Posts Tagged ‘Guatemala’

Honduras and Guatemala, two days in June

2016-06-28

The murders of indigenous in Honduras, and of Berta Cáceres in particular bring to mind that date, 28 June 2009, first year of the US presidency of Barack Obama and his Secretary of State. On that date, the democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was overthrown in a military coup with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the US. TeleSUR has a post on that event, Honduran Democracy Still in Crisis 7 Years After Coup, with an introduction that invites further reading, (more…)

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Water, nature and protective voices

2016-05-01

The loss of ancestral rights, lands and natural resources continues apace in places where the affected communities lack credible and effective representation. In Guatemala, as Honduras and other countries, the indigenous and campesinos refuse to be silenced, often at the cost of their lives. A recent example is the eleven day march of 15,000 to Guatemala City to protest the ruthless onslaught of corporations on their water resources. As TeleSUR reports,  March for Water: Thousands Protest Corporate Greed in Guatemala (more…)

A Long Read – Progress of one ally in US ‘Alliance for Prosperity’

2015-08-23

That word, context.

Countries of Central America have long been known, disparagingly, as ‘banana republics’. Of late there has been a deluge of immigrants, especially the young, from Central America that is seeking to enter the US to escape the violence and mayhem of their respective country. For its part, the US, in a bid to stem this tide and to stifle the increasingly overt racism and hostility directed at these refugees, sort of developed an ambitious plan. That plan, yet to be approved, comprised a heavy component of ‘security’ with some ‘economic‘ projects. (more…)