Charter cities heating up

I have not paid charter cities enough attention, in part because the concept is so patently ludicrous that I didn't want to take it seriously, and in part because, as my favorite Honduran oligarch periodically reminds me, Honduras already is a model country (going by the model provided for ciudades modelos), so why should we act like this is something special? But despite the idea's ludicrousness on the one hand, and the continuity it represents with the narcoestado golpeado neoliberal de Honduras on the other, charter cities are both a real threat and an extreme example of democracy usurpation in the interest of profit, particularly profit from large-scale drug trade. And debate is intensifying as they come closer to becoming a reality.

Belén Fernandez approached the topic with her customary scathing brilliance in an Al Jazeera article a couple weeks ago in Partitioning Honduras: The advent of charter cities, which was also cited in Keane Bhatt's latest spot-on NACLA blog post, News Reports Confirm Drastic Deterioration of Honduran Sovereignty.

And more recently, brazen stupidity from a Romer cheerleader named John Otis How a TED talk inspired a utopia urban vision in Honduras. I'd break it down, but reader, you're not stupid, and the title kind of says it all.

Another cheerleading piece masquerading as hard-hitting journalism ("some will say..."), in which Stephen Sackur of the BBC gives an exclusive to the creepily evil Mark Klugman: Radical experiment to beat drugs trade in Honduras. Klugman, a political strategist trained under Reagan and in Chile who worked on Lobo's 2005 campaign, is also given a soapbox here.

Yesterday in the Guardian, we were told that Hondurans with complaints about the RED zones can seek justice in Mauritius (10,000 miles away) or in London.

Meanwhile, OFRANEH has led the fight against charter cities. It launched the campaign against charter cities, which would be built on empty Garifuna lands, on July 18th.