…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 »
…’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 »
…and the law of unintended consequences, two tales from CEPR’s The Americas Blog…
From its Alexander Main comes,
Nearly 17 months ago, dozens of heavily-armed Honduran and U.S. police agents carried out a pre-dawn drug interdiction operation along the Patuca River that left two women, a teenager and a young man dead and several others injured. There is no evidence that the dead victims or the 12 other individuals traveling on the same boat – six of whom were women and six of whom were children ranging in age from two to fourteen – had any ties to drug trafficking. The tragic incident – which Rights Action and CEPR analyzed extensively in the report “Collateral Damage of a Drug War” – left over half a dozen orphans in its wake and deeply scarred the tightly knit indigenous community of Ahuas, where the shootings took place.
In January of this year, 58 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concern about the Ahuas killings and asking for a U.S. investigation of the incident to be carried out. A full six months later, the DEA sent the 58 members a response which made no reference to the request for an investigation and provided a description of the DEA’s role in the incident which contains significant inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims.
The fact that in their letter the DEA describes procedures to “maximize safety from all involved personnel” but makes no reference at all to any procedures designed to minimize casualties and maximize safety for bystanders suggests that no lessons have been drawn from the Ahuas incident. The shooting incident and the subsequent treatment of the victims and the local residents that sought to provide the victims with assistance indicates that, at least in this instance, the only thing that mattered to the DEA agents was recovering the drug shipment. Human lives appear to have been irrelevant within the context of the operation.
the substance of which provokes questions as who are in charge of whom? Who are the subordinates? Accountable? Is this a perfunctory inquiry, or will the Congress seek to improve the image of the US by insisting on strict adherence to the rule of law, especially as it relates to a very impoverished country, and with one of the highest murder rates in the world?
And to reinforce the reality of corporate and multilateral development bank (MDB) cooperation comes this from Dan Beeton,
New Report Details Multilateral Development Bank, U.S. Role in Human Rights Abuses in Río Blanco, Honduras Couple excerpts should inspire further reading.
The report also notes that the multilateral development banks (MDBs) pressured Honduras and other Central American countries to “allow private energy investment” through structural adjustment programs in the 1990’s. But the World Bank and IDB’s role in the current conflict is not limited to the last century. After citing information from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration [PDF], the report concludes that:
Public funds facilitated by MDB’s private sector funding agencies, including the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the IDB’s International Investment Corporation, appear to be funding the Agua Zarca dam through [the Central American Mezzanine Infrastructure Fund, CAMIF], an investment fund that in reality does not respond to the safeguard policies of the MDB’s, even though it may be obligated to.
[note: that should be Inter-American, not International, Investment Corporation (IIC)]
With 22.4 percent of voting shares [PDF] in the IFC and 30 percent of the votes in the IDB, the United States wields enormous leverage over the MDBs, but unfortunately thus far the U.S. government seems uninterested in supporting human rights in Río Blanco. In fact, the report also notes that the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Lisa Kubiske, seems to have signaled a green light for the recent persecution of the anti-dam activists:
The investigation that led to the charges [against Cáceres, Gómez and Molina] was launched around the same time that Honduran newspaper reports circulated on June 28, 2013 claimed that US Ambassador to Honduras, Lisa Kubiske, had called on the Honduran government to prosecute those who promote land occupations, stating that “the government should guarantee a functional justice system to proceed against those who encourage campesinos to invade lands.”
Yet again, corporate interests take precedence over the environment and those who inhabit it, the indigenous, voiceless mass. No need to mention the environmental and human catastrophe left untreated in a massive area of the Amazon region in Ecuador by Chevron (before, Texaco).
It seems not so long ago that major project approval criteria for some MDBs used to include: environmental, economic, financial, social, respect for human rights, criteria also espoused by government bilateral agencies such as USAID or DFID. Times do change.