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Guns, Farms, and Oil: How Colombian Tribes are Being Driven to Extinction – January 14, 2015

At least 1,800 Indigenous people have been killed and 84,000 more displaced in Colombia in the past 10 years

The tin-roofed, off-the-grid clinic at Chuscal – deep within the U’wa tribe’s reserve in the mountains of northeast Colombia – is packed with patients on a stormy afternoon. There aren’t enough chairs to go around, and some of the sick are sprawled out on the cracked floor tiles. Most of them are without shoes. Many waiting to see the doctor are young U’wa children, here to be treated for malnutrition, their bellies swollen taut with hunger. Other common maladies include tuberculosis, dysentery and leishmaniasis, a parasite spread by sandflies which enters through the skin to attack internal organs. Several families will sleep in the Chuscal clinic tonight when it closes, because… more

by: Jeremy Kryt

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Is a World Bank Loan Funding Murders in Honduras? – April 5, 2013

Bank-funded palm oil company implicated in “death squad” killings of land-rights activists

The World Bank is facing intense pressure from human rights and environmental groups to cancel a $30 million loan to a palm oil company in Honduras that’s suspected of being involved in the murder of scores of small-scale Indigenous farmers in the country’s Aguan river valley.

farmersPhotos by hondurasdelegation/FlickrCampesinos watch as security forces demolish their homes in Bajo, Aguan. Grupo Dinant, is alleged
to have violently confiscated thousands of acres of land from local residents in the fertile valley.

The company, Grupo Dinant, is alleged to have violently confiscated thousands of acres of land from local residents in the fertile valley region on… more

by: Jeremy Kryt

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Fear and Voting in Honduras – December 17, 2009

A photographic essay

photo of a crowd

The worst crisis to hit Central America since the wars of the 1980’s began on June 28, 2009, when Honduran soldiers attacked the home of legal, democratically-elected president Mel Zelaya and exiled him from the country by plane, after a short stop at a strategic U.S. airbase. A military-backed dictatorship was then installed, under de facto president Roberto Micheletti – a far-right political president, who had failed to capture the presidency in three different elections, before seizing the office by force. Since then crisis has gripped the country. Dozens have died, hundreds wounded, and thousands more detained, as police and soldiers have repeatedly… more

by: Jeremy Kryt

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Irate in the Caribbean – November 29, 2009

How the Honduras Coup Threatens the Hemisphere’s Largest Coral Reef

Roatan, Honduras: There’s a troubling silence beneath the palm trees of this Caribbean island paradise, and the quaint sandy streets are empty of tourists. No Jimmy Buffett or Bob Marley tunes are to be heard in the ramshackle beach bars, and many shops and restaurants have been forced to close for lack of business.

“Bookings are down 50 percent since June, and 66 percent overall since this time last year,” said P.J. Rowntree, owner of the Coconut Tree Divers, a once-thriving scuba shop in the town of West End on Roatan. “And it’s the same situation for all the other [scuba shop] owners. We’re all in the same boat. The… more

by: Jeremy Kryt

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Honduras: Anti-Coup Resistance Fears “Trap” for Zelaya – November 4, 2009

“A Dangerous Situation”

photo of soldiers standing above a wall covered with protest graffiti, including words: Micheletti FascitaJeremy Kryt photoHonduran police and soldiers stand guard in front of the National Congress
building in the capital. Peaceful protestors have staged a permanent vigil
since Monday morning, demanding the restitution of President Mel Zelaya.

The controversial, U.S.-brokered peace accord that went into effect last week – intended to restore deposed President Mel Zelaya and pave the way for internationally-recognized elections later this month – might have already fallen apart. The Tegucigalpa accord states that Congress must vote to decide on Zelaya’s return. But a group of… more

by: Jeremy Kryt

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