WBEZ | Porfirio Lobo http://www.wbez.org/tags/porfirio-lobo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en IL Congresswoman Schakowsky calls for U.S. to suspend aid to Honduras http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-12/il-congresswoman-schakowsky-calls-us-suspend-aid-honduras-97212 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-12/AP110318144117.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Since democratically-elected former president <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/z/jose_manuel_zelaya/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Jose Manuel Zelaya</a> was deposed by a coup in 2009, human rights in Honduras have deteriorated. The country is now the murder capital of the world. Journalists, peasant farmers, LGBT activists and those opposed to current President <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/l/porfirio_lobo_sosa/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Porfirio Lobo</a> have been harassed and killed. The perpetrators, often members of the police force and military, largely operate with impunity.</p><p>Shortly after the coup, Illinois Congresswoman <a href="http://schakowsky.house.gov/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Jan Schakowsky</a> went to Honduras and met with human rights victims and their families. She has been a vocal critic of U.S. support for the Lobo Administration. Schakowsky talks with <em>Worldview</em> about the human rights situation in Honduras, and the letter she recently initiated which calls for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to suspend all U.S. aid for the police and military in the country.</p></p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-12/il-congresswoman-schakowsky-calls-us-suspend-aid-honduras-97212 Zelaya’s homecoming in Honduras http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-02/zelaya%E2%80%99s-homecoming-honduras-87329 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-02/90286676.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former president Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras last Saturday, nearly two years after a coup forced him into exile. His homecoming opened the door for Honduras’s readmission to the Organization of American States (OAS), which in a 32-1 vote yesterday, agreed to restore the country’s membership after it was suspended following the military coup in June 2009.</p><p>Zelaya’s return comes as accusations of widespread repression -- including the alleged murder of teachers, farmers and journalists -- plague the government of current president Porfirio Lobo. Ecuador, the lone dissenting vote in the OAS, cited Honduras’s poor human rights record and the impunity of coup plotters as reasons for its opposition to the country’s reinstatement. And in a letter sent this week to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, more than 80 members of the U.S. Congress called for the suspension of U.S. aid to the Honduran military and police.</p><p><a href="http://feministstudies.ucsc.edu/faculty/singleton.php?&amp;singleton=true&amp;cruz_id=dlfrank" target="_blank">Dana Frank</a> is a&nbsp; professor of history at the University of California -- Santa Cruz and also writes about Honduras for <a href="http://www.thenation.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Nation</em></a>. She explains what Zelaya’s return means for the Central American nation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-02/zelaya%E2%80%99s-homecoming-honduras-87329