Where Will the Children Play? Neoliberal Militarization in Pre-Election Honduras

My new article with the above title is available on Upside Down World.

Translation and images of search warrant issued against activist Edwin Espinal

The following are pictures and a translation of the search warrant issued permitting FNRP activist Edwin Robelo Espinal's house to be violently ransacked in an operation involving 50-60 heavily armed military police officers wearing ski masks, around 6 dogs, at least one high-ranking officer of the national police, and 3 or 4 embedded reporters.

Heraldo: LIBRE's hatred for the armed forces puts citizenry in danger

The front-page rhetoric heats up. This is the fair and balanced journalism on the stands this morning:

Libre's [sic] dangerous hatred for the armed forces: National Party campaign head, Oscar Álvarez, fears that this hatred, which is shared by the Pac [sic, Salvador Nasralla's Partido Anti-Corrupción], threatens the citizenry that demands security. Libre [sic] responds that soldiers are not supposed to guard traffic lights but rather borders and national sovereignty.

Credit-zenship and death squad trading cards

Juan Orlando Hernández never ceases to amaze. This video, published October 9th, outlines his plan for a National Credit Card (discounts on health care!), bringing corporate citizenship to a whole new level. Not only are corporations valued more than citizens in the "democratic" process; individual citizenship may now only be properly articulated through one's subjugation to corporations.

National Party propaganda about LIBRE Party

Apparently the National Party has been creating fake LIBRE propaganda to terrify the public and bolster the PN's utterly fictitious claims about LIBRE representing a descent into socialism (on logical par with Tea Party accusations of Obamacare being socialist-if only either claim held a grain of truth...). They are putting a lot of resources into their dirty tricks, and undoubtedly have many more up their sleeves. Click image for larger version:

Neoliberal holiday

Honduran doctors have been on strike for lack of pay and medical supplies for weeks now (Lobo's response: contract scabs), and today Lobo declared a national holiday because the soccer team qualified for the World Cup in Brasil. Me, I've been trying to figure out whether or not I still get to teach my afternoon class on healthcare in the neoliberal order during the feriado. Here are some things on which I've been meaning to comment for a while.

Even While Critiquing USG, CPJ Spreads State Department Propaganda

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued its first ever report on press freedoms in the U.S. last Thursday. Leonard Downie Jr., author of the report and former executive editor of The Washington Post, was interviewed on Democracy Now last Friday in glowing coverage of the report.

Walking the bridge

Today I went to the mayoreo, like most Saturdays. At the big open air market by the stadium I get my vegetables (green bell peppers, potatoes, onions, cebollinas, eggplants, avocados, garlic—the tiny Honduran kind, not the big Chinese variety—etc.), fruits (juice oranges, pineapples, bananas and plantains, papayas, etc.), hand-cut bacon, lentils, suspiros to give away, quesillo and mantequilla crema at Karla's dairy post (#20), a few dozen eggs, and whatever else looks good.

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