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The US and Honduras

by Al-Jazeera 
August 14, 2012 

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2012/08/201281381310569607.html

Is the US lending financial support to a police force and
army linked to a campaign of extra-judicial killings?

Honduras has become the newest front in the US war on drugs
in Latin America. The US has provided financial support for
both the police and the military there in spite of its deep
corruption issues.

Furthermore, members of both institutions have been linked to
a range of killings. Political dissidents, human rights
workers and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) community have all been killed at alarming
rates.

In May, a mission in the Moskitia region, which was led by
the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), left four innocent
civilians killed and four others wounded. It was followed by
two more incidents where a US DEA agent shot and killed an
alleged drug trafficker. Local communities have demanded a
thorough investigation but so far nothing has been done.

The US has a long and controversial history in Honduras. In
the 1980s, the US built a base there and trained an elite
Honduran military unit. That unit went on to carry out
tortures, kidnappings and killings.

Who is responsible? What should be the role of the US in
Honduras? And what happened that night in the Moskitia when a
US raid ended up leaving innocent people dead?

Fault Lines travels to Honduras, the country with the highest
homicide rate in the world, to find out.

© 2012 Al-Jazeera

[to see the video, go to 
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2012/08/201281381310569607.html]

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