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From Greg McCain: Campesino activist Felix Corea attacked by sugar company Azunosa

Around midday today, 10/08, Felix Corea member of CNTC in El Progreso was deliberately run over by a car belonging to the AZUNOSA sugar company [my comment-Azunosa, like Dinant, gets greenwashed by WWF], eyewitnesses said, and is in critical condition at San Pedro Sula.

Nomás que salga...

In honor of the release of Caro Quintero (while refraining from issuing an opinion on said release), I present to you El TRI:

Dudley Althaus Writes a Dud of an Article on Drug Violence in Honduras

A very bad article titled Very bad things are happening in Honduras is getting a lot of circulation. It's sensational and sloppy, not necessarily in that order. It is written by Dudley Althaus, who also writes for that repository of Drug War propaganda, InSight Crime.

Campesinos from MUCA participate under duress in the 4th Latin American RSPO Conference in San Pedro Sula Honduras

Campesinos from MUCA participate under duress in the 4th Latin American RSPO Conference in San Pedro Sula Honduras
(translation of this Tuesday, August 6 press release by Vicki Cervantes)

This afternoon the IV Latin American Conference of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), its English abbreviation, began in the city of San Pedro Sula, an event that is being organized by the Agricultural and Ranching Secretariat (SAG) the Federation of Palm Growers and African Palm Industries of Honduras, with the support of FUNDERM, WWF, SNV and SOLIDARIDAD.

Expanding Palm Oil Empires In The Name Of 'Green Energy' And 'Sustainable Development'

See original in English and Spanish at Food First's site. Suggested actions below!

Expanding Palm Oil Empires In The Name Of 'Green Energy' And 'Sustainable Development'

Press Release By: Rights Action, Rainforest Rescue, Biofuelwatch and Food First

6th August 2013 – International environmental and human rights campaigners condemn the 4th Latin American Palm Oil Conference to be held by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Honduras on 6th-8th August

From 6th-8th August, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is holding its 4th Latin American Conference on so-called sustainable palm oil in Honduras [1]. (Conference website: http://rspo2013.com/). Environmental and social campaigners have been shocked to learn that one event sponsor is the palm oil company Dinant Corporation, owned and controlled by Miguel Facusse, the largest landowner in Honduras. They are calling on World Wildlife Fund WWF and three other organisations to withdraw from and denounce the conference being held in Honduras due to the Dinant’s sponsorship of the event and the serious human rights implications [2].

More excuses for militarization in Honduras

The strong discourse of Honduran police corruption is being used as a justification for the intensification of the country's militarization. In international and national news for the past couple of days numerous stories have appeared using the menace of gang violence and police corruption to rationalize the military's takeover of the National Penitentiary, previously run by the national police.

Honduras will host the 4th Palm Oil Conference (celebrating the murder of peasants)

Shame—once again—on WWF for greenwashing the murderous palm oil industry. It is no wonder that DICTA waited until a week before the conference to announce it in the Honduran media. Click title for original article in La Tribuna

Honduras will host the 4th Palm Oil Conference
July 31, 2013 - 2:59 PM
(my translation)

State holds a meeting in (non-)response to Cardin letter

A "media note" from State today advertises that a Meeting of the U.S.-Honduras Bilateral Human Rights Working Group will take place on Wednesday:

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 29, 2013

The United States and Honduras will hold a meeting of the Bilateral Human Rights Working Group on July 31 in Washington, D.C.

More on the kidnapping of two Human Rights Accompaniers

  1. An Urgent Action, translated to English, from PROAH
  2. translation (from PROAH) of Giorgio Trucchi's article on the kidnapping, below:

Honduras: “Tragically, the terror that we experienced for two hours is part of daily life for this village” says the human rights observer who was held captive

Security measures

A week before coming to Honduras I was at a nice outdoor barbecue party with a lot of government employees and mosquitoes that did not carry the dengue virus. A Honduran friend, Dalia, happened to be there as well. At one point, standing with a small group of other party-goers, our conversation turned to Facebook. My general complaint, in addition to being monitored for nefarious purposes by the government and who-knows-what-else, is addiction.

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