Honduras

19 Dec 18
Dear Kitty. Some blog

This March 2013 video from the USA says about itself: Did The US Fund Honduran Death Squads? TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The U.S. State Department, which spends millions of taxpayer dollars a year on the Honduran National Police, has assured Congress that money only goes to specially vetted and trained units that don’t operate under the […]

19 Dec 18
East Bay Times
Daily news coverage of the mass migration of Central American men, women and children has captured the attention of the president and the media. Most recently, the greater militarization of the southern border and the use of tear gas on desperate migrants defy the most fundamental principles of human rights and humanitarian law. Sadly, the president actually has expressed satisfaction with the recent clash at the border as supporting his anti-immigrant message. He has proven his inability to manifest an iota of compassion or empathy for the plight of those fleeing a horrific reality. An understanding of fundamental humanitarian law, U.S. immigration law and the rule of law is absent from his thinking. The so-called migrant caravan represents yet another tragedy in the sad history of Central America, a history that is wrought with direct influence from the United States. From the economic domination of the United Fruit Company in the 1950s to the U.S.-backed overthrow of the democratically elected Arbenz government in Guatemala in 1954, U.S. foreign policy has sided with oligarchs and dictators to the detriment of democracy and the people. According to Amnesty International and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), hundreds of thousands of innocent, mostly indigenous communities were targeted from the 1950s through the 1980s. The U.S.-backed war in El Salvador in the 1980s resulted in massive migrations from El Salvador to the United States and to Honduras. Many of the war refugees of the 1980s found their way to California and the eastern seaboard. Some ended up in our prison system where they were introduced to prison gangs. Upon completion of their sentences, convicted refugees were deported to their countries of origin. With their deportation came the export of gang affiliations and culture. Combined with endemic poverty in Central America, political corruption and the exploitation of natural and labor resources, the gangs represent an alternative economy that trades on fear, intimidation and violence. Yet, other immigrants who qualified for political asylum in the 1980s have since become contributors to our economy, our culture and our democracy. One of the migrant caravan refugees stated that she fled Honduras because of the extortion of her small tortilla business by four different gangs. She and her family were threatened with death or the abduction of her young son if she didn’t continue to pay the extortion money. Can we blame a family who seeks to escape poverty and violence? Instead of vilifying the victims, our president and our nation should immediately convene a humanitarian summit with Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Canada and the United Nations. Include Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders among other nongovernmental organizations with experience in refugee crises. Refugee centers that provide shelter, food, water, medical care and PTSD treatment could be established at a fraction of the cost of the president’s preferred military response. In the long run, the exodus will continue unless and until honest and fair economic partnerships can be built and the rule of law restored. Until that time, those fleeing violence and persecution are entitled to be treated as refugees with rights under international law — including the right to be considered for political asylum. The refugee caravan did not develop to challenge the Trump administration or the American people. For a family to choose a march of over a thousand miles with no certainty as to what may lie ahead speaks to the horrific reality that they have been forced to flee. May the people of the United States and our government turn a humanitarian corner, away from tear gassing of innocents and the separation of children from their parents toward a fundamental respect for the violated human rights of our American neighbors. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]  
19 Dec 18
The Mercury News
Daily news coverage of the mass migration of Central American men, women and children has captured the attention of the president and the media. Most recently, the greater militarization of the southern border and the use of tear gas on desperate migrants defy the most fundamental principles of human rights and humanitarian law. Sadly, the president actually has expressed satisfaction with the recent clash at the border as supporting his anti-immigrant message. He has proven his inability to manifest an iota of compassion or empathy for the plight of those fleeing a horrific reality. An understanding of fundamental humanitarian law, U.S. immigration law and the rule of law is absent from his thinking. The so-called migrant caravan represents yet another tragedy in the sad history of Central America, a history that is wrought with direct influence from the United States. From the economic domination of the United Fruit Company in the 1950s to the U.S.-backed overthrow of the democratically elected Arbenz government in Guatemala in 1954, U.S. foreign policy has sided with oligarchs and dictators to the detriment of democracy and the people. According to Amnesty International and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), hundreds of thousands of innocent, mostly indigenous communities were targeted from the 1950s through the 1980s. The U.S.-backed war in El Salvador in the 1980s resulted in massive migrations from El Salvador to the United States and to Honduras. Many of the war refugees of the 1980s found their way to California and the eastern seaboard. Some ended up in our prison system where they were introduced to prison gangs. Upon completion of their sentences, convicted refugees were deported to their countries of origin. With their deportation came the export of gang affiliations and culture. Combined with endemic poverty in Central America, political corruption and the exploitation of natural and labor resources, the gangs represent an alternative economy that trades on fear, intimidation and violence. Yet, other immigrants who qualified for political asylum in the 1980s have since become contributors to our economy, our culture and our democracy. One of the migrant caravan refugees stated that she fled Honduras because of the extortion of her small tortilla business by four different gangs. She and her family were threatened with death or the abduction of her young son if she didn’t continue to pay the extortion money. Can we blame a family who seeks to escape poverty and violence? Instead of vilifying the victims, our president and our nation should immediately convene a humanitarian summit with Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Canada and the United Nations. Include Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders among other nongovernmental organizations with experience in refugee crises. Refugee centers that provide shelter, food, water, medical care and PTSD treatment could be established at a fraction of the cost of the president’s preferred military response. In the long run, the exodus will continue unless and until honest and fair economic partnerships can be built and the rule of law restored. Until that time, those fleeing violence and persecution are entitled to be treated as refugees with rights under international law — including the right to be considered for political asylum. The refugee caravan did not develop to challenge the Trump administration or the American people. For a family to choose a march of over a thousand miles with no certainty as to what may lie ahead speaks to the horrific reality that they have been forced to flee. May the people of the United States and our government turn a humanitarian corner, away from tear gassing of innocents and the separation of children from their parents toward a fundamental respect for the violated human rights of our American neighbors. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]  
19 Dec 18
underground mall

He may have been an Imperialist, and deserved what he got. But something can still be a Tragedy, all things considered. Ever since that story came out about American Missionary John Allen Chau was killed by the the Sentinelese tribe on an island territory of India, I have seen many reactions. By now, it’s old […]

19 Dec 18
WEATHER INTERNAL

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19 Dec 18
The Pakistani News Corner

Two Honduran teens have been killed in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, the Foreign Ministry Office of Honduras said. from CNN.com – RSS Channel https://ift.tt/2QCoTVL

19 Dec 18
Ace News Services

#AceNewsReport – Dec.19: The operation, which was spearheaded by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeted at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators and was supported by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) New Jersey Field Office: Of those arrested during the operation, 80 percent had prior […]

19 Dec 18
Entertaining WE

A mural stirs intense feelings in California, the Slinky vies for special status in Pennsylvania, and more Brundidge Sims Foods Inc. says it’s moving the production of Wickles Pickles to Alabama. Al.com reports the company expects to finish moving Wickles Pickles production from North Carolina to a Magnolia Vegetable Processors site in Brundidge by the…

19 Dec 18
Arcynewsy

Ahuas, thank God. An aircraft was found yesterday by the authorities of the National Security Forces (Fusina) on a remote and lonely beach in the Honduran Caribbean Sea. Authorities are investigating if the plane arrived loaded with drugs in the country. The discovery took place in an industry known as Uhumbila, in Tabacunta, jurisdiction of […]

19 Dec 18
A (or One) Skeptic

President Drumpf wants to shut down the government again in order to get his border wall. Right before Christmas. Oh boy, here we go again. The Republicans were all ready to label it the “Shumer Shutdown” and blame it on the Democrats, but that plan was sabotaged when President-I-Have-No-filter-at-All announced in a public negotiation with […]