- Military repression in Honduras is a direct legacy of U.S. meddling in the country.
- The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis.
Lynn Holland, Foreign Policy in Focus
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The Honduran military was a front-line enforcer of U.S. goals in Central America during the Cold War. The country is still paying the price to this day. (Photo: Charlie Company / Flickr)
Wednesday, June 24, 2014 | A few weeks ago in Honduras, six Americans were arrested and thrown in jail while salvaging from the ocean floor off the northern coast. Their charge: possession of illegal weapons while on board the ship. A spokesman for the salvage company the men work for said that port officials had approved the guns in advance for purposes of protection. Since their arrest, there have been reports that the men are poorly fed, the jail is foul and mosquito-infested, and vicious fights have broken out among the other inmates.
Publicity over the case has pried the lid off the longstanding human rights crisis in Honduras. Harassment, arbitrary arrest, crowded prisons, and a host of other human rights abuses are a way of life for many Hondurans, and especially the poor. Unionists, peasant activists, environmentalists, indigenous people, and the journalists, lawyers, and others who support them are particularly vulnerable to threats, disappearance, and murder. Over the years, politically motivated killings, along with other factors, have given Honduras the highest murder rate in the world.
Lynn Holland is a professor at the University of Denver where she teaches illicit markets in Latin America and political economic development in Latin America as well as graduate courses in international political economy, comparative politics, and the international system.
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The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis, SOA Watch
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