The ghost of Berta Caceres walks abroad

What in times past would have been unavailable to the general public is now almost instantaneously available – thanks to new digital media and the blogs. The likes of NYT or WaPo or US cable news no longer dictate what inconvenient truths should be hidden from the public.

That attempt to glorify the farcical US initiative ‘Partnership for Prosperity’ that would comprise Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras is a glorious failure. In Guatemala, its recent President and Vice-President have found themselves in a spot of bother, La Línea and all that. El Salvador has its hands full with rampant violence and criminal gangs. And Honduras, aside its President JO Hernández and that Social Security business, also has to contend with widespread violence and murder.These three countries are among the poorest of the region, but each with a handful of rich and powerful landowners.

That desperate, indigent parents would seek the safety and welfare of their vulnerable children by sending them unescorted on that perilous journey ‘North’ becomes understandable. Which would raise the question of why would any country aid and abet the overthrow of a duly elected President who had set about improving the lot of the downtrodden, thereby reducing the incentive to travel ‘North’?

In would enter Hillary, impatiently belligerent and aggressively inexperienced, with an articulate and inexperienced President, both of whose ineptness would lead to wanton death and destruction in innocent, unsuspecting countries that still reverberates throughout the world. To steal that quotation of Luciana Bohne’s,

As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods.

They kill us for their sport

— Edgar in William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”

Which brings us to the candidate who demands to be the first woman American President – if we ignore Eva Peron – and the ghost of Berta Cáceres that is ever present, hovering over a candidate who sees herself, quite modestly, as the anointed US President. From the americas blog of cepr.net comes a post from Ming Chun Tang of The Intercept, The Coup in Honduras and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

Couple paragraphs to set the scene. We recall that socially inclusive programmes had been bearing fruit, and fairly abundant at that, under the presidency of the wealthy but socially conscious landowner Manuel Zelaya,

In the world’s most dangerous country for environmental activists, Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home in the early hours of March 3. Winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her relentless opposition to the construction of the Agua Zarca dam, which would have threatened the livelihoods of indigenous communities in the area, Cáceres had received numerous threats to her life in connection with her work.

In examining cases of journalists murdered since 2003, PEN International noted that Honduras has an impunity rate of 95 percent, a figure that has risen dramatically since a military coup in 2009. Honduras is even more deadly for environmentalists; at least 109 of them were murdered in Honduras between 2010 and 2015. As over 100 members of the U.S. Congress have pointed out, women, indigenous Hondurans, the LGBT community, Hondurans of African descent and other minorities have also been targeted.

And with all the talk of Donald Trump and the danger he poses to the US and world? ‘The end of the world as we know it.’ Hardly likely. A multi-billionaire, he has wrong-footed the cynical establishment political duopoly that have done little to nothing for the US populace, especially the voiceless, and worse to non-compliant countries, but most for the powerful one percent wealthy that influences their policies. The likes of Clinton and other contenders desperately aspire to be like Trump, his characteristic bombast and ingenious ‘constituency’ pandering aside, and fight to be in his company and that of his peers.

At the counterpunch blog, there are two key posts that capture something of the character of Hillary Clinton.

The Political Murder that Exposed Hillary Clinton’s Dark Role in Honduras

Why I Won’t be Voting for Hillary in November

 And still corporate media continues to overlook that brutal and sadistic Libya matter in which she and her other two Macbethian characters had starred, and despite evidence suggestive of war crimes. Its consequences have become apparent in the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the cause of which corporate US media remains silent in its complicity, as it is shrill in its promotion of that Clinton candidacy.

The violent 2009 coup against Manuel Zelaya has produced a Berta Cáceres, fighter for the human and property rights of her people, one will come to symbolise indomitable resistance to ruthless neoliberalism disguised as humanitarian aid. How she lived her life will hover over those responsible for that avoidable Honduran tragedy.

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