Internal Affairs

honduras-anvil

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Ricardo Swire

Recently an in-house watchdog group, comprised of the US State and Justice Departments’ officials, pointed out a series of blunders regarding the conduct of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Foreign-deployed Advisory & Support Team (FAST) operations in Honduras. The May 24,2017 US governmental report questioned three particular DEA/Honduran National Police (HNP) Tactical Response Team (TRT) missions performed with deadly force.

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Conflicting Evidence

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Ricardo Swire

Contrary to predictions of a “majority” shift to Caribbean drug trafficking routes, modern trends reinforce Central America as the main corridor for drug shipments delivered to USA’s 327 land, sea and air points of entry.

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The Ethereal Texis Cartel

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Ricardo Swire

As the War on Drugs reverberates around the region several Mexican drug cartels have expanded their smuggling routes, establishing new markets in Central America.

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Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

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Amnesty International

Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

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A Two Edged Sword

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Ricardo Swire

The Republic of Honduras is a hot and mountainous South American country, roughly the size of Louisiana in the USA. According to United Nations data Honduras is the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere, the mix of drugs trafficking, political instability and history contributing to a murder rate four times that of Mexico.

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The Caribbean Basin’s ‘Northern Triangle’

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Ricardo Swire

The Caribbean Basin extends from Florida westward along the Gulf coast, meandering south along the Mexican coast via Central America. The Basin extends eastward, across the northern coast of South America, a geopolitical region that includes the West Indies archipelago. The ongoing “Drug War” moved north from Colombia, then South from Mexico to Central America.

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Central America turns its back on hundreds of thousands fleeing ‘war-like’ violence

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Amnesty International

Governments in Central America are fuelling a deepening refugee crisis by failing to tackle rampant violence and sky-high homicide rates in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras which are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

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