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 email@example.com 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.
In the Aguán, another leader has been assassinated, and it barely makes the news. Instead, La Prensa continues its campaign against campesinos, blaming MUCA for the violence in the Aguán. Below translation from Sandra Cuffe:
ANACH secretary murdered by assassins under the command of landowners, amid constant militarization
On Sunday, April 21, at 3pm, assassins aboard a vehicle murdered National Association of Campesinos of Honduras (ANACH) General Secretary Alfonso Bonilla, 48, by means of multiple gunshot wounds in the community of dos Bocas in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Aguan, in the department of Colon, Honduras.
The deceased was inside his home in the community of dos Bocas when heavily armed men got out of a vehicle and began shooting him repeatedly, killing him instantly.
The police are on strike. The Capital at the Mercy of Criminals, the headline reads.
I had the privilege of joining host Shihab Rattansi, anthropologist Kregg Hetherington and author Nicholas Kozloff on Al Jazeera English's Inside Story Americas again last night for a show titled Paraguay: A victory for corruption?. Click title to see original with article on AJE's site, or watch below:
Click title for original in Jacobin Magazine:
Life and Death Squads in the World’s Homicide Capital
by Belén Fernández
In a society ravaged by crime, radical ‘law-and-order’ forces end up being at the root of the problem.
Illustration by Erin Schell