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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Obama and Hillary didn't 'have a heart' for Honduras. Zelaya tried to raise slave wages there but that enraged big business which got rid of him. Obama and Hillary backed business interests keeping Honduras wages at slave level-Huffington Post, 9/2009...Obama and Hillary increased Honduras misery by failing to support Zelaya-Consortium News, Joseph Nevins, 10/31/2016

9/7/2009, "The Minimum Wage and the Coup in Honduras," Huffington Post, Robert Naiman, updated 5/25/2011

"The coup in Honduras--and the at best grudging and vacillating support in Washington for the restoration of President Zelaya--has thrown into stark relief a fundamental fault line in Latin America and a moral black hole in U.S. policy toward the region. What is the minimum wage which a worker shall be paid for a day's labor?...The Washington Post noted in mid-July [2009], "To many poor Hondurans, deposed president Manuel “Mel” Zelaya was a trailblazing ally who scrapped school tuitions, raised the minimum wage and took on big business."


6/21/18, "How US Policy in Honduras Set the Stage for Today’s Mass Migration," Consortium News, Joseph Nevins (Article originally published on 10/31/2016)

"U.S. policy in Honduras, particularly during the Obama administration, is directly responsible for part of the immigration crisis now gripping the U.S., argues Joseph Nevins."

"Post coup Honduras" 

"The 2009 coup, more than any other development, explains the increase in Honduran migration across the southern U.S. border in the last few years. The Obama administration played an important role in these developments. Although it officially decried Zelaya’s ouster, it equivocated on whether or not it constituted a coup, which would have required the U.S. to stop sending most aid to the country. 

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in particular, sent conflicting messages, and worked to ensure that Zelaya did not return to power. This was contrary to the wishes of the Organization of American States, the leading hemispheric political forum composed of the 35 member-countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean. Several months after the coup, [Mrs.] Clinton supported a highly questionable election aimed at legitimating the post-coup government.

Strong military ties between the U.S. and Honduras persist: several hundred U.S. troops are stationed at Soto Cano Air Base (formerly Palmerola) in the name of fighting the drug war and providing humanitarian aid. 

Since the coupwrites historian Dana Frank, “a series of corrupt administrations has unleashed open criminal control of Honduras, from top to bottom of the government.”

Organized crime, drug traffickers and the country’s police heavily overlap. Impunity reigns in a country with frequent politically-motivated killings. It is the world’s most dangerous country for environmental activists, according to Global Witness, an international nongovernmental organization.

Although its once sky-high murder rate has declined, the continuing exodus of many youth demonstrates that violent gangs still plague urban neighborhoods. 

Meanwhile, post-coup governments have intensified an increasingly unregulated, “free market” form of capitalism that makes life unworkable for many. Government spending on health and education, for example, has declined in Honduras. Meanwhile, the country’s poverty rate has risen markedly. These contribute to the growing pressures that push many people to migrate, raising ethical questions about the responsibility of the United States toward those now fleeing from the ravages U.S. policy has helped to produce." 

"This article was originally published on Oct. 31, 2016 on The Conversation." "Joseph Nevins received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include socioterritorial boundaries and mobility, violence and inequality, and political ecology; he has conducted research in East Timor, Mexico and the United States-Mexico border region."


Comment: The US enforces global slave wages. Slave wages guarantee masses of people will continually flee to the US. In turn, this ensures an endless flow of cheap labor to the US. The entire US political class is paid to keep this going. If wages were allowed to rise in Honduras and other slave wage countries, masses of people wouldn't leave. The US would then be starved of docile, cheap labor.



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