September 18, 2011
On September 11, Bolivians observed the third anniversary of the Pando massacre, a brutal attack on indigenous peasants and students in the Amazonian lowlands and the most deadly act of political violence in the country since 2003. Little known outside Bolivia, the tragic event marked a turning...
September 15, 2011
Miguel Facussé (hondurashumanrights.wordpress.com)It is not surprising to hear that representatives of the U.S. State Department stationed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, believed since at least March 2004 that the wealthiest man in Honduras, biofuel magnate and political powerhouse Miguel Facussé, was...
September 14, 2011
Over the weekend, the Department of Homelands Security (DHS) issued a warning that there was a “specific, credible, yet unconfirmed” threat of a “terrorist” attack in New York and Washington D.C. In New York City everything became hyped-up and the security apparatus came out full throttle. After...
September 13, 2011
Just a brief comment today on Sunday’s presidential election in Guatemala: Mexico’s southern neighbors gave some 60% of their votes to two candidates of the hard right who will now face each other in a November 6 runoff.
General Otto Pérez Molina (credit: Latinreporters.com)Retired General Otto...
September 12, 2011
Altos de Cazucá, a poor barrio near Bogota (UNHCR/A.M.Rodriguez)Colombia recently, with the help of some experts from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Bank, changed the method it uses to calculate poverty. Consequently the numbers of the poor were...
September 08, 2011
In the 1940s U.S. Public Health Service medical science researchers conducted appalling experiments on vulnerable populations in Guatemala. The revelations are back in the news.
[Bacteriologist, 1942. USPHS, www.memory.loc.gov]This dark episode made headlines last year when medical historian...