Nearly seventeen years ago, my friend and his wife lost their 34 year old son to cancer. A friend of the son who attended the funeral was doing mission work in the Ukraine and offered to take the son's clothing back with him to the impoverished nation
The proposal to create a new elite police unit in Honduras called TIGRES is a really bad idea. The acronym stands for Intelligence Troop and Special Security Response Groups, or "Tigers." Clever acronym, but dumb concept.
Last month, police officers in Tegucigalpa went on strike because of a new order from the top brass insisting that they work three out of four weekends a month, instead of the normal two. Who would be so asinine as to continue wishing to be treated as slaves?
Now that a Guatemalan court has convicted General Erfrain Rios Montt of "genocide" maybe we can better come to terms with the history of the early 1980s when the Reagan Administration was determined to vanquish communism in Central America.
Honduras is more than twice the size of Costa Rica, has double the protected area and is easier to get to from the United States. The only real difference, says James Adams, the head naturalist at The Lodge at Pico Bonito, is "Costa Rica is more savvy at marketing.
In hindsight, the severity of what Mr. Zelaya actually did to merit a coup has a tendency to grow less and less convincing, particularly when you measure it by the severity of what the National Congress has done to destroy Honduran democracy since December 12, 2012.
The U.S. Treasury Department's recent designation of "Chepe" Handal as a key Honduran drug kingpin represents a boon for efforts to dismantle narco-trafficking networks in Honduras dominated by Mexico's Sinaloa and Zetas cartels.
In the Garifuna communities of Honduras, it's an act of courage to admit to being HIV positive. With a grant from the Pulitzer Center, photographer David Rochkind and I interviewed people who overcame fear and discrimination to go public with their diagnosis and help educate others.
Making the number of homicides the only determinant of how dangerous a city is is rather absurd.
A death squad government may not be the Obama administration's first choice for Honduras, but they prefer it to another left government that people might elect if they were able to organize in a free election.
The choice will depend on whether the 117 Cardinals voting will lean more toward seriously reforming the Catholic Church -- notably as it relates to the continuing problem of pedophilia and lack of transparency -- or roughly keeping to the status quo.
So if you can't do away with the U.S. demand, and you can't destroy the current suppliers by legalizing the market, then what? There's a third way. Make it a lot more difficult for the drugs to enter the U.S. No, I'm not talking about U.S. military interdiction efforts.
The sooner a comprehensive immigration reform bill puts the estimated 600,000 undocumented Hondurans in the U.S. on a path to citizenship, the sooner these immigrants can move out of the shadow economy and compete for higher wages as equals to U.S. citizens.
Honduras is one more case in the epidemic of global land grabs sweeping the planet. Hundreds of thousands of peasants and indigenous people are being violently displaced. The result has been called "The War on Peasants."
If we could keep these resolutions, 2013 would be a banner year for U.S.-Latin American relations.
Earlier this year the government in El Salvador negotiated a groundbreaking deal with the Salvadoran MS-13 and a rival gang, Calle-18. In a bold move, mediators in El Salvador essentially extended the framework of humanitarian engagement to gang warfare.