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.
Shi*ter, helping to keep the spirit of Thatcher alive in the OAS. Of course to keep the "dialogue" going, there's the obligatory inclusion of one dissenting voice (from the—as Lomellin puts it—"isolated minority group of states argued that the IACHR singles them out for criticism because the financial support that the commission receives comes mostly from the United States, Canada and the European Union") between Carmen Lomellin's and his own cheerleading party for the privatization of human rights monitoring.
New Report on Deadly Honduras Counterdrugs Operation Raises New Questions Regarding U.S. Role
Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460
Washington, D.C.- A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and Rights Action raises new questions regarding a May 11, 2012 DEA-related counternarcotics operation in which four Afro-indigenous civilians were killed and others were wounded in Honduras’ Moskitia region. The report, “Still Waiting for Justice,” concludes that the Honduran Public Ministry’s report – submitted to the U.S. State Department, and now available online - has “serious flaws,” such as omissions of critical testimony of police agents that suggests that U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents may be responsible for the fatalities and injuries that took place during the operation. The victims included two women (at least one of whom was pregnant), a man and a 14-year-old boy.
Click title link for original in Upside Down World with images and links:
Honduras: Terror in the Aguán
Written by Greg McCain
Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:05
Last year, liberation theologian and recognized Resistence leader Padre Fausto Milla publicly stated that LIBRE had high-level drug traffickers among its candidates. This earned him—no surprise—the enmity of the party, who threatened in return to sue.
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US blacklists Honduran 'drug lord' Chepe Handal
10 April 2013 Last updated at 12:09 ET
The United States Treasury has frozen any assets held in the US by the alleged leader of a Honduran drug-trafficking organisation.
The US Treasury accused Jose Miguel Handal Perez, known as "Chepe Handal", of smuggling cocaine from Colombia and Venezuela to Mexican drug cartels.