Resources: Articles, Interviews, Videos (June 30, 2017)

Below, links to articles, radio interviews and news-video reports addressing community, environmental, human rights defense work & struggles Rights Action is supporting & involved with in Guatemala & Honduras.

Two main elements of Rights Action’s work

  • We regularly channel funds to indigenous and non-indigenous community groups in Guatemala and Honduras involved in the environmental, community and human rights struggles these reports address;
  • We support education and activism work in the U.S. and Canada focusing on how our governments, companies and investors, and global institutions we control (ex: World Bank) contribute to and benefit from the environmental degradation, repression and human rights violations our partner groups are suffering from and resisting.

 

Articles

Under the Gun: An Investigation Into the Murder of Berta Cáceres

June 15, 2017, by John Gibler

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2017-4-july-august/feature/under-gun-investigation-murder-berta-c-ceres

 

Forthcoming book

Mining Impunity in the Aftermath of Guatemala’s Genocide: The Violence of Contemporary Predatory Mineral Exploitation (provisional title)

Co-edited by Professor Catherine Nolin and Grahame Russell, “Mining Impunity in the Aftermath of Guatemala’s Genocide” (to be published late 2017, early 2018) addresses the environmental and health harms, human rights violations and repression linked to Canadian (and U.S.) companies INCO-Hudbay Minerals, Goldcorp Inc, Tahoe Resources, KCA-Radius Gold, and the role of governments and investors (private and pension funds) in promoting the relentless expansion of these mining interests, ignoring or denying the systemic harms, violations and repression the mining operations cause, and the endemic conditions of violence, corruption and impunity in Guatemala in which the companies are operating.

 

Is Canada to Blame for Human Rights Abuses in Guatemala? Canadian mining firms are not held responsible for horrors inflicted on Indigenous communities by foreign subsidiaries. But a Toronto court could change that

June 30, 2017. The Walrus article, by Annie Hylton

http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/the-walrus-article-is-canada-to-blame-for-human-rights-abuses-in-guatemala

 

Invoice to the global mining industry (from the Mining Impunity & Repression Emergency Fund), for funds paid to family of Carlos Maaz Coc, shot and killed May 27, 2017, in Guatemala by police in service of CGN nickel mining company

June 1, 2017, Rights Action

http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/mining-impunity-repression-emergency-fund-miref-family-of-carlos-maaz-coc-killed-in-guatemala-by-police-in-service-of-cgn-nickel-mining-company

 

New book

Chixoy dam, displacement and development: Perspectives from Río Negro, Guatemala

By Nate Einbinder, with preface by Professor Catherine Nolin and epilogue by Grahame Russell

http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/new-book-chixoy-dam-displacement-and-development-perspectives-from-ro-negro-guatemala-by-nathan-einbinder-springer-briefs

 

U.S. government admits responsibility for 2012 D.E.A. Ahuas massacre in Honduras

May 29, 2017, by Nina Lakhani, The Guardian

http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/5-years-later-us-govt-and-dea-admit-2012-ahuas-massacre-in-honduras-2012

 

Freeing the killer; Criminalizing the victims! Hudbay Minerals head of security in Guatemala acquitted on murder and assault charges.  Criminal charges might be filed against the victims, prosecutors and witnesses

May 24, 2017, by Rights Action

http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/freeing-the-killer-criminalizing-the-victimsdecision-rendered-in-trial-against-hudbay-minerals-head-of-security-in-guatemala-3-appeals-pending

 

Canadian tourism investors criminalizing Garifuna people on their own lands

May 19, 2017, by Karen Spring

http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/indigenous-garifuna-community-defender-illegally-detained-in-hondurascanadian-tourism-investors-criminalizing-garifuna-people-on-their-own-lands

 

“It sounded like Christmas day fireworks going off, … and we knew the Army had killed them all”

May 14, 2017, by Grahame Russell

http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/it-sounded-like-christmas-day-fireworks-going-off-and-we-knew-the-army-had-killed-them-all

 

The Reading of the Names, the Calling Forth of Massacred Loved Ones in Rio Negro

March 13, 2017, by Grahame Russell

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=7808e2409c

 

Thank-you Berta Caceres: “Wake up humanity, we are out of time”

March 3, 2017, photos-commentary by Grahame Russell

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=0285df858a

 

Berta Caceres: Who She Is and What She Lived For

March 3, 2016, by Grahame Russell

https://us9.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/show?id=1210653

 

New book

The New (Canadian) Imperialism in Honduras: Ideology, News Media, Pedagogy & Pop Culture

by Tyler Shipley

http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/new-book-the-new-canadian-imperialism-in-honduras-ideology-the-news-media-pedagogy-and-pop-culture-by-tyler-shipley

 

Honduras Narco-trafficker Testifies That Ex-Honduran President Took Bribes

March 7, 2017, InsightCrime

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=6ea89d3ae9

 

Business-As-Usual With Guatemalan ‘Mafia State’: Drug Charges Against Guatemalan Officials

February 27, 2017, InsightCrime

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=6db89d51b2

 

A commentary about Michael Enright’s CBC commentary: “President Obama’s hypocritical outrage over Russia’s alleged interference in elections”

January 8, 2017, by Grahame Russell

http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=ee15bfa553

 

Sandra Cuffe writes about Honduras, the most repressive, corrupt country in the Americas where North American companies do profitable business

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=87f2a66f18

 

Another murder linked to Canadian mining in Guatemala: Laura Leonor Vasquez Pineda

January 16, 2017, Network of Ancient Healers

http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=cd34b74a47

 

The impacts of Canadian government & corporate policies internationally

Canadian Foreign Policy Institute radio interviews with: Dawn Paley, Sakura Saunders, Jen Moore, Grahame Russell, Nicolas Barry-Shaw, Manuel Rosenthal

http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=bbc0e36886

 

Canada’s “Looting of Honduras”

Nov-Dec 2016, by Asad Ismi

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2016/11/Monitor_Nov-Dec2016.pdf

 

Fidel Castro-A life well lived: Is the United States starting to come in from the cold?

November 26, 2016, by Grahame Russell

https://us9.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/show?id=1210469

 

The Canadian porn king and the Caribbean paradise: Is a businessman taking advantage of lawlessness to scoop up land?

November 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/11/20/the-canadian-porn-king-and-the-caribbean-paradise.html

 

The U.S. and Canada Have Blood on Their Hands in Honduras

October 22, 2016, by Grahame Russell

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/The-US-and-Canada-Have-Blood-on-Their-Hands-in-Honduras-20161022-0010.html

 

Angelica Choc (7 Years Fighting Mining Impunity in Guatemala) Suffers Attack in her Home

October 18, 2016, photos James Rodríguez / text Grahame Russell

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/7-Years-Fighting-Against-Canadian-Mining-Impunity-in-Guatemala-20161018-0021.html

 

End U.S. Support for the Thugs of Honduras

September 22, 2016, by Dana Frank

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/opinion/end-us-support-for-the-thugs-of-honduras.html?_r=0

 

Even the Bones of the Dead Are Not Safe: Stop Aura Minerals’ Honduran Mine Expansion

August 27, 2016, by Emilie Smith

https://canthesebonesspeak.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/tearing-up-holy-land/

 

Interview with Gustavo Castro, Survivor of Berta Caceres Assassination

September 2, 2016

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=dad4f59771

 

1954 CIA Coup in Guatemala Effects Still Being Felt Today

June 27, 2016, by Grahame Russell

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/1954-CIA-Coup-in-Guatemala-Effects-Still-Being-Felt-Today-20160626-0026.html

 

Mayan Families’ Quest For Justice Against Canadian Mining Company Hudbay

June 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/06/20/the-mayans-vs-the-mine.html

 

How A Guatemalan Murder Trial Could Forever Change Canadian Overseas Mining

June 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/06/20/how-a-guatemalan-murder-trial-could-forever-change-canadian-overseas-mining.html

 

Guatemalan Women’s Claims Put Focus on Canadian Firms’ Conduct Abroad

April 2, 2016, by Suzanne Daley

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/03/world/americas/guatemalan-womens-claims-put-focus-on-canadian-firms-conduct-abroad.html?_r=2

 

U.S. Should Legalize Mexican and Central American Migrants Now

January 2, 2016, by Grahame Russell

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/US-Should-Legalize-Mexican-and-Central-American-Migrants-Now-20160102-0016.html

 

A Legacy Of Shame: Canadian Mining Companies Leave Behind Decades Of Violence In Guatemala

December 30, 2015, by Scott Price

https://intercontinentalcry.org/a-legacy-of-shame-canadian-mining-companies-leave-behind-decades-of-violence-in-their-wake/

 

Famine and Hunger in Guatemala: The Pathological Interdependence of Feast and Famine in the Global ‘Free Trade’ Order

by Grahame Russell

http://theviolenceofdevelopment.com/famine-and-hunger-devastate-guatemala-again-the-pathological-interdependence-of-feast-and-famine-in-the-global-free-trade-economic-order/

 

Profiting From Genocide: Chixoy Dam and the World Bank’s Bloody History in Guatemala

March 8, 2013, by Cyril Mychalejko

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/14823-profiting-from-genocide-the-world-banks-bloody-history-in-guatemala

 

Film / TV / Video / Radio

 

GUATEMALA

 

U.S. Is Co-Responsible For Genocides In Guatemala

October 28, 2013, interview with Grahame Russell outside court house where former U.S.-trained and backed general Efrain Rios Montt was on trial for genocide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-X3OMEZouU&feature=youtu.be

 

Genocide Trial in Guatemala

June 3, 2013, Warwick Fry (Australia) interviews Grahame Russell in Guatemala for trial of former U.S. trained and supported general Efrain Rios Montt, found guilty of war crimes, including genocide.

http://vensol.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/former-president-on-war-crimes-charges.html

 

Defensora

40 minute film (by Rachel Schmidt) documents Q’eqchi’ peoples’ struggle in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and seek justice in Canadian and Guatemalan courts for murder, shootings and rapes committed by police, soldiers and private security working for Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals/CGN.

Trailer: www.defensorathefilm.com

 

Hudbay Mineral’s Hoax (Flin Flon Flim Flam)

51 minute film (by John Dougherty) documents harmful operations of Hudbay Minerals in Guatemala, Peru and Canada, and plans to construct the “Rosemont” copper mine in Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7aacPtEI8s

 

Choc vs. Hudbay

5 minute film (by James Rodriguez) commemorates Adolfo Ich, affirms the resistance of the Mayan Q’eqchi’ people.

https://vimeo.com/191327705

 

Hudbay Minerals on Trial: Impunity Reigns

4 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) reports how, on April 6, 2017, Mynor Padilla – ex Hudbay Minerals head of security – was found “not guilty” of killing Adolfo Ich and shooting-paralyzing German Chub Choc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xch_LMzfl7Q&feature=youtu.be

 

How Can Angelica Choc and German Chub Get Justice?

3 minute report (by Steven Schnoor) documents how the Judge in the Adolfo Ich murder trial, ordered – May 2016 – a “security protection detail” for Mynor Padilla, ex head of security for Hudbay Minerals (and former lieutenant colonel in the Guatemalan Army), on trial for murder and the shooting-paralyzing of German Chub in September 2009.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlIt5geTIJc&feature=youtu.be

 

They Cut Me In Half: Fundraiser for German Chub Choc

5 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) documents life of German Chub, a young Maya-Q’eqchi’ father left paralyzed after being shot by Mynor Padilla, head of security for Hudbay Minerals in Guatemala.  One lung was permanently damaged; the bullet remains lodged next to his spinal column.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXElOwBUn0E

 

Defending Maya-Q’eqchi’ Territory from Global Mining: Fundraiser to rebuild Lote Ocho

5 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) documents how private security forces employed by Hudbay Minerals, along with Guatemalan police and soldiers, destroyed the Maya-Q’eqchi’ community of Lote Ocho, burning 100 homes to the ground, destroying personal property and food, and gang-raping 11 women villagers.  Community members are rebuilding homes and community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuuJSIztTK8&feature=youtu.be

 

Precedent Setting Hudbay Minerals Lawsuits In Canada

October 22, 2013, The Real News interview with Grahame Russell

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&itemid=74&jumival=10902

 

El Estor Evictions

By Steven Schnoor, this 10 minute film documents illegal, forced evictions of Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities in 2007 in Guatemala on behalf of Skye Resources & Hudbay Minerals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q20yxkm-cgi

 

Seeking Justice

November 2012.  CBC TV, part 1, a group of Mayan Q’eqchi people from Guatemala say Hudbay Minerals was behind violent crimes and the destruction of their villages and have come to Canada seeking justice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fkt3vla6qg

 

A Long Road

November 2012.  CBC TV, part 2, update on group of Mayan Q’eqchi people from Guatemala, in Canada seeking justice. They say Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals is responsible for horrific crimes. To get the justice they want, they have a long road ahead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0o2sjtlqiw

 

Testimony of Rosa Elbira: Gang-rapes at Canadian mine in Guatemala

In 2007, private security forces employed by Canadian company Skye Resources (later owned by Hudbay Minerals), along with Guatemalan police and soldiers, violently evicted the Q’eqchi’ community of Lote Ocho, burning 100 homes to the ground, destroying all personal property and food stuffs, and gang-raping 11 women villagers.  Rosa Elvira is one of the women.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSGuDk4cnz4

 

No More Evictions! The Struggle For Indigenous Land In Post-War Guatemala

27 minute film by Lazar Konforti.  In Guatemala, an unequal land ownership structure inherited from centuries of colonialism and decades of dictatorship is compounded by a corporate land grab. “No More Evictions” takes us to the Polochic valley where indigenous Q’eqchi’ communities face double threat of agribusiness and mining.

http://vimeo.com/105138975

 

Chixoy Dam: No Reparations, No Justice, No Peace

By Lazar Konforti, this 15 minute film (2013) summarizes how, at the height of the genocides in Guatemala, the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank invested close to $1 billion in the Chixoy hydroelectric dam project.  Thirty-two Mayan communities were forcibly displaced; hundreds of Rio Negro villagers were massacred.

http://vimeo.com/50015125

 

Poverty In Pacux

By Rachel Schmidt, this 3 minute report documents how in 2013, over 34 years later, Mayan Achi survivors of the Chixoy Dam / Rio Negro massacres live in endemic poverty, discrimination and trauma in “Pacux”, a former military concentration camp, now cramped refugee community, still fighting for justice and full reparations.

https://vimeo.com/52439128

 

Gold Fever

This award-winning film by Northland Films documents how Canadian mining giant Goldcorp Inc. continues to mine relentlessly in Guatemala, despite 12 years of repression, human rights violations, environmental destruction, and endemic corruption and impunity.  Gold Fever takes the viewer into the homes and communities of courageous Mayan Mam people resisting harms and violations, struggling for justice and a different “development” model.

Trailer: http://www.goldfevermovie.com/

 

HONDURAS

 

Rights violations, repression, impunity, corruption and profitable businesses in Honduras

April 4, 2017, Wide Angle interview (26 minutes) with Grahame Russell

The assassination of Berta Caceres; the U.S. and Canadian backed 2009 military coup; U.S. and Canadian business interests with the post-military coup regimes; why so many Hondurans flee to the U.S., year after year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVMsJyMIlRw&t=83s&list=PLztbi9KA9roUoj_SKm_cehOB_LWo9uTFW&index=25

 

Lands To Die For: The Garifuna Struggle In Honduras

December 20, 2016, CCTV Americas

35 minute film about violent and corrupt challenges facing the Garifuna people, lead by the OFRANEH organization, in the context of the violence and repression, impunity and corruption that characterize the Honduran military, economic and political elites and their international partners.

http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/12/20/lands-to-die-for-the-garifuna-struggle-in-honduras

 

Honduras: Blood and the Water

September 2016, AlJazeera Faultlines

25 minute report on assassination of Indigenous, anti-imperialist, feminist, environmental activist Berta Caceres.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2016/09/honduras-blood-water-160920064355648.html

 

Four Men Arrested For Murder Of Berta Caceres
May 4, 2016, TheRealNews interview with Grahame Russell

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=16262

 

Canada Is Not Honduras’ Friend: Coups, Repression and Profits

November 5, 2016, RadioFree Winnipeg interview with Grahame Russell

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Canada-Is-Not-Honduras-Friend-Coups-Repression-and-Profits-20161105-0013.html

 

Conversation with Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH about Garífuna people in Honduras

June 9, 2016, by Warwick Fry (Latin Radical)

http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ea011209a243050dfb66dff59&id=c7aadc14f1

 

Canadian Porn King on Trial for Tourism Projects in Honduras

8 minute report by Lazar Konforti documents how, on November 13, 2015, Randy Jorgensen, the ‘porn king’, appeared in court on charges of illegally appropriating ancestral Garifuna lands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWqoB5GTfm8

 

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold: A Story Of Exploitation and Resistance (2008)

By Steven Schnoor, 10 minute film documents health harms and other violations people have suffered, residing near Goldcorp Inc’s open-pit/ mountain-top removal, cyanide-leaching gold mine in Honduras’ Siria Valley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tmqXc5rX8s

 

Real Costs of Gold Mining: Goldcorp in Honduras (2008)

In this 9-minute film, villagers from the Siria Valley, Honduras, speak about health harms caused by Goldcorp’s “San Martin” mountain-top removal, cyanide-leaching gold mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TxLAzy3YT8

 

Resistencia – The Fight For The Aguan Valley

After the June 28, 2009 coup d’état, Resistencia picks up the story of repression suffered by farmers committed by the most powerful man in Honduras and the military backed regime.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/resistencia

 

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