WBEZ | Honduras http://www.wbez.org/tags/honduras Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en ICE nabs 29 in Chicago-area sweep for gang members http://www.wbez.org/news/ice-nabs-29-chicago-area-sweep-gang-members-98557 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ICE_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is talking up 29 Chicago-area arrests that were part of a national operation targeting transnational gangs.</p><p>Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of ICE’s Chicago-area Homeland Security Investigations, said the operation began April 9 and lasted three days. He said police in Wheeling, Waukegan, Joliet and Elgin took part.</p><p>“I don’t have the time and resources to just go round up everybody who happens to be in the country illegally,” Hartwig said. “Our job is to focus our resources on criminal gangs and criminal organizations — in this case, transnational gangs — who are operating in our communities and making our streets unsafe.”</p><p>As a result of the Chicago-area arrests, ICE says, a 26-year-old U.S. citizen and two foreign nationals face criminal charges. Officials say the other 26 detainees are in deportation proceedings.</p><p>An ICE statement says the operation, dubbed Project Nefarious, led to more than 600 arrrests nationwide. The statement says the operation spanned 150 U.S. cities and reached Honduras. The operation’s impetus, the agency adds, was a 2011 federal report that identified gangs tied to human smuggling and trafficking.</p><p>The victims of those crimes include foreign nationals in the United States, but some immigrant advocates are withholding praise for the operation.</p><p>“We support ICE’s efforts to target criminal enterprises rather than immigrants whose only crime is working to support their families,” said Chuck Roth, litigation director of the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center. “But past ICE actions have usually turned out to involve more arrests of bystanders and family members than of individuals actively engaged in wrongdoing.”</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/ice-nabs-29-chicago-area-sweep-gang-members-98557 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 Worldview 3.12.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-12 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-march/2012-03-12/ap120220041145.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Human rights in Honduras have eroded since the 2009 coup, making the country the murder capital of the world. Members of the police force and military routinely go unpunished for human rights abuses. <em>Worldview </em>discusses the situation with 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>, who has been leading the effort to suspend all U.S. aid to Honduras’ police and military until reforms are implemented. Also, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/history/biography_0116.shtm" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Michael Chertoff</a> says Chicago has our nation’s most “extensive and integrated” network of government video surveillance cameras. <em>Worldview</em> speaks with University of Illinois at Chicago professor <a href="http://www.rajivshah.com/index.html">Rajiv Shah</a>. His blog <a href="http://www.eyeingchicago.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;"><em>Eyeing Chicago</em></a> focuses on video surveillance, smart “red light” cameras, and the 15,000 cameras that monitor Chicago.</p></p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-12 Parents of assassinated activist sue Honduran coup leader in Texas http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-14/parents-assassinated-activist-sue-honduran-coup-leader-texas-96385 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-14/AP091129026786.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Just one week after a 2009 coup forced Honduran President Manuel Zelaya into exile, he tried to return to his country by plane. A crowd of thousands peacefully gathered at Toncontin International Airport to welcome Zelaya back, but military troops blocked the runway. The forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the crowd of unarmed civilians. Nineteen year-old Isis Obed Murillo was shot in the head. Murillo’s parents, unable to find justice at home, filed a civil lawsuit in Texas.<br> <br> <em>Worldview</em> talks about the specifics of this unusual case with <a href="http://ccrjustice.org/about-us/staff-board/raymond,-laura" target="_blank">Laura Raymond</a>, advocacy program manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights — the group that filed the complaint.</p></p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-14/parents-assassinated-activist-sue-honduran-coup-leader-texas-96385 Persecution of Afro-Hondurans rises after military coup http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-14/persecution-afro-hondurans-rises-after-military-coup-96384 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-14/AP060926027693.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Garifuna are Afro-descendant people who primarily live along the Caribbean coast in Central America. Miram Miranda is of Garifuna descent and the general coordinator of the National Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras. The group works against privatization of natural resources and the cultural destruction of the Garifuna. Miriam discusses how police and paramilitary death squads in Honduras violently oppress them for control of their ancestral lands.</p></p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-14/persecution-afro-hondurans-rises-after-military-coup-96384 Worldview 2.14.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-14 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-february/2012-02-14/ap040412011195.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Honduran military fired tear gas and live rounds into the crowd of unarmed civilians celebrating the return of their deposed president in 2009. Nineteen year-old Isis Obed Murillo was shot in the head and killed. His parents, unable to find justice at home, filed a civil lawsuit in Texas. <em>Worldview</em> discusses the case with <a href="http://ccrjustice.org/about-us/staff-board/raymond,-laura" target="_blank">Laura Raymond</a> of the Center for Constitutional Rights — the group that filed the complaint. Also, the Garifuna are the Afro-descendant people of Honduras. One of the group's leaders, Miriam Miranda, who's general coordinator of the National Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, tells <em>Worldview</em> about the community's rich heritage and the violent suppression her people face at the hands of police and paramilitary death squads.</p></p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-14 Government upheaval and Wikileaks revelations in Honduras http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/government-upheaval-and-wikileaks-revelations-honduras-91980 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/honduras1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, there was a surprising shake-up in the ruling regime in Honduras. The country’s powerful security minister and foreign minister both resigned, bringing a wave of controversy to President Porfirio Lobo’s administration. The president came to power just two years ago by coup.</p><p>Security Minister Oscar Alvarez told the press that he lacked economic support for his efforts against drug violence and had found himself stepping on the toes of powerful interests. In addition to Alvarez and Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati, three deputy ministers in the areas of security, social investment and income also resigned from their posts.</p><p><a href="http://feministstudies.ucsc.edu/faculty/singleton.php?&amp;singleton=true&amp;cruz_id=dlfrank" target="_blank">Dana Frank</a>, a professor of history at UC-Santa Cruz and a contributor to <a href="http://www.thenation.com/" target="_blank">The Nation</a>, joins us for analysis of the recent upheaval. She also tells us what the new Wikileaks cables reveal about U.S. involvement in the politics of Honduras.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/government-upheaval-and-wikileaks-revelations-honduras-91980 Worldview 9.14.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-91411 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-september/2011-09-14/honduras.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last weekend, Honduras’ powerful security minister and foreign minister resigned, signifying a major shakeup in President Porfirio Lobo’s two-year-old administration. We discuss the ramifications and delve into new Wikileaks revelations about U.S. involvement in Honduras with <a href="http://history.ucsc.edu/about/singleton.php?&amp;singleton=true&amp;cruz_id=dlfrank" target="_blank">Dana Frank</a>, professor of history at UC-Santa Cruz and a contributor to <em>The Nation</em>. In the next installment of <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/ground-shifters-stories-women-changing-unseen-worlds" target="_blank">Ground Shifters: Stories of Women Changing Unseen Worlds</a></em>, reporter Jean Friedman-Rudovsky visits a singular women’s prison in La Paz, Bolivia. More than just a jail, it’s a miniature city of sorts — with shops, businesses, a school and even a union. Then, on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank"><em>Global Notes</em></a>, we talk to Brian Keigher from <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/dca_tourism/world_music_festival.html" target="_blank">World Music Festival Chicago</a> about this year’s lineup, packing in more than 50 acts in 22 venues around the city.</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-91411 Global Activism: ‘Hands with Hope’ brings dental care to the children of Honduras http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-14/global-activism-%E2%80%98hands-hope%E2%80%99-brings-dental-care-children-honduras-89152 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-14/Cleaning teeth in clinic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every Thursday on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a> we hear about an individual who's decided to work to make the world a better place.</p><p>People’s teeth often go overlooked in development work. Annie Nardone, a dental hygienist, wanted more out of life. At 25, as she went through what she called a “quarter-life crisis,” Annie decided to use her dental skills to help impoverished communities in Honduras. On her first visit, she examined 500 kids. She tells us about her mission to bring dental care to children through her organization, <a href="http://www.handswithhope.com/"><em>Hands with Hope</em></a>, with clinics in Nueva Suyapa and San Marcos, Honduras.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Chicago Public Media&nbsp;(WBEZ)&nbsp;has not independently investigated any persons or organizations that appear on the Global Activism series and does not endorse any such person or organization.</em></p></p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-14/global-activism-%E2%80%98hands-hope%E2%80%99-brings-dental-care-children-honduras-89152 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