Letter to the CBC Radio's "The Current"
As in the worst years of State repression and terrorism against its own population in the 1970s and 80s, the military-backed regime of Honduras is again buying weapons from the US and Israel.
First, the US backed a coup that deposed the elected president. Now, it's backing the return of death-squad government
In contrast to elections in Guatemala, won by "genocidal" general Otto Perez Molina, Nicaragua continues with political and socio-economic policies prioritizing the participation and needs of the majority.
Thousands of social justice activists from across the Americas will occupy the main gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to call for an end to U.S. militarization and for the closure of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of Americas.
Otto Perez Molina, a former general who was in charge of the Nebaj, Quiche military base during Guatemala's genocide from mid-1982 to mid-1983, has won the presidency.
General Otto Perez Molina - Comandante Tito, as he was known in the early eighties, directing operations in the butchering fields of the [Maya] Ixil communities 3 hours north of here - is the founder of the Patriotic Party, and his sneering face on billboards, huge and small, the PP symbol of the fighting Iron Fist, their pumpkin-orange flags and banners, and frenetic pounding music are ubiquitous throughout the country, and especially in the Maya highlands, the very land where the genocide occurred.
On September 11, 2011 the general elections in Guatemala, which determine mayors, congress members and the president, played out as most recent elections have, with normal violence, denouncements of widespread fraud, and destruction of ballots; the culmination of a political campaign in which at least 35 were killed. Two presidential candidates go to the run off on in November, the expected winner Otto Perez Molina, Implicated in war crimes of the past (including genocide), of the Partido Patriota [PP] against Manuel Baldizon of the Libertad Democratic Renovada [LIDER].
Attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed papers for a human rights case against Honduran coup leader Roberto Micheletti Baín, emphasizing that the case is one of the few opportunities for accountability for the wave human rights abuses committed during and in the aftermath of the coup. Total Impunity in Honduras Underscores Need for U.S. Court to Hear this Case