The Americas 2012 - 2015



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.


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.


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


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


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


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


Foreign Policy: Honduras’s Aborted Mission for Political Reform


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


Reuters: Venezuela Hits Back at US For Questioning Its Democracy


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


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


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.”


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


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.


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


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


Telesur: Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Linked With War Criminal


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


NYTimes: Ecuador’s Progress


KGNU Boulder/Denver: Another Journalist Flees Honduras


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


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.


AFP: Thousands of Hondurans in Fresh Protest Against President


AP: Honduran Opposition Asks International Help on Corruption

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


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.”


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

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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


American Al Jazeera: US Underwrites Corruption and Violence in Honduras

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


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


Al Jazeera: Honduras’ Latest Coup


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


Irish Times: Death Valley: The Land War Gripping Honduras


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


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.


LATimes: The Honduran Coup Comes Full Circle


Telesur: Ousted President: Honduras Now Under Permanent Coup Regime


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.


Al Jazeera: In El Salvador, Pregnancy Followed by Prison


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.


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.


LATimes: El Salvador Jails Women For Miscarriages and Stillbirths


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Truthdig: Don’t Believe Media Coverage on Venezuela


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


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


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.


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?


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.


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


Telesur: Hondurans Protest World Bank Mining Plan


Telesur: US Govt. Bribing Venezuelan Officials to Topple Government


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


Telesur: 1.5 Million Ecuadorans Lifted Out of Poverty Under Correa


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


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


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.


AFP: US Seeks to Overthrow Venezuelan Government


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.”


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


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.


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.


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?


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

NACLA: Conceiving While Poor, Imprisoned for Murder


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


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.


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.


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.


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


Columbia Reports: Chiquita Withholding Documents On Its Payments to Paramilitaries


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


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.


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


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


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


NYTimes: Hope Dwindles For Honduras


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


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


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.


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


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.


Counter Punch: Honduras: Gangsters’ Paradise


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


Counter Punch: Obama Pushes For Regime Change in Venezuela


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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...


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


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


AP: Effort to Clean Up Honduran Police Stalls


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


AP: Honduran Police Accused of Death Squad Killings


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


Counter Punch: The New Generation of Honduran Death Squads


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.”


NYTimes: US Aids Honduran Police Despite Death Squad Fears


AP: US Funded Honduran Police Assassination Squads Continue Activities


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.


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.’


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.


Counterpunch: Militarizing Latin America


Counterpunch: Looting Honduras


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.


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?


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.


CounterPunch: ICC Uncovers Ongoing Mass Murders by Columbian Military


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


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.


AlterNet: Hondurans Caught In The Middle


Counterpunch: Honduras Now Open For Political Murder


WashPo: Honduran Human Rights Lawyer Gunned Down After Criticizing Government


Columbia Reports: GM Worker Takes Hunger Strike to Washington


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


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


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.


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


RT: Congressional Hearing on Media Repression in Honduras


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Honduras Resists: Three Years of Resistance to the Coup

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


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


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


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.


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


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


HuffPo: US Sponsored Crimes in Columbia Referred to ICC


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


Miami Herald: New Honduras Top Cop Once Implicated in Killings


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


AP: Another Honduran Journalist Kidnapped


BBC: Missing Honduran Journalist Found Murdered


Columbia Reports: Reign of Terror Against Columbian Journalists


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Think Progress: Honduras Set To Criminalize Morning After Pill


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.


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


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

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


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


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.”


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


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


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.


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


CBS News: Honduran Prison Fire Kills Hundreds


Miami Herald: Guatemala Weighs Drug Legalization


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


NPR: Honduran Police Accused of Corruption and Killings


CS Monitor: Nicaragua Builds Energy Independence Through Renewable Energy


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


Nobel Women’s Initiative: Fierce Feminists of Honduras


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.


Columbia Reports: Columbian Para-Militaries Have State Protection


McClatchy: Honduras Becomes the Murder Capital of the World


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


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.


LATimes: Holding Honduras Accountable

Prior to 2012