My phone rang last night and I found it just in time to drop the call. Since I'm waiting for several calls from people whose numbers I don't have programmed in, I called right back and heard an unfamiliar voice. He said yes, he'd had a dropped call. Who was I? "Adriana," I replied. "Who are you?" He paused. And I realized my mistake. "Yo soy..." another long pause, "nicaraguense." I said it must have been a wrong number and hung up, cursing myself. There I go, identifying myself to the military again for monitoring purposes. It's not like I'm hard to find in any case, but couldn't I learn from past mistakes? And this after a significant part of an interview I did for a TV Globo mini-doc the other day (should be released soon) focused on military control of telecommunications.
Some random pics from yesterday-
One of so many beautiful urban archeological treasures:
A picture (yes, that's me with the camera) of a t-shirt for sale downtown with a weird, weird message. Is it so loathsome for the poor little blond self-sacrificing emissaries of Jesus to spread his word among the violent ignorant Honduran masses? Because that's kinda how it comes off.
My favorite Injection Clinic sign in Guanacaste (unfortunately, it was too early for the baleadas at la cancha):
A crappy picture of a beautiful moon over Tegucigalpa. Often looking up in Tegucigalpa, I think of Robert Crumb's city cablescapes.
And a night pic of the neoliberalization of healthcare in Honduras. Doc-in-a-box taken to a new level:
I went out to snap a better shot today:
On the way I took a picture of the Magritte attack by Urban Maeztro mentioned in today's AP piece...
...which just happened to be plastered on one of my favorite common Spanish homophonic expressions, "No votar basura," which I took a picture of a couple years ago:
I also passed the Mona Lisa mentioned in the article:
Some excerpts from today's hotel copy of El Heraldo, not necessarily in page order:
Podemos vencer la POVERTY con nuestra fuerza de VOLUNTAD
We can conquer POVERTY with the force of our WILL:
An article about the guy who has been found guilty of killing Carol Cabrera's daughter; no mention of how the murder was deployed as a political tool by Micheletti and the golpista Cabrera against the Resistance in the wake of widespread media attention to Walter Trochez's murder.
General disarmament; in reality a general excuse for intensified violence against the least armed segment of the Aguán population. Another article on the top part of the page continues referring to the FNRP as "Zelayistas" after over three years of that term's misuse. The bottom article notes that children in the Aguán "show signs of stress," for which medical and psychological treatment is recommended. If you were to ask this medical anthropologist for recommendations, while she would not deny the immediate need for medical and psychological care, she'd first and foremost recommend to the Honduran and U.S. governments: Stop killing children's family members and burning their families' homes and crops. Just a thought.
The Heraldo is sad for the banks, who suffer from the campesinos' land grabs.
Looks like the Minister of Finance and his wife will have to be sacrificed to maintain the "integrity" of the system>
The jokes are already coming in, e.g.,
Primer acto: sale un maletin. segundo acto: el maletin tiene un millon de lempiras como se llama la obra? El maleTITO
In this two-pager, we learn that poverty and lack of education are the scourge of youth. Poverty makes youth join bad groups, it informs us. Statistics are presented, as usual, with a total lack of political economic context. Why, you ask, does the youth lack access to education? Don't expect answers here.
On a similar note, yet another book has come out from a development specialist promoting "empowerment" and insertion into the capitalist system as the solution to Honduran women's problems. Sigh.
More bullshit about the imaginary "ciudad blanca" being hyped by the Honduran government to get us to not think about the very real, bloody war being carried out by the DEA and Honduran security forces against the people of the Mosquitia, this time in an "invited" editorial by Gabriela Sánchez, a tourism and hospitality student at the pedagógica:
The first paragraph reads:
The Mosquitia, considered the little Amazon of Central America with its exuberant vegetation and the distance of its typical sites, make it an irresistible tourist attraction for Hondurans and foreigners. This region located in the eastern part of the country, with an incomparable natural beauty, includes several ecosystems that sirve as the habitat for different species of flora and fauna, extensive mangrove swamps, and rich biological and cultural diversity that includes five ethnics groups, among other things, and archeological treasures.
Could one get away with writing something that offensive in a U.S. newspaper? I feel like the racism would at least be couched with a little more subtlety. But maybe I'm wrong. Anyhow, it's full-on mainstream noone-bats-an-eye here.
And finally, flatulence interrupts a ministerial meeting. And is worthy of national news coverage.