2021 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: The Pink Tide Rises Again

Roger D. Harris

Orinoco Tribune | January 01, 2022

US policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean continued in a seamless transition from Trump to Biden, but the terrain over which it operated shifted left. The balance between the US drive to dominate its “backyard” and its counterpart, the Bolivarian cause of regional independence and integration, continued to tip portside in 2021 with major popular electoral victories in Chile, Honduras, and Peru. These follow the previous year’s reversal of the coup in Bolivia. 

Central has been the struggle of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America) countries – particularly Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua – against the asphyxiating US blockade and other regime-change measures. Presidential candidate Biden pledged to review Trump’s policy of US sanctions against a third of humanity. The presumptive intention of the review was to ameliorate the human suffering caused by these unilateral coercive measures, considered illegal under international law. Following the review, Biden has instead tightened the screws, more effectively weaponizing the COVID crisis

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Xiomara Castro, and the Rebirth of Honduras

Ilka Oliva Corado

RESUMEN | November 29, 2021

The humiliations suffered by undocumented Central American migrants who try to cross Mexico to reach the United States, seeking to save themselves from the institutional violence of the narco-State, in the case of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, have hurt a lot. The famous northern triangle that is so much charged here and there by politicians in the discourse of transnational corporations that in exchange for a crumb that they throw from the rocking chair where they rock; placid and jampones, they take the entrails of the land that they are drying, because it is not theirs, it is that of the peoples sullied for centuries.

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‘We’re worse than Venezuela!’: Hondurans in US-backed regime speak out Share

The Grayzone | July 08, 2019

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Average Hondurans in the capital Tegucigalpa’s central park tell Max Blumenthal their humanitarian crisis is much worse than Venezuela’s. The US-backed right-wing coup regime of Juan Orlando Hernández kills dissidents and shoots protesters, as it tries to privatize healthcare and education.

Video by Ben Norton

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Protests in Honduras intensify leading up to inauguration day

The Dawn News | January 23, 2018

Juan Orlando Hernández, who was “elected” president in Honduras as a result of fraud and corruption, will hold his swearing in ceremony on January 27 in what may be the first closed-door inauguration (although his government has purposely not shared details about the ceremony). Leading up to what many consider will be an illegitimate inauguration, social movements and organization, sectors of the political opposition and members of civil society have been mobilizing across Honduras to show their rejection and indignation to the political situation in Honduras that did not begin with electoral fraud but has also highlighted the impunity and unreeled power of the military and police to repress, detain and kill citizens at an alarming rate.Read More »

Honduras: Opposition Alliance Summons More Street Protests

telesur | December 20, 2017

Police fire tear gas towards opposition supporters during a protest after Honduras

Mobilizations across the country have been organized for three days starting from dawn Wednesday, to demonstrate the opposition’s rejection of the disputed election results.

 

Honduras’ Opposition Alliance party has called for more public protests against the controversial re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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Honduras: Opposition Supporters Hold Nationwide Protests

teleSUR | December 15, 2017

Opposition supporters during a protest over a disputed presidential election in Tegucigalpa, Honduras December 15, 2017.

  • Opposition supporters during a protest over a disputed presidential election in Tegucigalpa, Honduras December 15, 2017. | Photo: Reuters
    The protests are directed at the probable fraud that has marked the country’s presidential elections.

    Opposition Alliance supporters in Honduras are out on the streets in a nationwide protest after presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla and former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya called for the people to begin a “peaceful” and “permanent” national demonstration and labor strike.

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Why the Honduras Crisis Matters to Me

by Rick Sterling

Opposition supporters dance and wave flags during a protest over a contested presidential election with allegations of electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December 8, 2017.

Opposition supporters dance and wave flags during a protest over a contested presidential election with allegations of electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December 8, 2017. | Photo: Reuters
Just as the 2009 coup in Honduras was a setback for all Latin America, the outcome of the current crisis will have consequences far beyond Honduras.

For seven months in 1969, I hitch-hiked around the US, Mexico and Central America with my best friend from high school. Some class-mates from our school in Vancouver Canada saved their money then travelled to Europe or Australia, but Ollie and I headed south. It was an eye-opening experience for two middle-class Canadians. We had a lot of learning experiences in the US, but today I want to talk about Honduras because it is in crisis as I write this: the Honduran election took place on 26 November, yet the results are still in contention. Will the current right-wing government manage to retain power?

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NYT claims U.S. opposed Honduran coup it actually supported

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ACTION ALERT: NYT Claims US Opposed Honduran Coup It Actually Supported

The August 14 New York Times reported that the threat by Donald Trump to use the US military against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has brought together Latin American leaders, divided on other things, in opposition to US intervention.  Along the way, reporter Nicholas Casey cites a regional expert who says, “An often ugly history of US interventions is vividly remembered in Latin America — even as we in the US have forgotten.” Which the Times followed thus:Read More »

World Bank declares itself above the law

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We are going to triumph

Letter to Bertha Cáceres from her daughter, Laura Zúñiga Cáceres

by Laura Zúñiga Cáceres

On what would have been indigenous and environmental movement leader Bertha Cáceres’ 45th birthday [March 4, 2017], we reproduce this letter from her daughter Laura. Cáceres was assassinated in her native Honduras just before midnight one year and one day ago. Her birthday party had already been planned.

Source: ¡Berta Vive!

The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations (COPINH), the Lenca indigenous group Cáceres cofounded in 1993, continues to work for justice for indigenous peoples and territories, for protection of the earth, and for democracy in Honduras. Like its cofounder, COPINH’s vision goes far beyond defense, instead espousing and creating new relationships among people and with Mother Earth and transformative political and economic systems.

Bertha [1] Cáceres, my mother, my mommy, was struggle in action, with oppression piled atop her, carrying on her back all the pains that this system imposes on the poor, the poor indigenous, the poor indigenous women.

Bertha, capable of indignation at every injustice in the world, rebelled against them and fought against them. Because of that, she saw everything as cross-cutting [achieved intersectional thought], she understood that capitalism, patriarchy and racism have to be fought all together.

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