Solidarity Urged: Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano detained in Honduras
Freedom for Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano
To all Honduran Human Rights organizations and international agencies, we inform we have received the following denunciation regarding the young man Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano, who has been detained in Honduras, we demand that he is freed immediately and all his civil, political and human rights are fully respected.
To these ends we are divulging the denunciation as it was sent us
Ah, the changing ethical concerns of minor celebrity...You know you're having an impact when you start getting hate mail.
See http://libwww.freelibrary.org/. Who needs fascism when you have neoliberalism? The libraries in Philly are heavily used. I did an event this summer on Honduras there at the huge Free Library and 100 people showed up. The stacks were crowded. You don't need to burn books when you can just shut off public access.
Again with the connections: Myrna Castro, Philadelphia City Council == Same Process. This must be stopped. Go to the website's home page to see the numbers to call and the other actions being organized.
To the utter delight of nearly all my Honduran friends, the head of an important national business association and once of the most powerful golpistas, Adolfo Facussé, was unceremoniously taken from his plane on arrival to Miami and sent back to Honduras, sin visa. Since it happened two days ago the jokes circulating, including a rather elaborate MasterCard ("MelCard") one ("priceless"), are quite a breath of fresh air for a group of small-d democrats who know the worst is still likely yet to come.
Beyond the G20 Monday, September 14, 2009
11:00 AM. GLOBAL JUSTICE BIKE RIDE Meet in Dupont Circle (at the fountain) for a global justice bike ride! Earth-supporting cyclists will bike to emblematic locations in the city to demonstrate why and how we're moving beyond the G20. This is a bike ride for earth justice supporters, cycling enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to bike beyond the G20. No permit: This will be a festive group ride through the city and we do not have a permit for it.
This terrifying yet totally unsurprising development is reported on in Spanish here. Honduran businessmen, unable to find enough willing domestic mercenaries with the necessary training, are seeking international forces to make up their new terrorist "Frente Alvarez Martinez." The unspoken in all of this--since June 28th and before--is the drug cartels, which have more power than anyone, ANYONE, in Honduras.
Once again, xenophobic red-baiting to prevent healthcare access in U.S./xenophobic red-baiting to prevent democracy in Honduras. Same thing, y'all. From Jesse Freeston:
The ties between the Bush-era secret prisons carried forward by Obama and the coup-leaders in Honduras are indeed notable, not only for their shared use of genocidal War-on-Terror and tough-on-crime ideology and practice in the execution of their war on the poor, but also in the planned construction of similar high-security prisons (by former Mossad contractors), approved by the Honduran congress.
From the "Political Crisis" section of El Tiempo
Provisional president Roberto Micheletti confirmed receipt of a letter from the U.S. consulate in which it is explained that his visa has been revoked "and therefore [royal] we no longer have a diplomatic visa nor a tourist visa," he said in a statement to the capital radio station HRN.
When I wrote my book, it necessarily had to be in English for a variety of institutional and (my own) skill-related reasons. But the primary intended audience was never English-reading academics. It was Hondurans who were experiencing the state and other forms of structural violence that are the primary focus of the book. Since before it was published I have been seeking a Spanish-language publisher willing to finance the translation, which, done right by a professional translator (preferably a Honduran), would cost quite a few grand.