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 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.
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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I (of all people) should know by now to never accept an invitation to speak to TV reporters where I'm not being invited as an expert. But this one caught me, and I thought she might be interested in some real analysis about the roots of the current child migration crisis. So I told her all about them in quick, digestible soundbites: the 1980s wars, the 2009 coup, the violence of free trade agreements and U.S.
Last Wednesday, July 9th, I had a lengthy conversation with Dennis Bernstein on KPFA Flashpoints about the Honduran child migration issue. You can listen to that HERE (at about 16 minutes in, although the first section is definitely worth listening to as well). At one point I cited a stat I had seen on a wall a couple days earlier. Granted, not the most "scientific" of data sources, but I have no doubt it's pretty close to true. I would have guessed fewer Hondurans get a higher education, actually.
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Statistics aren't readily available, but Hospital Escuela doctors, psychologists and nurses tell me that in the past two or three years they've seen a sharp increase in child suicide attempts. Just as we've seen sharp increases in child migration and child murders. So many people here still try to explain it all away as a result of bad single mothering. And somehow the media here thinks it's a good idea to do this. Really, don't click.