I had the privilege of joining host Shihab Rattansi, anthropologist Kregg Hetherington and author Nicholas Kozloff on Al Jazeera English's Inside Story Americas again last night for a show titled Paraguay: A victory for corruption?. Click title to see original with article on AJE's site, or watch below:
Click title for original in Jacobin Magazine:
Life and Death Squads in the World’s Homicide Capital
by Belén Fernández
In a society ravaged by crime, radical ‘law-and-order’ forces end up being at the root of the problem.
Illustration by Erin Schell
American University's Department of Anthropology
10th Annual Public Anthropology Conference
October 5 & 6 2013 in Washington, DC
Call for Panels, Papers, Workshops, & non-traditional Presentations: "PAC at 10: A Decade of Resistance"
Submissions will reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, deadline is August 1, 2013.
Honduran journalist survives murder attempt was published in the Guardian blog, following the longer FNRP English version, Unknown men attempt to murder TV Globo journalist Fidelina Sandoval.
Julián Hernández, President of the campesino group MARCA that recently won a huge legal victory against Miguel Facussé, has been shot dead at a bar in the Aguán. This just months after MARCA's victorious lawyer, Antonio Trejo, was shot dead outside a wedding.
La Tribuna newspaper, owned by Facussé's nephew, claims Hernández's shooting was a suicide.
Suicide is rare in the Aguán, especially amongst those involved in the movement. The assassination of popular leaders is not.
Julián Hernández, president of MARCA (Authentic Movement for the Re-vindication of Aguán Peasants) was found murdered today in his home. The killers attempted to make it look like a suicide. Karen Spring notes:
Batallion 3-16 death squad leader and private security magnate Billy Joya, not content with the power that comes with orchestrating coups and promoting and profiting from policies that amount to invisible genocide (these days increasingly visible, actually), is dabbling in numerology with his new "7-4-7" law, which he claims will increase security "for the children" in a mere seven months. But look who else is profiting from a false definition of security:
My two favorite articles of the week come from former student Philip Rizk (The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt) and current student Siobhán McGuirk (Thatcher: You’ve got to fight! For the left! To party!).
From Greg McCain in Honduras 45 minutes ago:
URGENT ACTION NEEDED!!!!
There is a threat of an eviction of the indigenous community of Rio Blanco who are protesting against the hydroelectric company and proposed dam. Please call Police Commissioner Ponce 001 504 97118034. Demand that he respect the rights of the community to protest
From SOAW (click link for original alert, with photos):
There are several US military installations in the Moskitia as part of the militarization of the region justified by the so-called "War on Drugs," which has been more of a war on the local population in terms of the victims it claims.