“Honduras is a narco-state” & the forced migrancy crisis

“Testimony Brings Honduras President Closer to Brother’s Drug Trade Ties” 

(by Parker Asmann, InSight Crime, May 15, 2019)

When will the U.S. and Canada, the European Union, World Bank and numerous global companies and investors, stop aiding and abetting the Honduran narco-state that was born after the 2009 U.S. and Canadian-backed military coup?

While drug trafficking occurred in Honduras before the 2009 coup, drug-trafficking crime rings became part of the government, state and military/police forces after the 2009 U.S. and Canadian-backed coup.  It has worsened since then.

Narco-state/forced migrancy crisis

Tens of thousands of Hondurans are fleeing into exile, year after year, due to the repression and violence, corruption and destitution of Honduras’ narco-governments.

Berta Caceres (co-founder of COPINH and widely respected indigenous rights, land and environmental defender) was assassinated on March 2, 2016, by a hit-squad paid for by individuals with strong links to the Honduran narco-state.  Edwin Espinal (partner of Canadian human rights activist Karen Spring) remains illegally jailed as a political prisoner because he was protesting the repression and violence, corruption and destitution of Honduras’ narco-governments.

The narco-government led by President Juan Orlando Hernandez is a “democratic ally” of the U.S. and Canada in the ad hoc ‘Lima Group’ that is part of U.S. and Canadian-led efforts to illegally overthrow the government of Venezuela.

There is no end in sight to this narco-state / forced migrancy crisis that is enabled and empowered by the U.S., Canada and the “international community”.

Grahame Russell, Rights Action
grahame@rightsaction.org

https://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/honduras-is-a-narco-state

Canada in Venezuela

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The Caribbean Solidarity Network & the CUPE 3902 Racialised Workers’ Caucus present:

Canada in Venezuela: A Discussion with Dr. Donald Kingsbury & Film Screening, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Public Event — All Welcome!
Monday, May 13, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Screening Room 1, Media Commons Theatre, Robarts Library, UofT

Join us on Monday, May 13 at 6.00pm for an informative evening about the political crisis in Venezuela and the role of Canada in the situation.

Dr. Donald Kingsbury will present his research on the topic, followed by a screening of the documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and a Q&A period.

This event is taking place in the lead up to a CUPE 3902 Special Membership Meeting the following day, on Tuesday, May 14 at 5.30pm where the Union’s position on the topic will be voted on by members in relation to CUPE National’s Statement on the political situation in Venezuela.

We are calling on all members of conscience to come out and vote in support of CUPE National’s stance, which upholds non-intervention and a peace-brokering role for Canada and the country’s union movement.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

For additional information or questions, please email RWC3902@gmail.com

Ayuda Técnologica para Trabajadores Migrantes / Migrant Worker Tech Support

-Este evento es para trabajadores migrantes, cuidadores, personas de clase trabajadora
This event if for migrant workers, caregivers, and working class people

-Se prioritizará a personas Negras, Indigenas y Personas de Color
Prioritizing Black, Indigenous and People of Colour

 

-Por favor registrense en

 www.tinyurl.com/yxgba255 

o por correo: migrantworkerstech@gmail.com 

 

– Attendees should register:

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Este evento es organizado por mujeres de color en la industria de la tecnología IntersectTO: a BIPOC tech community in Toronto
This event is lead by women of colour in tech IntersectTO: a BIPOC tech community in Toronto

“MEXICO URGENTE| Desaparición forzada del Concejal del CIG-CNI José Lucio Bartolo Faustino, y del delegado del CNI Modesto Verales Sebastián en el estado de Guerrero

“URGENTE| Informamos de la desaparición forzada del Concejal del CIG-CNI José Lucio Bartolo Faustino, y del delegado del CNI Modesto Verales Sebastián en el estado de Guerrero.

4 de Mayo 2019. El Concejal Nahua José lucio Bartolo Faustino y el delegado Modesto Verales Sebastián sostuvieron una reunión con otros miembros de su organización el CIPOG-EZ, integrante del CNI-Guerrero a las 4 pm en la ciudad de Chilpancingo. De regreso a su comunidad fueron emboscados y se encuentran desaparecidos, se encontró su vehículo con disparos de arma de fuego y en estos momentos se organizan brigadas de búsqueda. Recientemente las comunidades que les eligieron como concejal del CIG-CNI y como delegado del CNI, han estado bajo el asedio de organizaciones criminales toleradas por los tres niveles de gobierno.

¡Exigimos su libertad y aparición con vida, inmediata!

#CIG #CIG #Chilpancingo #Guerrero

CONGRESO NACIONAL INDIGENA

Informamos de la desaparición forzada del Concejal del CIG-CNI José Lucio Bartolo Faustino, y del delegado del CNI Modesto Verales Sebastián en el estado de Guerrero.

PUEBLOS EN CAMINO

US Recklessly Escalates Venezuela Crisis by Smearing Russia

May 3, 2019

Strategic Culture Foundation

The lawlessness of the US government, or more accurately “regime”, knows no bounds, as can be seen more than ever from the failed coup attempt in Venezuela this week.

The initial so-called “uprising” by a tiny group of Venezuelan military – reportedly armed with US assault rifles instead of standard firearms – was blatantly incited by senior White House officials on prime time media. The misconduct openly engaged in by the US is in total violation of international law and UN Charter principles upholding the sovereignty of nations.

As it turns out, the coup bid was an utter failure, descending into farce. Not for the first time over the past three months alone, has Washington brazenly tried to instigate mayhem in Venezuela – and failed.

Yet in the aftermath of Washington’s flagrant attempt at destabilizing the South American country, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has the gall to accuse Russia of “outrageous” interference in Venezuela. The Trump administration is recklessly escalating the conflict by internationalizing what is an internal political matter. Washington has spent years fomenting dissent in Venezuela to overthrow the legitimately elected socialist government in Caracas. Now, the US is trying to turn Venezuela into a site for geopolitical conflict, with preposterous accusations against Russia and Cuba for daring to be allied with President Nicolas Maduro and his socialist administration over the oil-rich country.

American politics and diplomacy have been substituted for outright gangsterism, propaganda and disinformation.

The White House has already openly and audaciously stated that it is seeking regime change in Venezuela in order to get its hands on the country’s immense oil wealth. There are more than enough legal grounds here for a prosecution of senior US officials, including President Trump, for crimes of foreign aggression and war-making.

The so-called Venezuela opposition led by US-backed and mentored figures like self-declared “interim president” Juan Guaido has no legal or popular mandate to demand Maduro stand down. Washington is fostering a civil war in the country by its imposition of economic sanctions to strangle the oil-dependent economy. Senior US officials like Pompeo and Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton have repeatedly called on Venezuelan ministers and military to act treasonously. All these outrageous moves by the US has exacerbated social conditions and tensions in Venezuela, leading to violent street clashes, as seen again this week.

As if Washington’s lawlessness were not enough, it has gone further in its crazed conduct to openly smear Russia and Cuba this week for what it claims to be propping up the “dictatorship of Maduro”.

Russia and most (75 per cent) of the UN member states continue to recognize the incumbent Venezuelan government as the legitimate authority. Russia, China, Cuba, Mexico, Bolivia, Turkey, Iran, among many others, are incontestably on the side of international law. It is the US and certain rightwing pro-Washington Latin American states, as well as European states, which are outside the law, in their baseless efforts to undermine the Venezuelan government and anoint some minor opposition figure as leader.

The lie of Washington’s claims about “supporting democracy” in Venezuela is demonstrated by the repeated failure to achieve regime change. The majority of Venezuelan people remain supportive of the Maduro government, or at least indifferent to Washington’s soliciting for an uprising. Crucially, the Venezuelan military remains solidly loyal to the government and the country’s constitution. The farcical coup attempt this week is further proof that Washington is trying to impose its illegal agenda on the country. Evidently, the Trump administration is not getting its nefarious way – exposing the limits of American imperial power in today’s world – but in its petulance over embarrassing failure, Washington appears to be going over the edge of lawlessness and reason by trying to embroil Russia, Cuba and other allies of Venezuela in an international conflict.

Pompeo reiterated this week that the US is prepared to use military force against Venezuela. Such rhetoric is a breathtaking act of criminal aggression in a long line of aggressions. There is absolutely no semblance of the US having any “national security” excuse to launch a military intervention in Venezuela. It is tantamount to state terrorism on par with Nuremberg-convicted crimes for which Nazi leaders were hung.

The US has no legal or moral right to threaten Venezuela and to intensify the crisis in that country with the loss of lives from violence and deprivation. Surely by now, the European states must realize how they have erred big time in their earlier support for Washington’s demands on Venezuela.

The American path is a road to perdition, and the European Union members must reverse their complicity in Washington’s criminal regime-change machinations. The American road to disaster over Venezuela dramatically emerged in plain sight this week with the failed coup, the deadly clashes it provoked, and, furthermore, the way in which the Trump administration is trying to orchestrate an international conflict with Russia over the latter’s law-abiding support for Venezuela.

After the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961 when a US covert coup in Cuba failed in disaster and ignominy, at least Washington had the shame to sack senior officials for that debacle. Today, a similar fiasco in Venezuela results in US officials doubling down on war. Washington is thus a regime that is utterly out of control and beyond any restraint.

Rally to Defend Sovereignty of Venezuela, Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m.

On the anniversary of the 2002 failed coup to oust Hugo Chavez, protest the latest attempt by the U.S., Canada, the E.U. and the satellites of imperialism to seize control of sovereign Venezuela

 

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Rally on Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m.

at the south-east corner of Bloor and Spadina,

100 meters from the office of Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland,

Justin Trudeau’s Minister of Embargo, Interference and War

 

We say:  No sanctions, No coup, No military intervention!

Defend Venezuela’s right to self-determination!

Spread the word….