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Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras

August 21, 2008 Adrienne Pine 0

Human rights abuses, whether they are carried out by private security guards working for companies owned by the leaders of the 1980s death squad "Battalion 316," by the underpaid and poorly-trained police force, or by maquiladora owners, are inseparable from structural adjustment programs being imposed by the IMF and World Bank, with no democratic involvement on the part of the Honduran people. […]

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Dispatch From Paraguay: Hope Reigns at Dawn of Fernando Lugo Presidency

August 20, 2008 Clifton Ross 0

Lugo Addresses Crowd

At the inauguration of president Fernando Lugo, the central plaza in Asunción, Paraguay was full of the people who brought Lugo to power, including the indigenous and campesinos from distant parts of the country. Lugo summed up the sentiments of his supporters: "I refuse to live in a country where some can’t sleep because of fear and others can’t sleep because they’re hungry." […]

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