The National Endowment for Democracy is funding an International Center For Journalists initiative Strengthening Investigative Reporting and Transparency in Mexico and Central America. Here's a news flash for you, NED: Investigative Reporting and Transparency in Honduras were doing a lot better before you sponsored sham elections to whitewash a coup.
Not the most critical of articles, but this BBC report provides a window into what is going on. Most obvious flaws: "President Porfirio Lobo has made tackling police corruption a priority"--way too much credit to give Lobo for getting backed into a corner; "[Eduardo Villanueva] blamed a lack of funds for the slowness of the process"--no counterargument offered, leaving intact the implication that if the US were to throw more money at it, it would work.
C-Libre Denounces Death Threats to its Director and Wiretapping
Tegucigalpa.- The Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), denounces to the National and International Community that the journalist and executive director of our organization, Héctor Longino Becerra, received a death threat on Saturday April 20th, via phone call, at approximately 9:42pm.
The call was made by an unknown person from the cell phone number 9737-5471, who stated that they "had a campaign to assassinate him."
Campesino remains exhumed from clandestine grave
Source: Defensores en Linea, Translation from PROAH
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Foto Radio Progreso
Friday's show titled Young and in Debt, produced by Kaelyn Forde, features my student Ashley Lofria talking about her own experience with debt.
A note to my anthropology colleagues: As a member of the AAA's Committee on Anthropological Consulting for Security Institutions (CACSI) I am gathering information on recent U.S. government and private sector intelligence overtures to anthropologists. If you have been contacted by and/or collaborated with any organization that may fit within those categories (see below for one example of such an overture), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with as much information as you feel comfortable sharing with the committee.
Jesuit says US drug war undermines Honduran democracy
April 24th, 2013
By Catholic News Service
SEATTLE – A priest from Honduras says the United States is repeating the same errors in Central America as it did in the 1980s, and his country is suffering as a result.
Please click to see the following articles on the Honduran Accompaniment Project's site:
DELEGATION TO HONDURAS
July 13-21, 2013
THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS & THE ENVIRONMENT
THE MILITARY-BACKED REGIME, & GLOBAL COMPANIES & INVESTORS
Since the June 28, 2009 military coup against the government of Honduras, Rights Action - along with other North American organizations – has been working hard to support the courageous Honduran people's pro-democracy movement.
Despite serious, on-going repression being committed by the regime, the Honduran people - men and women, young and old, teachers, indigenous people, LGBT people, campesino (small farmers), business owners, students - continue to organize and work peacefully for human rights and justice, for a return to democracy and the rule of law, and for a just and fair society and country.
One of the police responsible for torturing TV Globo reporter Uriel Gudiel outside the UNAH-VS, while I was attending a sociology conference in May 2011, has been sentenced to jail. This will be held up as a big improvement on next year's human rights report just as this year's report continues in the Negroponte tradition of downplaying the death squad violence of the client Honduran state.