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.
International Criminal Police Organization
The Secretary General
Ronald K. Noble
200, quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 LYON - FRANCE
Telephone: +33 4 72 44 70 05
Lyon, August 28, 2009
Your Excellency President Zelaya,
Last night Canal 36 was attacked with chemicals and a note was left behind threatening and listing names of people from the Resistance and some of President Zelaya´s cabinet who will be attacked.
La Tribuna Politics, 9 September, 2009 (my translation)
TEGUCIGALPA.- A novel strategy for motivating voters would be supported by the Honduran business sector, to support the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) in the electoral process for which the arrival of foreign observers at the November 29th election is being negotiated.
The Honduran Coup, Crisis for President Obama , or, "Mr. President, Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining”, by Andrew Taylor, Sep 09, 2009
In one of Clint Eastwood’s finest movies of the Western genre, 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' (1976) the character 'Fletcher’ has a memorable line: “Senator: Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”
Join me and filmmaker/journalist Oscar Estrada this Friday evening (September 11th) at the incomparable Shoe Shop in my new favorite city, Philadelphia, for a film screening and discussion about the Honduran resistance, its current limitations, and its vast possibilities. From the facebook event description:
State Violence & the Resistance Movement in Honduras
What lies beneath...and beyond the coup?
Speaking tour on Honduras with Lisa Sullivan of School of the Americas Watch, coming to a city near you.
Lisa Sullivan's Speaking Schedule
9/9/09 Chicago, Illinois
12:30 p.m. Brown Bag lunch, 8TH Day Justice Center
205 W Monroe St, # 500
Sponsored by the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America and 8th Day Justice Center
Erin Armstrong, 773-293-2964
7-9 p.m. “The Honduras Coup: A Report from the Grassroots”
Dear Friends of Los Necios,
A warm greeting from Honduras which 73 days after the military coup is still protesting and taking direct action against the fascist regime which continues to repress, violate and steal the country of its resources. The Honduran pueblo along with people, organisations and governments worldwide continue to press for the return of the President Manuel Zelaya, the return to constitutional order and an Asamblea Nacional Constituyente. The Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe de Estado has as always been busy in the past few days coordinating actions around the country and responding to the initiation of the election campaign by the de facto government.
[Translator's note: beyond the hyperbolic rhetoric of the righteous resistance, this contains fascinating (to me, at least) information on the tightly woven oligarchic fabric of Honduras. Some of the details contained here are contextualized much more clearly in the exceptionally long document I, Charles Utwater and Doug Zylstra recently translated (and which I posted here). For those who aren't steeped in Honduras, this will mean little more than Wow! That's a pretty tight oligarchy they've got there. Of course, ruling-class coup opponents are related to ruling-class golpistas too. It's all one big–or more accurately, small–unhappy family right now.]
I received this email from Jesse–who I've gotten to know this summer through his work on Honduras–last week, and decided it needed to be shared (with his permission). His work is an excellent model of what the "new journalism" can and should be.
Dear person of great interest and importance to me,