Editorial

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Cooking the Crime Numbers?

Apr 22, 2014

Cooking the Crime Numbers?

Minister of Security Arturo Corrales' plan to set up "violence observers" in Honduras' 30 most crime-ridden municipalities, including the Central District of Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela, Choluteca, Danlí, El Progreso, La Ceiba, Marcovia, Olanchito, Puerto Cortés, San Pedro Sula, Trujillo, and others, is an attempt to come with a better gauge of the murders and other violenct crimes committed in the country. The National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) maintains a program called the Observatory of Violence, which tracks the murder rate in Honduras, but the Ministry of Security believes the program is not completely accurate. Read more

Grieving the Death of Another Journalist

Apr 19, 2014

Grieving the Death of Another Journalist

Honduras is known for being an egregious human rights transgressor and a scene of violence against individual journalists and media organizations, as well as a number of conscience-driven trade unionists. Unfortunately, calls made for the safety of journalists and transparency in cases where dissident journalists risk their own safety by practicing their profession in the face of extreme danger are all but ignored.  Read more

Blocking Cell Phone Calls from Prisons: Good Idea, Dumb Policy

Feb 20, 2014

Blocking Cell Phone Calls from Prisons: Good Idea, Dumb Policy

Honduras has embarked on a very stupid program of forcing its cell phone providers to block calls from within the 23 prisons in Honduras. It's not that the idea is necessarily bad. But the implementation they chose is exceptionally stupid. The Honduran Congress under Porfirio Lobo passed a bill that requires cell phone providers to block any calls from prisons. This is not something that is done easily in a standard cell phone base station and requires special programming (and probably required the purchase of that capability from the base station provider).  Read more

Zoo Animals Better Off With Narcos

Feb 18, 2014

Zoo Animals Better Off With Narcos

Back in September the Honduran government started seizing the assets of Los Cachiros, an alleged drug and crime organization. The US$500 million in seizures included a zoo and resort business the organization had established between San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. We had meant to go; the TripAdvisor reviews were pretty good. Uh-oh, I thought, when news of the seizure broke. Those animals were a lot better off in a zoo owned by narcos than one run by the Honduran government, which has demonstrated a consistent lack of competence in almost everything it touches. Sadly, that seems to be true. Read more

On Those Misguided World Bank Loans

Feb 10, 2014

On Those Misguided World Bank Loans

There is a Chinese curse which says, “May you live in interesting times.” Living in Trujillo, next to the lower or Bajo Aguán area which include the highway between Trujillo and the nearby Tocoa and the Garifuna area in the municipalities of Santa Fe, Trujillo, Santa Rosa de Guana, Limón and Irionia which includes Ladinos, Garifunas and Pech Indians, the foreign residents of Trujillo have had front row seats in a number of conflicts. These include the conflict with Miguel Facussé and his Dinant Corporation with the peasants of the Bajo Aguán valley and with the Garifuna towns which extend east of Trujillo, such as Limón/Vallecito.  Read more


The Garifuna: A Culture Close to Extinction

About 600,000 Garifuna people now live in Central America, mostly on the Caribbean coasts of Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. They once lived from farming and fishing. But poverty has led to mass migrations to the United States, and now many Garifuna families survive on money sent home from relatives.

Culture

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Open Letter: The Human Rights of the Garifuna in Honduras

Apr 23, 2014

Open Letter: The Human Rights of the Garifuna in Honduras

We the signatories below and organizing members of the Garifuna Nation in conjunction with United Garifuna Association Inc., respectfully write to you to make you aware of the grave situation faced the Garifuna people in Honduras during the last twenty years only to be escalated by the new President Juan Orlando Hernández, this has become a sentence to the extinction of our Native Arawak, Caribbean and African culture, language and identity. We kindly ask your absolute solidarity and assist us in finding solutions to the delicate matter because in the countries you preside over, there are also settled Garifuna communities. Read more

Tire Goes Flat, Meeting Starts: A Culture Defined

Apr 19, 2014

Tire Goes Flat, Meeting Starts: A Culture Defined

I suppose I’ll be comparing here with there for a while yet, even though I’m a big believer in living where you’re at. But just two weeks back, I’m seeing the differences between Honduras and Canada so clearly right now with these newly returned eyes, and it’s pretty interesting to reflect on what’s good and bad in each of our cultures. I've come up with a little story that I hope demonstrates what I think is a fundamental difference between the cultures of Canada and Honduras. Here’s the scenario: A person is in a car going down the highway, headed for a morning meeting at 9 am. Just the day before, this person fixed their own flat tire, so happens to have a tire iron on the car floor. As they drive along, they pass another person broken down at the... Read more

Afro-Central American Authors, Musicians: Ties to Atlanta and the Caribbean

Feb 25, 2014

US Garifunas, an Afro-indigenous group which lived primarily on the Central American coast before immigrating to the United States, have also published books about their history. Sabas Whittaker’s Africans in the Americas  is a book that documented the links between Africans in the Caribbean and in Central America and in the US. His book is now out of print, but maybe available through inter-library loan. Mr. Whittaker’s mother was a Black English speaker born on Roatán, and her family came from Gran Cayman, while Mr. Whittaker's father was a Garifuna from Roatán. Mr. Whittaker's family tree on his mother’s side also includes English speaking Jews, East Indians, English people, as well as a grandfather who was descended from Black Caymanian slaves.  Read more

Travel

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Roatán: Paradise Island

Apr 19, 2014

Roatán: Paradise Island

Only a few miles off the mainland Central America lies the paradise island of Roatán. Thick green forests. White sand beaches. Blue waters. Roatán is relatively unknown by most. Surrounded by the second largest coral reef in the world, the island is a popular spot amongst divers. Each week charter flights bring in groups from Canada and Italy, amongst many other countries, to enjoy the turquoise blue warm waters of the Caribbean which is home to diverse marine fauna and flora. The entire 33-mile island is surrounded by a shallow reef, with several diving spots offering a spectacular view of thousands of marine creatures for both... Read more

Feature Review: Cesar Mariscos Hotel in Tela

Jan 30, 2014

Feature Review: Cesar Mariscos Hotel in Tela

"Prior to beginning medical work in San Pedro Sula and near Copán, our team spent three relaxing days on the beach at Cesar Mariscos. I chose this hotel based upon its location and reviews offered in Trip Advisor. The reservation experience was seamless -- completed via e-mail. Darrin was most gracious and very helpful throughout the process. Some of our group arrived in Honduras a few days earlier than the rest of the team. Darrin allowed them to store large bags of medical supplies keeping them safe and secure until I arrived a few days later. Darrin arranged for us to be picked up at the... Read more

Mega-Tourism and Garifunas Collide

Jan 17, 2014

Mega-Tourism and Garifunas Collide

Sleepy Trujillo now finds itself at a cross-roads. The “Banana Coast” cruise ship port deal which promises to change everything has already been inked and foreigners, mainly from Canada, are filing in to buy a small part of their dream of a wild tropical paradise. In 2014 and 2015, three different cruise lines with five cruise ships plan to make 15 stops in Trujillo, bringing in around 16,000 passengers. The Afro-Caribbean Garifuna communities are incensed because of the shady dealing that has obliterated one neighborhood, Rio Negro, and will transform other once-sleepy beachside communities into international mega-tourism destinations.  Read more

Opinion

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Oliva's Sensible Pay Freeze

Apr 23, 2014

Oliva's Sensible Pay Freeze

No salary raises this year for the 128 members of the Honduran National Congress. That's what president of the Congress Mauricio Oliva says. Congressman Oliva acknowledged that everyone wants to get paid well, but that the representatives, or diputados, "must provide an example of sacrifice". Nice job Mr. Oliva. Common sense and decency prevail. The government doesn't have enough money to pay many of its employees all it owes them on time, and, in many cases, it doesn't pay much of a living wage to begin with. So yes, the guys and gals who don't tend to turn in a stellar job of crafting and passing legislation, and generally helping run the country, should not be rewarded with a pay boost. Not by a long... Read more

Yeah, Blame the Honduran Family Why Don't Ya

Apr 20, 2014

Yeah, Blame the Honduran Family Why Don't Ya

No, no... Honduras Weekly  is not gone. No conspiracy to silence us. No behind-the-scenes maneuverings to influence or manipulate content. Simply took a much needed post-election break to recharge batteries, reflect, and try to come up with new perspectives on the country, its government, its people, and the important issues of the day. Thank you to the many of you who have written e-mails and left phone messages expressing bewilderment or concern. Break's over. Time to catch up on what's been happening in Honduras during the past two months and see what, if anything, has changed very much. After scanning through the editions of El Heraldo, El Tiempo, La Prensa, La Tribuna, and Proceso Digital of the past few weeks, it seems evident that not a whole lot... Read more

Libre Opts for Obstructionism Over Opposition

Jan 28, 2014

Libre Opts for Obstructionism Over Opposition

Now that the socialist Libre Party has become part of the governing establishment in Honduras, it is faced with the dilemma of whether to continue trying to sell itself as some sort of revolutionary movement by marching and protesting on the streets or by participating in governing by working within the system to which it is apparently opposed. On January 21, members of Congress met to elect the governing committee of that legislative body. At one point, Congressman Reinaldo Sánchez of Olancho proposed that the committee consist of National Party representatives Mauricio Oliva as president, Gladys Aurora López  as vice-president, and Mario Pérez as secretary. Congressman Sánchez made a motion that the vote on the committee members be done by a show of hands, given that the electronic voting... Read more

The Secrecy Law: Strike Three

Jan 17, 2014

The Secrecy Law: Strike Three

When the National Congress, under the leadership of Juan Orlando Hernández, arbitrarily voted on December 12, 2012 to dismiss four of the 15 Supreme Court justices (Gustavo Enrique Bustillo Palma, Rosalinda Cruz Sequeira, José Antonio Gutiérrez Navas, José Francisco Ruiz Gaekel) for ruling in a manner it did not like regarding to modifications to laws (Decree 5-2012 and Decree 89-2012) guiding the operation of the National Police and the provision of due process right to its officers, and in short order (by the next day) had completed its "investigation" into the "administrative conduct" of the magistrates and voted to appoint four replacements, Honduras lost its independent Judiciary branch of government. For all practical purposes, the country ceased being even a "pretend democracy". Suddenly, the noble idea of... Read more

The President of Congress Will Be a Liberal

Jan 16, 2014

The President of Congress Will Be a Liberal

Former President of Honduras Rafael Leonardo Callejas (1990-1994) on Tuesday said that he believes the position of president of the National Congress should be held by a member of the National Party because that would allow for better cooperation between the Executive and Legislative branches of government. His logic is simple: With a Nationalist -- Juan Orlando Hernández -- as President of the nation, it makes sense that having a Nationalist as president of the Congress would enable more efficient governance, less obstructionism. He noted that having a president of the Congress who is of a different party than President Hernández would only generate "tortuguismo"  (a tortoise-like slow pace) in relations between the two state powers. Read more

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National

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Government Signs Buy-Sell Agreement With Rice Producers

Apr 23, 2014

The Hernández administration yesterday signed a buy-sell agreement on rice production with five companies involved in the growing and milling of this basic grain in Honduras, including the Honduran Association of Rice Producers (Ahpra), the National Milllers Association of Honduras (Anamh), the Honduran Association of Farmers (Asohagri), the Association of Agricultural Producers of the Bajo Aguán (Asoproaba), and the Coordinating Council of Peasant Organizations of Honduras (Cococh). The contract agreement establishes a legal system in which Honduran rice farmers are obligated to sell their product at a predetermined price at a future a date for a certain amount of time. In return,... Read more

Comayagua Police Receive Weapons Training from US Forces

Apr 18, 2014

The sound of pistols firing and the scent of gunpowder filled the air at the Soto Cano Air Base firing range as Honduran Security Forces and the Interagency Security Forces (FUSINA) received weapons training from the Joint Task Force-Bravo Joint Security Forces and the 7th Special Forces Group on April 11. The focus of the training with Honduran services was to familiarize them with the M9 pistol as most of them have only been trained on rifles in the past. “They are well-versed in shooting their rifles but not so much with the pistols,” said a 7th Special Forces Group instructor conducting... Read more

Drug Trade Takes a Turn for the Worse in Honduras

Mar 16, 2014

Discovery and destruction of an elaborate greenhouse for growing opium poppy and marijuana on a western hill, La Cumbre, has alerted the Honduran authorities to the fact that this is no longer just a transit country for illicit drugs, but also a producer and processor. This is the first time that opium poppies have been found in this country. Previously, the only place in Central America where they had been recorded was in the Guatemalan region of El Petén. Opium paste is the raw material for making heroin, which is highly addictive and is re-emerging as a drug of choice. On... Read more

Human Rights Watch: Bajo Aguán Killings Go Uninvestigated

Feb 24, 2014

Honduran authorities have failed to investigate properly a wave of killings and other abuses believed to be tied to land disputes in the Bajo Aguán region, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 72-page report, “‘There Are No Investigations Here’: Impunity for Killings and Other Abuses in Bajo Aguán, Honduras” examines 29 homicides and two abductions in Bajo Aguán since 2009, as well as human rights violations by soldiers and police. Human Rights Watch found that prosecutors and police consistently failed to carry out prompt and thorough investigations into these crimes, a failure that Honduran public prosecutors, police, and military... Read more

Transport Extortion Generates $27 Million Annually in Honduras

Feb 18, 2014

New government studies have revealed extortion of Honduras' transport sector earns criminal groups more than US$27 million each year, highlighting the extent of a crime that pervades Central America. Studies conducted by the Honduran Security Ministry found that over 15,000 buses and taxis in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, which are extorted and forced to pay a so-called "war tax," contribute an estimated US$27.4 million to criminal organizations, reported El Heraldo. The size of these profits has reportedly made extortion one of the most lucrative enterprises in Honduras, with the crime costing the transportation sector over US$1.2 million monthly in the Honduran... Read more

Siria Valley Environmentalist Threatened

Feb 18, 2014

Carlos Amador, an environmentalist and communicator from the Siria Valley in Honduras, is denouncing that over the last few months he has been watched and followed by unknown individuals using vehicles with tinted windows and without license plates. He attributes this situation to the work he does in the area in defense of the environment and through exercising his freedom of expression through local radio and television programs. Amador is a well-known environmentalist and member of the Siria Valley Environmental Committee that has spoken out against environmental contamination and deforestation due to mining and logging. This struggle has brought with... Read more

Canadian ‘Porn King’ Acquires Garifuna Lands, Invests in Trujillo Bay

Feb 09, 2014

The destruction of Río Negro, Trujillo, an indigenous Garífuna community on the north coast of Honduras (one of the founding communities of the country) represents, for our people, a clear signal of the future offered us by “development” projects imposed by foreign investors and approved by the government in power. Months before the 2009 military coup d’etat, Randy Jorgenson, a Canadian citizen known as the “Porn King”, began to acquire land illegally in Garífuna communities located in Tela Bay. Then, after the coup d’etat, he obtained questionable environmental permits and put pressure on local inhabitants of the Garífuna community of... Read more

Honduras Hails 'Mano Dura' Success as Prison Economy Flourishes

Feb 08, 2014

Honduras' new government has lauded increased arrests and drug seizures under the new president's hardline security policy, although reports that the country's prisons generate US$180 million in illegal annual earnings serve as a reminder of the negative effects filling prisons can have. According to Honduran security forces, the first ten days of Operation Morazán -- a security crackdown announced by President Juan Orlando Hernández at his January 27 inauguration -- have produced more than 200 arrests, the dismantling of criminal groups, and the seizure of over two tons of cocaine and numerous weapons, reported La Tribuna. Read more

NGO: Top Cops Lead Drug Trafficking Rings in Honduras

Jan 31, 2014

A representative from a leading NGO in Honduras says at least four high-ranking police officials head drug trafficking organizations, a claim that underscores the depth of police corruption and the difficulty of the job facing the country's new president. Josue Murillo, coordinator of the Alliance for Peace and Justice (APJ) -- an umbrella group of Honduran NGOs that advocates for security and justice reform -- claimed four or five leading officials were involved in the drug trade and ran small criminal groups of corrupt officers operating within the national police. He also said that fear and collusion from within the police... Read more

World Bank Arm Admits Wrongs in Honduras Loan

Jan 30, 2014

In an unusual statement, the World Bank’s private-sector arm has threatened to cancel a controversial investment in a Honduran palm oil company that has been implicated in serious human rights abuses, including numerous killings, over the past five years. The statement came two weeks after the release of a damning report by the Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that concluded, among other things, that Bank officials should have raised serious questions about the alleged complicity in those abuses by Corporacion Dinant before approving a US$30 million loan to the company in 2008. Read more


 

International

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Governance in Central America and Criminality in El Salvador

Apr 19, 2014

Governance in Central America and Criminality in El Salvador

With the most recent estimates of homicides reported by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (the latest data being for the year 2012), the northern cone of Central America continues to lead and set records for intentional deaths. Honduras has the world’s highest rate of murder, with 90.4 per 100,000. Guatemala’s numbers were 39.9; El Salvador had 41.2 per 100,000; and, surprisingly, Belize homicides were reported at 44.7. All of which must alarm Mexico's political leaders (where the rate per 100,000... Read more

Drug Kingpin "Chapo" Guzman Caught in Mexico

Feb 24, 2014

Drug Kingpin "Chapo" Guzman Caught in Mexico

The world's most wanted criminal and prolific drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been captured at a beach resort in Mazatlan, calling into question the future of Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking organization, the Sinaloa Cartel. The capture of the cartel boss, for whom the United States was offering a US$5 million reward, took place in a hotel in Mazatlan on Saturday morning, the Attorney General said in a press conference. Since the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, Chapo... Read more

Edward Snowden: Subverting Nations in Latin America

Feb 08, 2014

Edward Snowden: Subverting Nations in Latin America

To those of the naiveté persuasion who believe that Edward Joseph Snowden is a hero for democracy and/or world freedom as a whistleblower, Latin America is simply one region of the globe that is experiencing the sour and bitter notes of his whistle playing, while he has taken up a convenient place of residence in Russia. Let us not forget a fellow player of this rogue “orchestra” of oratorical disharmony, one Julian Paul Assange. Since June 19, 2012 Assange has resided... Read more

Health & Wellness

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Illness and Healthcare in La Mosquitia: It's Complicated

Apr 19, 2014

Illness and Healthcare in La Mosquitia: It's Complicated

Studies of traditional healthcare and beliefs about how diseases are caused, diagnosed and cured among the Miskito Indians of the Honduran Mosquitia have generally taken place in the context of  some event of global interest has taken place in the Mosquitia. For example there are two studies of grisi siknes, a hysterical disease caused by problems of stress, or nervios, which many Miskito Indians on both sides of the Honduran-Nicaragua border suffered during the Contra War. Isabel Perez, an Ecuadorian anthropologist... Read more

Can Obesity and Malnutrition Co-Exist in Developing Nations?

Feb 24, 2014

Can Obesity and Malnutrition Co-Exist in Developing Nations?

"What's the traditional food of Honduras?" I asked our host as soon as I landed in the country. Being a foodie, I was pretty excited about trying a new cuisine. But as we pulled into the town center, it looked to be difficult to find this authentic meal: Lining each side of the roadway, my options were Burger King, Wendy's, Popeyes, and even an Applebees for the fancy occasion. Sadly, this wasn't new to me; on my other trips in... Read more

No Harm in a Little Idol Worship

Feb 11, 2014

No Harm in a Little Idol Worship

The story goes that a Honduran peasant laborer named Alejandro Colíndres and eight-year old Lorenzo Martínez found a little wooden statue of the Virgin Mary while they were walking home to the village of Suyapa one Saturday in 1747. The two were returning from clearing some corn fields on Piligüin mountain near Tegucigalpa. On the way, they stopped to sleep along the path for the night. While he was sleeping, Mr. Colindres was awakened by a jabbing pain in his... Read more

Volunteerism

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AguaClara Clean Water Plant Opens in San Nicolas

Apr 23, 2014

With the inauguration of another student-designed water treatment plant in Honduras, 36,000 Hondurans and counting have access to clean water. AguaClara is a [Cornell University] student engineering team that designs municipal water treatment systems in rural Honduras and has recently started operating in India. On April 5, the municipality of San Nicolas, population 6,000, celebrated the startup of AguaClara plant No. 9 in Honduras. A few team members and alumni of AguaClara were on hand to attend the party, including faculty leader Monroe Weber-Shirk; student team leader Tori Klug ’14; Drew Hart ’10, M.Eng. ’11, who is AguaClara’s engineer on the ground in Honduras; and Sarah Long ’09, a co-founder of... Read more

New York Swim Club Will Build Library in Roatán

Apr 20, 2014

Wings Over Water School of Swimming in Brewster, New York will participate in The Roatán Expedition, an aid mission to the island of Roatán from June 17-24.  They will be joined by two other US Swim School Association members and top gymnastics and dance schools from California to New York. According to Wings Over Water founder and owner, Edie Flood, “Volunteers from Wings Over Water will teach water safety, swimming and physical fitness to the children and families of the island, where there is currently no public pool or swim program.  The Expedition also plans to build a library, create a garden and set up a water collection system.” Honduras is the third-poorest country in... Read more

CAMO in Santa Rosa Sponsors Medical Brigades

Feb 24, 2014

Mario Murcia was just 9 years old when his life was changed horribly, quite literally in the blink of an eye. He was riding in the bed of a pickup truck five years ago, coming home from a wake. The driver lost control, the truck flipped and Mario was thrown from the bed of the pickup. Now 14, Mario sits silently, his chin and forehead in a slit lamp, not flinching or blinking as American ophthalmologist John Thomas, one of the many volunteer doctors with Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO), adjusts the light and gently prods and stretches the scarred skin around Mario's damaged left eye. Read more

Money

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StarTek Will Open Second Call Center in Honduras

Feb 19, 2014

StarTek, Inc. of Greenwood Village, Colorado today announced the signing of a lease for a new contact center in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. “The market in Tegucigalpa is great for our business with a highly educated labor pool. San Pedro Sula was our first center and also introduced our industry to the country. We anticipate Tegucigalpa to be another great location for us.” This is the second location in Honduras for the company. San Pedro Sula, the first location for StarTek, currently employs approximately 1,300 people. Read more

World Bank Invests US$82 Million in Cerro de Hula Wind Farm

Feb 10, 2014

The existing 102MW Cerro de Hula wind project, 20 kilometres south of the capital Tegucigalpa, will be expanded thanks to a guarantee of US$82.4 million from MIGA, the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. The guarantee covers developer Globeleq Mesoamérica Energy's equity investments in the project against the risks of expropriation, breach of contract, transfer restriction, and war and civil disturbance. Expected to come online in 2015, the extension will feature Gamesa G87-2MW turbines, as does the original development. A long-term power purchase agreement with ENEE, the Honduran state-owned power utility, has already been agreed. Read more

UPI Secures Power Purchase Agreements for Photovoltaic Plants in Nacaome

Jan 30, 2014

Upower, Inc. (UPI) of West Palm Beach, Florida is expanding operations in Central America after two subsidiaries secured power purchase agreements in Honduras for photovoltaic installations with a total capacity of 100 MW. Produccion de Energia Solar y Demas Renovables, SA (PRODERSSA) and Pacific Solar Energy, Inc. (PSE), both divisions of the Florida-based UPI, have each signed 20-year power purchase agreements with Empresa Nacional de Energia Electrica (ENEE), the national energy company of Honduras, to build and operate two PV projects totaling 100 MW. Read more


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García

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Apr 19, 2014

García - Putin's Crimea

Russia's annexation of Crimea and its continuing intervention in Ukraine, in general, has been widely condemned by the West. Ironically, the coup d'état against Ukraine's democratically elected President Viktor Yanuyovch, which prompted the annexation and overall interventionism in the first place, has received scarce mention in the popular press -- partly because Yanuyovch was viewed as corrupt, brutal and overly friendly toward Russia, partly because interim President Olexander Turchynov is seen as more friendly toward the West, and partly because... Read more

Jan 28, 2014

García - Presidential Pass

Juan Orlando Hernández took the oath of office and was inaugurated as President of Honduras on January 27, 2014, taking over from fellow Nationalist President Porfirio Lobo. President Hernández becomes Honduras' 10th president since the country returned to democratic government in 1982. It is the first time since then that the National Party has won two consecutive presidential elections. Mr. Hernández, 45, is originally from the town of Gracias in the department of Intibucá. He is married to Ana García Carías. During the Lobo... Read more

Dec 17, 2013

García - Lucha Libre

When Juan Orlando Hernández takes the oath of office on January 24, 2014 as Honduras' 68th president since 1839 and 10th since the country returned to constitutional government in 1982, he will be faced with a myriad of critical issues to address and problems to solve. He will have to deal with the continued security crisis, which still features the highest murder rate in the world, with more than 83 murders per 100,000 people in 2013. Along with the homicides, there... Read more

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