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12/8/17


Democracy-NOW: No Democracy Here: Ousted Honduran Pres. Zelaya Says 2009 US-Backed Coup Let to Election Crisis - The oppressive government, funded by US taxpayers and supported by US politicians from both parties, stopped counting votes when the opposition party pulled ahead. Riots ensued. The corporate controlled US media was silent.


12/2/17


Common Dreams: US Outrage Grows At Risk of Honduran Election Theft, 50 Groups Join Call


8/30/17


Center for Economic and Policy Research: Investigation Reveals New Details of US Role in 2009 Honduran Military Coup and Intercept -  Synopsis: The Pentagon, with help from Sec. of State Clinton, used its relationships on the ground in Honduras to undermine career diplomats at the US State Department. The old School of the Americas (now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), greatly expanded under the Reagan administration and re-branded by George W. Bush, has trained right-wing Latin Americans in the art of murder, torture and military coups for decades.


The Honduran military, working for the rich Honduran oligarchs, used that training to oust the democratically elected Zelaya on 6/28/09. In the end, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton took the side of the Republicans and right-wingers to seal his fate and now she and they bear full responsibility for the murder and chaos that is part of the everyday life of the Honduran people. The first place the airplane that took Zelaya out of the country landed after kidnapping him was the US air base in Honduras - Soto Cano/Palmerola. The US Ambassador at the time, Hugo Llorens, clearly called it “an illegal and unconstitutional coup.”


8/25/17


National Catholic Reporter: Honduran Coup’s Legacy of Violence, Corruption Endures - A very good short summary. The coup of 2009 was illegal, supported by Hillary, and probably carried out with USA/Obama, Clinton and right-wing Rethuglican supervision. Honduras has not become the murder and corruption capital of the world by accident.


8/15/17


Irish Times: A Day to Remember Archbishop Oscar Romero - Romero was born 100 years ago today. He was murdered on orders from Roberto D’Aubuisson, whose right-wing death squads murdered thousands of Salvadoran peasants, including the well known murders of 4 Catholic nuns. D’Aubuisson was trained at the School of the Americas in Columbus, GA, and his activities were financed mostly through Reagan’s Iran-Contra scheme, coordinated by John Negroponte, as ambassador to Nicaragua, and Oliver North. Thousands more peasants in that country and also Guatemala and Honduras were murdered with funds from Reagan’s Iran-Contra slush fund. George W. Bush made Negroponte his representative to the UN, Ambassador to Iraq, and first National Intelligence Director. In all cases, both Rethughs and Democraps almost unanimously supported Negroponte. In 2016, Hillary Clinton loudly celebrated her endorsement from this same John Negroponte.


8/12/17


Reuters: Latin America Rebukes Trump - ...including many of Maduro’s Latin American opponents...the day before the start of VP Pence’s Latin American tour. Great timing Trumpster! What an idiot.


8/9/17


Intercept: Sphere of Influence: How American Libertarians Are Remaking Latin American Politics - Extremely informative and dot-connecting article.


Honduras, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile are just some of the countries south of our border (see map about half way down - followed by a quick history of libertarian thought) that have experienced regime change as a result of influence from the Atlas Network - funded by the US State Department, the US Agency for International Development, the US Information Agency, the International Communications Agency (now both folded into the US Ministry of Truth aka Global Engagement Center (presented by Obama to Trump), and Here), the National Endowment for Democracy, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Center for International Private Enterprise, the secretive and very well funded, climate-change-denying Donors Trust, and the Koch Bros. Venezuela and Ecuador are next on the list.


The hundreds of ultra-conservative “think tanks” that they and many US corporations (Pfizer, Phillip Morris, Exxon, Master Card...) finance push the ideals of slashing taxes on the wealthy, downsizing the public sector and placing it under the control of private corporations, liberalized trade rules and the destruction of labor unions, all repackaged as ideologies for the public good. The article also explains how the economic slowdown and inflation of the early 70’s led to the supply side, voodoo economics of Reagan and Thatcher. These theories, by the way, have never accomplished their stated aims (job growth, economic improvement for everyone) but have totally accomplished their actual aims (greater riches and political power for the 1% and growing income and wealth inequality).


Well at least interference in the internal affairs of other countries is one thing that Rethugs and Democraps can both agree on. For anyone in the US to take offense at other country’s meddling in our internal affairs is the height of hypocrisy.


7/31/17


The Hill: Harsher Sanctions on Venezuela Will Only Worsen the Nation’s Crisis - Whether it was Bush, Obama or now Trump, for American oligarchs this has always been about one and only one thing: O...I...L. Venezuela has lots of it, and they want it.


NYTimes: Venezuela’s Opposition Suffers a Crippling Blow - All in all, a fairly balanced article, except for the part about “the constituent assembly, with the power to rewrite the Constitution to favor Mr. Maduro”. The constituent assembly is a group of 540 ordinary citizens representing various regions, sectors and indigenous groups to make whatever changes to the laws of the country that they see fit. The rich “opposition,” partially funded with US taxpayer money  and Here, would like to re-establish rule of the rich like it was before Chavez. There is no better example of this opposition than Leopoldo Lopez, and Here, the rich son of top executives of the two largest media conglomerates (Cisneros Group and El Nacional), and husband of the country’s most popular soap opera/reality show actress Lilian Tintori.


7/27/17


NYTimes: US Orders Relatives of Embassy Staff in Venezuela to Leave Country - That is traditionally the final warning before an eminent US invasion. Shortages and inflation are caused just as much by US sanctions (coutesy of Bush and Obama) as from mismanagement on the part of Maduro. On Sunday, Venezuelans are scheduled to vote for a Constituent Assembly, necessitated by the fact that the current 3 branches of the Venezuelan government are completely deadlocked. The Constituent Assembly will give the people of Venezuelans from all walks of life the right to decide what to do. The protestors are mostly well-healed neoliberals supported by the USA, and their violent activities and consequent looting have caused most of the fatalities.


The US and neoliberals within the country understand that if the vote on the constituent assembly is allowed to take place, their interests will be defeated by the will of the majority of the people who simply want a voice in their government. The US and rich Venezuelans will do whatever is necessary to prevent the people of Venezuela from controlling their own destiny.


7/25/17


UK Independent: CIA Chief Hints Agency Is Working to Change Venezuelan Government - And Americans go all crazy at even the rumor that Russia attempted to interfere in our election.


7/20/17


Telesur: Honduran Students March to Protest Education Budget Crisis


7/15/17


Telesur: Time for the International Left To Take A Stand On Venezuela


6/28/17


International Action Center: Bolivarian Venezuela Resists USA and OAS Plots


4/18/17


Telesur: US Gives Green Light for Coup in Venezuela


4/10/17


TelesurTV: Venezuela Resists


4/8/17


TelesurTV: US Pumped $4.2M in 2015 to Destabilize the Venezuelan Government


3/14/17


Telesur: Honduran President Rewards Firm Accused of Killing Campesinos


3/2/17


Center for Economic and Policy Research: The Continuing Deterioration of Human Rights in Honduras


11/6/16


The Hill: Vatican Mediation in Venezuela Changes Political Equation for Washington - From the article: In 2002, Bush backed a violent overthrow of the democratically elected Chavez government. That didn’t work out, so now Obama is attempting ‘regime change’ through economic means, declaring Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to US security,” which is absurd. He and the lapdog corporate media now falsely blame the resulting inflation and shortage of basic goods on the Maduro government. Both Bush and Obama have tried every means possible to support the fractured opposition, which is a sometimes violent, right-wing political movement representing the upper classes, and its darling Leopoldo Lopez and Here. Clinton shows the same tendencies. The same old imperialism in economic form. Unfortunately for Obama/Clinton, the (“Dung of the Devil”) Pope has joined the negotiations. For more info, search this page for “Venezuela”.


10/19/16


UK Guardian: Two More Honduran Land Rights Activists Killed in Ongoing Violence


10/14/16


Reuters: Honduran President Warns of Drug Cartel Plan to Assassinate Self and US Envoy


10/13/16


Fusion: The Clinton Foundation’s Toxic Legacy in Columbia


9/28/16


Telesur: Correa: When Neoliberalism Rears Its Head, Ecuador Fights Back - “The most important thing is the wellbeing of the people.”


9/23/16


Intercept: Newly Installed Brazilian President Finally Admits Real Reason for Rousseff’s Impeachment


9/21/16


Vice News: Bolivia Ends Its Drug War by Kicking Out the DEA and Legalizing Coca


9/1/16


Foreign Policy: Amnesty Intl.: Honduras, Guatemala Deadliest Countries for Environmentalists


8/31/16


UK Guardian: Did Hillary Clinton Stand by As Honduran Coup Ushered In Era of Violence?


8/30/16


Bloomberg: Rich Clan Shaping Brazil Narrative Stays Away From Dark Chapter


WOLA: US Special Operations in Latin America


8/29/16


Democracy-NOW: Brazil: Complete Reversal of Democracy


8/22/16


NYTimes: In Honduras, US Aid Contributes to the Violence


8/20/16


Telesur: UN: Honduras Is A Giant Graveyard for Human Rights Defenders


8/17/16


The New Yorker: Should the US Still Be Sending Military Aid to Honduras?


Fair: NYT Touts Honduras as Ad For ‘American Power’ - Leaving Out Support for Murderous Coup Regime


8/16/16


Boston Review: Blood in Honduras, Silence in the United States - Historian Greg GrandinIt was Clinton who basically relegated the military coup to a secondary concern and insisted on elections, which had the effect of legitimizing and routinizing the coup regime and creating the nightmare scenario that exists today.” Then she lied and said that the coup was lawful. Her own State Dept. stated plainly that “the removal of Zelaya by the military constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup,” and here’s the actual cabal. The US and Canada have been complicit in preserving the colonialist status quo so that international companies can go in, remove peasants from their land and take their natural resources.The Honduran government, funded by US taxpayers, maintains a ‘hit list’ of activists to eliminate whenever they interfere with corporate activities. The US State Dept. 2015 Human Rights Report documented “unlawful and arbitrary killings and other criminal activities by members of the security forces.” The UN Office of Human Rights echoes these findings. But the American people just turn away.



8/15/16


Global Sisters: Legacy of Mining Operation Lingers in Honduras Lang After Closure - Corporations always say they will clean up and restore the mountains and the countryside, but they never do. It is the local people who are left to suffer.


8/8/16


Telesur: Ecuador’s Correa: ‘Neoliberalism Has Failed, Not Socialism’


8/7/16


Washington Post: Brazilian Protesters Censored at Olympics


8/4/16


UK Guardian: Argentine Judge Orders Arrest of Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Leader


LATimes: In Rio, Poor Families Are Pushed Out of Their Neighborhoods to Make Way for the Olympics


8/2/16


Washington Post: Days Before the Olympics, Rio Families Say Goodbye to Their Homes - 60,000 people displaced. That’s what I’ll be thinking of during the games.


7/25/16


LATimes: US Congress Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over Threats to Democracy in Brazil


7/19/16


Center for Economic & Policy Research: Brazilian Prosecutor Finds No Crime Committed by Dilma; Will the Law Count for Anything in Brazil?


7/10/16


BBC: World Anger Over Honduras Activist Lesbia Urquia’s Death - Using weapons and ammo courtesy of the American taxpayer.


7/8/16


UK Guardian: US Investigating Allegations Honduran Military Had Hitlist of Activists - Thank goodness there are politicians like Hank Johnson. The problem is that those who actually control the Democratic party have no interest in human rights, no matter how many words they waste on it. It’s all lies.


6/28/16


Telesur: Honduran Democracy Still in Crisis 7 Years After Coup - A great summarization of events. The name of former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis keeps popping up. He also worked in the Bush White House for his DKE frat brother GWB. Just before and after the coup, he worked with the US Chamber of Commerce to white wash these events in the American press and in right-wing religious groups here.


6/27/16


Telesur: Senate Report Clears Ex-Brazilian President Rousseff of Budget Manipulation - Expert report shows she did not cook the books, but the impeachment process will continue and the oligarch coup neocons continue to milk the bribery machine and loot the treasury. Meanwhile it is highly doubtful that Brazil can pull off the Olympics.


6/23/16


Intercept: State Dept. Turns Blind Eye to Evidence of Honduran Military’s Activist Kill List - Then Hillary’s and now Kerry’s. Just a bunch of dirty neo-con sociopaths.


6/22/16


Reuters: Brazil Speaker Indicted For Money Laundering, Currency Dealing


6/21/16


UK Guardian: Berta Caceres’s Name Was on Honduran Military Hitlist, Says Former Soldier


6/16/16


Intercept: As Corruption Engulfs Brazil’s “Interim” President, The Mask Has Fallen Off Protest Movement - In one of the most racially diverse nations in the world, a protest movement of all white, middle class families, all dressed up in their protest uniforms, with their black nannies dressed in their traditional white servant uniforms following along behind? And now that the new leaders are facing multiple corruptions trials of their own, these protestors are no where to be found. Wonder who was behind that.


6/15/16


Democracy-NOW: US Rep. Hank Johnson Introduces Historic Bill to Stop Aid to Honduras and DC Sentinel


6/14/16


Telesur: Bolivian President Morales to John Kerry: Latin America Is Not Your Backyard


6/8/16


Reuters: Poll Shows Majority of Brazilians Want New Elections


6/7/16


Telesur: Honduran Activists Unmask Egregious Govt Human Rights Abuses


6/6/16


Intercept: The Difference Between How the US Treats Brazil and Venezuela in One Video


NYTimes: Brazil’s Gold Medal for Corruption


Telesur: Argentina: Macri’s Tax Amnesty Criminalizes Journalists Exposing Evaders


6/5/16


AP: Leader of Honduras’ Gay Community Abducted, Murdered


Telesur: 50 Years of CIA Infiltration of Ecuadoran, Central and South American Societies and Governments


6/3/16


Telesur: US Senator Joins Call for Honduras to Investigate Berta Caceres


5/25/16


Democracy-NOW: This Confirms Plot to Oust Brazil’s President Was A Coup


5/24/16


Democracy-NOW: Obama Urged to Stop Funding Honduran Military as Questions Grow Over US Role in Murder of Berta Caceres - ...as Hillary defends her role.


5/23/16


NYTimes: Transcript Suggests a Plot Behind Effort to Oust Brazilian President - Glenn Greenwald: “Where “Suggests” means “lays out in clear, precise, extensive detail.””


UK Guardian: Brazil Minister Ousted After Secret Tape Reveals Plot to Topple Pres. Rousseff


ABC News: Police, Soldiers Swarm Mexico’s Acapulco, Killings Continue - Travelers: Don’t go to Acapulco. Don’t go to Mexico.


Indian Country: Another Armed Attack On Indigenous Activist in Honduras


5/18/16


Telesur: Macri Gives Go-Ahead to US Military Installations in Argentina - One new base agreed to, 2 more in negotiation. Argentina moved from pro-Keynesian leadership (the Kirchners) to right wing leadership (Macri) and so are now eligible for US taxpayer, neocon largesse.


UK Guardian: Brazil’s New Lower House Leader Being Investigated for Attempted Murder


BBC: What Has Gone Wrong in Venezuela?


Telesur TV: Maduro Warns of New US-Backed ‘Operation Condor’ Against Left Governments


5/13/16


Democracy-NOW: With Rousseff out, Brazil’s Interim President Installs Conservative All-White, All-Male Cabinet


UK Guardian: ‘Trust Me’: Michael Termer Takes Over as Interim Brazil President


5/10/16


LATimes: Impeachment or Coup? As Vote On President’s Future Nears, Brazillians Take To Streets


Democracy-NOW: Glenn Greenwald on Brazil: Goal of Rousseff Impeachment is to Boost Neoliberals and Protect Corruption - More details here.


4/26/16


AFP: Honduras Police Have Killed 152 Over the Past Two Years


4/15/16


NYTimes: Files Suggest Honduran Police Leaders Ordered Assassination of Anti-Drug Officials - Ever since the 2009 military coup, enabled by Obama and Hillary Clinton, and Here, and over a hundred references below, violence in Honduras has spiraled out of control. Police and drug gangs work hand in hand to eliminate any voice of dissent while they plunder the country and its people. Blood is and will be on the hands of anyone who supports the politicians who are at the root of this problem.


4/14/16


Telesur: Is US-Funded Destabilization In Latin America Now Paying Off?


4/13/16


Democracy-NOW: Hear Hillary Clinton Defend Her Role In 2009 Honduran Military Coup - Hillary: “the national Legislature in Honduras and the national judiciary actually followed the law in removing President Zelaya.” Amazing. She’s “badly lying.”


Actually, Zelaya was not attempting to change the Constitution as it was alleged at that time. He simply wanted to float a non-binding referendum that would allow the people of Honduras to vote on whether it should be made possible to change the Constitution so as to permit a president to succeed himself - exactly what we have in America. It was simply an attempt to let the people of Honduras express their wishes. Even if the referendum had been allowed to go forward and was passed, it would not have applied to Zelaya since he would have been out of office by the time it could have taken effect.


The greatest irony of all is that, once in power, the coup government then unilaterally passed that very measure into law and Here and Here without allowing Hondurans to have their say.


Hillary’s further remarks regarding US aid to peasants is disingenuous at best given the amount of US aid to Honduras that goes to the repressive military and para-military groups and Here - most of whom are trained at the School of the Americas and Here.


HuffPo: Hillary Clinton Needs to Answer for ‘Regime Change’ in Honduras


4/6/16


The Nation: How Hillary Clinton Militarized US Policy in Honduras


4/5/16


Counterpunch: The Forces Behind the Attempted Coup in Brazil - Another in a long list of Central and South American countries where the US has a history of supporting right-wing, militarized coups.


3/27/16


LATimes: Brazil Seizes Abortion Drugs Sent to Women Living in Fear of Zika - This and protecting child molesting priests is why, no matter what good it does, I have washed my hands of the Catholic Church.


3/23/16


World Post: Berta Caceres Did Not Die. She Multiplied.


Center for Economic and Policy Research: Video of Congressional Briefing: Assassination of Berta Caceres and Ongoing Killings of Social Activists


3/22/16


AlterNet: Hundreds of Scholars Demand Justice for Assassinated Honduran Indigenous Activist - From the article: “Nearly 1,000 Latin America scholars are heeding that request, with an open letter demanding that the U.S. government withdraw its support for the Honduran military and police...“institutions that have been responsible for human rights violations since the coup d’état of 2009.” Many are demanding that the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton account for their roles in backing the coup, discussed in Clinton’s memoir and released emails.“I really think Clinton should answer for her role in the Honduras coup because it was so egregious and it was not presidential,” Suyapa Portillo, an assistant professor at Pitzer College “It came from someone with a great conceit towards Latin America.” This issue is huge in Central America, but as usual, the American media is mostly silent.


Truthout: Gustavo Castro Soto And The Rigged Investigation Into Berta Caceres’ Assassination - In the absence of protest from the US, the Honduran military has ramped up the repression.


3/20/16


Antillean Media Group: In Honduras Environmental Activists Are Murdered With Impunity


Intl. Business Times: Slain Honduran Activist Berta Caceres’ Family Heads to Washington To Call For Independent Investigation


UK Guardian: Development Banks Need to Wake Up To The Humanitarian Rights Crisis in Honduras


3/18/16


Democracy-NOW: Slain Activists’ Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression and Violence in Honduras


3/16/16


Telesur: Another Member of Berta Caceres’ Group is Assassinated in Honduras


Foreign Policy in Focus: The Murder That Exposed Hillary Clinton’s Grim Legacy in Honduras - A great, short summarization of the key events since 6/28/09.


3/14/16


Costa Rican Star: Modern Day Slavery Decried in Guatemala


3/10/16


Washington Post: Hillary Clinton Needs to Answer For Her Actions in Honduras and Haiti


3/11/16


New Yorker: The Death of Berta Caceres - The illegal Honduran government is directly responsible for the murder of this woman, hundreds of other activists and thousands of peasants. The fact that the US was directly responsible for the illegal coup of 2009 and continues to provide support for the murderous regime is an ongoing scandal and leaves all Clinton/Obama supporters with blood on their hands.


Democracy-NOW: Before Her Assassination Berta Cacere Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Backing Honduran Coup - Historian Greg Grandin “It was Clinton who basically relegated that to a secondary concern and insisted on elections, which had the effect of legitimizing and routinizing the coup regime and creating the nightmare scenario that exists today.”


3/9/16


UK Guardian: Nephew of Murdered Honduran Activist: “The Atmosphere is Terrifying”


3/8/16


Reuters: Human Rights Groups Chide Honduran Inquiry Into Activist’s Murder


Democracy-NOW: Honduran Activist Berta Cacere Died in Gustavo Castro’s Arms. Now His Life Is In Danger.


Telesur: Evo Morales Holds 58% Approval Rating in Bolivia After 10+ Years


3/7/16


LRB Blog: The Murder of Berta Cacere


3/4/16


Fair.Org: US Contribution to Death of Honduran Activists Goes Unmentioned in US Coverage - This short article explains succintly why Hillary Clinton is directly responsible for not only the illegal coup which removed democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from office at gunpoint, but also the murder of this courageous activist and many others like her. Vote for a proven murderer for President? Not in a million years.


UK Guardian: Murder of Activist Berta Cacere Sparks Violent Clashes in Honduras - “We must note that during the 2009 military coup in Honduras, the US government, with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, worked behind the scenes to keep Honduras’ elected government from being reinstated. Additionally, the US government continues to fund the Honduran military, despite the sharp rise in the homicide rate, political repression, and the murders of political opposition and peasant activists,” the group said in a statement.


Democracy-NOW: Remembering Berta Cacere, Honduran Indigenous & Environmental Leader, Assassinated Yesterday


RT News: Argentine Nobel Peace Prize Winner Tells Obama to Stay Away on Anniversary of US-Backed Coup Anniversary


3/3/16


The Nation: The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders


2/23/16


TruthOut: Sec. of State Clinton Enabled the Coup in Honduras


2/18/16


Telesur: Honduran Security Forces Accused of Massive Human Rights Abuses


2/15/16


NYTimes: An Anti-Corruption Charade in Honduras - A good summarization of how both Rethugs and Democraps at the highest levels have supported the human-rights-abusing leaders of Honduras and specifically pointing out Hillary’s role in the coup that ousted the democratically elected leader, Manuel Zelaya. It is an ongoing disgrace that the USA supports this horrible situation.


1/15/16


Daily Beast: Witnesses Expose Ronald Reagan’s Dirty Secret in Guatemala


1/6/16


Telesur: Hondurans Celebrate Delayed Sentencing of Local Journalist


12/7/15


Common Dreams: After Party Loss, Venezuela’s Maduro Vows to Continue “Socialist Revolution” - He lost fair and square and he conceded appropriately. Now we’ll see how Venezuelans like austerity.


12/4/15


HuffPo: Hillary Clinton and a Venezuelan Murder Mystery: Who Killed Luis Manuel Diaz? - Just like George Bush and Barack Obama, Hillary seizes on any opportunity to change perceptions and bring about regime change intended to be more business/capitalist friendly in Venezuela.


11/18/15


HuffPo: In Venezuela’s Upcoming Election, US Seeks Observers It Can Influence


11/10/15


Telesur: ‘Model Cities’: The Biggest Threat to Democracy in Honduras? - Grover Norquist and several neo-libs advocate for confiscation of native lands and Here and Here, for the creation of a free-market Shangri-La.


UK Guardian: UN: Honduras Indians’ Land Being Seized by Drug Gangs and Settlers


11/5/15


Latin Correspondent: Honduras: The Most Deadly Place in the Americas for Journalists


10/12/15


Shadowproof: Wikileaks: US Government Plotted to Kill Bolivian President Evo Morales - Speaking of the ‘executioners.’


10/28/15


Foreign Policy: Honduras’s Aborted Mission for Political Reform


10/8/15


Al Jazeera America: Univ. of Washington Sues CIA Over Data on El Salvador Massacre


10/6/15


Reuters: Venezuela Hits Back at US For Questioning Its Democracy


10/5/15


MoJo: The CIA Still Refusing to Release Its Files on This Alleged War Criminal


Latin American Herald Tribune: By 2022 In Latin America, 1% Will Be Richer Than All the Rest


10/4/15


Boston Globe: The Blood of El Salvador’s Massacres Stains America


9/30/15


Black Agenda Report: Blacks Cheer Venezuelan Leader - But Still Support Democratic Terror - “Since the early Eighties, when the United States and Saudi Arabia, with the assistance of the military dictator of Pakistan, literally created the international jihadist network to push the Soviets out of Afghanistan, Washington has been Terror Central in the Muslim world. The U.S. and the Saudis are the birthmothers of al Qaida and the midwives of the Islamic State – the adolescent whose refusal to be constrained has led to the unraveling of Obama’s notion of “controlled chaos.” The U.S.-led “coalition” that purports to fight terrorism in Syria and Iraq is a fraud – a criminal network support group.”


9/23/15


PRI: Coca: Main Ingredient in Cocaine; But For Bolivia, It’s More Than That


9/20/15


Jacobin Magazine: The Truth About Chavez - I like Bernie, but why does he repeat the mindless claim of right-wing Rethugs and Dems that Chavez was a dictator? Sanders has been doing some very disappointing things lately: he refused to run as an Independent or Socialist, which he claims to be; he says if he does not win the nomination he will throw his support (and campaign money) to Hillary; he approves of drone murder and Here and Here while saying he would use it ‘selectively’ just as Obama says he uses it with ‘surgical precision’; he is calling the late Chavez “a communist dictator” as pointed out in this article, among other things. We were fooled by Obama in ’08. I don’t think we’re going to be fooled again. Very, very disappointing.


9/15/15


Center for Economic and Policy Research: Honduras’ IMF Agreement Includes Austerity Measures that May Make Conditions Worse


Democracy-NOW: Secret DEA Sting in Bolivia Confirms Evo Morales’ Fears About US Meddling


9/13/15


NYTimes: US Wants Former Salvadoran Ally to Face Justice in 1989 Massacre - see entry of 8/20


9/6/15


Telesur: Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Linked With War Criminal


9/5/15


Washington Post: How A Peaceful Political Uprising Happened in War-Scarred Guatemala


9/4/15


Democracy-NOW: Allan Nairn: US Backers of Guatemalan Death Squads Should Be Jailed Alongside Ex-President - Turns out that ‘Tito’, the leader of the right-wing death squad paramilitaries of the ‘80s was none other than just-resigned president Molina.


8/27/15


Democracy-NOW: Guatemalan President Faces Arrest as Business Interests and US Scramble to Contain Uprising - Once again the US is on the wrong side, backing the oppressive, murderous oligarchs. It’s an old story: Right wing death squads backed by Reagan in the 80’s, and every US president, both R and D since (yep even Obama/both Clintons) , did and still do hunt down and murder anyone who tries to form a union, or even speak out against the ruling business interests. No one is every investigated for these murders and the oligarchs stay in power, backed by the US oligarchs (aka the 1%) who make $ billions off of the countries natural resources. This time the Guatemalan president and vice-president may have taken things a bit too far. They’ll probably be the ones to ‘take one for the team’, and then things will continue as usual.


8/24/15


Upside Down World: The Impunity and Legacy of Miguel Facusse - One of the Honduran oligarchs who are protected by the $$$ millions that the US sends to them in the form of “police aid.” See entry of 8/20.


8/20/15


Telesur: US Lawmakers Call for Suspension of Police Aid to Honduras


UK Guardian: El Salvadoran Ex-Colonel Fights Extradition For Murder of Jesuit Priests - After training at the US Army School of the Americas, his unit entered the home of 6 Jesuit priests on 11/16/89 and murdered them, their housekeeper and her 16 year old daughter. No one has ever faced justice for this crime.


8/19/15


Consortium News: The Honduran Coup’s Ugly Aftermath - Strongly supported by Hillary Clinton, details in the article.


8/14/15


UK Guardian: ‘Our Central American Spring’: Protestors Demand an End to Corruption


8/7/15


NYTimes: Ecuador’s Progress


8/3/15


KGNU Boulder/Denver: Another Journalist Flees Honduras


7/28/15


Democracy-NOW: Clinton & the Coup: Amid Protests in Honduras, Ex-President on Hillary’s Role in His 2009 Ouster


7/27/15


Foreign Policy: The Making of Leopoldo Lopez - This darling of the MSM is a Venezuelan revolutionary. But remember all of the MSM is controlled by 5 large corporations. The only Central or South American revolutionary funded by the US government. The US government in all other cases of revolutionaries south of the border always assists the repressive regimes in power hunt down and kill revolutionaries. Newsweek called him “a revolutionary who has it all” who has “twinkling chocolate colored eyes.” He has been responsible for violence that has killed scores of Venezuelans. His mother is a senior executive with Cisneros Group, the largest media conglomerate in Central/South America. His father is on the editorial board of the largest newspaper in Columbia. His wife is a TV star. He has many connections to high-profile Republicans in the US. He was a supporter of the 2002 attempted USA/Bush overthrow of Chavez. His party has virtually no support from average Venezuelans who polled 90% that the current political/economic crisis should be solved peacefully and by Constitutional means.


7/18/15


AFP: Thousands of Hondurans in Fresh Protest Against President


7/9/15


AP: Honduran Opposition Asks International Help on Corruption


Reuters: Paraguay Girl’s Rape Case Ramps Up Abortion Debate Before Pope Visit


6/30/15


Telesur: UN and OAS to Assist Honduras in Political Crisis - “The political instability has worsened in Honduras since the 2009 U.S.-backed coup that ousted former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The security situation in the Central American nation has since spiraled out of control, as Honduras now has the world's highest homicide rate at 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to official figures.”


6/28/15


Telesur: Disaster Capitalism and Outrage in Post-Coup Honduras -


Common Dreams: The Honduran Meltdown: Made in USA - And Here.


6/14/15


Fusion: How 9 Strangers Used Facebook to Launch Guatemala’s Biggest Protest Movement in 50 Years


6/12/15


NYTimes: Wave of Protests Spreads to Scandal-Weary Honduras and Guatemala


6/10/15


Mother Jones: Honduran President Decides that Going to an Event Called “Disrupting Democracy” Isn’t Such a Good Idea


6/8/15


Salon: Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Sold Out Honduras: Lanny Davis, Corporate Cash and the Real Story About the Death of Latin American Democracy - A great summarization, complete with corroborating links. What this web site has been hammering on since 2009.


6/5/15


Telesur: Washington Complicit in Honduras’ Corruption Scandal - Obama, Hillary, Dems and Reps.


6/4/15


AP: Honduran President Acknowledges Campaign Funds Tied to Scandal and Reuters - Street protests continue.


6/2/15


The Nation: Ecuador’s Battle for Environmental Justice Against Chevron - Also, rent the movie ‘Crude.’


6/1/15


American Al Jazeera: US Underwrites Corruption and Violence in Honduras


LATimes: Scandals, Protests in Guatemala and Honduras Threaten Further Destabilization


5/30/15


Tico Times: Hondurans Protest Corruption; Demand Resignation of President Hernandez and Washington Post


5/12/15


Al Jazeera: Honduras’ Latest Coup


5/11/15


Irish Times: ‘Anyone Can Murder A Woman in Honduras and Nothing Will Happen’


5/9/15


Irish Times: Death Valley: The Land War Gripping Honduras


5/4/15


Al Jazeera: How The US Enables Human Rights Abuses in Columbia


5/2/15


IPS News: Draconian Ban on Abortion in El Salvador Targeted by Global Campaign - Women who suffer spontaneous abortion or who are raped and then miscarry are sentenced to 30 years in prison.


4/27/15


LATimes: The Honduran Coup Comes Full Circle


4/25/15


Telesur: Ousted President: Honduras Now Under Permanent Coup Regime


4/24/15


UK Guardian: Honduran Judge Throws out Single-Term Limit on Presidency - The very provision that the coupistas used as an excuse to kidnap and exile the democratically elected President Zelaya. Now they want it for themselves. The big difference is that Zelaya’s term would have expired before the provision could have taken effect. For the current puppet president Hernandez, that is not the case.


4/22/15


Al Jazeera: In El Salvador, Pregnancy Followed by Prison


4/19/15


Politico: The Diplomat Who Wouldn’t Lie - A great article summarizing the history of US involvement in the Salvadoran revolution of the 70s and 80s. Included are discussions of the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero by Roberto D’Aubuisson (trained by the US at the Fort Benning School of the Americas), the murders of 4 American churchwomen, the murders of 6 Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 15 year old daughter, the massacre of 700 men, women, children and elderly residents of the village of El Mozote all by troops and death squads armed with US weapons and US money; and the attempts by the American administration to cover up these atrocities.


4/17/15


UK Guardian: Honduran Indigenous Rights Campaigner Wins Goldman Prize - Synopsis: Berta Caceres constantly receives threats of rape and murder. Several of her co-campaigners have been murdered, probably by the military and police forces that the US supports. No investigations of these crimes is ever attempted. This “mother of four is facing down one of Central America’s biggest hydropower projects, powerful landowners, a US-funded police force, and a mercenary army of private security guards...Between 2010 and 2014, 101 campaigners were killed in Honduras...In 2013, a fellow leader of Copinh, Tomás García, was shot and killed by a Honduran soldier – whose commanders are trained in the US School of the Americas...Most of the killings have taken place in Bajo Aguán valley, where campesinos trying to defend their land have been targeted by agribusiness companies, particularly since the coup of 2009 replaced the democratically-elected president, Manuel Zelaya, with Porfirio Lobo (pictured above) from the conservative national party...Many opponents of agribusiness in Bajo Aguán have “disappeared” in a chilling echo of the rightwing death squads that operated in Latin America during the military dictatorships of the 1970s and 80s...After a visit to the region in December, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said there was a “a complete absence of the most basic measures to address reports of grave human rights violations in the region” and noted the possible participation of the national government in the incidents of violence. Despite these concerns, the United States continues to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the country in the name of the “war on drugs” and the State Department has issued statements supporting plantation owners against what it called “squatters”.” Conclusion? Now Obama is out-Reaganing Ronald Reagan. Dem=Rethug=NO DIFFERENCE.


4/15/15


LATimes: El Salvador Jails Women For Miscarriages and Stillbirths


4/13/15


Harvard Political Review: Dancing With Monsters: The US Response to the Honduran Coup - A very good summary of the 2009 Honduran coup and the Obama/Clinton response. They knew from the start that it was a military coup and even used a US airbase in the kidnapping of Zelaya.


4/7/15


The Nation: US Soldiers and Dyncorp Contractors Sexually Abused At Least 54 Children In Columbia Between 2003 and 2007 - This made plenty of news in Columbia, but not a word from the US media. Dyncorp is the new Blackwater, with $2.4 Billion in arms sales to the Pentagon. The perps were never even charged, even though it is clear who they are.


4/2/15


In These Times: Panama’s Dockworkers Fight Poverty With Support From American Unionists


3/27/15


Latin American Herald Tribune: Chilean Government Stands With Woman Detained for Inducing Abortion


Merco Press: Uruguayan Economy Expanded 3.5% in 2014, Completing Over A Decade of Sustained Growth


3/26/15


Telesur: Assassination of 4 Student Leaders Prompts Protests in Honduras


Politico: DEA Agents Provided With Prostitutes by Columbian Drug Cartels - This was routinely going on during the Bush Admin, but not investigated/prosecuted by Obama. So again, No Difference.


3/19/15


Sampsonia Way: Closing Access to Information in Honduras - Anyone who speaks out against any Honduran government policy is either killed or heavily threatened by ‘unknown assailants.’ Investigations into these murders never take place. Yet the US and Canada continue to support the government there.


3/18/15


Center for Economic and Policy Research: What’s Behind the White House’s Sanctions Against Venezuela - A short and very insightful article, with some very good links. The US is isolating itself from every other country in the Western Hemisphere except Canada and Here - and most of the rest of the world for that matter. Once again, Obama and his neo-con bosses are attempting regime change without saying so and “they are not committed to an electoral route” to get there.


3/13/15


Salon: “A New Degree of Pettiness”: Why is the US Really Sanctioning Venezuela? - If it’s because Venezuela is such a human rights violator, then we should be sanctioning Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Columbia, Honduras, Iraq and Afghanistan are all much worse.


3/11/15


Black Agenda Report: Obama, At War on Three Continents, Threatens Venezuela and Democracy-NOW


3/10/15


Al Jazeera: Obama Absurdly Declares Venezuela a Security Threat - In an ongoing attempt at regime change in that country - just as Reagan did in Nicaragua. Every country in the Western Hemisphere except the US and Canada has repudiated this action. Odd that this news didn’t make it into the American press.


3/5/15


Truthdig: Don’t Believe Media Coverage on Venezuela


2/28/15


NBC News: Child Workers, Other Labor Violations Found in Honduras by US - Direct result of CAFTA.


2/23/15


The Nation: Taxes, Schools, Voting Rights and Abortion: Chile Shows the Way


2/17/15


Ricochet: Is Canadian Aid Actually Making Things Worse in Honduras? - Ever since the coup in 2009, the murder rate has skyrocketed. The police, military and para-militaries are the murderers. Journalists, unionists and moderate politicians are the ones getting murdered. So why is Canada aiding the perps? Because they need the perps to help them steal peasant land.


2/13/15


Minnesota Public Radio: How NAFTA Changed American, Mexican Food Forever - Very alarming, and it doesn’t even touch on how many Mexican farmers have been run off of their family farms because 1. they can’t compete with agricultural products from America and 2. Monsanto sues them the moment they accidentally produce a plant that even remotely resembles something that’s “Roundup Ready.” And where do you think those dispossessed Mexican farmers go?


2/12/15


Telesur: US Backed Coup Plot in Venezuela Thwarted - Obama has not only out-Bushed GWB, now he has out-Kissingered HK. Pretty sad. And I thought we voted for ‘Home and Change.’ Silly me.


2/9/15


Tico Times: Honduran Journalist Travels to Costa Rica To Denounce Death Threats, Beatings Back Home


2/4/15


Telesur: Hondurans Protest World Bank Mining Plan


2/3/15


Telesur: US Govt. Bribing Venezuelan Officials to Topple Government


1/31/15


Telesur: Honduran State on Trial for Removing Anti-Coup Judges


1/25/15


Telesur: 1.5 Million Ecuadorans Lifted Out of Poverty Under Correa


1/15/15


Telesur: Morales Government Generates Massive Job Growth in Bolivia - Another socialist success story.


1/14/15


Telesur: Honduran Ex-President Tells UN of Human Rights Violations


BBC: Honduran Police Find Human Remains in Youth Prison


The Nation: Poor Guatemalans Are Taking on N. American Mining Companies, And Have the Bullet Wounds to Prove It - Basically their choices are to either be poisoned by the tailings and other pollution from the mines or get shot while staging non-violent protests. Good old NAFTA/CAFTA.


NYTimes: UN Chief in Honduras on Anti-Violence Mission


1/8/15


Dissident Voice: US Slaps New Sanctions on Venezuela - Synopsis: Sanctions originated by George Bush after his failed coup attempt in 2002, have now been expanded by Obama and both Dems and Reps in Congress. The opposition party in Venezuela, which has received direct payments of over $100 Million from the US government, has become more and more isolated. The ruling party carried 70% of all municipalities in the general elections of December 2013. Contrary to what the US government and many MSM sources in the US claim, it is the opposition party that has created most of the violence associated with their protests - which have now all but petered out. So the question is why now? Any attempt to destabilize the current government through US sanctions probably will backfire under Obama just as it did under Bush.


12/20/14


AFP: US Seeks to Overthrow Venezuelan Government


12/10/14


Reuters: Honduran Ruling Party Seeks to Remove Re-election Debate Sanctions - Sounds innocuous enough, eh? What’s wrong with just talking about it, right? The truly amazing irony is that this is exactly what the illegal coup removing democratically elected President Zelaya from office on 6/29/09 was based upon. His proposal that the oligarchs found so profoundly illegal? He wanted to have a national referendum to vote on whether re-election could be debated. The exact same thing. The coup is/was supported by both Clintons, Bush and Obama, although the US envoy to Honduras at the time is on record stating that it was an “illegal and unconstitutional coup.”


12/7/14


LATimes: Hardship On Mexico’s Farms, Bounty on American Tables - Mostly as a result of NAFTA, CAFTA.


12/6/14


UK Guardian: Ecuadoran Indigenous Leader Found Murdered Days Before Lima Climate Summit - This follows just days after confiscation of a bus carrying campaigners critical of Ecuadoran president Correa on their way to Lima.


12/5/14


Ricochet: ‘Little Canada’ Displacing Afro-Indigenous Communities in Honduras - Another example of CAFTA. X-rated video store magnate buys off Honduran government to push indigenous peoples off the lands on which they held perpetual, ‘inalienable’ rights and have been farming for years.


11/24/14


The Nation: What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America - Farmers forced from their farms when they can’t compete with imported, subsidized foods. A flood of immigrants from these countries into the US because if they stay home, they starve. US corporations can sue foreign governments the moment they pass environmental or worker protections or price supports for their citizens.


UK Guardian: Brazil Focuses on Nurseries, Schools and Jobs to Fight Poverty - This is how a real country takes care of its people.


Telesur: Record Setting Electoral Turnout for Ruling Venezuelan Socialist Party - The MSM in the US is full of stories of all of the dissatisfaction in Venezuela over the ruling party. It is all pure propaganda.


Latin American Herald Tribune: Amnesty International: Canada is ‘Part of the Problem’ When Its Mining Companies Commit Human Rights Abuses in Guatemala - But that’s how capitalism works, eh?


11/13/14


UDW: Blood for Gold: The Human Cost of Canada’s ‘Free Trade’ With Honduras


NACLA: Conceiving While Poor, Imprisoned for Murder


10/31/14


Business Insider: What Life is Like In Honduras, The Murder Capital of the World - Mostly thanks to US policies.


10/27/14


Fair.Org: NYT Tried to Sell ‘Pro-Growth’ Candidate, But Brazilians Weren’t Buying - Under the current, and re-elected, female, socialist Workers Party President Rousseff, Brazil has enjoyed a world-beating growth rate of over 2.5%. She has reduced poverty by 55% and extreme poverty by 65%. But of course neo-liberals want no part of that.


10/21/14


Latin Post: Honduras Near ‘Failed State’ Status Due to Free Trade Agreements


Columbia Reports: US Congressman: Columbia Has Not Fulfilled Labor Reforms Required By CAFTA - Signed under Bush; implemented under Obama. No Difference. The American corporations and the owners of the sweatshops set up to replace American jobs are getting all of the goodies, but are not meeting any of the labor and environmental requirements.


10/17/14


HuffPo: Viewpoint From Honduras - A good overview of the situation caused by CAFTA, NAFTA, the looming TPP, and the illegal coup supported by Obama and Clinton and Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here.


10/16/14


Washington Post: Human Rights Watch: Hondurans Flee Violence, Then Are Deported to Face More - the Report


10/15/14


Columbia Reports: Chiquita Withholding Documents On Its Payments to Paramilitaries


10/14/14


UK Guardian: Evo Morales Has Proven That Socialism Doesn’t Damage Economies


10/6/14


O’Dwyers Public Relations: B-M Studies Perceptions of Drug, Violence Infested Honduras - Rather than addressing the root cause issues, let’s just hire a PR firm and try to make things look better.


10/2/14


HuffPo: The Hidden War in El Salvador - The war against women. El Salvador has the strictest abortion law in the world.


10/1/14


UK Guardian: Mexican Women Pay High Price for Country’s Rigid Abortion Laws


9/29/14


CEPR: Hard Choices: Hillary Clinton Admits Role in Honduran Coup - And then tries to cover it up with a lie.


8/2/14


NYTimes: Hope Dwindles For Honduras


7/17/14


Democracy-NOW: US Turns Its Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies Sowed the Seeds of the Crisis - These children are not ‘illegal aliens.’ They are refugees of political violence and qualify for asylum under the Convention Against Torture, but the Obama Administration is rushing them back before they can be allowed to tell their stories - which would implicate the Obama Administration. In fairness, this is a cooperative effort between both major parties, but the significant events covered here have all occurred under Obama.


The Obama Administration initially admitted that the 6/28/09 ouster of duly elected Manuel Zelaya in Honduras was a military coup (carried out by soldiers trained at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA - and whose plane took Zelaya directly to a US military base before proceeding with him to exile in Nicaragua). But instead of supporting the rule of law in Honduras, the Administration has supported the coup leaders, enabling them to carry on their murderous para-military campaign against the peasants every time they get in the way of the ongoing economic exploitation. This in turn has created an environment of lawless state terrorism, which gives gangsters and drug dealers impunity to commit murder while they carry out their illegal activities. An average of one child per day is murdered in Honduras, in addition to thousands of peasants, reporters and political opponents who question the illegal, murderous regime. Honduras now has its own lobbying firm in Washington, composed of ex-Clinton and ex-AIPAC officials. Just a few of the highlights of this really great overview by Democracy-NOW.


See also “Who’s Responsible for the Flight of Honduran Children?” and “The Thugocracy Next Door” and 2011 Exclusive Interview with Manuel Zelaya


7/14/14


Honduras Solidarity Network: Declaration for Justice for Child Refugees From Central America


7/9/14


NYTimes: Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to US Border - Children from Honduras are the vast majority of these. Another heartrending side effect of the Rethuglican/Democrap support for the illegal coup-government there.


6/2/14


CEPR: 108 Members of Congress Urge Action on Political Repression and Human Rights Abuses in Honduras


5/29/14


NYTimes: Lawmakers Ask State Department to Review Support of Honduras - Very little is ever printed in the MSM regarding the situation in Honduras. This is a rare exception, short, and a good overview of what is actually going on there.


4/27/14


Counter Punch: Honduras: Gangsters’ Paradise


3/31/14


Venezuelanalysis: How To Stop the Violent Offensive of the Neo-Liberal Right


2/20/14


Counter Punch: Obama Pushes For Regime Change in Venezuela


2/18/14


Venezuela Analysis: Large Marches By Venezuelan Opposition - These are the same people (like ‘leader’ Leopoldo Lopez), supported by the same oligarchs, and by the same CIA that attempted the 2002 coup under George Bush. The only difference? Obama.


2/17/14


Reuters: Venezuela Expels 3 US Diplomats - George Bush tried to do the same thing in 2002. Now Obama follows in his footsteps. Difference? Quelle Surprise.


12/12/13


Counter Punch: Inside the Honduran Elections - Total fraud and an election coup d’etat by the ruling class and the neo-liberals (of both major parties) that support them in Washington.


11/30/13


Honduras Resists: More Election Fraud - With the purpose of keeping the few rich families in power and oppressing the rest of the nation. All members of both parties in Washington are totally silent.


11/28/13


Alliance for Global Justice: Honduras: The Struggle For Democracy, Human Rights & the Environment


10/21/13


AlterNet: At 10th Anniversary of Massacre, Bolivians Demand Extradition of Former President Residing in US - Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, whose Bolivian presidential campaign was managed by the Bill Clinton team, now resides in Maryland. But 10 years ago he was forced from office after ordering the murder of hundreds of peaceful protestors who stood in the way of his oil and other natural resource giveaways to the US. Perhaps the Bolivians would be justified in drone murdering the ex-pres? What’s good for the goose...


10/6/13


Americas Project: Rio Blanco Dam: Honduran Rights Defenders Go to Jail While Transnational Investors Are Above the Law


8/25/13


Common Dreams: Columbia Nationwide Strike Against ‘Free Trade,’ Privatization, Poverty


6/11/13


AP: Effort to Clean Up Honduran Police Stalls


5/10/13


Democracy-NOW!: Former US(Reagan)-Backed Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty of Genocide


5/1/13


AP: Honduran Police Accused of Death Squad Killings


4/20/13


Center for Economic and Policy Research: US Seeks to Get Rid of Left Governments in Latin America


4/3/13


Counter Punch: The New Generation of Honduran Death Squads


3/30/13


UK Guardian: Will Congress Act To Stop US Support for Honduran Death Squads? and Common Dreams - “Reagan era atrocities are back as the Obama administration funds a state implicated in murdering opponents.”


3/23/13


NYTimes: US Aids Honduran Police Despite Death Squad Fears


3/17/13


AP: US Funded Honduran Police Assassination Squads Continue Activities


2/21/13


Counter Punch: US Empire and Modern Day Christian Martyrs - Hundreds of religious leaders (archbishop, bishops, priests, nuns, and lay leaders) have been murdered in Latin America, by both paramilitary and police, for speaking out against large Canadian and American corporations when they take away or destroy the lands of local peasants. Practically none of these murders has been investigated, or even publicized in the national media. Meanwhile US taxpayer money is used to support the corporations.


2/17/13


NYTimes: Correa Wins Re-election in Ecuador - He has reduced poverty and inequality, improved access to health care and education, invested in infrastructure, instituted land reform, and brought stability to one of the most unstable governments in the W. Hemisphere. And it paid off for him. We could seriously take some lessons. His (Alianza PAIS) party is referred to informally as the ‘green party.’


1/28/13


NYTimes: Ex-Dictator Ordered to Trial in Guatemala for War Crimes - Watch for the judge who ordered this and the lead prosecutor to be executed shortly. This was for war crimes committed while Pres. Reagan was supporting genocide throughout Central America.


1/16/13


Counterpunch: Militarizing Latin America


1/9/13


Counterpunch: Looting Honduras


1/4/13


NYTimes: An Austere Life as Uruguay’s President - Jose Mujica shuns the presidential mansion and opulent life style, donate’s most of his salary to charity as he says the leader of a proper democracy should.


12/31/12


Corp Watch: Deadly Conflict Over Honduran Palm Oil Plantations - Peasants are being thrown off their land and murdered if they protest. Lawyers who try to help them suffer the same fate. Why do Obama/Clinton protect the interests of the murderers?


12/21/12


CounterPunch: How Obama’s Columbian FTA Accelerates Human Rights Abuses - Obama did what Bush couldn’t do in sending this FTA to Congress and then signing it into law.


12/12/12


CounterPunch: ICC Uncovers Ongoing Mass Murders by Columbian Military


11/10/12


CorpWatch: 6 Killed, Dozens Injured as Guatemalan Military Opens Fire on Peaceful Protestors


10/25/12


Columbia Reports: Human Rights Watch: New Constitutional Amendment Gives Military Impunity - Human rights violations and cover-ups have taken a steady downhill path in Columbia ever since Obama signed the FTA with them.


10/18/12


AlterNet: Hondurans Caught In The Middle


10/9/12


Counterpunch: Honduras Now Open For Political Murder


9/23/12


WashPo: Honduran Human Rights Lawyer Gunned Down After Criticizing Government


9/11/12


Columbia Reports: GM Worker Takes Hunger Strike to Washington


8/29/12


AlterNet: Militarizing the Police and Killing Natives: How the US ‘Drug War’ is Ripping Honduras Apart


8/15/12


Center for Economic and Policy Research: DEA Killings: Inconsistencies Between US/Honduran Militaries’ Accounts, also CEPR Detailed Report


8/10/12


Hispanically Speaking: GM Walks Out of Talks With Injured Union Members - Since Obama signed the US-Columbian FTA, GM has routinely fired Columbian workers injured on the job in order not to pay their health costs.


8/4/12


BBC: Honduran Journalist Requests US Asylum - At least 20 journalist murdered this year, with no investigations forthcoming.


8/2/12


RT: Congressional Hearing on Media Repression in Honduras


8/1/12


The Hill: Republicans Attempt to Interfere In Ecuadoran Ruling Against Chevron In Pollution Scandal - Check out the movie ‘Crude.’


7/24/12


IPS: Since FTA Signed Between the US and Columbia, Assault on Trade Unionists Continues - Obama signed this agreement in mid-May, falsely claiming that all 37 points of the LAP had been met. This has unleashed a wave of assaults against trade unionists in that country.


7/15/12


UK Guardian: Honduras Counts the Human Costs of America’s Drug War


7/13/12


Reporters Without Borders: Radio Reporter Gunned Down and TV Journalist Shot


7/8/12


Miami Herald: New Honduran Shootings by DEA Agents Spark Fears of Confrontation


7/6/12


AlterNet: Botched DEA Raid in Honduras Exposes How Militarization Terrorizes Communities Around The World


Democracy-NOW!: Peru Declares State of Emergency As 5 Die In Protest Against US Mining Firm


6/27/12


Honduras Resists: Three Years of Resistance to the Coup


Honduras Resists: The DEA and the Return of the Death Squads


6/24/12


UK Guardian: Paraguay’s Ousted President Denounces ‘Parliamentary Coup’


6/13/12


AlterNet: Hounded By Paramilitary Violence and State Smears, Can the New Voice of Columbia’s Left Forge Peace?


6/11/12


Christian Science Monitor: Honduran Peasants Attract International Attention - At least 48 campesinos have been murdered by para-military groups working for large land owners to intimidate the peasants off their own land. The Zelaya government assigned this land to peasant cooperatives, but the current coup government is giving the land to the oligarchs that run the country.


6/7/12


Columbia Reports: 11,179 Columbian Politicians, Officials, Businessmen Involved in Paramilitary Activities


6/5/12


Columbia Reports: Since CAFTA, Columbia Is Most Dangerous Country for Trade Unionists


6/4/12


HuffPo: US Sponsored Crimes in Columbia Referred to ICC


6/2/12


Public Citizen: CAFTA Ruling Continues Corporate Attack on People and the Environment and Institute for Policy Studies - Environmental constraints threaten to deprive the company (Pacific Rim) of future profits, a crime that can be punished under the rules of the investor-rights regime mislabeled as “free trade.” As predicted below going back to late 2010. Back in 1215, when the Magna Carta was first adopted, there was a second, and in some ways a more important document entitled The Charter of the Forest. A careful study of that document and how it came to be, and how, now almost 1,000 years later, it has been destroyed by capitalist greed, is clearly in order.


UK Guardian: Western Banks Reap Billions From Central/South American Drug Trade


6/1/12


Miami Herald: New Honduras Top Cop Once Implicated in Killings


5/31/12


NYTimes: Despite Deaths of Innocents, US ‘Drug War’ in Honduras Will Continue


Honduras Human Rights: US Human Rights Activists Document US Participation in Massacre of Moskito People


5/29/12


In These Times: Drug War Violence Throws Honduras Into Disarray - Or is it the other way around? The increased violence ushered in by the 6/29/09 coup, where roving police death squads execute journalists, trade unionists and others that speak out, has created an atmosphere conducive to increased gang and drug activity. Instead of withholding aid to the coup regime until it cleans up its act, the Obama Admin. is simply injecting money into an already corrupt regime.


5/21/12


AP: Survivor: Honduran Police Fired on Passenger Boat


The Nation: Honduras: Which Side Is The US On? - Obama and Clinton continue to support the most brutal, illegal and corrupt regime in the Western Hemisphere.


5/17/12


WashPo: Probe Underway in Remote Area of Honduras After DEA Gunfight and Houston Chronicle and Human Rights Watch and Democracy-NOW! - The 2009 coup, supported by Obama-Clinton, has opened the door to this Honduran NarcoGovernment drug trade and drug war. Government security forces have killed over 300 people since the coup, with no investigations, let alone prosecutions. The coup government has provided the environment allowing drug trafficking to reach such a large scale.


5/16/12


AP: MSM Spin on US DEA Agents Role in Civilian Killings in Honduras and NYTimes


5/15/12


UNESCO: UN Issues Statement Deploring Murder of Another Honduran Journalist


Honduras Human Rights: Consequences of Military Occupation - Add one more country to the list of those we’re at war with.


5/14/12


Columbia Reports: FTA Will Negatively Affect 1.8 Million Farmers - Bankrupting small farmers and driving more Columbians into poverty.


5/10/12


AP: Another Honduran Journalist Kidnapped


5/8/12


BBC: Missing Honduran Journalist Found Murdered


5/3/12


Columbia Reports: Reign of Terror Against Columbian Journalists


5/2/12


Center for Economic and Policy Research: Ecuador’s Success in Emerging From Recession - Using increased bank regulation, micro-loans, transfer payments, and public works projects. That’s what actually causes recovery and increased jobs.


UK Guardian: Bolivia Nationalizes Spanish-owned Power Grid


4/24/12


Miami Herald: US To Look Into Child Labor/Abuse in Dominican Republic


4/23/12


Columbia Reports: Columbian Union Leaders Receive Death Threats From Paramilitaries


The Hill: AFL-CIO President Urges Action on Case Against Guatemala For Violating Union and Human Rights


4/19/12


Common Dreams: Amy Goodman: Obama’s Real Scandal in Cartagena


4/18/12


WashPo: Thousands of Honduran Farmers Briefly Occupy Land In Dispute With Govt., Large Landowners - This is public land promised to them by all previous regimes.


4/17/12


Columbia Reports: Columbia Is Fifth Worst Country In The World For Journalist Murders


4/16/12


Think Progress: Honduras Set To Criminalize Morning After Pill


4/12/12


AlterNet: US Cannot Trade With A Country That Tolerates Murder


NYTimes: AFL-CIO Chief Trumka Sends Obama Letter Voicing Concern Over Labor Murders in Columbia - But since his labor union has already endorsed Obama, he’s got no leverage.


4/10/12


Columbia Reports: Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA): Columbia-US FTA Will Halt Progress on Labor Rights


4/9/12


People’s World: AFL-CIO Tackles Human Rights Violations in Honduras


Columbia Reports: Columbia Remains On International Human Rights ‘Blacklist’


4/5/12


HuffPo: Obama Urged to Pressure Columbia On Workers’ Rights Following Murders - On the one year anniversary of his signing of the FTA.


3/22/12


UK Guardian: Democrats Press Obama Over US Complicity With Honduras’ Dirty War - “America’s backing for a regime that is murdering opponents and journalists is a shameful blot on this administration’s record.”


3/14/12


CNN: US Legislators Threaten Aid Cut To Honduras Pending Investigations of Journalist Murders


3/13/12


Just Foreign Policy: 94 Reps Urge Clinton to Suspend Aid to Honduras; 7 Senators Ask State for Info On Honduran Compliance


UK Guardian: America’s Subversion of Haiti’s Democracy Continues


2/29/12


SF Chronicle: US Foreign Policy Backs Abusive Honduran State - “The coup ... unleashed a continuing wave of state-sponsored repression.” The illegal coup brought Lobo to power “in a US funded election marred by military and police violence and deemed by all international election monitoring bodies to lack the conditions necessary to be free and fair....the United States continues to send military and police aid to a government that violates human rights.” Exactly the points that this page has been making for over 2 1/2 years.


2/16/12


CBS News: Honduran Fire Exposes How Dysfunctional The Illegal Coup Government Really Is


2/15/12


CBS News: Honduran Prison Fire Kills Hundreds


2/13/12


Miami Herald: Guatemala Weighs Drug Legalization


2/12/12


NPR: Who Rules In Honduras? Coup’s Legacy of Violence


2/11/12


NPR: Honduran Police Accused of Corruption and Killings


2/7/12


CS Monitor: Nicaragua Builds Energy Independence Through Renewable Energy


2/3/12


Florida Independent: AFL-CIO Urges Obama to Postpone Columbia FTA After Union Leader Murders


1/30/12


Nobel Women’s Initiative: Fierce Feminists of Honduras


1/26/12


NYTimes: Honduras, A Mess Made In The U. S. - This is the best article that I’ve read in months on this subject. It summarizes all of the points that I’ve been trying to make on this page.


1/24/12


Columbia Reports: Columbian Para-Militaries Have State Protection


1/23/12


McClatchy: Honduras Becomes the Murder Capital of the World


1/22/12


Colombia Reports: Human Rights Watch: US Not Enforcing Human Rights Conditions Tied To Columbian Aid


1/6/12


Latin American Herald Tribune: Honduran Priest Files Suit Against Police for Torture


San Francisco Chronicle: Ecuadoran Court Upholds $18 Billion Judgement Against Chevron and JD Journal - When was the last time you heard of an American court rendering such a judgement against a large American corporation? The Academy Award for Best Documentary and Sundance Film Festival winning movie “Crude” is all about this case.


1/2/12


LATimes: Holding Honduras Accountable



Prior to 2012