Posts Tagged ‘Hillary Clinton’

Democracy and the US presidential elections

2016-11-12

The democracy most know has over the years undergone a radical transformation in the United States. Where one person, one vote would traditionally work, in the US the candidates in general tend to represent the corporations that fund their candidacy and political positions. The two political parties which admit of no serious contenders have become corporate, and the citizens they are elected to represent have been largely ignored – until the next voting cycle approaches. (more…)

Honduras, model of export-led growth?

2016-04-13

Just a heavy dollop of irony.

The news is pleasant enough. In some local paper appears a photo or two of visiting corporate executives chatting with local officials. There is the confident good news: well-paying jobs and an improved standard of living for some community poor but rich in newly discovered natural resources, rapid economic development is around the corner. But in many cases bitter reality strikes, and hard.

Among the countries where such reality is very stark is Honduras, the most unequal country in Latin America and with a poverty rate of some 64%. A journalistic journey helps reinforce the saying, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed – coming to a community near you.” One lesson of caution to be heeded: they come to extract wealth, and the community pays the cost – as the community of Lago Agrio, Ecuador, has long learned as it still awaits resolution to a more than a decade old suit against Chevron.. (more…)

The ghost of Berta Caceres walks abroad

2016-04-03

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’? (more…)

Latin America – the indigenous, an endangered species

2016-03-15

This tragedy is being acted out throughout Latin America.

We have an article from the common dreams blog that focuses on the plight of the indigenous on their own lands, lands from which they are increasingly expelled. Violent death to activists is part of the strategy to ensure submission. Key players in this drama include the multinational corporation (MNC) and its country-of-origin political backer, development agencies, ‘cooperative’ local and state governments and death squads (government or private). As Sian Cowman and Philippa de Boissière report, For Indigenous Peoples, Megadams Are ‘Worse than Colonization’ An excerpt, (more…)