO y la Universidad de Tuskegee, Alabama, USA...  12/9/2015 ODECO: "Se suscribió un Memorándum de Entendimiento MOU, entre la Universidad de Tuskegee y la Organización de Desarrollo Étnico Comunitario ODECO, en el marco de la celebración de la 73 Conferencia Anual de Trabajadores Profesionales Agrícolas PAWC, evento en el cual se pone de manifiesto la indisoluble relación y perspectivas futuras entre la agricultura y las familias, desde lo local, nacional y global."

The Struggle Continues: Garifuna land defender shot in Honduras  12/6/2015 IC Magazine: "Leiva is president of the Land Defense Committee of Cristales and Rio Negro, two Indigenous Garifuna communities at either edge of the town of Trujillo, on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. He is also a candidate in the local elections later this month for the leadership of the community council (patronato) of Cristales and Rio Negro. The outspoken Garifuna land defender believes his three attackers were hired to kill him due to his involvement in the local struggle to recuperate and defend Garifuna lands. Collective lands belonging to Cristales and Rio Negro and to other Garifuna communities along the Trujillo Bay are being taken over by Canadian developers for tourism projects."

La Universidad de Harvard con la Causa Afrodescendiente…  12/6/2015 ODECO: "Los temas abordados fueron: Causas y manifestaciones del racismo contra los Afrodescendientes, modelos de movilización política Afrodescendiente, relaciones entre el movimiento Afrodescendiente y las entidades gubernamentales, intergubernamentales y las agencias donantes; políticas implementadas para prevenir y erradicar el racismo en contra de los Afrodescendientes, y protegerlos efectivamente; la actuación de las agencias gubernamentales, intergubernamentales y donantes para promover la causa Afrodescendiente; modelos de movilización en el movimiento Afrodescendiente; divergencias y convergencias políticas dentro del movimiento Afrodescendiente; impacto de las divergencias en el logro de fines comunes; divergencias y establecimiento de alianzas; modelos de liderazgo en el movimiento Afrodescendiente y su impacto en el logro del bienestar de las comunidades; las bases y el acceso a recursos; participación de las bases en la toma de decisiones; políticas y normativas gubernamentales y su impacto en el funcionamiento del movimiento Afrodescendiente; políticas y normativas gubernamentales y su impacto en el bienestar de las comunidades; programas de las agencias donantes y su impacto en el funcionamiento del movimiento Afrodescendiente; programas de las agencias donantes y su impacto en el bienestar de las comunidades."

Honduras: Ataque contra defensor garífuna opositor a proyectos turísticos en “su territorio ancestral”  12/3/2015 Business and Human Rights 

El atentado contra Vidal Leiva, y la intervención canadiense en la bahía de Trujillo  12/3/2015 OFRANEH: " El atentado sufrido por el líder comunitario Vidal Leiva el pasado 27 de noviembre en Trujillo, no es más que el resultado de la estrategia estatal para la entrega del territorio Garífuna a inversionistas extranjeros, como parte del experimento neoliberal de las ciudades modelo (ZEDE) en Honduras."

Assassination Attempt In Honduras Linked to Canadian Tourism Businesses: Indigenous Garifuna leader Vidal Leiva shot three times  12/2/2015 Rights Action: with Rights Actions suggestions for next steps.

Repression against women and violence that doesn’t stop  12/1/2015 The Dawn: "Honduran Daniela Galindo kept intact in her memory the legacy of struggles of her indigenous Garifuna and Lenca peoples as well as the recent resistance of feminists. Even though she is young, her life experience has been so intense that she has already learned about repression and organization for struggle."

Alerta: Atentan contra la vida de defensor del territorio Garífuna en Trujillo  11/30/2015 OFRANEH: "Las comunidades Garífunas de la Bahía de Trujillo han sido afectadas por fuertes presiones territoriales promovidas desde el año 2007 por el rey del porno, llegando a su apogeo con la demolición de Río Negro en el año 2010, promovida desde la Municipalidad y lograda a través de la amenaza de “expropiación forzosa”, con el propósito de construir el muelle de cruceros conocido como el Banana Coast."

Caso atentado contra dirigente garífuna: DNIC rechazó la denuncia aduciendo que el afectado se disparó nueve veces a sí mismo  11/30/2015 Pasos de animal grande: "“Las amenazas en contra de los defensores del pueblo garífuna son permanentes, pero se han agudizado en los últimos días después de la audiencia que se realizó contra el rey del Porno, Randy Jugersesen”, detalló Alfredo López en referencia al proceso que se le sigue a este empresario por el delito de usurpación de tierras garífunas. Señaló que durante la audiencia del pasado 13 de noviembre contra el inversionista norteamericano, hombres contratados por él estuvieron tomando fotografías desde unos automóviles polarizados contra ciudadanos y ciudadanas garífunas, la mayoría representantes de comunidades y defensores de derechos humanos."

Honduran Indigenous Group Sues Mayor over Hydroelectric Project  11/30/2015 teleSUR: "The people of Lenca, the country's largest indigenous group, had planned a peaceful protest in front of San Francisco de Ojuera City Hall against the works initiated on the river Gualcarque without their consent. However, officers from the National Police temporarily detained the buses transporting the activists, while bulldozers had “broken” the public roads leading to San Francisco de Ojuera, creating ditches of almost two meters (see photos), claimed the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH, in a statement. The organization informed it filed a lawsuit against DESA Corporation and against the city's mayor, Raul Pineda, who they claim sent bulldozers to break the road."

Simposio Afrodescendientes 15 Años Despues de Santiago, Harvard University...  11/22/2015 ODECO: "Compartimos con ustedes informacion sobre el Simposio "Afrodescendientes: quince años despues de Santiago. Logros y desafios", con participacion de activistas, representantes de agencias internacionales y funcionarios; que se llevará a cabo en la Harvard University."

Canadian Porn King on Trial for Tourism Projects in Honduras  11/15/2015 Los Despojados: "On November 13th, 2015, Canadian tourism developer Randy Jorgensen, aka “The Porn King”, appeared in court on charges of illegally appropriating ancestral Garifuna lands. The court ruled partially in Jorgensen’s favour, choosing not to go to a full trial for the time being, but local communities smell corruption and vow to appeal this ruling in Honduran courts and keep on fighting all the way to international tribunals, meaning that Jorgensen’s and others’ investments remain in legal limbo and could still be in jeopardy."

“Rey del Porno” canadiense comparece en audiencia acusado de usurpación del territorio Garífuna  11/13/2015 OFRANEH: "Después de varios años de espera, finalmente el canadiense Randy Jorgensen comparecerá el día de hoy ante el Juzgado de Trujillo, sindicado de usurpar tierras pertenecientes a la comunidad Garífuna de Cristales y Río negro en Trujillo"

Did Yani Rosenthal Surrender in Honduras Elite Case?  11/3/2015 Insight Crime: "Secondly, Yani’s decision may be so as to protect the Rosenthals' conglomerate, Grupo Continental, one of Honduras’s largest economic groups. The US indictment was released at the same time as the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added three Rosenthals and seven of their businesses to the “Kingpin List,” effectively embargoing all business dealings with the family. While there are no open investigations against the Rosenthals in Honduras, Honduran officials have seized at least 16 of the family’s assets. The government has also closed the Rosenthal’s Banco Continental. Liquidation of the bank has been a major financial hit for the both the family and ordinary Honduran citizens."

Las ciudades modelo (ZEDE), el “Rey del Porno” y la manipulación de la administración de justicia.  10/23/2015 OFRANEH: "El territorio de las comunidades garífunas de la bahía de Trujillo ha venido siendo saqueado por el empresario canadiense Randy Jorgensen, el que desde el año 2007 inició una serie de compras ilegales de tierra, además de usurpar tierras pertenecientes a la comunidad de Cristales y Río Negro. A pesar de haber sido notificada oportunamente la Fiscalía de las Etnias, sobre las acciones al margen de la ley emprendidas por el empresario canadiense conocido como el “Rey del Porno”, este logró apoderarse de buena parte de la Cordillera Nombre de Dios y algunos sectores de la playa de Santa fe y San Antonio. Posterior al golpe de estado, con el apoyo de la Municipalidad de Trujillo, invocando la Ley de Expropiación Forzosa (1913), se apropió de la comunidad de Río Negro, la que posteriormente demolió para la construcción del fallido muelle conocido como el Banana Coast."

La caída de los Rosenthal, el poderoso clan hondureño acusado de lavado de dinero y narcotráfico  10/14/2015 BBC Mundo: "Como una de las familias más ricas e influyentes de Honduras, los Rosenthal estaban acostumbrados a ocupar importantes puestos de gobierno y su apellido figuraba regularmente entre los aspirantes a la presidencia. Pero en lugar de pelear por la máxima magistratura sus energías ahora están puestas en tratar de evitar una cárcel en Estados Unidos, país que les acusa de haber estado lavando dinero proveniente del narcotráfico durante al menos diez años."

US Releases Indictment Against Honduras Business Behemoth  10/7/2015 Insight Crime: "The US Treasury Department simultaneously named the three Rosenthals as "Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers," and added the family bank, meat packing plant and investment arm, among other businesses, to its "Specially Designated Nationals" (SDN) list, which prohibits others from doing business with these companies or face sanctions."

Hidroeléctricas, ¡quebrada Barriles, libre!: Laura Pedreschi Janson  10/7/2015 La Prensa, Panama: "Nos sentimos complacidos con la reciente resolución del Ministerio de Ambiente con relación al desarrollo de 16 hidroeléctricas –entre esas la de Barriles– anuladas por caducidad. Ahora 7 mil personas seguirán contando con agua potable, siete lecherías no cerrarán, se respetará el nacimiento de la quebrada Barriles y existe la esperanza de realizar investigaciones arqueológicas, para salvaguardar la cultura del lugar. La promesa de campaña, “el pueblo primero”, tendrá que ser demostrada con similares acciones relacionadas a otras hidroeléctricas y manteniendo la más alta responsabilidad y el compromiso de cuidar el ambiente, velando por nuestra salud, economía y derechos humanos."

Nueva Ley de Pesca y Acuicultura liquida el santuario de las tres millas del pescador artesanal  10/1/2015 OFRANEH: "Con la aprobación de Ley de pesca y Acuicultura el pasado jueves 24 de septiembre, quedó demostrada una vez más la estrategia del Estado de tergiversar e ignorar el Derecho a la Consulta previa Libre e Informada, que poseemos los pueblos Indígenas, consignado en el Convenio 169 de la OIT y la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los pueblos Indígenas."

Suman 211 kilos de cocaína decomisados en lancha en Colón  9/24/2015 La Prensa, Honduras: "Luego de varias horas de búsqueda y persecución, navales hondureños decomisaron la madrugada de ayer 211 kilos de cocaína y capturaron a un presunto traficante de origen colombiano, cuando descargaba desde una lancha la droga en las playas del municipio de Iriona, Colón."

Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles  9/20/2015 OFRANEH: "En los países donde las plantaciones industriales de palma aceitera ocupan grandes extensiones de tierra, los gobiernos deberían dar prioridad absoluta a las demandas de las comunidades, apoyar su control sobre las tierras y los bosques de los que dependen, en lugar de adoptar políticas que faciliten la entrega de esos territorios a empresas transnacionales. Exhortamos, además, a los gobiernos a invertir en la producción local diversificada de alimentos y en la soberanía alimentaria, como la mejor forma de apoyar a las comunidades y también a las economías locales y nacionales, a la vez de promover una mayor justicia social y ambiental."

Honduras: Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land  8/12/2015 Ecologist: "Pristine beaches, clear Caribbean waters, coral reefs, fertile land ... such is the homeland of the Garifuna people, writes Jeff Abbott. It's so lovely that outsiders are desperate to seize ever more of their territory to develop for mass tourism, oil palm plantations, illicit drug production ... and the land grabs have the full support of Honduras military government, backed to the hilt by Uncle Sam."

Honduras: Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land  8/12/2015 The Ecologist: "Now, these communities are facing eviction to make way for the construction of development projects supported by neoliberal economic policies such as the Alliance for Prosperity and the Strategy for Engagement. Additionally, the expanding interests of narco-traffickers and African oil palm plantations have forced the communities from their land. "We are all suffering the same situation", said Selvyn, from the community of Porto Cortez. "We are all being evicted from our lands. The state has decided to exclude the communities from the national conversation.""

Emails Show Secretary Clinton Disobeyed Obama Policy And Continued Funding For Honduras Coup Regime  7/5/2015 NarcoNews: "One email exchange discovered in the recently released batch of State Department communications reveals that Clinton personally signed off on continuing the flow of US funds to the putsch regime in Honduras in the fall of 2009 — even as the White House was telling the world that such aid had been suspended. Another email exchange involving Clinton shows that she turned to a lobbyist employed by Honduran business interests suspected of orchestrating the coup to get access to the Roberto Micheletti, the “de facto” president of the putsch regime."

Honduras under Occupation - murders, land grabs, and Hillary Clinton's 'hard choices'  7/2/2015 The Ecologist: "Whatever the reason, the fact remains that the Obama administration and those who supported it, then and now, are complicit in an ongoing political, economic, and social tragedy in Honduras. But why bring it up now, other than to mark the anniversary of the coup? For starters, because one of the primary participants and benefactors happens to be the likely Democratic Party presidential candidate: Hillary Clinton."

Black Women in the Americas Launch Decade of Struggle  6/29/2015 IPS: "They say they are tired of waiting for justice after centuries of neglect and contempt due to the color of their skin. Black women leaders from 22 countries of the Americas have decided to create a political platform that set a 10-year target for empowering women of African descent and overcoming discrimination."

Nuevo juicio para expulsar a la comunidad Garífuna de Barra Vieja de su territorio ancestral.  6/29/2015 OFRANEH: "Para el próximo martes 30 de junio, la Junta Directiva de la comunidad de Barra Vieja ha sido citada por el Juzgado de Tela, con el propósito de efectuar una audiencia preliminar, en referencia a la supuesta usurpación de tierras que promueve la Empresa Nacional Portuaria (EPN). Los empresarios asociados al proyecto de megaturismo Indura Resort, conocido previamente como Laguna de Micos, continúan presionando para apoderarse del territorio ocupado por el pueblo Garífuna desde 1885, cuando los garinagus que habitaban en el antiguo de Triunfo de la Cruz, -conocido actualmente como la ciudad de Tela- fueron desplazados por las compañías bananeras, replegándose en Tornabé y en el actual Triunfo."

El verdadero escándalo de Hilary Clinton es Honduras, no Bengazi  5/30/2015 Kaos en la red: "Quizás Ud. haya olvidado lo que pasó en ese pequeño país durante el primer año de la administración Obama –tocaremos eso adelante. Pero seguramente Ud. ha notado la desagradable oleada de xenofobia con que se ha recibido al creciente número de niños centroamericanos refugiados que llegan a nuestra frontera sur. Algunos defensores del Presidente Obama tratan de culpar por esta crisis migratoria a la administración George Bush debido a la Ley contra el tráfico firmada por éste en 2008, especialmente redactada para proteger a los niños centroamericanos que anticipó un alza en las llegadas. Pero, ¿qué país es la principal fuente de niños que cruzan la frontera? Honduras, la tierra con las tasas de asesinatos más alta del planeta, con la peor desigualdad en toda Latinoamérica y con un régimen represivo sostenido por EEUU."

Hondurans Demand End to Corruption and President's Resignation  5/30/2015 teleSUR: "Years of popular discontent with the Honduran government has been reinvigorated by corruption scandals implicating the president."

Garifuna Community Radio Stations Under Threat in Honduras  5/15/2015 Upside Down World: "Garifuna community radio stations are operating in a risky national context. After the 2009 coup, Honduras surged to the top of the list of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the first quarter of 2010, according to Reporters Without Borders. A 2013 UNESCO report concluded that Honduras had the highest number of journalists assassinated per capita, ahead of Syria and Mexico. The country has since dropped down in the rankings, but Honduran journalists continue to be murdered. Honduras is also now the most dangerous country for environmental defenders, according to How Many More?, an April 2015 report by Global Witness documenting 116 murders of environmental activists in 2014. “A shocking 40 percent of victims were indigenous, with most people dying amid disputes over hydropower, mining and agri-business. Nearly three-quarters of the deaths we found information on were in Central and South America,” according to the organization."

Garifuna community radio stations under threat in Honduras  5/4/2015 Beacon Reader: "“We think they want to shut them down,” Miriam Miranda, general coordinator of OFRANEH, a Garifuna federation, told C-Libre, the Committee for Freedom of Expression in Honduras. OFRANEH has been accompanying and supporting the growing Hamalali Garinagu Garifuna Community Radio Network. Nine radio stations air community affairs, news, public interest, music, and Garifuna language programming in Garifuna communities along the country’s Caribbean coast from Bajamar, in the department of Cortés, to Punta Piedra, in Colón."

Nicaragua acogerá encuentro de mujeres afrodescendientes  4/23/2015 PL: "Nicaragua acogerá en junio venidero la primera Cumbre Latinoamericana de Lideresas Afrodescendientes de las Américas, en la cual se debatirá la realidad que vive hoy la mujer en el continente. La cita, prevista del 26 al 28 de junio próximo, se llevará a cabo en el marco del Decenio Internacional de las poblaciones Afrodescendientes: "Reconocimiento, Justicia y Desarrollo", declarado por las Naciones Unidas (ONU) y comprendido entre el 2015 y 2024."

How Many More?  4/20/2015 Global Witness: "New report shows killings of environmental activists are increasing, with indigenous communities hardest hit. We shine a spotlight on Honduras - the most dangerous country to be an environmental defender."

Geothermal Development in Honduras  4/19/2015 Standord University: "The main on-going activities related to geothermal development in Honduras are described. They will serve as lessons learned for potential public and private investors in this field. Description of development activities and update mapping of geothermal resource potential nationally, the activity is implemented altogether with the IDB and JICA which aims to capture the majority of geothermal areas in Honduras who are still in the phase of recognition." [JICA = Japan International Cooperation Agency ].

Hasta la coronilla de hidroeléctricas: Laura Pedreschi Janson  4/8/2015 La Prensa, Panama: "Protestaremos por el injustificado y aterrador número de 72 hidroeléctricas en seis cuencas hidrográficas de la provincia de Chiriquí y la comarca; diremos: “No más hidroeléctricas”. Somos primero y no quienes saquean nuestros recursos hídricos; cumplan con la promesa de campaña: “100% agua potable y cero letrinas”. De forma premeditada y oscura, basados en estudios de impacto ambiental de poca credibilidad, los gobiernos aprobaron las hidroeléctricas a espaldas del pueblo. En abierta violación al artículo 16 de la Ley 35 del 22 de septiembre de 1966, que establece la prioridad de uso del agua de la Nación."

Update on Garifuna Health/Nurse Solidarity Projects  3/7/2015 Quotha: "A few months back I posted a follow-up talk show program I did with some of my Honduran nursing & med students with whom I organized a health solidarity brigade to Ciriboya last year recently. I also recently published a short piece in National Nurse magazine reflecting on the experience."

Honduras registers first death from chikungunya virus  2/26/2015 Tico Times, Costa Rica: "A 23-day-old infant died in Honduras on Thursday after being infected with the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, health authorities reported. It was the country’s first reported death from the virus, which is carried by the same mosquitoes that carry dengue. The Honduran daily La Prensa reported that the infant was from the rural department of Olancho."

Can the Violence in Honduras be Stopped?  2/20/2015 CounterPunch: "For the fourth year running, San Pedro Sula has been one of the most dangerous places on the planet outside of a war zone. Its murder rate in 2014 was an astonishing 171 per 100,000. The city, which is caught in the crossfire between vicious criminal gangs, has been the largest source of the 18,000 Honduran children who have fled to the United States in recent years. The vast majority of killings in Honduras are carried out with impunity. For example, 97 percent of the murders in San Pedro Sula go unsolved."

Just Cause: Black Earth  2/7/2015 teleSUR: ""Black Earth" looks at the struggles of the Garifunas, a Honduran rural community, descendants of Carib, Arawak, and West African peoples. They are fighting to preserve their land and their way of life against attempts to evict them to make for private sector tourism megaprojects or "model cities" promoted by the government as free trade zones to attract foreign and national investment. #BlackLivesMatter, globally!"

Alerta: Sambo Creek defiende sus ríos  1/26/2015 Patronato Sambo Creek: "Una vez más la comunidad Garífuna de Sambo Creek, Atlántida, se ve asediada por la Municipalidad de Ceiba, la que pretende asumir control sobre la cuenca hidrográfica del río Cuyamel. Según el Sr. Alfredo Ortega, subgerente regional de la Empresa nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE) en la ceiba Atlántida, la represa en el río Cuyamel tendría una doble función: la producción de dos a cuatro megavatios de energía eléctrica y una línea de conducción que abastecería de agua potable a la zona este de La Ceiba."

Is Honduras heading for the privatization of parts of its territory?  1/18/2015 Tico Times: "“The Honduran people are susceptible to the illusion of job creation and economic growth,” it pointed out, and added that, “over the past several years handing territory over has been sold as attractive in order to bring in the necessary economic investment leading up to ‘development.’” Ofraneh is a Honduran Garífuna rights organization based in Sambo Creek, in northern Honduras."

Represa en el Río Cuyamel violenta el derecho de consulta previa: OFRANEH  1/3/2015 Conexihon: "La Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (OFRANEH) denunció en un comunicado público que la construcción de una represa hidroeléctrica en el caudaloso río Cuyamel violenta el derecho a la consulta previa e informada con la comunidad garífuna de Sambo Creek, en el departamento de Atlántida. “La comunidad Garífuna de Sambo Creek, Atlántida, se ve asediada por la municipalidad de La Ceiba, la que pretende asumir control sobre la cuenca hidrográfica del río Cuyamel”, indica el documento."

Merelym: I was also a teenager once (by Natalie Roque Sandoval)  11/9/2014 Quotha: "It was with deep indignation that I found out about the murder last weekend of the 14 year old teenager Merelym Abigail Espinoza Bustillo, who adds to the never-ending list of young Honduran women violently murdered. It is with profound indignation that I write these lines. They justify the murders and blame the victims!"

UTV Program about Ciriboya Initiative & Healthcare Justice  11/8/2014 Quotha: "I joined several nursing and med students to talk about our January 2014 brigade to Ciriboya, the perils of neoliberal healthcare in Honduras, and the promise of the Cuban model on UNAH's television program last June."

Starving Central America  10/31/2014 CounterPunch: "Honduras was “being converted into a vast pasture for cattle destined for export,” DeWalt elaborated—a development in line with Washington’s aims. Robert G. Williams noted that Kennedy’s “Alliance for Progress boosted Central America’s beef-export business,” for example, and that “the World Bank, AID, and the IADB” all viewed beef “as a pragmatic, quick way to achieve export-led growth.” This beef, DeWalt continued, was “not bound for the estimated 58 percent of Honduran children under five years of age who suffer from identifiable malnutrition,” but rather for the U.S.—the source of “insatiable demand for livestock products” and “the largest importer,” by a long shot, “of Central American beef export.” As U.S. citizens gorge themselves on steaks and hamburgers, “food supplies in poorer countries become scarcer, unemployment increases, and the land and other resources are increasingly degraded.” Poor Hondurans thus were forced “to compete with the animals for the locally available resources.”

Step Aside Panama Canal: China To Build Nicaragua Canal, "World's Largest Infrastructure Project Ever"  8/6/2014 Zero Hedge: "A month ago, a Nicaraguan committee approved Chinese billionaire Wang Jing's project to create The Nicaraguan Canal. With a planned capacity to accommodate ships with loaded displacement of 400,000 tons (notably bigger than The Panama Canal), the proposed 278-kilometer-long canal that will run across the Nicaragua isthmus would probably change the landscape of the world's maritime trade. "The project is the largest infrastructure project ever in the history of man in terms of engineering difficulty, investment scale, workload and its global impact," Wang told reporters, adding that with regard the project's financing, which is around $50 billion, Wang seems quite confident, "If you can deliver, you will find all the world's money at your disposal."

Hope Dwindles for Hondurans Living in Peril  8/2/2014 NYT: "The economic distress and migration laid the ground for the emergence of powerful street gangs, and government dysfunction gave them staying power. They have roots in Los Angeles, among Salvadoran refugees who fled there during the civil war. After the war, gang members were deported and, taking advantage of weak institutions, re-emerged on their home turf with little to keep them in check."

U.S. Military: More Counter-Narcotics Funding Will Help Stem Exodus of Children from Central America  7/29/2014 NarcoNews: “… It has been the malignant effects of immense drug trafficking through these nonconsumer nations [in Central America] that is responsible for accelerating the breakdown in their national institutions of human rights, law enforcement, courts, and eventually their entire society as evidenced today by the flow of children north and out of the conflictive transit zone,” Kelly wrote. “… I believe that the mass migration of children we are all of a sudden struggling with is a leading indicator of the negative second- and third-order impacts on our national interests that are now reality due to the near unimpeded flow of drugs up the isthmus [Central America], as well as the unbelievable levels of drug profits (approximately $85 billion) available to transnational criminal organizations to literally buy police departments, court systems and even governments.”

U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans  7/24/2014 NYT: "Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal."

The Honduras Drug War  6/27/2014 CounterPunch 

Why Are Honduran Children Leaving?  6/27/2014 CounterPunch: "The spirited festivities of the Brazilian World Cup qualifying matches Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez enjoyed last week stood in stark contrast to the cold grey Homeland Security buildings where thousands of Honduran children met with U.S. officials to search for next of kin and start deportation proceedings. Instead of advocating for the youth of his country, the Honduran president delegated his wife, the First Lady, to escort these children to Honduras and has ordered inadequate and short-term shelters to receive them."

Sospechan que asesinato de alcalde de Iriona, Colón fue por encargo  5/17/2014 La Prensa, Honduras: "Carlos Alberto Valle, alcalde de Sabá y de la misma afiliación política, lamentó el hecho y dijo que se ha ido un buen amigo y un excelente líder. Al velatorio llegaron todos los alcaldes del departamento de Colón, quienes condenaron el asesinato y exigen una investigación profunda de los hechos."

Expulsión y el exterminio del pueblo garífuna en Honduras.  5/12/2014 Land Portal: "La expulsión y el exterminio del pueblo garífuna está planificado de antemano. Sabemos que un pueblo sin su territorio, sin su identidad, sin su cultura es un pueblo que estámuerto Miriam Miranda, OFRANEH"

Days six to ten of the Ciriboya UNAH nurse/med student brigade  2/6/2014 Quotha: "While the students were in the community, I had to go buy gas and supplies with Dr. Valcárcel and some of the Cubans. We ran into the man who'd been at the Cubans' house days earlier profusely bleeding from a cut tendon. They'd operated on him at the hospital that same morning (after coffee) and now, just days later, he was already well on his way to being healed. Dr. Valcárcel fixed him a sling with a cloth he had handy while the others bought food inside."

Israel’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.’”

AVANZA AMPLIACION DEL PRIMER HOSPITAL GARIFUNA  1/10/2014 YouTube 

Garifuna Hospital promo video  1/10/2014 YouTube 

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)."

Afrodescendientes o Garifunas : raza o cultura  9/18/2013 OFRANEH: "La utilización del término afrodescendientes para suplantar el gentilicio de Garífuna, es un ardid con trasfondo político mas que cultural, destinado a complacer los mandatos de organismos financieros que vienen promoviendo la entrega de nuestro territorio ancestral a cambio de una supuesta inserción en el mercado laboral y las instituciones del Estado."

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."

Agua Zarca, Honduras: la negación del derecho a la consulta y la Criminalización de los Pueblos Indígenas  8/13/2013 OFRANEH: "El asesinato el pasado 15 de julio de Tomas García y las heridas infrigidas a su hijo Allen García, a manos de elementos de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras, señalan la violencia estructural existente en Honduras y el inicio de una clara ofensiva en contra de los pueblos y comunidades que se resisten al saqueo de su territorio y la madre tierra. Previo al asesinato de Tomas Garcia, comenzó una campaña de intimidación y criminalización de los líderes(as) del Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH), cuando el pasado 25 de mayo les fue plantada un arma en el vehículo que se conducían Bertha Cáceres, Tomás Gómez y Aureliano Molina pretexto que ha servido para perseguir a las voces que con valentía vienen defendiendo a los pueblos indígenas y sus territorios."

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 [1]. (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 [2]."

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 

Honduran activist tours Wisconsin  3/30/2012 Workers' World: "Dr. Luther Castillo, a Garifuna doctor from Honduras and a member of the National Resistance movement there, traveled throughout Wisconsin March 14 through 18 as part of a national tour sponsored by the Honduras Solidarity Network. Castillo, a graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba, spoke not only on the fight for health care as a human right, but also informed audiences about the Honduran resistance movement that is waging a fierce, ongoing struggle against U.S. imperialism and its puppets in Honduras."

Presentation: Dr. Luther Castillo & Prof. Ariel Reyes in Pillsbury  3/25/2012 YouTube: "Dr. Luther Castillo Harry is a specialist in familiar medicine and public health."

Dr. Luther Castillo and the struggles of the Garifuna people of Honduras  3/21/2012 SF Examiner: "Given the American State Department’s ambivalence about things Cuban and the medical profession’s general misgivings about alternative medicine, Dr. Castillo’s exploits have been under-publicized. Labeled “Public Enemy #1” by the Honduran military, Dr. Castillo “finds it difficult to leave the struggle” because as a humanitarian and voice for the Garifuna people, he feels “we have the right to dream, too.”"

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?"

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