There is an ever-growing gulf of political proportions gumming up U.S.-Latin-American relations, and it has nothing to do with BP and everything to do with Honduras, a country from which I recently returned.
Besides being at the receiving end of clubs and pistols with the rest of the anti-coup movement, women suffer specific forms of repression and violence; their bodies have become part of the battleground.
Now in Honduras, the nation can wrap itself in the prickly coat of soldiers or be mesmerized by the "triumphal" return of one who was deposed by force. But in this dilemma, citizens rarely come out well.
If the coup leaders were desperate when they decided to forcibly depose the elected president, they are even more desperate now. Stripped of its pretense of legality by universal repudiation and faced with a popular uprising, the coup has turned to more violent means.