Editorial

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Is the PAC All Talk?

Aug 26, 2014

Is the PAC All Talk?

The Anti-Corruption Party (PAC) in Honduras yesterday announced that it would soon make known its official views on the performance thus far of the government of President Juan Orlando Hernández. Representative Fátima Mena, who heads the 13-member PAC delegation in the Honduran Congress said that a diverse team of experts is working on a comprehensive study that will offer proposals and solutions to the economic and social crisis, specifically with regard to unemployment, migration, crime and violence, the revitalization of the agricultural sector, incentivizing foreign... Read more

A Little Too Much Wishful Thinking, Way Too Many Loudmouths

Aug 23, 2014

A Little Too Much Wishful Thinking, Way Too Many Loudmouths

In an interview published yesterday by Honduras' El Heraldo newspaper with well-known Honduran columnist and political analyst Juan Ramón Martínez, Mr. Martínez explained why he thought the socialist Libre Party is in decline. He attributed the recent decision by Libre's second-in-command, Esdras Amado López, to leave Libre and create his own political party -- Nueva Ruta -- to a realization that Libre has no chance of ever winning a presidential election so long as it is led by Manuel Zelaya. In Mr. Martínez's opinion, Mr. López believes... Read more

Machos and the Misogynists Who Kill Women Like Cockroaches

Aug 22, 2014

Machos and the Misogynists Who Kill Women Like Cockroaches

I grew up on the banana plantations in Honduras when campesinos  would kill each other with machetes and bullets on payday. They killed each other on trains and in the fields. Death was a constant dance in the banana plantations, and that macabre dance went on for so many years that those bloodbaths came to be almost a natural part of daily life. The years of macho men killing each other never seemed to end. I left Honduras to study in the United States when I was... Read more

Culture

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Garifuna Risk All to Flee Their Ancestral Homelands

Aug 26, 2014

Garifuna Risk All to Flee Their Ancestral Homelands

A horse grazes in the Travesía town cemetery, on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. Some of the tombs shine in the sun with new tiles, while others are marked by little more than rusted crosses. On one such grave -- a stark box of bare concrete -- lies a white wreath, which is turning brown in the sun. This is Catrín Bernárdez's grave, the final resting place of his American dream. Bernárdez, 43, was Garifuna. This Afro-Caribbean ethnic community, of mixed Amerindian and African descent, is scattered across Central America, but is centered in Honduras, where an estimated... Read more

Brits, Hamlet Rock in Copán

Aug 20, 2014

Brits, Hamlet Rock in Copán

Greetings to all from Honduras! We are currently on the bus travelling to our next venue in El Salvador. A journey which is, as always met with excitement and intrepidation, but specifically today with a feeling of reflection and reluctance to leave the wonderful town and people of Copán, Honduras. We arrived in Honduras on Friday evening after a 10-hour bus journey from Antigua, Guatemala. I’d say as a company we all prefer bus travel now. Unlike airports we are in control of when we... Read more

A Slightly Honduran Perspective on the Immigration Crisis

Aug 13, 2014

A Slightly Honduran Perspective on the Immigration Crisis

I don't consider myself to be an expert on Honduras or even La Ceiba; it's a country of 8 million different lives jostling and colliding with one another in ways unimaginable to many Americans. To have an intimate knowledge of a people on that scale is impossible. Yet I know the milieu in which I live; I teach the super-rich, I surround myself with and live with the absolute destitute. I know Catholics, Evangelicals, and I worship with the Mennonites. I dance merengue with old Ceibeños... Read more


Opinion

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Sure Enough, the End of Bipartisan Politics

Aug 25, 2014

Sure Enough, the End of Bipartisan Politics

On June 27, 2011, Patricia Rodas, who served as the Foreign Minister under the Zelaya government (2006-2009) in Honduras, predicted that the advent of the proposed new political party known as the Broad Popular Resistance Front (FARP) would mark the end of Honduras' two-party system in the next presidential election scheduled for 2013. According to Ms. Rodas, the creation of the FARP would represent "the beginning of the end of the bipartisanship that the oligarchy has maintained for more than 100 years". Read more

El Carretillazo: Wo So Much Fuss Over Such a Little Crime?

Aug 24, 2014

El Carretillazo: Wo So Much Fuss Over Such a Little Crime?

One of the most common rebuttals by supporters of former President Manuel Zelaya Rosales to the admission by former Minister of the Presidency Enrique Flores Lanza earlier this month that he had authorized the withdrawal of Lps 50 million (US$2.5 million) from the Central Bank of Honduras just days before the coup against Mr. Zelaya on June 28, 2009 is that the amount of money involved is only a pittance compared to the Lps 7 billion (US$350 million) allegedly stolen by the former head of the Honduran Social Security Institute... Read more

Libre, More House of Cards Than Big Tent

Aug 21, 2014

Libre, More House of Cards Than Big Tent

The move by the Subcoordinator General of the Libre Party, Esdras Amado López, to form his own party -- Nueva Ruta (New Route) -- and run for President of Honduras in 2017 is significant, not because Mr. López has a chance in Hell of winning or even being more than a blip on the radar, but because it provides some fascinating insights on the dynamics within Libre. The first insight is perhaps already obvious, and that is that although Libre officially touts itself as a socialist party, and many of its... Read more

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International

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The Drug War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Mexico's Hidden Epidemic

Aug 24, 2014

The Drug War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Mexico's Hidden Epidemic

In recent years, the Mexican drug war has consistently made headlines for its appalling levels of violence and ever-increasing death count; with a figure approaching 70,000 people killed since 2006. Previously, violence in Mexico had largely been associated with drug trafficking and was concentrated in a handful of regions along key smuggling routes, especially near the US border. However, under the Felipe Calderón administration (2006-2012), Mexico’s drug cartels faced rising pressure from state security forces,... Read more

Why Latin America is Standing Up to Israel on Gaza

Aug 19, 2014

Why Latin America is Standing Up to Israel on Gaza

Since the Israeli offensive against Gaza began, images of Palestinian children murdered in their homes and schools and bombs exploding in neighborhoods have outraged people around the globe. Many governments have followed the United States, making empty declarations against the violence, as if the death dealing were equal and not overwhelmingly of Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli bombs and bullets. But as the US government backpedals to reconcile its unconditional support of Israel with basic principles of human... Read more

IFC Warned of Systemic Safeguards Failures in Honduras

Aug 15, 2014

For the second time this year, an internal auditor has criticised the World Bank’s private sector investment agency over dealings in Honduras, and is warning that similar problems are likely being experienced elsewhere. The investigation found that the bank’s private sector investment agency, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), took on a significant stake in a Honduran bank but undertook “insufficient measures” to assess that institution’s own investments. These included at least one company involved in... Read more

National

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Police and Gangs Behind Abuse of LGBTI Community

Aug 26, 2014

The principal victimizers of Honduras' LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) community are police and criminal gangs, according to a new report by local rights groups, highlighting how discrimination against minorities relates to the security dynamic. A new report compiled by Honduras' National AIDS Forum, LGBTI Rainbow Association, Amazonas Collective, and Progressio/Latina, which was presented August 21, identified the country's police as responsible for the most cases of aggressions and rights violations against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, reported EFE. Read more

Honduras Seizes Luxury Properties in Move Against Valle Drug Family

Aug 20, 2014

Authorities in Honduras have seized 52 properties belonging to one of the country's premier drug trafficking groups -- the Valle family -- in a move that could represent the beginning of a larger assault on the powerful clan. On August 18, authorities seized properties belonging to siblings Luis Alfonso, Miguel Arnulfo, Digna and Deisy Valle Valle in the departments of Copán and Cortés. The operation involved over 200 police, prosecutors and personnel from the Administrative Office of Seized Assets (OABI), reported La Prensa. The properties included various residences and terrains, five estates, a farm, a hardware store, a cattle ranching business and a cafe.... Read more

Yllescas: Enrique Flores Lanza Wants Others to Join Him in Prison

Aug 15, 2014

Former Minister of the Presidency Enrique Flores Lanza is under pressure. He feels that he is going to go to prison, but he does not want to go alone. This is the view of political analyst Jorge Yllescas, a long-time critic of the Zelaya administration. Mr. Flores Lanza changed his version [of the story] by first denying that he had received Lps 40 million from the Central Bank [of Honduras] to finance the expenses of the cuarta urna  [public opinion poll] and then later admitting that he had received the money, but that he had distributed it among the ministers and... Read more

Volunteerism

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Project: Caring for the Elderly of La Ceiba

Aug 18, 2014

Project: Caring for the Elderly of La Ceiba

Responding to the need to care for the impoverished and homeless elderly people in their community, a group of women in La Ceiba have formed an association called El Perpetuo Socorro (Perpetual Aid). Their goal is to raise money to build a new Home for the Elderly of La Ceiba. Unfortunately, there are many ederly men and women in our city who have nowhere to go and no one to care for them. They amble through... Read more

US Army Facilitates Pediatrics in Disasters Course for Honduran Physicians

Aug 12, 2014

Joint Task Force-Bravo's Medical Element hosted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatrics in Disasters (PEDS) course to train Honduran pediatricians about the healthcare needs for children in disaster preparedness and emergency response. The course subjects included planning and triage for disaster scenarios, pediatric trauma treatment, toxic exposure, and incident control command procedures. Pediatricians from all over Honduras traveled to Soto Cano Air base to attend the course held August 7-9, 2014.  Read more

Wake Up Call to the Honduran Diaspora

Aug 05, 2014

Wake Up Call to the Honduran Diaspora

Every time I return to Honduras for a visit or talk to someone who has returned from Honduras, I ask them..."Aha vos, y como están las cosas?" I always get the same answer. "The value of the lempira has gone down again. The price of frijoles  is  much higher. We're without electricity, water a few times a day. The violence." It's been the same old story for the past 40 years, or ever since I've been engaging... Read more

Money & Investment

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InterContinental Hotels Group Opens Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Tegucigalpa

Aug 17, 2014

InterContinental Hotels Group announced on Friday the opening of the new-build, 108-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Tegucigalpa. The hotel is located in the heart of the capital city's new financial and commercial district of Plaza San Rafael, and near the country’s major financial institutions, including BAC Honduras, Banco Davivienda and BCIE (Central American Bank for Economic Integration). The Holiday Inn Express Tegucigalpa hotel is also connected to some of the main city thoroughfares such as Boulevard Morazán and is conveniently accessible to a variety of restaurants. Read more

Congress Approves US$100 Million Loan With Credit Suisse

Aug 08, 2014

The National Congress of Honduras on Tuesday voted in favor of authorizing the Ministry of Finance to negotiate and sign a US$100 million credit deal with Credit Suisse AG of Switzerland. According to Minister of Finance Hugo Castillo, the loan will serve to convert an expensive short-term internal debt to an external one at a lower interest rate and under more flexible payment terms. "This is not a new loan, nor will it mean an increase in the [fiscal] deficit. It is simply a move to change the internal financing structure, but at no time will it... Read more

Gildan Will Build New Textile Plant at Rio Nance

Aug 05, 2014

Branded apparel manufacturer Gildan Activewear Inc. of Montreal, Canada has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in its Rio Nance complex in Honduras. The company reports that the new facility will help it meet its production capacity needs until its planned facility in Costa Rica goes on-line in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The Rio Nance addition also will help the company meet its sales growth target for higher-end products, planned for FY2016, and optimize production efficiencies at its other textile plants. Read more


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Travel

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Life in Copán: World-Class Events and Weekend Getaways

Aug 27, 2014

Life in Copán: World-Class Events and Weekend Getaways

With the recent success of the Globe theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet  in Copán Ruinas on August 16, the town has once again shown itself to be a unique stage for social, educational and cultural events. More than 500 people turned out to see the London-based troup’es round-the-world tour to celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday. Copán Ruinas’ old Fort (“El Cuartel”) was turned into a professional stage complete with lighting and sound system, comfy seating,... Read more

Honduras: Bird Paradise Par Excellence

Aug 13, 2014

Honduras: Bird Paradise Par Excellence

In all of the territory of the United States there are about 800 species of birds. What would you think if we told you that in an area equivalent to 1 percent of all that territory there are about as many birds? That place is called Honduras. The country is, par excellence, a paradise for birds, and has more than 750 recorded species including migratory and resident varieties. This large number is due in part to the fact that the... Read more

Life in Copán: Hamlet, Beer, Planes and Tolls

Aug 08, 2014

Life in Copán: Hamlet, Beer, Planes and Tolls

August in Copán Ruinas generally means a few things... warm temperatures, a bit of refreshing summer rains to cool things off, the end of summer vacations, and the arrival of the annual pilgrimage of tourists from El Salvador who travel en masse during that country's week-long feria  August vacation period.  Most Salvadorans, of course, make a direct bee-line for Honduras' the north coast beaches and Bay Islands, as El Salvador has only dark water, dark sand and strong surf... Read more

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