Central American Punching Bag: The pathological cycle of U.S. & Canadian policies in Honduras & Guatemala

In March and April 2018, thousands of Guatemalan and mainly Honduran refugees formed a caravan to walk north across Mexico.  All were fleeing violent, corrupt, desperate living conditions in their home countries; some will stay in Mexico – many are trying to get to the U.S.  Then the U.S. media ramped up with alarmist propaganda about an “army” of “illegals” heading for the U.S.  President Trump tweeted:  “Big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” border – Had better be stopped before it gets there” … and ordered more soldiers, guns and money to “protect” the border. […]

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The Valley of Despair

By Martin Calix, October 5, 2017

Original: https://contracorriente.red/2017/10/05/el-valle-de-la-esperanza/

(Translated for Rights Action by Lori Berenson)

Acid rain is not a myth. The inhabitants of the Valley of Syria, located about 120 kilometers from Tegucigalpa, know it well. The communities of Cedros, El Porvenir, and San Ignacio – three municipalities in the easternmost part of the Francisco Morazán department – were affected by the Canadian mining company Goldcorp Inc.’s open pit mining, another variant of the extractivist model. With the contamination of the waters of their rivers, the rain had to fall at some point, like a biblical prophecy.

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