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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Honduras Correspondent(s) Navigates Violent Land

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Updated  04/03/2014

Despite U.S.-backed violence against them, indigenous communities are fighting back as multinational corporations encroach on their lands. ... see photo

Updated 03/05/2014


In Honduras, Going From Door to Door to Prosecutors

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The only way Andy Díaz could find a witness to a murder was to pick up a Bible. Mr. Díaz, a private investigator, posed as a Christian evangelist and spent a month knocking on the doors of hillside shacks with only a rumor and a description to guide him.

Updated 12/14/2013 -

Updated 6/12/2013 w/NPR story - 

NPR: Honduras Claims Unwanted Title Of World's Murder Capital by June 12, 2013 3:26 AM


10 Intense, Inspiring Days in Honduras - January 2013 - 

From Cristalyne's blog ... 

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I arrived in what is known as the most dangerous city in the world – San Pedro Sula, Honduras – in the middle of the night Jan. 2, 2013, my twenty-sixth birthday. ... After months of people warning me against my plans their fears began to sink in. I was a little on edge. ...
Sarah and Jesse interviewing people in front of the structure where town meetings are held. - Honduras– Palm Oil, Land and Struggle 

From Sarah's Blog (by Sarah and Jesse) - January 2013

Honduras—a beautiful country with lush mountains and beautiful beaches, rich in mineral wealth with land to grow many different kinds of crops, both for subsistence and exportation.  It should be a paradise for the nearly 8 million people who live there.  But there is a problem.  Almost none of the country’s immense wealth makes it into the hands of the people.  Instead it travels out of the country in the hands of international businessmen, allowing them to accumulate immense sums while leaving the country and its people in incredible poverty.  Add to that the horrible repression the Honduran people face when standing up to their exploiters and you are starting to get an idea of the state of the country we (Cristalyne, Jesse and I) spent the last two weeks traveling around in. ..

AP's Honduras Correspondent Navigates Violent Land

 ... In the first six months of 2012, 51 taxi drivers were killed in Tegucigalpa — most of them, Jose's colleagues believe, for failing to pay extortionists. ... More than two dozen Honduran journalists have been killed in the last two years. Some reporters carry weapons to protect themselves, others use the armed guards that President Lobo offered after a prominent Honduran radio journalist was assassinated last May — reportedly in retaliation for a government crackdown on cartels. ... It is not hard to become a fatality. A few months ago, I interviewed a lawyer, Antonio Trejo, who was defending the peasants of Aguan Valley in a land dispute against agribusiness tycoon, one of the most powerful men in the country. Trejo had warned repeatedly that he would be killed for helping the campesinos. Two days after I interviewed him, he was shot six times as he was leaving church by two men on a motorcycle. 
I have friends in Honduras, and I thought it would be dangerous, but this puts a whole new face on the issue of "Who is listening, what can we do and what are we doing?"  I at least have to give AP and ABCNews credit for paying some attention!

Albasud - Video: Bajo Aguán: Grito por la tierra - Honduras

WikiLeaks Honduras: US Linked to Brutal Businessman by Dana Frank (The Nation) October 21, 2011
Miguel Facussé’s power base lies in the lower Aguán Valley, where campesinos originally settled in the 1970s as part of an agrarian reform strategy by the Honduran government, which encouraged hundreds of successful campesino cooperatives and collectives in the region. Beginning in 1992, though, new neoliberal governments began promoting the transfer of their lands to wealthy elites, who were quick to take advantage of state support to intimidate and coerce campesinos into selling, and in some cases to acquire land through outright fraud. Facussé, the biggest beneficiary by far of these state policies, now claims at least 22,000 acres in the lower Aguán, at least one-fifth of the entire area, much of which he has planted in African palms for an expanding biofuel empire.

Farmers killed in restive Honduran rural area -Report from Agence France-Presse Published on 05 Nov 2012

Honduras: War on the Peasants 2/7/13

Aggregate coverage CNN -

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