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Letter from Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson

My translation below. Click image for larger pdf version, also available on today's Heraldo.

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
San Calisto, March 15, 2016

Dearest family members, friends, and all brothers and sisters of Berta Cáceres Flores

Demands of Honduran State from Berta Cáceres' Family

WHAT WE DEMAND FROM THE STATE OF HONDURAS REGARDING THE ASSASSINATION OF BERTHA CACERES FLORES

We strongly condemn the assassination of our compañera and mother, Bertha Cáceres Flores, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which occurred on March 2.

Statement from the daughters, son and mother of Berta Cáceres

STATEMENT FROM THE DAUGHTERS, SON AND MOTHER OF BERTA CÁCERES
Translation by Jesse Freeston
Audio here; Spanish original on COPINH's website here and copied below.

Delivered from the final resting place of our Berta. Our mom, our daughter, our guide.

Rad Med talk w/ Helena Hansen Monday March 7th

I'm excited to be speaking alongside Dr. Helena Hansen at the event organized by the Rad Med Collective this coming Monday. I'll be talking about how Cuba & the Garífuna people in Honduras provide models from which U.S. healthcare providers and advocates can and must learn, and how the fantastic ethnographic film Revolutionary Medicine (by Beth Geglia & Jesse Freeston) has served as an effective organizing tool toward healthcare revolution in the short time since its release. Click below image for pdf flier:

MADJ: Manipulation of the investigation of the crime against Bertita

ALERT: MANIPULATION OF THE INVESTIGATION OF THE CRIME AGAINST BERTITA
Written by the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ) on March 5, 2016
My translation.

The Platform of Social and Popular Movements of Honduras (PMSPH) and the Coalition Against Impunity (CI), ALERTS the national and international community about the following serious problems in relation to the murder of Berta Cáceres:

Beyond Zika: The Collapse of the Health System in Honduras, by Tirza Viera

(my translation, original below)

Beyond Zika: The Collapse of the Health System in Honduras

Recently, the Government of Honduras declared a national emergency due to the Zika epidemic and its probably consequences. At the same time, debate has arisen about the weak capacity of the public health system in Honduras, which corresponds entirely to its historic neglect by the two-party system.

Frank Mora lays out counterinsurgeny plan for Cuba

Democracy's nemesis, Frank Mora, is once again using FIU's pseudoacademic, SOUTHCOM-funded Latin American and Caribbean Center (which a colleague in Florida once aptly described to me as a gusanera) to promote counterinsurgency plans against Latin American democracy. See here for resources on FIU's "Strategic Culture" program to label all left-leaning countries in the hemisphere infantile and in need of (further) U.S.-led militarization, which would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous.

Letter to asylum attorney seeking expert

Dear __________,

Reflection for the Country

Reflection for the Country
(my translation, signatories below)

Some Telesur appearances about Cuba

I had a couple gigs this past week as a Telesur talking head. I always cringe at my TV Spanish (I swear, it's usually better than this). The first, from March 31st, is missing the audio where I said "la obligación de" (in which I cast aspersion on Obamacare as part of a larger argument about negative vs. positive conceptions of human rights).

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