Silvio Carrillo

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Protesting the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Monday.CreditJorge Cabrera/Reuters

“Puede ser un hijo de puta, pero es nuestro hijo de puta”. Esta frase —de origen incierto pero que con frecuencia se le atribuye a Franklin D. Roosevelt en referencia a Anastasio Somoza, el implacable dictador nicaragüense— se convirtió en la excusa de rigor de Estados Unidos para implementar políticas dudosas durante los años treinta y la Guerra Fría. Se utilizó para justificar sus intervenciones en el sureste asiático, en Medio Oriente y especialmente en América Latina. A menudo, esta lógica resultó contraproducente —Centroamérica, Cuba, Vietnam e Irán son ejemplos notables— pero nunca se abandonó por completo.

Parece que ahora el Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos ha revivido la estrategia en Honduras.…  Seguir leyendo »

Protesting the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Monday.CreditJorge Cabrera/Reuters

“He may be an S.O.B., but he’s our S.O.B.” That quip — of uncertain origin, but often traced to Franklin D. Roosevelt about Nicaragua’s ruthless dictator Anastasio Somoza — became a shorthand excuse for dubious American foreign policies during the 1930s and the Cold War. It touched policy in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and particularly Latin America. It backfired often — notably in Central America, Cuba, Vietnam and Iran — but was never fully abandoned.

Now it appears that the State Department has given the strategy new life. In Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernández, having twisted his country’s laws to allow himself to seek re-election and having presided over a vote count so suspicious that his opponents and international observers called for a new election, has now officially been pronounced the winner by the country’s discredited electoral commission.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hace un año, me despertó un mensaje incomprensible de mi madre. Estaba demasiado angustiada para escribir con claridad, pero la entendí de inmediato y mi corazón se detuvo. Unos asesinos habían terminado por ubicar a mi tía Berta Cáceres, quien de niña había sido Bertita, mi compañera de juegos, y al crecer tuvo el valor suficiente para enfrentar el mal en Honduras.

Al conmemorar este aniversario trágico en la ciudad donde murió Berta, mi familia sigue inconsolable. Ni Honduras ni Estados Unidos parecen haber aprendido nada de su pérdida.

Berta pasó gran parte de su corta vida desafiando a algunos de los personajes económicos y políticos más poderosos de Honduras, en defensa de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas.…  Seguir leyendo »

Precisely a year ago, I awoke to a garbled text message from my mother. She was too distraught to write clearly, but I understood her immediately, and my heart dropped. Murderers had finally gotten to my aunt Berta Cáceres, who, as a child, had been young enough to be my playmate Bertita, and later, as a woman, was courageous enough to stand up to evil in Honduras.

As we mark this sad anniversary in the town where Berta died, there is no solace for my family. Neither Honduras nor the United States seems to have learned anything from this loss.

Berta spent most of her short life defying some of Honduras’s most powerful economic and political figures, in defense of the rights of native peoples.…  Seguir leyendo »

It was always a relief to see my aunt Berta, whom we affectionately called Bertita. Not just because of the constant threats to her life, but because she was a “rayo de luna” — a ray of moonlight — in any situation.

On March 3, shortly after midnight, unidentified gunmen stormed into the house where she was staying in La Esperanza, Honduras, and killed her. Berta Cáceres was a human rights and environmental activist who was playing a leading role in opposing a dam project that would force an indigenous community to abandon its ancestral homes and their livelihoods.

She was just one more victim in the continuing war against activists in Honduras.…  Seguir leyendo »