Opinion

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The Donald: Make America Great Again... Like in 1963

Mar 18, 2016

The Donald: Make America Great Again... Like in 1963

Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again”. That’s very interesting. It implies that at some point in recent history America ceased to be a great country. Given that the Donald is not fond of President Obama, perhaps he believes that America ceased to be great during the past seven years under Obama. Given that the Donald has not said kind things about President George W. Bush, it’s likely that America ceased to be great during the Bush years. Read more

Independent Commission Should Investigate the Murder of Berta Cáceres

Mar 13, 2016

In the wake of the killing of prominent community leader Berta Cáceres, people in Honduras are asking themselves many questions. Among them is whether the Honduran government can be trusted to truly investigate this crime?  One reason for this is that people remember that Ms. Cáceres was regularly stalked and punished by the authorities for her environmental activism and resistance to government programs that hurt indigenous group such as the Lenca people in Honduras.  Read more

Meet With the Daughters Mr. President

Mar 10, 2016

Meet With the Daughters Mr. President

The three daughters of environmental activist and Lenca indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, who was shot and killed by two assailants in her home in the town of La Esperanza last Thursday, have asked to meet with President Juan Orlando Hernández to personally petition that an international and independent commission be established to investigate the murder of their mother. The names of the three young woman are Laura Yolanda, Olivia Marcela, and Berta Isabel Zúniga Cáceres. Read more

So What Now for Gustavo Castro Soto?

Mar 08, 2016

So now the question is, "What happens to Gustavo Castro Soto?" Mr. Castro was a witness to the killing of Berta Cáceres by two gunman who broke into her home last Thursday in the town of La Esperanza. He was shot twice and left for dead. Ms. Cáceres apparently died in his arms. Over the weekend, Mr. Castro, accompanied by Mexico's ambassador to Honduras, was at Toncontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa preparing to pass through customs and board a flight to his native Mexico when he was detained by Honduran authorities. He was ordered to return to La Esperanza, where he has been held... Read more

Who Killed Berta Cáceres?

Mar 07, 2016

In the early morning hours of March 3, our long-time partner and friend Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home town in Honduras. In the past few weeks, the leader of the indigenous Lenca people and the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) had been repeatedly threatenedwith her life for her opposition against the Agua Zarca Dam on the Gualcarque River. Three years earlier, her colleague Tomás Garcia had been killed at a peaceful protest against the dam by an army officer at close range. Read more

Berta Cáceres: A Beautiful Woman, A Most Authentic Hero

Mar 06, 2016

Berta Cáceres: A Beautiful Woman, A Most Authentic Hero

I cannot say that I was surprised to learn of the killing of Berta Cáceres last week. For years, I had sensed her early and violent death was inevitable, even imminent. It is simply what happens to brave and bold social activists who dare to strike out in defense of the land rights of the poor and indigenous people in Honduras—to have the nerve to question the status quo and try to shake it and loosen it at its roots. Still, it was a shock, I was moved by the thought of such a tragic, needless death. Read more

 

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The Nation

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Environmentalist Nelson García Murdered In Honduras

Mar 16, 2016

Environmentalist Nelson García Murdered In Honduras

A member of the same indigenous organization as slain environmentalist Berta Cáceres was shot dead Tuesday in Honduras, incensing activists and convincing a European development bank to stop financing a controversial dam project. Nelson García, 39, was killed outside his house after police evicted 150 families from lands in the northern village of Rio Chiquito, Honduran authorities said in a statement, noting... Read more

The Dangerous Path Toward Mining Law Reform in Honduras

Mar 14, 2016

The Dangerous Path Toward Mining Law Reform in Honduras

Throughout much of the country’s history, Honduran authorities have worked closely and attentively with mining companies while their domestic agricultural resources remained a lesser priority. The awakening of democracy in the 1990s provided hope that domestic agriculture would get support, that land and water would be protected from the harmful effects of mining, and that the will of local citizens... Read more

Homicide Rate Drops 30% in Honduras

Mar 10, 2016

Homicide Rate Drops 30% in Honduras

Honduras' homicide rate has reportedly fallen by 30% over the past four years, but there are worrying signs organized crime violence remains widespread in this Central American nation. Honduras' murder rate went from 86.5 per 100,000 residents in 2011 to 60.0 per 100,000 residents in 2015, representing a 30.6% decrease, according to statistics recently presented by the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH).  Read more

Volunteerism

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‘Skate Brothers’ Keeping Honduran Kids Off The Streets

Mar 13, 2016

‘Skate Brothers’ Keeping Honduran Kids Off The Streets

"When I began to skate, it wasn’t a club. It was only friends skating,” 25 year old Jessel Recinos says in Spanish. “But I stopped skating to do other things, like hanging out with bad groups in Cofradía.” “At what age were you,” I ask, “when you started to feel pressure to hang out with bad people?” “Fifteen-and-a-half,” he says. “How did you get out?” “When they shot me.” Cofradía is on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, a city that’s virtually run... Read more

Ohio State Students Building Houses in Honduras

Mar 09, 2016

Ohio State Students Building Houses in Honduras

Coming together to create the Honduras Sustainable Housing Project, eight Ohio State students from four different areas of study are using the skills they learned in the classroom to do philanthropic work in Honduras. Three business students, three civil engineering students, one architecture student and one construction systems management student make up the team traveling to Honduras in May to build a house. Read more

Rotarians from Canada Deliver 265 Wheelchairs to Tegucigalpa

Mar 08, 2016

Rotarians from Canada Deliver 265 Wheelchairs to Tegucigalpa

A landfill left a lasting impression on a group of Rotarians [from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada] who returned from a week-long aid mission to the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa last month. The locals delivered food to some of the estimated 1,500 adults and 300 children who work each day in the city's dump, rummaging for anything that can be recycled or repurposed. "The dirt and smell is just absolutely unreal," Sue Sharp told fellow Rotarians during the service club's weekly meeting at the Holiday... Read more

Travel

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West Bay Beach Named Best in Central America by TripAdvisor

Mar 10, 2016

West Bay Beach Named Best in Central America by TripAdvisor

West Bay Beach in the Bay Islands of Honduras has been named in the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards as the best beach in Central America. Additionally, West Bay Beach was ranked among the top 10 in the world. Every year the popular travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor ranks the best beaches and destinations in the world, based on the quality and quantity of user reviews for the year and issues the Traveler's Choice Awards, which... Read more

Interview: Canaturh's Henning Kretschmer

Mar 07, 2016

Interview: Canaturh's Henning Kretschmer

Henning Kretschmer is the new president of the National Chamber of Tourism in Honduras (Canaturh). He formerly served as president of the chamber of tourism for San Pedro Sula during 2007-2012. Mr. Kretschmer, 40, has a degree in journalism, specializing in communications. He is fluent in English and German, as well as his native Spanish. He spoke in Spanish with La Prensa newspaper last month. The following is a translation of that interview. Read more

Crossing at Guasaule

Mar 25, 2015

Crossing at Guasaule

I crossed back into Nicaragua from Honduras this past weekend at dusty, dry Guasaule, on my way back home to León after a work trip. Crossing a Central American border by bus is often a mysterious, confusing process that involves everyone getting out of the bus in a big herd and wandering to and from various unmarked buildings. So it was kind of nice to see the familiar face of Carmen the Cashew Girl as I descended the... Read more

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