Archive for June, 2010

Repression Increasing One Year After Honduras Coup 6/28

June 28, 2010

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One year ago today, Manuel Zelaya was overthrown as president of Honduras. A general strike and other activities are expected today.

Assistant professor of anthropology at American University and author of “Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras,” Pine has been in Honduras for the last month. She just wrote the piece “Honduras celebrates tense anniversary of unresolved military coup,” which states: “Much is at stake on this Monday’s first anniversary of the coup — or, as it is also called within the broad-based resistance movement, ‘the awakening of the people and the death of the two-party system.’ Ongoing efforts — led by Hillary Clinton — to secure Honduras’s reentry to the Organization of American States and other regional bodies like the Central American Integration System, depend on a narrative of stability and reconciliation. … But opposing narratives come from all sides, and carry the weight of the bloody evidence accumulated in the months since the inauguration of president Pepe Lobo. …

“Since January, nine journalists, most of them critical of the coup and its beneficiaries, have been killed in targeted assassinations. Death squads have disappeared, tortured and killed dozens of resistance leaders and their family members. Photographic evidence of this circulates among the population, provoking widespread fear and fury — pictures of the mutilated body of Oscar Geovanny Ramirez, an unarmed 16-year-old land worker killed a week ago in an ongoing land dispute between indigent members of several land cooperatives and multi-millionaire coup financier and large landowner Miguel Facussé, by police and military working on behalf of Facussé, are among those recently making the rounds.” See photos:

Suyapa G. Portillo Villeda is at the Central American Studies Program at California State University, Northridge and is originally from Honduras. She said today: “One year after the coup d’état, Hondurans are living in a threatening environment where human rights violations have doubled; we are talking about persecution, selective kidnappings, torture and assassinations circa the 1980s. The cases are not investigated nor pursued and there is no justice for victims of the heinous attacks against their constitutional civil guarantees. Campesino leaders, teachers, labor union members, Garifuna communities, LGBT communities and women are the most vulnerable sectors, many of them receiving threatening phone calls, death threats via phone text; many have had to flee their homes when military police dressed as civilians hunt them down and interrogate their neighbors. The Honduran people know this is not democracy nor reconciliation government; anyone perceived to be a sympathizer of the resistance to the coup has been fired from their post, exiled or persecuted.

“What we are seeing that is positive is the organizations of popular groups, the consolidation of transnational networks and peaceful responses to a threatening environment; the biggest challenge now is to continue to organize towards a National Constitutional Assembly.”

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G20 Gets a “D” 6/25

June 27, 2010
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  • Leaders of the G8/G20, including President Obama, are meeting in Toronto beginning Friday.
  • DALLAS GOLDTOOTH, http://climatevoices.wordpress.com
  • Currently in Toronto, Thomas-Muller is Tar Sands Campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He said today: “The G20 is continuing down a road of business as usual for big oil. The Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada is an enormous project with a devastating impact on indigenous people, other rural people and virtually all life in the area. It’s like a massive slow-motion oil spill.” Photos of the Alberta Tar Sands are available at:
  • Goldtooth is at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, a gathering of activists; he is media coordinator for the Network and is able to connect media to other indigenous activists, including from the Gulf affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.
  • LIDY NACPIL, via Hayley Hathaway,
  • The Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of 75 religious denominations and faith communities, labor, environmental, and human rights groups and development agencies, just issued a progress report titled “Making the Grade? The G20’s Commitment to the World’s Poorest.” The report finds that G20 leaders “have made shockingly little progress since their last summit on development commitments and calls on leaders to take bold action to support the world’s poorest at a gathering of world leaders this week.”
  • According to the group: “The scorecard evaluates the G20’s progress toward key commitments made at the conclusion of its first summit on the global economic crisis in April 2009. New analysis shows that, in the past nine months since the G20’s September summit in Pittsburgh, only $1.2 billion in additional money has been clearly accounted for and delivered to low-income countries — an amount equivalent to money spent by the Canadian government for the upcoming three-day G8/G20 summits.”
  • St. Louis is deputy director of the Jubilee USA Network. For the full report and a news release from the group, “G20 Gets ‘D’ Grade for Breaking Commitments to the World’s Poorest,” see the group’s web page:
  • Nacpil, who is based in the Philippines, is with the affiliated Jubilee South Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development. She said today: “We believe that any process to address the global economic and financial crisis should include the voices of all affected peoples and nations. The G20 is not that process. However, as long as the biggest economies of the world are meeting, they should use their time to address the flaws of the global economic and financial system and take bold steps to transform the system.” Nacpil is currently in Detroit at the U.S. Social Forum.
  • For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
  • Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858