The assassination of one of the world’s most celebrated activists earlier this year is a reminder that indigenous peoples in Honduras and other parts of Latin America face the same sort of plutocracy they faced hundreds of years ago
Dias despues de sufrir un doble atentado, Felix Molina vuelve a trabajar en el caso del asesinato de Berta Caceres
Days after suffering a double attempt on his life, Felix Molina gets back to work covering the case of slain indigenous leader Berta Caceres
Grahame Russell of Rights Action Canada says there are too many serious irregularities with the investigation to trust it
Jesse Freeston, the director of the documentary “Resistencia,” tells us how Berta Caceres has become a martyr in the struggle against the Honduran post-coup regime and how the Obama administration bears responsibility for the current situation in Honduras.
Alexander Main of CEPR says protesters are also demanding a United Nations-backed commission like the one that forced the resignation of President Molina in Guatemala
Activists and some election observers in Honduras vow to call for free and fair recount in election they say as rigged in favor of the ruling conservative party
Garifuna communities and developers battle over mega-tourism projects Afro-descendant Hondurans are struggling against mega-tourism projects that threaten their way of life. The Garifuna people, who live on the north coast of Honduras, are fighting against the construction of the Los Micos Beach and Golf Resort, a development project featuring 750 acres of beach houses and a hotel. Los Micos is financed by the Honduran government and 43 of the country's richest investors. Developments like these have accelerated since the 2009 military coup, and President Pepe Lobo has declared Honduras "open for business." The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other international organizations have said that tourism is the key to lifting the Garifuna communities out of poverty. But some Hondurans disagree. “These interests aren't going to divide us now, and we aren't going to let what has happened to many towns happen to us,” said Alfredo Lopez, a community leader fighting against mega tourism projects, who also runs a radio station in the small town of Triunfo de la Cruz. “They have disappeared. They don't know who they are. They have lost their language. We know what's at stake here, and that's why we are in resistance.”
Annie Bird of Rights Action discusses May 11th killings
Communities organize amid escalating violence in Honduras
Alexander Main on the May 11 Killings in Ahuas and the Impact of the U.S. War on Drugs in La Moskitia, Honduras
The remote community of Ahuas, Honduras is located deep inside the countryâ€™s Miskitu coast, a tightly-woven indigenous community long forgotten by government help but also by crime. In contrast to the rest of the country, which boasts the highest murder rate per capita in the world, Ahuas is a peaceful place with deep family ties. But that changed in the early morning hours of May 11, when soldiers opened fire from U.S. government helicopters, killing four people, including two pregnant women, a child and a young father. Now Ahuas and the Moskitia have become ground zero in the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.)â€™s Operation Anvil and the broader U.S. war on drugsâ€”changing the lives of the gente del Rioâ€”River Peopleâ€”forever. Produced by Kaelyn Forde and Craig Stubing.
A video essay shot by Jihan Hafiz (music by Simon Rios)
Adrienne Pine: 40 Honduran scholars, supported by 300 academics from 29 countries, sent a letter to President Obama demanding the end of U.S. support for Honduran military and police trainingâ€”and that the war on drugs is not a rationale for supporting a regime that is violently suppressing its own people.
Right wing CHLI started by same Cuban American politicians who backed the 2009 Honduran coup and subsequent fraudulent elections that brought Lobo to power