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Honduras Partner Profiles: Dina Meza

Honduras Partner Profiles: Dina Meza This post represents what we hope will be a new and regular feature from the Honduras IT for the WfP blog. As you surely know, there is a general scarcity of English-language press on Honduras. What little there is generally covers...

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The Mérida Initiative: Beneath the Surface

The Mérida Initiative, also referred to as Plan Mexico, is described by the U.S. Department of State as “an unprecedented partnership between the United States and Mexico to fight organized crime and associated violence while furthering respect for human rights and the rule of law.” The reality of the Mérida Initiative, however, is something entirely different.

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Colombian Community Displaced: Take Action for Justice

On Saturday, February 11, 21 Nonam Wounaan Indigenous families from Witness for Peace’s partner community, the Humanitarian and Biodiverse Reservation of Santa Rosa de Guayacán, were forcefully displaced from their homes following threats from neo-paramilitary groups.

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Celebrate February 14th as International Flower Workers’ Day

In the United States, February 14th has traditionally been celebrated as Valentine’s Day, a day when love is often translated into special plans with loved ones, extra words of affection, and – not to be forgotten – certain material gifts, often including flowers…

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Support Colombian Flower Workers!

With Mother's Day approaching, did you know that 65% of flowers in the U.S. come from Colombia? Unfortunately, though, cheaper flowers for us mean deplorable working conditions for flower workers: to learn more, watch this video from Cactus, one of our Colombian...

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Padre Guadalupe Presente!

On the approximate anniversary of the disappearance of US-born Jesuit priest James Carney in Honduras, civil society organizations sustain the memories of the disappeared. On Saturday, September 17th, the Witness for Peace Honduras International Team attended an event...

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The Sounds of Silence

Commemorating the six-month anniversary of the assassination of Berta Cáceres, Hondurans demand justice. On the morning of September 2nd, 2016 the Witness for Peace Honduras International Team climbed the steep staircase of La Gruta, the church overlooking the rural...

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Mining in Mexico: the NAFTA connection

Out of a list of 926 mining projects in Mexico, there are 85 exploration projects from the U.S.A. 21 have been postponed, 23 in production, and 6 in development. In terms of Canadian projects, there are 501 exploration projects, 115 have been postponed, 58 in...

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Bringing the Land and People Together in Mexico

by Mickey Foley (originally published on April 18, 2016 on the Land Stewardship Project website) On day two of our trip, we visited EDUCA (which stands for the Spanish equivalent of "Services for an Alternative Education"), an NGO located in Oaxaca City. It was housed...

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“The Honduran Government Wants to Incriminate Us”

Criminalization of COPINH and Misdirection Plague Investigation into Lenca Leader’s Assassination By: Witness for Peace Family members of Berta Cáceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), and the...

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15 Years Later: The “Great Success” of Plan Colombia

By Lisa Taylor, Witness for Peace Colombia Team A slightly edited version of this article appears in Upside Down World. This February 4, celebrating the “historic collaboration” between the United States and Colombia, current Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos...

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15 años después: El “gran éxito” del Plan Colombia

Por Lisa Taylor, Acción Permanente por la Paz Colombia Este artículo aparece en inglés en el periódico en línea Upside Down World. Este 4 de febrero, celebrando “la colaboración histórica” entre los Estados Unidos y Colombia, el presidente actual de Colombia Juan...

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