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US aids Honduran police despite death squad fears
ALBERTO ARCE and KATHERINE CORCORAN. AP. March 25, 2013
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The U.S. State Department, which spends millions of taxpayer dollars a year on the Honduran National Police, has assured Congress that money only goes to specially vetted and trained units that don’t operate under the direct supervision of a police chief once accused of extrajudicial killings and “social cleansing.”
But The Associated Press has found that all police units are under the control of Director General Juan Carlos Bonilla, nicknamed the “Tiger,” who in 2002 was accused of three extrajudicial killings and links to 11 more deaths and disappearances. He was tried on one killing and acquitted. The rest of the cases were never fully investigated. Continue reading
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The EZLN Prepares Communiqué; Las Abejas Will Recall 15 Years from the Massacre in Acteal
Bolivia: Evo Morales’ “Manifesto of the Island of the Sun” http://truth-out.org/news/item/13643-bolivia-evo-morales-manifesto-of-the-island-of-the-sun
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Mark Karlin, Truthout: In the first part of this year, Truthout posted a series of ten articles that dispelled the myths surrounding the failed US/Mexico war on drugs. As a follow-up, this article details newly-released statistics that indicate the predicted death toll from the alleged war-turned-bloodbath will likely far exceed past estimates.
By DAMIEN CAVE and GINGER THOMPSON, New York Times, October 12, 2012
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The Honduran Air Force pilot did not know what to do. It was the dead of night, and he was chasing a small, suspected drug plane at a dangerously low altitude, just a few hundred feet above the Caribbean. He fired warning shots, but instead of landing, the plane flew lower and closer to the sea.
“So the pilot made a decision, thinking it was the best thing to do,” said Arturo Corrales, Honduras’s foreign minister, one of several officials to give the first detailed account of the episode. “He shot down the plane.”
Four days later, on July 31, it happened again. Another flight departed from a small town on the Venezuelan coast, and using American radar intelligence, a Honduran fighter pilot shot it down over the water.
How many people were killed? Were drugs aboard, or innocent civilians? Officials here and in Washington say they do not know. The planes were never found. But the two episodes — clear violations of international law and established protocols — have ignited outrage in the United States, bringing one of its most ambitious international offensives against drug traffickers to a sudden halt just months after it started.
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Fault Line: The US and Honduras https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWU1d_tTMEs&feature=player_embedded
The Real News: Broken Anvil: Victims Fight for Justice After DEA Operation Leaves Four Dead in Honduras
Villagers say there was no warning before shots were fired on May 11 from a U.S. government helicopter on their canoe, leaving four dead.
For those who missed the screening of Granito, the online streaming at POV has been extended until Aug 20 http://www.pbs.org/pov/granito/full.php http://documentaries.about.com/b/2012/07/28/granitos-successful-streaming.htm
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