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Entries by Marco Cáceres from 08/2013

Honduras: Impending Military Police State?

| Posted 08.06.2013 | World

The question is, "Will Hondurans really be safer with thousands of military police walking around armed to the teeth?" Given the history of the military in Honduras and other Latin American countries, it is right to be worried about the answer.

Honduras: Rudderless on Crime and Criminals

| Posted 08.11.2013 | World

On August 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) made public its Report on the Situation of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Honduras -- an in depth study of Honduras' prison system. The report was damning, to say the least.

Standard & Poor's Honduras Downgrade

| Posted 08.14.2013 | World

On August 7, 2013, S&P did precisely what it said it might do: it downgraded Honduras' credit ratings back down to B. So what has happened in the past 14 months to make Honduras a less attractive credit risk?

Honduras' Leaders: Deer in the Headlights

| Posted 08.19.2013 | World

It's a drag to read the news about Honduras in the international press. So much bad press. Mind you, not that it is undeserved. The situation is what it is. But it isn't all that there is.

Honduras: Opening the Door for the Military

| Posted 08.22.2013 | World

Make the military and the police more professional and effective by paying, training and equipping them better. Don't confuse them by inserting them into battlefields and against combatants for which they were never meant.

Community Policing in Honduras

| Posted 08.28.2013 | World

Soldiers are good for patrolling and occasionally conducting raids or engaging in firefights. But they are relatively useless for preventing or solving crimes and breaking up extortion and drug (and human) trafficking networks.

Honduras: Oh Hell... Extortion

| Posted 08.28.2013 | World

The problem of drug trafficking in Honduras appears to be on the decline, at least if you take the word of Arturo Corrales, the country's so-called "Super-Minister" of Defense and security.