Niños Mariposas Vigil, Monday Oct. 27th

AU students from anthropology and other departments are sponsoring a vigil demanding justice for unaccompanied minors next Monday, October 27th at 6:30pm at St. John's Church (16th & H St NW) outside the White House. I will be speaking there. Please join us!
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Communiqué from Scherly Arriaga, Vice Chair, LIBRE Congressional Caucus


Security is not for everyone in Honduras: a public statement on the threats received, attempted murders and assassinations of members of the political opposition and their families.

This Sunday--Unaccompanied Minors: Bad Parents or Bad Policy?

American University Public Anthropology Conference Roundtable Discussion:
Unaccompanied Minors: Bad Parents or Bad Policy?

Sunday Oct. 5th, 3:30-5:30pm
Room 245, Mary Graydon Center (Main Quad)
American University Main Campus

U.S.-funded Honduran police involved in counterinsurgency & death squad activities

The apparently staged torture scenes in the beginning are gratuitous, but should perhaps be viewed with patience for the cultural context of death porn hegemony in Honduras. Because the rest of this video is really important.

Liberals talk Cuba, the video version

I wrote about this last week here:

against policy (from David Graeber's Fragments)

I think I should repost this once every month or so. From Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, p. 9:

against policy (a tiny manifesto):
The notion of “policy” presumes a state or
governing apparatus which imposes its will on
others. “Policy” is the negation of politics; policy is
by definition something concocted by some form of
elite, which presumes it knows better than others
how their affairs are to be conducted. By partici-
pating in policy debates the very best one can

Samuel Santos is not afraid of Juan Orlando Hernández

The public health sector and the workers trying to protect it are under serious, violent attack. I really hope this brave doctor does not get killed.

Liberals talk Cuba

Yesterday afternoon I finally accepted the invitation to go to one of the annual conferences of the Inter-American Dialogue (referred to by many on the Washingtonian left as the Monologue), in the basement level of the posh Willard Intercontinental Hotel. After office hours, I took the metro downtown and considered stopping to buy fancier pants before heading to the event.

Margarita Murillo, death squads and desperation

Margarita Murillo was murdered yesterday. She is one of the most formidable women I've ever met. It wasn't the 1980s death squads that killed her, even as she confronted that regime.

The State of Art in Honduras

Now that I'm back in the U.S. it feels a little safer to blog again. I'll start with this brilliant example of arts patronage in Honduras. You'll recall that following the coup, Zelaya's Minister of Culture, Arts & Sports, the renowned historian Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle was forced into exile (he spent his first semester teaching at Harvard) and the head of the IHAH (Honduran Institute for Anthropology and History), likewise renowned historian Darío Euraque, was illegally ousted from his post.

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