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    The Obama administration has now joined the likes of Clinton, Bush 41, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, and Eisenhower. Under the cover of the "war on drugs", the US is actively backing a known cocainne trafficker's war against the peasantry.

    Miguel Facussé Barjum, in the embassy’s words, is “the wealthiest, most powerful businessman in the country,” one of the country’s “political heavyweights.” The New York Times recently described him as “the octogenarian patriarch of one of the handful of families controlling much of Honduras’ economy.” Sound familiar?

    The Gaurdian: Democrats press Obama over US complicity with Honduras' dirty war

    America's backing for a regime that is murdering opponents and journalists is a shameful blot on this administration's record
    The Nation: WikiLeaks Honduras: US Linked to Brutal Businessman

    Since 2009, beneath the radar of the international media, the coup government ruling Honduras has been collaborating with wealthy landowners in a violent crackdown on small farmers struggling for land rights in the Aguán Valley in the northeastern region of the country.

    New Wikileaks cables reveal that the U.S. embassy in Honduras — and therefore the State Department — has known since 2004 that Miguel Facussé, the richest man in Honduras, who is allegedly responsible for the deaths of campesino activists in the Aguan Valley, is a cocaine importer. U.S. `drug war’ funds and training are being used to support a known drug trafficker’s war against campesinos.

    The U.S. is funding and training Honduran military and police that are conducting joint operations with the security guards of a known drug trafficker to violently repress a campesino movement on behalf of Miguel Facussé’s dubious claims to vast swathes of the Aguán Valley, in order to support his African palm biofuels empire.

    Despite strong anti-drug rhetoric from U.S. officials, State Department cables recently made available by Wikileaks show that the U.S. has been aware of the drug ties of one of Honduras’ most powerful and wealthy individuals since 2004, yet has continued to support him. U.S. military and police assistance is also aiding the businessman, landowner and coup-backer Miguel Facussé, in a campaign of repression targeted at the campesinos whose land Facussé wants for production of palm oil.

    Despite the objections of 87 members of Congress, U.S. funding for the Honduran military and police continues, even though reports continue to emerge of police involvement in killings, such as in the recent case of the son of a university rector, and journalists and human rights activists continue to be targeted, with impunity.
    Last edited by Horhey; Apr 14 2012 at 07:24 PM.
    "As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance".

    --John Dewey

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    No surprise there as that is the noraml operating mode of the US government. What has happened in Latin America is that Americas long time domination is falling as various Latin American states give them the cold shoulder. They have even set up their own version of the OAS and have not invited America or Canada. The times are changing down there and America wants so much to keep a foothold there. They supported the coup against Chavez but that did not work out for them so when they had the chance to get Honduras back from land reformers, they took it. They are the lowest of the low when it comes to human rights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man on Fire View Post
    No surprise there as that is the noraml operating mode of the US government. What has happened in Latin America is that Americas long time domination is falling as various Latin American states give them the cold shoulder. They have even set up their own version of the OAS and have not invited America or Canada. The times are changing down there and America wants so much to keep a foothold there. They supported the coup against Chavez but that did not work out for them so when they had the chance to get Honduras back from land reformers, they took it. They are the lowest of the low when it comes to human rights.
    All empire's act violently. It's not unique to the US. It's just the natural order of things. The great American philosopher John Dewey observed that:

    As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance. Power today resides in control of the means of production, exchange, publicity, transportation and communication. Whoever owns them rules the life of the country, not necessarily by intention, not necessarily by deliberate corruption of the nominal government, but by necessity. Power is power and must act, and it must act according to the nature of the machinery through which it operates. In this case, the machinery is business for private profit through private control of banking, land, industry, reinforced by command of the press, press agents, and other means of publicity and propaganda.
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    And this was in the 1920's..
    "As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance".

    --John Dewey

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    The Honduran military shouldnt be operating in the country anyways. I dont remember ever seeing tanks and soldiers patroling my neighborhood. The Honduran regime has become a military junta, run by oligarchs backed by the United States.
    Last edited by Horhey; Apr 15 2012 at 10:02 AM.
    "As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance".

    --John Dewey

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