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Justice for Berta

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  • Honduran authorities say they are pursuing murder charges for the March 3rd killing of the environmental and Indigenous rights activist.
  • "Berta no se murió; se multiplicó – Berta didn’t die; she multiplied."
  • Part 1: Military and Energy Company Officials Arrested for Murder of Berta Cáceres
  • Part 2: Slain Activist Berta Cáceres' Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Military and Energy Company Officials Arrested for Murder of Berta Cáceres

Honduran authorities say they are pursuing murder charges for the March 3rd killing of the environmental and Indigenous rights activist.

Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/berta-caceres-getty.jpg?itok=hZGsZkugAdding credence to suspicions that Cáceres' killing was politically-motivated, among those arrested were Honduran military officials as well as an employee of Desarrollos Energéticos (or DESA), the private energy company behind the Agua Zarca dam, which Cáceres fiercely opposed. (Photo: Getty)  

May 02, 2016 | Authorities have arrested four suspects in the assassination of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, the Honduran attorney general announced on Monday.

Adding credence to suspicions that Cáceres' killing was politically-motivated, among those arrested were Honduran military officials as well as an employee of Desarrollos Energéticos (or DESA), the private energy company behind the Agua Zarca dam, which Cáceres fiercely opposed.

Central American-based freelance journalist Sandra Cuffe reported Monday that the arrests included Mariano Díaz Chávez and Edilson Atilio Duarte Meza. Cuffe wrote, "Honduran Armed Forces spokesperson identified Díaz as a major and Duarte as a former member of the military."

Lauren McCauley, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Slain Activist Berta Cáceres' Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras

Another indigenous environmentalist has been murdered in Honduras, less than two weeks after the assassination of renowned activist Berta Cáceres. Nelson García was shot to death Tuesday after returning home from helping indigenous people who had been displaced in a mass eviction by Honduran security forces. 

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bertha%20Isabel%20Zúniga%20Cáceres%2C%20Berta%20Caceres%20photo%20montage.jpgBertha Isabel Zúniga Cáceres (L), the daughter of Berta Cáceres (R)

 

March 18, 2016 | Another indigenous environmentalist has been murdered in Honduras, less than two weeks after the assassination of renowned activist Berta Cáceres. Nelson García was shot to death Tuesday after returning home from helping indigenous people who had been displaced in a mass eviction by Honduran security forces. García was a member of COPINH, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, co-founded by Berta Cáceres, who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize last year for her decade-long fight against the Agua Zarca Dam, a project planned along a river sacred to the indigenous Lenca people. She was shot to death at her home on March 3. On Thursday, thousands converged in Tegucigalpa for the start of a mobilization to demand justice for Berta Cáceres and an end to what they say is a culture of repression and impunity linked to the Honduran government’s support for corporate interests. At the same time, hundreds of people, most of them women, gathered outside the Honduran Mission to the United Nations chanting "Berta no se murió; se multiplicó – Berta didn’t die; she multiplied." We speak with Cáceres’s daughter, Bertha Zúniga Cáceres, and with Lilian Esperanza López Benítez, the financial coordinator of COPINH.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

Guests: Bertha Isabel Zúniga Cáceres, the daughter of Berta Cáceres and Lilian Esperanza López Benítez with COPINH, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, which Berta Cáceres co-founded.

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"She's Baldly Lying": Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton's Defense of Her Role in Honduras Coup*

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  • As Hillary Clinton seeks to defend her role in the 2009 Honduras coup, we speak with Dana Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras. "This is breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath," Frank says. "I want to make sure that the listeners understand how chilling it is that a leading presidential candidate in the United States would say this was not a coup. … She’s baldly lying when she says we never called it a coup."
  • Related: How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Romi Elnagar for this contribution. 

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April 13, 2016 | Amy Goodman: For more on Honduras, we are joined by—Hillary Clinton and the legacy of the 2009 coup—Dana Frank, is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras.

Professor Frank, it’s great to have you with us. Well, Hillary Clinton said a lot in this five-minute exchange with Juan González. Respond.

Dana Frank: Well, I just want to say this is like breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath. I mean, first of all, the fact that she says that they did it legally, that the Honduras judiciary and Congress did this legally, is like, oh, my god, just mind-boggling. The fact that she then is going to say that it was not an unconstitutional coup is incredible, when she actually had a cable, that we have in the WikiLeaks, in which U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens says it was very clearly an illegal and unconstitutional coup. So she knows this from day one. She even admits in her own statement that it was the Honduran military, that she says, well, this was the only thing that was wrong there, that it was the military that took Zelaya out of the country, as opposed to somehow that it was an illegal thing we did—that the Honduran government did, deposing a president.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres, Compiled by David Culver,  Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • The presidential candidate has ignored criticism of her role in enabling the consolidation of the Honduran coup.
  • Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
  • Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism
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How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres

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  • Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
  • Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism
  • Related: Take action for justice for Berta

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Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism

The Clinton-brokered election did indeed install and legitimate a militarized regime based on repression.

Greg Grandin, Nation

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March 10, 2016 | Before her murder on March 3, Berta Cáceres, a Honduran indigenous rights and environmental activist, named Hillary Clinton, holding her responsible for legitimating the 2009 coup. “We warned that this would be very dangerous,” she said, referring to Clinton’s effort to impose elections that would consolidate the power of murderers.

In a video interview, given in Buenos Aires in 2014, Cáceres says it was Clinton who helped legitimate and institutionalize the coup. In response to a question about the exhaustion of the opposition movement (to restore democracy), Cáceres says (around 6:10): “The same Hillary Clinton, in her book Hard Choices, practically said what was going to happen in Honduras. This demonstrates the bad legacy of North American influence in our country. The return of Mel Zelaya to the presidency (that is, to his constitutionally elected position) was turned into a secondary concern. There were going to be elections.” Clinton, in her position as secretary of state, pressured (as her emails show) other countries to agree to sideline the demands of Cáceres and others that Zelaya be returned to power. Instead, Clinton pushed for the election of what she calls in Hard Choices a “unity government.” But Cáceres says: “We warned that this would be very dangerous.… The elections took place under intense militarism, and enormous fraud.”

Greg Grandin is a Professor of History at New York University and is the author of a number of prize-winning books.

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Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism

Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead.

Gaius Publius, WashingtonsBlog 

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RH-D-BTdMyY/Vty6re7ExFI/AAAAAAAACj8/2lLSxz3fgjQ/s400/Berta_Caceres_otu_img.jpg  Berta Cáceres, Honduran indigenous and environmental activist, before she was murdered (source)

March 8, 2016 | I’ve been looking for a way to tell this story, the story of Hillary Clinton and the murder of Berta Cáceres, for a while. The core of the story involves yet another victim of Honduran right-wing violence.

For example, there’s this, from the Nation:

 

The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders

The names of Berta Cáceres’s murderers are yet unknown. But we know who killed her.

Greg Grandin

March 3, 2016 | Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead. Gunned down yesterday, March 2, at midnight, in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca, in Honduras.

Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. 

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Take action for justice for Berta, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • RIGHT NOW demand justice for Berta Caceres, protection for human rights defenders, and a cut-off of U.S. security aid to the repressive Honduran regime.
  • No matter how many death threats she received, no matter how many times she was followed, pursued, or threatened, Berta would not be silenced.
  • And she must not be silenced today. Berta's voice must continue to be heard.
  • Part 1: Call & Email NOW to demand justice for Berta & Honduras!
  • Part 2: Take action to demand justice in the Assassination of Berta Caceres 

 

Take action for justice for Berta.

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  • Right now demand justice for Berta Caceres, protection for human rights defenders, and a cut-off of U.S. security aid to the repressive Honduran regime.
  • No matter how many death threats she received, no matter how many times she was followed, pursued, or threatened, Berta would not be silenced.
  • And she must not be silenced today. Berta's voice must continue to be heard.
  • Part 1: Call & Email NOW to demand justice for Berta & Honduras!
  • Part 2: Take action to demand justice in the Assassination of Berta Caceres 
  • How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Call & Email NOW to demand justice for Berta & Honduras!

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Arturo & Jenne, SOA Watch

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March 14, 2016 | We wanted to make sure that you had seen the below email we sent out last Friday*, because we need your help. We are asking you to email and/or call your Representative right now to demand justice for Berta Caceres, protection for human rights defenders, and a cut-off of U.S. security aid to the repressive Honduran regime.

  • Click here to send emails to U.S. and Honduran decision-makers AND/OR
  • Call your Representative's Washington, DC office and ask them to sign onto the "Ellison/Johnson" Honduras letter to Secretary Kerry. 
  • Click here for instructions and a call script to urge your Representative to sign on to this important and strongly worded letter. The deadline for them to sign the letter may be extended, but for now it is today, Monday March 14. There is already movement in Congress on the letter. These phone calls can make a difference. You can make a difference.

Here is a short FAQ explaining what a Congressional call is and how easy it is to make one. 

Thank you! 

Sincerely,

Arturo & Jenne, SOA Watch Advocacy Team 



Part 2: Take action to demand justice in the Assassination of Berta Caceres *(Previously sent email)

  • No matter how many death threats she received, no matter how many times she was followed, pursued, or threatened, Berta would not be silenced.
  • And she must not be silenced today. Berta's voice must continue to be heard.

SOA Watch

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Memorial%20March%20for%20Berta%20Carceres.jpgMarch 11, 2016 | When Berta Caceres Flores, the General Coordinator of the Indigenous Lenca organization COPINH and a national social movement leader in Honduras, was assassinated on March 2, she was in the midst of an intense struggle in defense of the Gualcarque River. She and the Lenca people of Rio Blanco had already blocked the Agua Zarca Dam from being built on the Gualcarque River once, in 2014, when Berta was detained by the military and later ordered to jail by the Honduran government. Several months ago, DESA, the dam company, began a second attempt at construction of the dam and as Berta and other COPINH members organized they faced increasing repression and death threats.

Shots were fired at Berta as she drove her vehicle in the area of the dam, employees of the mayor's office threatened her during a protest, saying that Berta was one “who had to be killed” and that Berta would never come back there. A hitman working for the dam company with a history of murder told community members that he was going to murder 10 people who opposed the dam, including Berta. Berta and other COPINH members were pursued by armed men and she received constant death threats. (Read more about the threats that Berta faced here). Yet Berta refused to be silent – not only in her opposition to the Agua Zarca Dam but in her clear denunciation of the US-backed repressive Honduran regime and its selling off of Honduras' resources for plundering by corporations. She spoke out forcefully against the US-funded militarization and repression by the Honduran state that was used to force mega-projects, dams, privatization, and mines upon communities who stood up to defend their territory.

And then Berta was assassinated.

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SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

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How Hillary's Honduras Policy Killed Berta Cáceres, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • The presidential candidate has ignored criticism of her role in enabling the consolidation of the Honduran coup.
  • Part 1: Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
  • Part 2: Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism
  • Related: Take action for justice for Berta

Biggest Human Rights Abuses in Cuba Happen at Guantanamo Bay

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  • The U.S. detention camp of Guantanamo entered its fifteenth year of operation this year, according to activists since it opened on January 11, 2002, 9 prisoners have died in the facility.
  • Special Report | Selected Articles: Human Rights Hypocrisy

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Conservative and liberal pundits alike called for Obama to take the Cuban revolutionary government to task.

Human rights did, of course, come up but both Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro did not deliberate much on the issue, choosing instead to focus on the new relationship between their countries.

teleSUR  is a Latin American multimedia platform oriented to lead and promote the unification of the peoples of the SOUTH (Geopolitical concept that promotes the struggle of peoples for peace, self-determination, respect for Human Rights and Social Justice).

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“Does the Reality Live Up to the Rhetoric?”

NYPD's Arrests of Citizen Journalists Should Spark Outrage

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  • If freedom of the press means anything, it should protect the growing number of people who use media to hold powerful institutions accountable. If it doesn’t protect copwatching, then it’s totally useless.
  • ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’

Josmar Trujillo, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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March 23, 2016 | Last week, New York City police officers arrested four well-known activists for filming them. Copwatchers—people who regularly film and document police activity—have often been targeted by cops who don’t want to be recorded, despite reminders that recording police interactions is legal in the city. While legal protections for filming police are still unclear in some parts of the country, the invaluable role that copwatchers play as journalists—acting as the eyes, ears and media of the streets—deserves to be recognized.

Much was made in the media about the 2014 arrests of the Huffington Post‘s Ryan Reilly and the Washington Post‘s Wesley Lowery by local police in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown. HuffPo released a statement condemning Reilly’s arrest. The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) also objected. Reilly, a reporter at media powerhouse Huffington Post (where I occasionally blog), and Lowery, who has produced some top-notch copaganda since then (FAIR Blog, 2/12/16), were roughed up and arrested, apparently for nothing.

Josmar Trujillo is a former columnist for Extra! who writes at the Huffington Post, Newsday and amNY. He is also an organizer with the Coalition to End Broken Windows and New Yorkers Against Bratton.

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ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’, Danny Funt, CJR

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  • “I don’t believe readers understand how beholden most of these writers are to their sources,” Van Gundy tells CJR in an interview. “They’re actually the mouthpieces for these people. It’s a quid pro quo.” That bartering of favorable coverage for scoops corrupts sports reporting well beyond this instance, Van Gundy claims, now more than ever. 
  • The media is NOT doing its job!

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