Juan Vázquez Assassinated in Bachajón, Chiapas Bolivian President Evo Morales expels USAID Nicaragua cloud forest ‘under siege’ by illegal loggers Guatemala declares emergency after mine protests Mexico Congress passes sweeping telecoms bill US Gives Honduras $1.75 Million for Police; Promises $200 Million for El Salvador, Guatemala and Central America The Venezuelan Presidential Vote — What is the Probability That It Could Have Been Stolen? Obama, visiting Mexico, shifts focus from drug war Economy, security in spotlight as Obama heads to Costa Rica Guatemalan Judge Reopens Genocide Trial of Rios Montt Continue reading →
6. Chiapas: San Marcos Avilés: Forced Displacement and the Hope of Solidarity 7. New Protest Paralyzes Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam 8. BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF 9. Assassination of Venezuelan Yupka Chief Sabino Romero Leads to Criticisms 10. 6 Killed, 9 More Injured In Chase Across U.S.-Mexico Border 11. Chile: Back from UN job Bachelet confirms she is running for president next November 12. Correa Condemns U.S. Blockade of Cuba at Inter-Parliamentary Meeting 13. Rio De Janeiro Police Force Indigenous People Out Of Museum Near World Cup Stadium Continue reading →
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 →
On Sunday, March 17, 2013, at around 8 pm, the President of the Xinca Indigenous Parliament and three other Xinca leaders were abducted by a group of heavily armed masked men while on their way home from observing a public referendum on Tahoe’s Escobal mine in El Volcancito, San Rafael Las Flores, in the department of Santa Rosa, Guatemala. This comes only two days after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called on the Government of Guatemala to protect human rights defenders.
Two of the abducted Xinca leaders escaped and sounded the alarm. On the morning of Monday, March 18, 2013, the President of the Xinca Parliament’s vehicle was found with multiple bullet holes and Exaltación Marcos Ucelo, one of the four who were kidnapped, was found dead. About four hundred people peacefully gathered in the immediate area in order to protect the scene of the crime while demanding that authorities initiate a proper and full investigation. That evening, President Roberto González Ucelo was found alive. Continue reading →
Immigration reform is a hot topic again following the announcement on January 28th of a bipartisan proposal on the subject--an announcement enthusiastically welcomed by the White House. However, there are many flaws--among the worst is that it would continue the growth of border militarization. It is also troubling that this reform proposal moves forward at the same time the White House is trying to secure ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, "NAFTA on steroids"-what would be the largest Free Trade Agreement in the world. From our office in Tucson, Arizona, we can affirm that the combination of FTAs and militarization has been a recipe for marshall law, economic disruption, displacement and deaths in the desert. Continue reading →
The U.S. military has a robust working relationship with both nations’ armed forces.
In Honduras, U.S. military forces are working with security forces there to support Operation Martillo, the multinational effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along Central America. U.S. troops also routinely train with Honduran forces and take part in humanitarian efforts.
Joint Task Force-Bravo – comprised of about 500 U.S. military personnel – is located at the Honduran Soto Cano Air Base. The task force organizes multilateral exercises and supports, in cooperation with partner nations, humanitarian and civic assistance, counter drug, contingency and disaster relief operations in Central America.
In El Salvador, the U.S. military also works with the nation’s armed forces to support Operation Martillo. At the Comalapa International Airport, the U.S. military operates a Cooperative Security Location where U.S. detection and monitoring aircraft fly missions to detect, monitor and track aircraft or vessels engaged in illicit drug trafficking.”
Over 8,000 messages were sent to Congressional Representatives, Senators and to Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough demanding that in these times of fiscal crisis, we put an end to militarized budgets, and cut the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC)! Added to that were the hundreds more postcards sent from the gates of Fort Benning to representatives and senators from 37 states!
Tomgram: David Vine, The True Costs of Empire Posted by David Vine at 9:13am, December 11, 2012. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch.
Mars? Venus? Earth-like bodies elsewhere in the galaxy? Who knows? But here, at least, no great power, no superpower, no hyperpower, not the Romans, nor imperial China, nor the British, nor the Soviet Union has ever garrisoned the globe quite the way we have: Asia to Latin America, Europe to the Greater Middle East, and increasingly Africa as well.
Build we must. If someday Washington took to the couch for therapy, the shrink would undoubtedly categorize what we’ve done as a compulsion, the base-building equivalent of a hoarding disorder. Continue reading →