Posts Tagged ‘Honduras’

Honduras, even deeper into the depths

2017-12-24

Those Presidential elections in Honduras of 26Nov17. Were there to be any recount, the robbery would be exposed. Were there to be new elections, there would again have to be robbery to achieve ‘the Northern’ result.

How bad is it? Well, when even The Economist, well-established clarion for Western capitalism, calls out the farce that has been played out in Honduras, a ludicrous farce masquerading as ‘elections’, we know something is awry. We start off with this headline, Is Honduras’s ruling party planning to rig an election?Is Honduras’s ruling party planning to rig an election?, which sets the stage for the predictable dénouement. (more…)

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‘…and the weak suffer what they must’?

2017-11-25

If we recall that oft-quoted observation attributed to Thucydides, ‘The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must’, the question arises whether that is the ‘natural order’ or whether ‘the weak’, in their increasing abundance in the midst of a surge in obscene wealth, are distracted into acquiescence or indifference. Curiously, that strategy of distraction seems to work mainly in the ‘advanced countries’ – aside the indigenous. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Honduras – its recent past revisits

2015-06-29

28 June 2009, military coup d’état against the democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya.

TeleSUR revisits those events, especially in the context of the performance of today’s US-supported government – corruption, as intense as the violence (and abject poverty), 6 Years After Honduras’ Coup

In all this has come some US proposal with the grandiose title of Alliance for Prosperity of the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala). ‘Prosperity’ does have a nice ring to it, especially given the high levels of entrenched poverty and inequality amid weak or non-existent social, economic and physical infrastructure. Thus, in one fell swoop, swept away will be the problem of desperate migrants fleeing the consequences of decades of brutal assault against the poor (‘guerrillas’ and ‘terrorists’, all).

The past simply refuses to leave centre stage.