Editorial

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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. The recent statement by US Representatives James P. McGovern (MA), Sam Farr (CA), and Janice D. Schakowsky (IL) in which these public figures expressed their personal grief and sense of outrage over the murder of Honduran journalist Carlos Mejia Orellana, while inspiring due to the personal courage of these individuals and sense of... 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. Since 2004, there have also been a significant and surprising stream of... Read more

Rain Clouds a Cometh

Feb 09, 2014

Rain Clouds a Cometh

Honduras' new president, Juan Orlando Hernández, took office on January 27. However, given ongoing questions about his victory in November's election, the legitimacy of Hernández's presidency remains in doubt. On this shaky democratic mandate, Hernández will likely continue to militarize Honduran society while implementing more of the neoliberal economic measures that have increased income inequality in the country since the 2009 coup d'état, which deposed the populist president Manuel Zelaya. These developments bode poorly for the consolidation of democracy in Honduras, where the military has committed human rights violations with impunity throughout the post-coup era.  Read more


Violence and Intimidation of Journalists in Honduras

The purpose of the hearing is to present the results of an investigation on violence and intimidation against journalists in Honduras, and to provide details of those research findings on the various sources of the violence, including transnational drug cartels and the police, and also to analyze the response of the state.

Culture

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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

Positive Historic Roles of Afro-Latin Americans Overlooked

Feb 09, 2014

If Afro-Central Americans are left out of Central American curriculums, the issue of Afro-Latin Americans is also usually left out of school curriculums in the United States and books available in the US as well. A recent Pew Charitable Trust Foundation report stated that “25 percent of all school age children in the US speak Spanish, but that in few books that are available in US libraries are there drawings or photos of people of any race other than white.” This problem of the lack of photos of Black people doing anything positive is stated as one of the reasons for the creation of Black newspapers and magazines like Jet  and Ebony  in the US. Television shots of Black young men being led away in handcuffs grab consistently grab TV news headlines, while the positive contributions of Blacks anywhere often... Read more

On the Bus to La Entrada

Jan 31, 2014

On the Bus to La Entrada

He got on the bus not long after we left Copán Ruinas, and unlike most passengers opted to sit beside the gringa. I told him I liked having a seatmate because it lets me practice my Spanish. He told me he travels the same 10-hour bus route every three days, going between Guatemala City where he works and La Entrada, Honduras, where he lives. His name is José, 37 years old and still married to the same woman he met as a teenager, when she was 13 and he was 15. They've had their ups and downs but have stuck it out. They have three children, ages 20, 11 and 5. He pulled out his phone to show me photos of his youngest, who is currently feeling a bit mopey due to having some of his bottom teeth pulled out. "Are those your real teeth?"... 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 experienced and novice divers. The... 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 San Pedro Sula airport by... 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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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

Mr. Hernández's Witch Hunt

Jan 14, 2014

Mr. Hernández's Witch Hunt

It is an extremely dangerous game whenever a political leader attempts to paint an opponent as an enemy of the state or at the very least, traitorous or unpatriotic, because if the label should manage to stick, then it opens the way for the opponent to be treated differently, perhaps denied his or her civil rights, perhaps denied due process under the law, perhaps even basic human rights... lots of important stuff, all in the name of "national security". The tactic is a common one used by political leaders who wish to gain and consolidate power and control, thus isolating and destroying the opposition. The reasons for employing such a tactic can vary from fear or hatred to personal ambition or greed. Okay, maybe simply... Read more

On the Matter of Mining: Primum Non Nocere

Jan 03, 2014

On the Matter of Mining: Primum Non Nocere

One of the things you can count on in Honduras during the next four years is that there will be a lot more mining, mainly by foreign companies. In July 2013, President Lobo announced that the Honduran government, through the newly-created Honduran Institute of Geology and Mining (Inhgeomin), would award 280 concessions for mining as a way to increase revenue to help pay for the country's growing public debt and lack of liquidity due primarily to an extremely inefficient tax collection system, widespread government incompetence and corruption, and a gross lack of national productivity. The concessions, made possible by the new Mining Law, pushed by President-elect Juan Orlando Hernández when he was president of the National Congress and passed by Congress on January 23, 2013, would essentially open... Read more

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National

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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

Canadian Report Highlights Growing Violence and Impunity in Honduras

Jan 28, 2014

In a new report published last week, PEN International, PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law lamented Honduras’ transition to a life-threatening place where crimes against journalists often go unpunished. The report, titled "Honduras: Journalism in the Shadow of Impunity," focuses on the situation of journalism and free speech since the coup d’état against President José Manuel Zelaya in 2009. In the past ten years, at least 38 journalists have been killed in Honduras. However, these cases have led to only nine arrests and two convictions, which amounts to an impunity... Read more

President Hernández's Top 3 Security Challenges

Jan 27, 2014

Honduras' lame duck president has announced the removal of controversial national police commander Juan Carlos "El Tigre" Bonilla, raising the question: why now? Outgoing president Porfirio Lobo named Ramon Antonio Sabillon, who had been serving as the inspector general of the national police, as Bonilla's replacement, 17 months after his controversial appointment in May 2012. According to the Miami Herald, the move occurred after Lobo consulted with president-elect Juan Orlando Hernández, who will take office on January 27, but no reasons were given.  Read more

Honduras Invests Two Years and US$3 Million on Police Reform

Jan 16, 2014

Almost US$3 million has been spent on police reform in Honduras in the past two years, a sum that has brought few results, as highlighted by a recent drug money smuggling case pointing to police complicity. The investment has seen the submission of 4,349 police to confidence tests -- including polygraphs, drug tests and psychological assessments -- yet with more than US$2.8 million spent, only seven have been officially confirmed as dismissed -- although Security Minister Arturo Corrales recently claimed 400 had been removed, without providing details, reported La Prensa. 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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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 the field I noticed fast food on every corner, and... 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 side. Without looking, he took what he thought was a... Read more

Hidden Hunger: The Silent Killer

Feb 09, 2014

Hidden Hunger: The Silent Killer

The media bombards us daily with stories of petty violence, organized crime, the drug mafia, murders, AIDS, and TB… yet there is silent killer in Honduras that causes pain, suffering, and death every day and never makes the news. Nutritionists refer to it as “hidden hunger” and it affects an estimated 2-3 million Hondurans daily. What is this “hidden hunger” and what can be done to prevent it from taking more lives and further robbing the country’s most vulnerable population of their health and wellbeing? Put simply, hidden hunger is... Read more

Volunteerism

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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

Teresa's Story

Jan 28, 2014

Being poor and living in the Honduran countryside is hard as it is, but some families have some extra blows to deal with. This is about a family that I’ve known for years, living in a small village near Copán Ruinas. The oldest kids were some of the first students I ever taught and the rest of the brothers and sisters steadily followed over the years, participating in our photo, mapping, art and video projects. I remember all too well how we celebrated the end of a video project about five years ago when we noticed that one of the participants, the thirteen year old daughter of this particular family,... Read more

Fire Muster Exercise Builds Relationship Between US and Honduran Firefighters

Jan 20, 2014

Thirty members of local Honduran fire brigades and volunteer fire departments participated in a fire muster hosted by the firefighters of Joint Task Force Bravo's 612th Air Base Squadron at Soto Cano Air Base on January 16. The purpose of the fire muster was to bring Honduran and US firefighters together in order to build camaraderie, engage in training, and take part in friendly competition.  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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