Articles / Interviews

Links to articles, reports & interviews addressing the environmental, human rights territorial defense struggles that Rights Action is involved with in Guatemala & Honduras.

Two main aspects of Rights Action’s work

  • We funds Indigenous and non-Indigenous community groups in Guatemala and Honduras involved in these, and other environment, territorial and human rights defense struggles;
  • 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.

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Rights Action Newsletters

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

April 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/central-american-punching-bag-aprilmay-2018-newsletter-your-donations-at-work

What’s going on? It is probably linked to the unjust global economy, in the unjust nation state system

September 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/whats-going-on-september-2018-newsletter

The U.S. & Canada are helping produce refugee flight from Honduras & Guatemala

December 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/refugee-producing-international-community

Trying Times, Again: Guatemala & Honduras crisis response fund

March 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/trying-times-again

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Various

Asylum seeking, forced migrants crisis in U.S. jails: Pathological, brutal & repetitive human inequality & injustice at play

By Grahame Russell, June 22, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/asylum-seeking-forced-migrants-crisis-in-us-jails

Before you ask them to respect our borders, ask yourself: Has the West ever respected anyone’s borders?

By Suketu Mehta, June 7, 2019, New York Times, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/before-you-ask-them-to-respect-our-borders-ask-yourself-has-the-west-ever-respected-anyones-borders

Estimated 250,000 Hondurans & Guatemalans to be apprehended at U.S. border this year

by Kate Linthicum, May 22, 2019, Los Angeles Times, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/estimated-250000-hondurans-guatemalans-to-be-apprehended-at-us-border-this-year

Will the U.S. pay reparations to survivors of 1000s of victims of the 1989 “operation just (be)cause” invasion of Panama?

https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/will-the-us-pay-reparations-to-survivors-of-1000s-of-victims-of-1989-operation-bejust-cause-invasion-of-panama

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HONDURAS

Honduras: Mass protests continue against repressive, corrupt, military-backed regime of Juan Orlando Hernandez

TeleSUR interview, Grahame Russell, Rights Action, June 2, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/honduras-mass-protests-continue-against-military-backed-regime-of-juan-orlando-hernandez

Ashamed to be Canadian: Corruption, Fear, Humiliation and Militarization in Honduras

June 5, 2019, by Janet Spring, mother-in-law of Honduran political prisoner Edwin Espinal, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/ashamed-to-be-canadian-corruption-fear-humiliation-and-militarization-in-honduras

Honduran Presidents linked to drug-trafficking & money laundering, since U.S. & Canadian-backed coup ousted Honduras’ last democratic government

June 3, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/honduran-presidents-linked-to-drug-trafficking-money-laundering

More ‘legal system’ persecution against Miriam Miranda, a Garifuna land defender, linked to Canadian tourism operators & World Bank-funded African palm producers in Honduras

https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/more-legal-system-persecution-in-honduras-against-miriam-miranda-garifuna-land-defender

To bury ones dead in Honduras is resistance to U.S. company Aura Minerals

April 16, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/to-bury-ones-dead-in-honduras-is-resistance-to-illegal-aura-minerals-mining-operation

Public letter: Misleading statements by Chrystia Freeland (Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs) about political prisoner Edwin Espinal & the human rights situation in Honduras

April 11, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/misleading-statements-by-chrystia-freeland-canadian-minister-of-foreign-affairs

Berta Caceres: Who She Is & What She Lived For

By Grahame Russell, March 2, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/berta-caceres-who-she-is-what-she-lived-for-gs5w96qicv

Floresmira Lopez & the dead v. Aura Minerals & the Honduran regime

April 16, 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/holding-a-club-in-my-hand-i-prevented-aura-minerals-from-depositing-my-fathers-remains-in-another-tomb

Goldcorp’s “Valley of Despair” in Honduras: Another Canadian mining story from around the world

Contracorriente article, April 2018 (& Rights Action letter), https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/goldcorps-valley-of-despair-in-honduras

89 bodies dug up by Aura Minerals, Canadian company in Honduras, to get at more gold

By Rights Action, February 14, 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/89-bodies-dug-up-by-aura-minerals-canadian-company

Electoral fraud, repression and killings in Honduras, but don’t write letters of protest to the regime

Dec.12, 2017, by Grahame Russell, http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/electoral-fraud-repression-and-killings-by-honduran-government-but-dont-write-letters-of-protest-to-the-regime

“Little Canada” Honduras Neocolonists Denounce Garifuna Defenders

By WilderUtopia, https://www.wilderutopia.com/international/humanity/little-canada-honduras-neocolonists-denounce-garifuna-defenders/

Last Resort: More Than Two Centuries After Settling In Honduras, The Garifuna People Are Still Fighting For A Place To Raise Their Families

Photos: Susan Meiselas, by Sarah Kinosian, http://contestedlands.psmag.com/honduras

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

RadioFree Winnipeg interview, Nov. 5, 2016, with Grahame Russell, http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Canada-Is-Not-Honduras-Friend-Coups-Repression-and-Profits-20161105-0013.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

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GUATEMALA

Guatemalan election as an act of organized crime

June 17, 2019, by Francisco Goldman, New York Times, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/guatemalan-election-as-an-act-of-organized-crime

Is justice possible in Canada or Guatemala for Hudbay Minerals mining repression?

By Grahame Russell, June 12, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/is-justice-possible-in-canada-or-guatemala-for-hudbay-minerals-mining-repression

U.S. mining company KCA extorting $300,000,000 from Guatemalan government via World Bank “arbitration institution”

May 28, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/us-mining-company-kca-extorting-300000000-from-guatemalan-government-via-world-bank-arbitration-institution

Maya Achi women, sexual violence war crimes trial in Guatemala

May 3, 2019, by Jo-Marie Burt & Paulo Estrada, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/maya-achi-women-sexual-violence-war-crimes-trial-in-guatemala

Canadian Companies Mining With The Genocidal Generals In Guatemala

By Grahame Russell, Rights Action, April 6, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/mining-with-the-genocidal-general-in-guatemala

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

March 13, 2019, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/reading-of-the-names-calling-forth-of-massacred-loved-ones-in-rio-negro

Pan American Silver & Tahoe Resources try to operate violent, harmful mine in Guatemala, adding fuel to fire that forces 10s of 1000s of people to flee into exile, every year

https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/pan-american-silver-tahoe-resources-try-to-operate-violent-harmful-mine-in-guatemala

Criminal investigation into Judge Ana Leticia Pena Ayala who acquitted Mynor Padilla, Hudbay Mineral’s former head of security, in mining-related murder and assault trial

September 21, 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/criminal-investigation-into-judge-who-acquitted-mynor-padilla

How Guatemala is sliding into chaos in the fight for land and water: The global economy operating normally in Guatemala

By John Vidal, The Guardian, 19 Aug 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/killings-and-exploitation-corruption-and-impunity

Hudbay Minerals corporate documents reveal extensive knowledge about and enabling of repression and corruption in Guatemala

By Grahame Russell, July 19, 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/hudbay-minerals-corporate-documents-reveal

Faces and places resisting State and corporate violence, corruption and impunity in Guatemala

Photos-text by Grahame Russell (and Catherine Nolin), June 17, 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/faces-and-places-resisting-state-and-corporate-violence-corruption-and-impunity-in-guatemala

Nephew of plaintiff in Hudbay Minerals lawsuits beaten to death in Guatemala

By Heather Gies, Mongabay.com, April 2018, https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/nephew-of-plaintiff-in-hudbay-minerals-lawsuits-beaten-to-death-in-guatemala

‘If we’re attacked, we’ll die together’

Los Angeles Times, December 2017, http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/if-were-attacked-well-die-together-topacio-reynoso

Strength and peace in the sacred fire: Commemoration of killing of Adolfo Ich

September 27, 2017, http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/strength-and-peace-in-the-sacred-fire

‘It sounded like Christmas day fireworks going off … and we knew the Army had killed them all’: Commemoration of 1982 “Los Encuentros” massacre

May 14, 2017, http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/it-sounded-like-christmas-day-fireworks-going-off-and-we-knew-the-army-had-killed-them-all

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

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

January 2, 2016, by Grahame Russel, http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/US-Should-Legalize-Mexican-and-Central-American-Migrants-Now-20160102-0016.html

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/

Jesús Tecú Osorio, The Río Negro Massacres

Translated to English, published by Rights Action, 2003, http://www.pbs.org/pov/discoveringdominga/special_witnessjt.php

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

By Nate Einbinder. Preface by Catherine Nolin; 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

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Thank-you for your support.

Please send questions, comments my way.

Grahame Russell

grahame@rightsaction.org

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