…of us ‘latin leadership’, amid choreographed photo-ops, sound bites…
As desperate refugees flee their homes and possessions in such countries for their survival in Europe, the consequences of historical US ‘involvement’ in Latin America, in this case El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have not been unforeseen. These countries are not as far away as say, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan or Iraq.
And to be considered, one consequence of such interventions has never been economic or social improvement in those countries where repression continues as endemic and prevalent, even under the guise of ‘democracy’ – Honduras would be catapulted backward and violently so, after the US-sanctioned overthrow of Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »
The suffering of the Honduran people, and the violence and deaths, would continue unabated, and ignored by the US corporate MSM. After all, ‘Mission Accomplished’, and all that.
Addiction to that irrestible narcotic, power, often tends to invite the past to intrude as unwelcome guest to the present, an unpleasant presence that now routinely confronts the US President. And no different with one resolute candidate.
Deirdre Fulton in a very recent post over at common dreams returns those who have forgotten to a time recently past, that year, 2009, when the US President had attended V SOA. There, after a refreshing and promising exchange with the late Venezuelan President, he would, in a character defining moment, almost immediately and furiously backpedal, and allow his agents to then engage in gratuitous insults toward the late President Chávez. Read the rest of this entry »
…at least at the us border, or dead in some field…
A moving tale of survival, one still being told. I am a 15-year-old immigrant who came to America because gangs murdered my family. All I want to do is stay and learn. We have the young lady’s take on it. Snippets,
When my father was murdered by gangs in El Salvador when I was seven, I thought nothing could get worse.
But then the gangs started threatening me, too, and beating up my brothers. I couldn’t go to school because the gangs there would come after me, and I wasn’t safe at home because the other gangs there came after all of us. There was nothing the police would or could do.
I was constantly under threat, as were my siblings. So in June 2013, scared of this situation, we made the decision to go to the United States – to try to escape the violence. I was 14, and my brothers were nine and 12.
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The plight of these unfortunates is better understood from a glance at the map. Then no need for imagination to appreciate the horrendous perils on the journey of over 1000 miles north to the US.
Another tale. This one of tragic failure. The bright light is the power of the human spirit to show respect and care for human life, even of the most humble. ‘A cemetery for our people’. Cooperation of caring people from both sides of the border.
Under Texas law, counties are required to conduct DNA testing and autopsies on unidentified remains, but Brooks County, one of the poorest counties in the nation, can’t afford the tests. So until 2013, when a professor from BaylorUniversity and her students volunteered to exhume the bodies and do the DNA testing for free, no official effort was being made by authorities to find out who these migrants were, or to get them back to their families.
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We have one US professor with her student volunteers working quietly, no fanfare, with a Guatemalan diplomat, whose life has been transformed, from diplomat into volunteer, by the experience of some human bones in some field in Texas.
…yes, because of those US policies in these countries there is such sheer desperation to flee for survival and to fulfill the dream of a better life up north, even at the risk of death, unmourned, in some field…
…’wmd’ and ‘smoking gun’ and ‘mushroom cloud’ and ‘mission accomplished’, and all that…
A thought. If the ruthless band IS, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, which had killed or displaced Christians from their centuries old village in Syria, had done no ‘burying alive’ of those folk, afterward they must have gotten truly serious meanness training? And if they had to be routed by the Syrians without any aid from the ‘Christian’ West, that means that the US (and allies) were more scared of that outfit – until Erbil where lots of US goings-on are going on?
Oh, that was to save Yazidis trapped on a mount – an exaggeration, a subterfuge, to fall apart as non-establishment journalists also went to witness what many of their colleagues had witnessed in Gaza and reported on, and about which the US and its ‘allies’ had done absolutely nothing, same for the
US UN Secretary-General, now an even more pathetic figure. Read the rest of this entry »
… McAllen, in (formerlyMexican) Texas…
Assuming these children and infants are not really Middle-Eastern or Moslem ne’er-do-well, we can confront the insistent presence of an uncomfortable past.
The predictable choreography of creating the illusion of reality would come when the Foreign Ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were summoned to Washington, DC. The usual US declamations of the need for action from ‘these people’ would have its embellished repetition on the US MSM , TV and print, as evidence of the resoluteness and leadership of the Obama administration.
On cue, the Presidents of those countries would promptly find themselves in Washington, DC, for the reinforcing of that illusion. They would meet with US officials and be given their instructions. Then they would appear before the media with the ‘finely-spoken’ US President who would use his spell-binding rhetoric to persuade US voters (as elections draw near) of his great leadership and that of his corporate Democratic party. Read the rest of this entry »
…meterse en honduras, did the US and very deeply so…
The US policy of forceful subordination of non-client states once implemented never quite ends – even if its media cooperates by choosing to ignore its damaging consequences. In Central America of Latin America, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua were special countries in which the art of torture and slaughter and destruction learned in the US or from its ‘advisors’ was enthusiastically practiced.
Thus, it should be only obvious that those dispossessed and desperate who value their own lives, lives not valued by the very authorities strongly supported by the US, should seek to find safe haven elsewhere. And such individuals or groups of individuals fleeing for their own safety or lives would be classified as refugees, most of all in that exceptional country that declares itself the kindest and most generous since the dawn of, well, dawn. Read the rest of this entry »
…especially if from the South, and of that complexion and destitute and desperate…
To keep the context, we sample something of that myth to which so many still cling, the utter bombast of:
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
…and utterly predictable, obvious to most.
In the US as elections begin to draw near corporate politicians religiously resort to their accustomed ‘hot button’ issues, ‘culture’ wars to galvanise their respective constituencies to secure their vote, an untidy formality for them to continue to promote the corporate agenda. And the gullible do what the gullible always do so well. Immigration, a ‘hot button’ issue, important to corporate US politicians only for its many votes that make the difference for the candidate to pursue the agenda of the corporate owner. We consider the abundant evidence, so blithely ignored as it continues to accumulate. Read the rest of this entry »